5 Digital Photo Editing Tips

Everybody likes pictures because they evoke emotions, bring back memories, make you laugh, tell stories and can be shared with generations to come. Advertisers use photos to give potential customers a visual of products and concepts. Taking pictures with a digital camera gives instant gratification, and with digital photos you are guaranteed to capture that special moment because you can take more than one shot. With a few digital photo editing tips and photo editing software you can fix most pictures or get creative and give your photos a whole new look.

Many a folks may remember when taking pictures meant waiting to see the results. If you’ve ever had film developed and eagerly flipped through your pictures you know how painful it was when only 10 out of 20 photos were developed properly.   Special moments and memories were lost forever.  So, take all the pictures you want to with your digital camera and save all of those special moments.

First things first, you need a computer and photo editing software. There are several programs available either for sale or free. Yep, you can download free software to edit your photos.  A very popular program available for free that is comparable to the best commercial software, PhotoShop and Paint Shop Pro, is called GIMP, which has the basic features and some very advanced features.

5 Basic Digital Photo Editing Tips

Before you edit your digital photos it is recommended that you work on a copy of the original, this is simple, open your picture in whatever program you are using and simply choose “Save As” under the File menu and rename the picture. Although there are other ways to make a copy of the original this is bar far the easiest.

Red Eye – One of the most common problems with pictures of people is the dreaded red-eye, but this can easily be removed with a feature in most programs that does this automatically. Once you get good at using photo editing software you can even change a person’s eye color!

Background Removal – If you didn’t zoom in enough you can use the crop tool to remove some of the unwanted areas in the background. However, if you are willing to learn you can take a person out of the original background and put them in any background you like!

Crooked Photos – Don’t tilt your head to look at your pictures, use the “Rotate” feature available in most programs. This can be done in set increments or manually so give it a try and turn a landscape shot into a photo shot in a snap.

Dark Pictures – Why squint trying to see the objects or people in your picture when you can make some adjustments with the brightness and contrast, shine some light on those dark photos. Did you know that some software has an automatic feature for brightness and contrast!

Email & Sharing Photos – You see your picture on your computer screen and want to share it with family and friends, but every time you try to email it you get that annoying message telling you your file is too big. There is a handy feature in most photo editing software to handle this, “Resize” without losing quality and send that photo off – 640 X 480 pixels or smaller is usually great for emailing photos.

Try these 5 basic digital photo editing tips, but don’t stop there once you are comfortable with these digital photo editing techniques keep learning new things.  The most important thing you can do is make a copy of your original photo to work on using “Save As” rename the copy,  if you do this you will always have your original.  Using a copy is great because you can try different features and effects, while learning how to use your digital photo editing software.  Don’t be afraid, get creative; one last tip – learn to use the “Undo” command found under the Edit menu in most programs, it will become your best friend.