If you are a digital photography enthusiast you must be aware that capturing photos on your camera is just one side of the story. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done like editing, fine tuning and printing the photos.
Even though editing digital photos is an easy task these days due to the presence of computers and photo editing tools, it could turn out to be frustrating for those who do not know what to do and how to proceed ahead. If you are pulling your hair to get that perfect photo, the following digital photo editing tips are sure to help you out:
1) Capture the photos in best size and quality possible. You can edit and tone down the colors, brightness, contrast, resolution and size later if needed. This approach helps you to get best clarity in your photos. If you are running out of space, buy additional memory or an external hard drive.
2) While resizing the pictures, do it in small steps instead of doing it all at once. As mentioned in the previous step, take your picture in the best quality possible and then reduce the size. The idea is to resize the picture in number of steps and use sharpen and unsharpen mask features of your photo editing tool after each resize. While resizing do not resize any picture by more than 25% in a single step. This technique has been known to give consistently good results.
3) If you are using a flatbed or film scanner, turn off the automatic functions of the scanner. This way you can have more control on your final picture. If you let the scanner decide the final color balance, you cannot remove the color casts the scanner will produce.
4) While scanning your images, always scan at 3 times (or more) higher resolution than what is needed for your final image. This will give you a lot of flexibility to edit the images simply because you will have lot more pixels to work with. So you can make small corrections without worrying about how they will appear in your final image.
5) While capturing any photo, always take a lot more number of pictures than required. Change the angle, zoom, direction and lighting conditions. This way you may get your perfect photo that requires least amount of editing. Then simply delete the others that are not required.
6) Take the time to learn different features of your photo editing tool. Your job will be a lot easier in this way. You can use any tool you want – Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo editor or Microsoft Office Picture Manager etc. as long as you are comfortable with its features.
The above photo editing tips will help you no matter whether you are a novice or advanced photographer. Just make sure you take a backup of the original picture before you start editing the picture. Some formats such as .tiff are best for backups as they preserve the original picture quality.