Choosing and using the best photo editor for your photographic needs is something that you have to do eventually if you want your photos to stand out. Post-processing has become almost an integral part of digital photography today as it provides photographers with a ton of control over their photos.
Post-processing has also made it simpler for photographers to actually take photos in the first place. There are many things that you don’t have to worry about capturing perfectly in-camera anymore because they can be adjusted way too easily in a photo editor. Let’s take a look at some of the things you should leave for post-processing if you’re in a hurry while shooting, and some things you should generally consider doing in post.
Adjusting White Balance
Adjusting the white balance in a photo editor is easier and quicker than adjusting it on your camera for every single shoot you do. The white balance is essentially the information based on which your camera decides which point in your photo to consider as pure white. It then adjusts all other colors and the temperature of your photo accordingly.
Setting the white balance for different lighting conditions inside the camera can be frustrating, especially on the tiny screens. But if you take photos in RAW, which you should anyway, doing the same on a computer screen is much easier, especially since you can see what effect the changes make to your image.
Digitally Cropping a Photo
Most cameras come with some sort of digital cropping where they zoom further into an image than your lens allows by cropping into the photo. This is great, but sometimes it does lead to a loss in image quality. So, if you want to crop into your photo, it’s better to do so in an image editor later on. Not only will you be able to frame your shot better on a larger screen but you’ll also be able to see if your image quality is being affected.
Making Black and White Images
This is more of a subjective thing, but using a black and white filter built into your camera may not give you the best possible results. Instead, it’s better to leave this creative effect for an image editor. However, it is very helpful to actually see the image in black and white while you’re taking it which is why most photographers use the black and white mode on their camera in the first place. So, the best way to take black and white shots is to take them in RAW+Jpeg format. This will create two copies of the photo, one RAW and one compressed, but the viewfinder or screen on your camera will show the image in black and white while you’re taking it. So, you can see what your frame looks like, take the photo, and later use the colored RAW photo to set your own black and white parameters.
Using Presets and Filters
Filters and presets have got a bad reputation over the past few years for being too artificial or unprofessional in some way. However, remember to not underestimate these as they can sometimes cut your editing time by half. Most modern photo editors that are geared towards professional work come with professionally developed presets that act as a base for all your edits later on. These are not necessarily one-click solutions but are rather to be used as a starting point. You can even change settings within the presets and filters themselves to your liking. So, don’t be hesitant to try out a filter just because you think it’s something only amateurs do. You might be surprised at how helpful these can be.
With these simple tips as to the things you should try doing more in post-processing, you editing time can be reduced drastically. It’s not always ideal to alter settings on the camera itself when you’re out and about taking photos of scenes that are constantly changing. It takes less than a second to miss the perfect shot, so don’t worry about perfecting all the settings right there in your camera. That is precisely what the advancements in photo processing and image editing software have put at our fingertips in today’s age.