Depending on the image, I believe most use PS for basic steps to bump contrast, enhance/reduce highlights and shadows, increase saturation and fix minor flaws (like remove a light pole from someones head). Unless you want to manipulate your images a lot (such as compositing), maybe consider getting Lightroom first. I use both but I can get most of what I need from Lightroom.
I been using Canon Zoombrowser for most of my editing but I have also used a free version of pixbuilder on a few as well and as you said I just mostly work on saturation and contrast, brightness ...... have removed some pesky logos with the pixbuilder ........ I try very hard to compose the shot with logos and such hidden and have started switching camera modes around a lot and throwing flash into the mix often as well ... even though my acceptance rate is holding steady around 45% at least now when I submit a pict I have some idea that it is going to get rejected but figure if I can get it through without much edit then I have saved some time .... am nearing nearly 200 downloads and have 4th sale today in just under 2 months .... not setting world on fire BUT am starting to figure a few things out ......
Hmm okay! So most of the photographers around here are using programs like photoshop to work on saturation / contrast / brightness and noise.
I personally use GIMP, and i can do these things there as well. I also can get rid of logo's with the Clone tool. Just like in Photoshop (?) .
So far so good hehe... But i know you can do a lot more cooler things with photoshop as well.. i see a lot of pictures on Dreamstime that are highly photoshopped. I can never make these kind of pics :( ... even if i had ps, i have no clue how they make the pictures that beautiful. Is it just with saturation and contrast? .
Quoted Message: And what about composites? What exactly do you mean with this?
Composites are when you are making your own images out of other images. Think of is like a digital scrapbook. I reuse all photographs i have and make them in to something new or a completely different theme.
Here's my latest composite
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Tamron 70-300 mm F/4.0-5.6 |
Sigma 85 mm F/1.4 | Sigma 105 ...
I will use Photoshop for composites especially when I hate the background of the original image. This image originally had a background filled with ugly advertising banners hung on the fences behind the riders. I grabbed the background from a different image taken at the same location with the same lighting and added it as the new background. Much less distracting. Cheating? Maybe but it depends on your opinion.
I was looking to see who uses what programs for photography. Currently I use PS element 6 , I have been trying lightroom ( in trial) but looking to see what others use. Can anyone tell me about gimp, what it is and how it works.
I use PS as others have stated, but like it also for its zoom feature to look at images at 100%. Some of the other programs use a slider bar zoom that can get away from you. I like the option to zoom to whatever percentage I choose.