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Retouching your photos - Photo editing

Ok since I've picked up this hobby of photography, I'm finding the whole idea of re-touching or photo editing quite daunting. Simply put, I don't know where to start or how to go about doing this...

I have the Canon EOS 50D, I haven't installed any software for it. But I'm just wondering as a 'n00b' (I hate that word lol) where does one get started with this?

Is photoshop/illustrator the only tool I can use? And how much modification should be done to your photo's?

I know these are very wide open questions...but I'm just wondering, as I've noticed alot of spectacular shots are usually edited and polished. I have alot of interesting photography on my external hard disk...some of which could use a little remodeling, I think.

Appreciate your help.

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Photoshop is quite popular for that purpose. However, it is rather expensive.

There's also a similar software program that you can download for free:

http://www.gimp.org/

It has much of the same features as photoshop.

I find it a bit daunting though. I've successfully retouched some of my photo's, but only after many failed attempts.

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I tried Gimp last year in the office, me and my Japanese colleague couldn't figure it out...lol

Yeah photoshop is expensive...but very very powerful. Amazing the stuff you can do on that!

Anyway, I'll try installing the Canon software tonight. The thing is I've never had hands on experience on any photo-editing software, in that sense, I cannot really "judge" how good it is or not...worth a try I guess..

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I know what you mean. The first time I opened it, I didn't have a clue on how to proceed.

The stuff about layers is still pretty much abracadabra to me, but I've found the clone and heal functions to be quite useful to get rid of unwanted content in pictures.

In one photo from the company picnic, I've even managed to completely remove my boss from the picture.

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The thing is I've never had hands on experience on any photo-editing software, in that sense, I cannot really "judge" how good it is or not...worth a try I guess..
Maybe you can upload some pictures here. Some of the regulars of this forum seem to know their stuff pretty well and might be able to tell if it's a good or a bad job?

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dont have a big idea of picture editing. The few I do, I do with gimp, ImageMagick or digiKam on Ubuntu linux. Used Ulead PhotoImpact when I still was on MS and found it quite handy.

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ive used ulead stuff in past n present.
i like editting with that, fairly simple stuffs

but in the grand scheme of things i like the photos to be raw.


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ive used ulead stuff in past n present.
i like editting with that, fairly simple stuffs

but in the grand scheme of things i like the photos to be raw.
me too, but sometimes you have to edit, Jaw. I remember what a cramp that was when I scanned the slides. You can clean as much as you want you will always have pieces of fluff on the pics. Or even scratches, or jpg residuals.

Thats the way you go Rhizoid, really depends on what you want to do and the kind of program you use.

I think everyone starts with the trial & error method and learns what works. Write down the workflows for special tasks, so you can find again when you need. There are also a lot of tutorials in the internet.

Theres also a basic Photoshop version available, called Photoshop elements, thats way cheaper. they and photoImpact should have trial free versions to download. So you can try them out.

On another note, gimp has developed in this year and has become more graphical. You need as much time as to get into photoshop. Dont think its that complicated.

PhotoImpact is maybe the clearest of all 3.

Since Im rarely on MS anymore, I might not be on the state of art though...

Test versions:

Adobe Photoshop (Elements)
http://www.adobe.com/de/downloads/

Ulead PhotoImpact
http://www.ulead.com/pi/runme.htm

Gimp you can download directly.

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