In general, most photos you see will be edited. Photo editing is a common thing to up photos for magazines and the internet, even home users can get rid of red-eye. There are professional tools such as Lightroom and Photoshop but there are some free ones out there like GIMP.
Specifically, I will concentrate on Windows 10 photos, it’s free and comes with Windows 10. I’ll concentrate on this, as according to Microsoft’s own figures there are 400 million ‘Windows 10’ users worldwide.
Firstly, open your photo in Windows 10 photos. If you have a different default photo program, right click on your photo then choose open with, then choose photos. At the top right you’ll see some icons, the third one in is a picture and a pen, click on that one.
‘Photos’ has now opened the editing section. You’ll see various tools here. I clicked on ‘enhance your photo’. You can move the slider up and down to add or reduce the effect.
Next, I clicked on the crop tool at the top. Using the edges you can move the frame of the photo to adjust the crop of the photo
After saving a copy of the photo I went to the ‘adjust’ section. Below it, click on the little arrow next to ‘light’, you’ll see sliders for contrast, exposure and others. Adjust these to suit your taste.
Click on ‘colour’ and you can adjust the tint and warmth. Once again, this is to suit your taste. Adjust the photo to please yourself, not others!
Photo Editing – Conclusions
Above, is the finished article. As a result, the lavender has now become more lavender coloured as in the original the camera had made it bluer. Windows ‘photos’ is quite a basic tool but can produce pleasing results and the price is right, free!
If you want to take it to the next level, I’d recommend something like Adobe Lightroom. It can do so much more but does cost. As can be seen, below is the same photo edited in Lightroom. I’ve edited the sky with a graduated filter and added a sunny daylight cast to the picture.
Below is a selection of the actual gear I use. For the full list of equipment I use to take all these photos check out My Travel Camera Bag
For the full science bit on colour of light see here
For all my tips and tricks see my Photography Tutorials page.
To see all my gear, check out What’s In My Camera Bag.
More Photography Tips
Composition – Learn the rules of composition, then break them.
Shutter Speed – Slow Shutter Speed Tips and how to avoid Camera Shake.
Use a Polarising Filter – Take away reflections and boost colours.
Fooling your camera’s internal light meter is easy! – Bracket your shots.
Light changes dramatically with the time of day! Know what’s best for your shot.
Know Your Camera – Know where all the buttons are for when the perfect shot comes.
The Depth of Field – What’s in focus in your picture and what’s not.
Backup and Memory Cards – and spread your trip out over them.
Plan your Photographs – Spend time on Google street view getting to know the area.
Take your time – For less time editing – Walk around the subject and try from different angles.
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