Currently I don’t use any editing software on my images and I do get frustrated trying to get good images. Should I use editing software on my images and if so what one would be best?
I use Photoshop Elements (“PSE” - v.7, though current new version is 11 I think). It’s a bit of a faff, till you get the idea, but there’s loads on the internet about how to use it etc.
There are several free pieces of software about, which you can use for photo editing. There’s one called “Gimp”, which is very similar to PSE, which a lot of people recommend.
Your camera may offer editing software too - that could be worth trying first.
Its definitely worth doing something just to crop and brighten photos a bit, i use photoshop just to heighten the contrast. I also resize them, making them about half to size otherwise they take FOREVER to upload!
If you dont have photoshop, GIMP is another great editing programme and its free!
I’m not much into technology and I use Picassa - nice and simple for me, wouldn’t be without it.
What camera are you using? A lot of faults with your photos can be remedied by learning how to use camera and how to photograph your items. Photo editing software will be no use to you with most of your photos.
Look up PicMonkey. I don’t use it but others do and they love it.
Absolutely photo edit. I edit all of my photos, without it I wouldn’t get an accurate representation of my goods. I use corel paintshop pro and it is very easy.
I always edit mine. I crop them into a square to fit the image frame better in my shop, I also mess with the brightness and contrast and also the colour balance to make sure it actually looks like the item! I use pixlr.com which is an online program and is free. I also use it to add a ‘watermark’ to my images for use on FB and twitter etc.
It is a bit of a faff but I think it’s worth it in the end though
My Sony camera is about 11 years old now and not great to use so I have resorted to using the camera on my phone as the image quality is so much better.
I use Picasa too, it has all that I need to edit my photos (business and personal) any more options and I would end up with headache
I saved up and bought a new camera. It’s a Nikon Coolpix L820 - a type known as a “Bridge” camera. It’s fantastic and it wasn’t actually that expensive (currently on offer at Argos - http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1026447.htm). Well worth the money, as it takes excellent photos, even on “auto” setting. The “macro” setting is really good for the closeups.
Of course, you still need to set up your photos properly and use the best lighting you can - loads of hints & tips available online, including Folksy blogs!
Oh, I would add that the camera I bought uses “AA” batteries - but as it has the same processor as a much more expensive DSLR camera, that’s a small issue - it is almost certainly done to keep the price down and so far I’ve found that decent AA batteries last well.
i think paintshop pro is excellent (i’ve been using versions of it since the early 90s!) but you’re the first person i’ve ever heard mention it @StephanieGuy
I’ve used PP for ages too (and not upgraded since PPE7!)
is that the jasc one? i think i used that version for 10 years @LizzieMade!
since the corel takeover it’s improved massively - i’m not on the latest version but just bought “paintshop pro photo x2” (off of amazon for only £14) because my trial version ran out. it’s definitely just the right amount of everything without being “too much”
If you use a white grey or black background, then this works great!
it takes seconds to change from this to THIS.
That sounds really good, one if the girls at work was using it today and I think even I might be able to get to grips with it
Errr… not sure now… got myself in a muddle here! I have PSE v7… I do also have an old version of PP, but maybe that isn’t v7… duh. I will have to go and look at some point!! I thought it was a Corel version, so it’s probably newer than 7 (and Im just muddling versions with PSE)!!
Just call me “Dopey”…
Thank you all for the advice. I’m going to be looking at a couple of your suggestions. First one being paintshop as hubby just said oh yeah I have a copy of that on my work laptop - nice of him to share that info! I’ll let you all know how I get on…