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Adding a touch of finesse to your photographic art

Aug 25, 2008
After you've followed every possible instruction that you have found on the internet, and spent a fortune on the latest, state-of-the-art camera, you still find yourself dissatisfied with the results. You think that there could be plenty of ways your photograph could have looked a lot better, but don't know how to achieve it with your camera. What do you do? It is the answer to this very question that innumerable photographers, like you have looked for and found by simply editing their digital photographs. Today, this art has flourished to the point that there is barely a single photographer around the world who hasn't edited his photographs before using them. Although the effects seem to state quite the contrary, editing your photographs is a relatively simple task, once you've chosen the right software and explored all its possibilities.

With the growing popularity of digital photography, editing software has not lagged behind. In fact, software programs to suit every level of skill and expertise have been developed, some of which accommodate the needs of an accomplished professional who is looking to scale new frontiers while others cater to the amateur who's just looking for a way to enhance his recreational photographs. So once you've chosen your software in view of the kind of task you want it to perform for you, you need to first upload your image on the workspace you've created. But before you proceed to make any changes to your original image, ensure that you have a back up copy to revert to in case you're not satisfied with the final product, or simply want to start from scratch, all over again.

If your photograph is centered on people, chances are that you will find many of the faces sporting red-eyes. This can be easily edited out of your picture with the most basic of editing tools, which nearly every version of editing software is equipped with. For all those pictures that have been taken at the wrong angle, you can rotate the entire image or even a part of it for incredible results. Also, as many seasoned professionals will tell you, if your photograph has too many elements crowded into it, which are actually detracting from the subject of your image, then it is advisable you trim away the edges of your photograph or 'crop' it. This tool is especially helpful if your subject is right in the middle of the photograph, and makes the entire look a lot more professional.

Experimenting with color is one of the most flexible tools editing software contains. If you aren't too happy with the color of a particular part of your image, you can simply swap it for another. Or even better, tint the entire image with a particular color to change the very feel of the photograph. You can revive the antiquated look with a sepia tone, or even strip your image off all color! You can even add a 'feel' to your picture by accentuating certain elements with a tinge of heat or a swath of blue to recreate a bitter chill.

To augment the focus on the subject of your photograph, you can also blur out the images behind it. This will automatically make your subject stand out while the background is enveloped in a hazy mist. You can also sharpen the key points of your image to create an ever sharper contrast. However, this tool is not too much help if you want to sharpen an out-of-focus image no matter how advanced the software. The best results can be achieved by highlighting specific parts of the image, while leaving the rest untouched.

You can also slice your image into parts, which can then form individual images by themselves, or a part of a creative collage. Recent versions of editing software make use of a revolutionary concept called layering. Here, the software will divide your image into layers for you to work on, so that you can add effects to just one part of the photograph while leaving the others just as they are. For a more interesting alternative, you can also use different effects for different layers and create breathtaking images. The best part about this tool is that you can rework the same image with different combinations of effects and have the same photograph speak an array of languages.

The software you decide to purchase and then work on, needs to be fine tuned to your very own set of requirements. What you need to bear in mind, is that advanced versions may offer you many more tools, but also come at a much heftier price. So, you first need to analyze of you're really going to use all the features the software offers, instead of simply choosing the most attractive version you can find. If you are simply a recreational user, you may want to opt for more basic versions like Google Picasa or paint.net which come at a much lower rate or can even be downloaded for free from the internet. However if you're looking to take up photography as a profession, you may want to research the more upscale versions like Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter before you make your selection. So the next time you think you could have done better with your photography, ponder no longer. Get to work recreating the magic with your photo-editing software. You'll be amazed at the masterpieces you find yourself create!
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