Episode 10 of the 10-part series looking at Photography Basics.
In this final episode, I take a look at the editing options for your photography. Editing is an interesting subject and people often have strong views on its pros & cons.
There is a school of thought which refuses any form of image editing, suggesting that images should be captured as they are seen by the camera and not altered in any way. To do so would be creating a lie, a false representation of what was seen.
Others embrace editing as a way of either producing an image which effectively communicates the impact of the original scene (as witnessed by the photographer) at one end of the scale - through to creating a surreal art form in which the camera plays only a small part in the process, at the other end. The final result being largely achieved by extensive image manipulation.
And then there are all the various shades between those two extremes (which is where most of us fit).
For most of us, editing allows us to produce images which are more eye-catching. We remove unwanted objects, we balance shadows and highlights, tweak colours and adjust the final shape of the image with cropping.
If you would like to know more about editing your own photos, this edition of Tog-Talk is a good introduction.
Forthcoming Lightroom editing course at Hampshire School of Photography
30 Days of Photoshop. Access my extensive, free online video tutorial series on my teaching-blog.
Links to editing software mentioned in this edition of Tog-Talk.
Used mainly professionals and advanced amateurs
Beginners Editing Software
This isn't the entire range of editors on the market, but they are perhaps the most well-known / capable.
Improving your photography
I really appreciate you taking the time to listen to this broadcast and I hope that you have found it interesting as well as entertaining. If you're looking to imporove your photography and you live close enough to our training centre in Fleet, Hampshire, you could attend one of our workshops (or our longer courses) in both photography and photo-editing.
If you're at the beginning of your photography journey you might find this one-day introduction, just what you're looking for:
Run four times a year, this one-day photography workshop will equip you with the knowledge you need to move from simply being a camera-owner… to becoming a real photographer! Whether you're photographing your kids, snapping your holidays or you're hoping to progress your photography to a more creative level, you'll still need a solid grasp of the basics.
Want something more?
Alternatively, If you want a course that raises the bar, something to immerse yourself in for a whole year, you'll want to join our Photography Masterclass. Run twice a year, with intakes during Spring and Autumn, it is our core workshop.
Students on the Photography Masterclass will build a solid foundation of technical and creative skills . They will learn not only how their cameras work and how to shoot with a creative eye, but there are modules on photographing people, working with flash, shooting landscapes, macro photography, as well as two modules on editing.
This is a ten-module photography course with photo-assignments between sessions. Each session lasts three hours and will include time to examine assignment images and take part in practicals (where appropriate).
Test Your Photography Knowledge
Or you could simply test your photography knowledge and have a go at our Photography Assessment Tool. Try it, it's fun and it's completely free.