Once you have shot all your amazing architecture photography, (hopefully by using the tips from over the last few weeks) you will need some way to edit and catalogue all of your images. There are only a handful of options for editing software for architecture photography out there, so thankfully most of the choices are already made for you.
Photoshop has become synonymous with image editing since its conception in 1987 that it’s now even classed as a verb:
- alter (a photographic image) digitally using Photoshop image-editing software.
(And it’s used far too often on set as a way of somebody dodging putting in the effort, “can you just photoshop that out”.)
It’s a must-have if you intend on doing any form of editing to your images. From simple spot clean ups to full on image compositing, Photoshop is the unrivalled king of the editing world.
There is also an open source program called GIMP which offers some of Photoshop’s functionality without the price tag, but if you want to say, out loud, on set, to your client that you’re just going to drop their image into GIMP, be my guest.
Adobe Photoshop is the market leader in image editing.
Carrying on Adobe’s domination of the editing software suite, Lightroom is a great cataloguing tool which offers a host of basic to intermediate editing functions too.
The main reason you will be using programs such as Lightroom is their ability to develop RAW files from your camera with a huge degree of consistency. This gives you control of every last detail within your image, as well as the option to file all your images in one place, which can be shared via the cloud across all your devices.
Lightroom offers all of the basic editing tools you would expect to receive, such as exposure, contrast, the ability to change the temperature of your shot, crop, rotate etc etc as well as some more advanced tools such as dust removal and keystone correction, which are vital for architecture photography.
The reason you still need to use Photoshop is when you want to go deeper in to your images and involve multiple layers and composting techniques to really bring your architecture photography to life.
If you have purchased Photoshop on Adobe’s subscription model then Lightroom comes packaged with it, so is a great way to catalogue your images and get a semi-decent editing tool to boot for free.
Adobe’s Lightroom offers limited editing capabilities as well as the ability to catalogue all your images in one place.
Phase One is holding back the tide with its own software which is pretty much the industry standard for professional photography studios now.
If you shoot tethered then Capture One is the best choice. It is head and shoulders above Lightroom in terms of speed – when you’re on set, you don’t want to be standing around waiting for your images to come through. Even with something as slow as architecture, if you’re waiting 5-10 seconds for each image to come through by the end of the day and 300 shots later you will have lost nearly an hour just waiting for your software to catch up to you.
Capture One is also a definite step above Lightroom in terms of the tools it offers and if you class yourself firmly in the amateur camp then it may be too much for what you need. With features such as layers and the ability to set your own LCC profile, it really is targeted at the professional market which wants to get as much right as close to the camera as possible and save vital time having to open their files in Photoshop.
If you own a Phase One or Sony camera then you can currently get this software for free, otherwise it will set you back €20 a month.
Capture One is the professional standard for tethered shooting.
Which of the above editing software are you currently using? Or is there some editing software for interior photography you use which you think could be beneficial to an interior photography workflow?
If so pop it in the comments below and lets get a conversation going!
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