After you have used all your inspiration and the new kit you have to get your photographs, it’s time to drop them into Photoshop.

Traditional photographers will probably have burst a blood vessel at that last statement, but the truth of the matter is that now you probably can’t avoid putting your images into some kind of editing software.

If you only want to do really basic edits and catalogue your images, then products such as Adobe’s Lightroom are the best place to start looking.

If you’re just starting out and don’t need the in-depth functionality of things like layers and paths which can be found in Photoshop that’s definitely the best place to start.

Basically it gives you a programme to store and convert all your RAW files and carry out really simple edits such as changing the exposure, contrast, colours etc.

As you get comfortable with Lightroom and find you need a few more things to improve your photography or maybe you just want to have a play around then Photoshop is the best place to turn and handily, Adobe bundles them both together for one monthly price.

Photoshop allows you to go much deeper and make changes which aren’t possible inside Lightroom, things such as layers allow you to make changes to very specific parts of images and add and subtract areas which you don’t want.

Overall it’s important to know when you are done and when the little changes that you are going to spend hours on aren’t going to make any difference to an image – in a commercial environment little things like this are vitally important.

If you want a bit more detail on the different programmes available I’ve got a post up on the blog here which goes into a bit more detail.

That’s it for today’s Creative Christmas, check back in tomorrow where I’ll discuss printing your images. Remember, if you want these video tips delivered directly to your inbox each day then you can either subscribe to our youtube channel or on the blog here and we’ll handle the rest.

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