What makes a good photographer? A keen eye for detail, a good sense of perspective and an understanding of the technical specifications of your camera. However, it is so much more than this. You need to have an artistic vision, a good color palette and the imagination to compose a truthful image. But this still isn’t the end of the process – learning to edit your pictures can take your photography to the next level. It also means that you can tailor your images perfectly for your website, or create artwork for your home.
Consider the size of your image
You should first consider adjusting the size or dimensions of your image if you want to display it as pieces of artwork, or use it on a business website. If you don’t have the right dimensions for your photo, it can make the layout and perspective look wrong. Industry experts CanvasPop advise trying out different sized canvas prints online, to see what works best for your photography. You can experiment editing with portrait and landscape crops and even split your photos between several canvases for a striking and original piece of artwork.
The exposure of your image affects the overall brightness. If the exposure of your picture is too low, it means that it will look too dark. When the exposure is too high, the image will look like it is glaring off the screen. If your photos haven’t been perfectly exposed when they were taken, don’t despair – you can correct them, using the exposure slider on your editing software or app. You can even select a specific area of your picture, if you feel that it is too dark or too light. Having the right level of exposure can help your photo stand out for the right reasons. You can even use it to balance the colors of your image so that they match your website better.
Editing hue and saturation
Your editing software will allow you to adjust the hue and saturation of your photo – this affects the balance and intensity of the color. You can do this globally, or select areas that you want to edit in finer detail. This is particularly useful if you want to include more subtle enhancements. The hue control will change the color values of your images – you can use it to radically alter your photos. Or alternatively you can make finer alterations, to correct white balance or color casts. The saturation of color should be changed with caution, as too much can make your photos look garish.
Editing your photos will make them look more professional. You can then proudly display them on your wall, or use them effectively on your website.