Your shots are good but you can take them to the next level when you have the right apps and post-production software. ALL professionals do work in post-production, so this isn’t cheating, it’s bringing out the best in your photography. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, when you have the right apps and post-production software, you can create artistic effects with your images that make them really unique. But which ones should you use? Gina and Valerie discuss the post-production tools that Gina can’t live without, what she uses them for and how YOU can use them in your photography.
This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is #youcompleteme
Shout out to:
Folio Critique Brian Becnel
Gina and Valerie’s critique is in this episode.
Screentime: The best post production software and apps for enthusiasts to professionals
Why invest in postproduction apps and how much should you spend?
My Renaissance/Caravaggio style
Before and after edited using lightroom
What should you look for in post production apps and software?
- Design: How easy is it to use? Is it intuitive or a nightmare?
- Organising photos: Does it sort, rename, tag images easily?
- Photo editing tools: What sort of adjustments can you make? Are they easy to use?
- Flow: How easy is it to output from camera to final image?
- Creativity: How creative can you get?
- Sharing and output: What format can you output as? What about social media sharing etc?
- Help: Is there a good online community, or access to videos and tutorials, or great help desk?
What are the best software or apps for beginners?
Apps for absolute newbie: Instagram
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 ( photoshop lite) $70 US
Software: GIMP (photoshop knockoff)
Software: iPhoto Free for Mac
What is the best software or apps for enthusiasts and pros?
Photoshop ($600) or $20 per month subscription
Lightroom $200 Or $20 per month