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I am not a photographer but I take a decent picture. I recently purchased a Canon T5 Rebel DSLR for my business and to take good pictures of my kids. A great camera like the T5 helps but it doesn’t always guarantee a perfect picture. That is where I have discovered the benefits of a really good editing software to give your pictures that added punch.
I use Lightroom a lot more than Photoshop to edit pictures. I know a lot of my friends that are photographers prefer Photoshop to edit their pictures.
I think it more has to do with what your comfort level is or what you learned on. My favorite part of Lightroom is the time saving, quick editing process that you achieve. I also LOVE that I can add my WaterMark instantly to the bottom of the pictures as I save them. Since it’s the end of October I figured I use a picture of my patient cat Frosty to demonstrate.
Here is the un-edited picture of Frosty in his goldfish costume:
Pretty awesome picture by itself. Now check out the edited picture I did in Lightroom:
I used a preset to add a little light burst and cleaned up Frosty’s eyes a bit. Nothing dramatic but still just added that little something to the picture.
Presets are an awesome feature to have. I love that I can add bursts of light, bokeh or hearts into the pictures and they are seamlessly integrated into the picture.
What I use Photoshop the most for is graphic design. I clean up pictures, add font, shapes or brushes to them and I have designed all of my blogs headings in Photoshop in the last 9 years.
I also recolored my avatar for my book blog:
The witch’s hair was blond and I added the moon and font. It’s crazy what you can do. I am still learning how to edit pictures – filters, etc in Photoshop. I am really curious what different things I can do with PS vs LR.
I have both purchased PS software and have done the Creative Cloud subscription. I really like the CC format. You get automatic updates and bonus features.
Here’s a little info about Creative Cloud:
- Creative Cloud Photography plan is all about enhanced photo editing and convenience with the multi-screen capabilities provided by the Cloud ($119.99 reg retail for a 1-year subscription).
- Best for more advanced, active photographers who want to be able to create and access their vision on any device, anywhere. (Especially Lightroom)
- Perfect your Photography: From everyday edits to total transformations, the Creative Cloud plan lets you retouch and manipulate images in just about any way you can imagine.
- Organize, Edit & Share images from Anywhere: On your computer, on the web, on your iPad and on your iPhone or Android device. And when you make an editor flag a favorite in one place, it’s automatically updated everywhere else through Adobe CreativeSync technology. (I have just recently began exploring this and it’s really pretty cool. It’s very convenient to be able to edit pictures while sitting waiting for my daughter at dance)
- Showcase your Work: Organize images in web galleries or share them on your favorite social sites. Then use the Adobe Slate mobile app to craft visual stories and animated videos and the Adobe Voice mobile app to add your own voice for narration. (I haven’t tried this one yet but it’s next on my to do list. My kids are interested in doing narrative videos)
If you are a photo-enthusiast, this plan is definitely worth looking into. It has changed my pictures for the better. I am always trying to learn new things. This set of editing software is relatively easy to learn if you put in the time and the changes in your pictures will be worth the effort.