Photography Technology these days has to include the Best Photo Editing Software.
The ultimate in good photography combines art and technology. Good photographers have the best equipment, technical skills and the best photo editing software and have learned how to use it all. But all of these elements are in service of the artistic ability. If you think you are not artistic, don’t despair. Art can be taught! Artistic skills are 10% talent and 90% work.
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Learning Digital Photography is an ongoing process.
Digital photography has literally revolutionised the art of photography. Camera and Photography technology has come from all the skills required to capture the single stream of light correctly onto an image to a new possibilities of digitally enhancing and even manipulating the image to create art at another level. The best Photo Editing software or ‘image editors’ have become standard tools of the Digital Photographer, much as the dark room used to be. But they are more powerful by orders of magnitude. Digital Technology has also introduced additional challenges to the photographer, whether pro or amateur.
The technical skills and the artistic insight required of Digital Photograpy are not easily learnt. The best photo editing software is full of rich function and therefore requires specialist training. Additionally the continued advances in Digital technology challenges photographers to keep up. The investment in cameras, lenses and other ‘hard’ photographic aids need to be equaled by investment in Computer equipment, Photo Editing tools and not least of all investment in ongoing education to keep up with the fast growing Digital possibilities. Digital photography skills training is essential if you want keep up with your equipment to take better photos.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 – the best Photography Image Editor
I am not going to talk about all the Image and Photo Editors here, because there are many, and as with all things, you get what you pay for. In my view, by far the best Photography imaging editor software tool is Adobe’s Photoshop. ”Photoshop” has become and industry verb as in “we can photoshop that image to …”. Not surprisingly, to keep it’s leadership in the industry Adobe has consistently improved and increased the functionality of Photoshop so that today a variety of in depth courses are required in order to use it fully. University graduates and graphic designers are making careers out of this skill. In their latest release of Photoshop CS5 Adobe has literally taken another leap in Digital Photography. Photoshop CS5 offers an array of tools to take advantage of HD (High Definition) technology. It opens a whole new world of possibilities to put HD as we see on TV in the hands of the still photographer. By being able to merge multiple different exposures of a scene CS5 releases the two dimensional limitations previously captured by cameras. By blending different views the camera is now able to render an image closer to the three dimensional view that the human eye can record. The Digital Photographer just has to keep up in order to take advantage of this technology to produce better and great photography images.
Make the investment in Adobe CS5 and Digital Photography Training
My advice to any serious photographer is to close your eyes, open your wallet and invest in:
- A good computer with loads of memory and a large, fine resolution screen.
- Adobe’s Photoshop CS5 extended
- More than one Digital Photography course with continual updates. As with Image Editors there are several Digital Photography courses available, some free on the Internet. I have a simple view on looking for free courses on the Internet. You will spend a lot of time (money) and ultimately get what you pay for… nothing, really. Having spent a lot of time looking at courses there are two that I highly recommend:
- A Digital Photography Course by Amy Renfrey (Digital Photographer and Teacher) that also includes a subscription to an online Emagazine called “Focus”. Amy believes that “Light is the only thing you truly need to give a damn about.”
- Excellent courses at Lynda.com video tutorials teach Photoshop CS4 and CS5 specifically for photography. Click on the image link to see some of the Free Tutorials.
Both these programs are in depth Digital Photography courses on their main subjects. Many, many other books and courses spend a lot of time on teaching the technical aspects of photography, mainly because they are easy to teach, and then skim over the artistic considerations. These Digital Photography courses do not fall into that trap. They are very thorough in the technical aspects as they have to be, but they go much further and open one’s eyes to the artistic opportunities at every level. The other element that these Digital photography courses have in common is that they are up to date and stay that way. Amy’s course includes a subscription to the outstanding “Focus” Emagazine and the Lynda.Com Learn Photoshop subscription provides access to a variety of regularly updated and new courses. Whether you are an enthusiast, an amateur or professional, your need these tools to take good shots and make them great. (PS. I was in a hurry to get this article written and published and will add images later to demonstrate the power of these tools!)