Digital Photography Tip Number 18....Learn a good Photo editing software program
Tip #18) Learn To Use A Good Photo Editing Program.... If you are going to be taking digital photos, then you should get a good photo editing program to use with your photos. You can do so much with your photos if you have a good photo editing program. The basics are adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation, but there is so much more that you can do.
You can add text, add borders, frames, add texture, or add special effects to the photos, like zoom blur, change it into a black and white or sepia photo, give it a soft focus effect, you could make collages of many different photos, take a subject out of one photo and add it to another, work with different layers and really get serious about making great graphic illustrations, take out red-eye, and the list goes on and on.
The most famous photo editing software program is Photoshop, but that is expensive, so many people won't want to pay that much for their software. There are many cheaper and very good photo editing software programs out there, besides Photoshop. Right now I use Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X. It does everything I need it to do for now, but I wouldn't mind getting Photoshop sometime in the future.
Here are some photo editing and HDR software that we recommend and use:
1) HDRsoft's Photomatix Pro 3, Click here to checkout Photomatix Pro 3, Photomatix is the most popular HDR software, and from what I have read maybe the best to date. It offers a good price $99, free upgrades, lot's of adjustments, exposure blending, which combines multiple images like HDR, but produces more normal results.
If you would like to order Photomatix Pro, you can do that here, Order Photomatix Pro HDR Imaging Software For Windows, or Order Photomatix Pro HDR Imaging Software For Mac OS X, or you can check out our Photomatix Pro HDR Imaging Software Program Page, to learn more about the software.
2) Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3, New Version! Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3. For Photos to be Proud of! From only $59.99. Limited time . I have Corel Paint Shop Pro X and I tried the free trial of X2 with the HDR function, but I didn't think the HDR images were as good as Photomatix, and it doesn't offer as many adjustments. With the new release of Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3, I think I will buy the upgrade, because I like the new features they have added. X2 didn't have as many new features and I would have had to pay $49.99 for the upgrade, so I went with Photomatix Pro, to create my HDR images. The advantage that Corel has over Photomatix Pro is Corel is a full featured Photo editing software program, not just a HDR program, and it has a good price $99.99, but they always have sales for $69.99-79.99. If you need a good photo editing program and want a HDR program, buying Corel might be the way to go. Since I already had Corel X, I decided to go with Photomatix Pro. Corel doesn't offer free upgrades, they charge $49.99 to $59.99 depending if it's on sale. Corel also offers the free trial download, but they don't put a watermark on the final HDR images, which is nice.
3) Adobe Photoshop CS4, Create powerful images with the professional standard. Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 . Everyone has heard about Photoshop and now it has the HDR function built into it, but the big drawback is the expensive price, currently $699. I would love to get Photoshop, but I just don't want to pay the $699 right now. They do offer the free trial download, but I haven't tried it yet, but someday I will. If you want the best photo editing software and the ones all the professionals use and can afford the price, Photoshop is the way to go.