There are a mind boggling number of photo editing software programs in the market.
Bob gets asked very regularly which one should a person use. For years he always recommended Adobe Lightroom Classic, and he still loves it. However, we have learned that Lightroom isn't the best choice for everyone. Lightroom has a big learning curve, and you need to have some idea where you want to take an image.
There are now several editing programs that function more like Instagram filters, allowing you to preview several different looks quickly.
Bob owns over 20 image editing tools, so at this workshop he will discuss and briefly demonstrate most of them. The idea is to introduce you to several of the top contenders and share his thoughts. You are encouraged to bring your questions and even an image or two if you want to get a sense of what a good editing tool can do for your images.
There are three types of editing tools:
The first is designed to edit images for basic adjustments like exposure (brightness), white balance, shadows, highlights, etc. Most of these share controls with similar or identical names. Lightroom falls into this category, but it is far from basic. Others in this group included OnOne Photo Raw2020, and Capture One 20.
The second are enhancement tools, some times capable of functioning stand alone, other times requiring a host software to function. Programs that require host software are know as plug-ins. There are numerous plug-ins available for Photoshop for instance. DxO Optics makes the nik tools in this category. A suite of products that have specialized tools designed specifically for HDR, or Black & White conversion, or creative special effects.
The third major the of editing tools are pixel editors. They are designed to allow you to add or remove objects from an image, use text or graphic elements, and much more. Photoshop is the big player in this category. Bob will briefly discuss Photoshop and provide some tips on how to learn Photoshop if you are so inclined.
So if you are curious about the wide array of software available for photo editing this is probably a good use of 3 hours of your life.
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