It was not so long ago that in order to view the photographs you had taken, you had to physically visit a photo processing shop, or have your own dark room in order to have your photos developed. The pictures that were developed would come back raw, that is to say that they were just how you took them, so if there was a blemish or something in the background that was not noticed when the picture was taken, there was nothing you could do about it. The only way to remove blemishes and other problems was to hire a professional to retouch the negative, expensive, and something beyond the means of most people.
The Digital Photography Revolution
Thankfully, all that has now changed, as digital photography has made things so much easier, and now anyone can touch-up their photographs. Digital photography and computers have made photo editing so much more available to everyone, where once photo editing was the preserve of professional photographers, now even the most inexperienced people can learn the basics of photo editing in minutes.
Keep The Original Image
Before you start editing your images, you need to make sure that you keep a copy of the original image, and this is because once you have altered an image and saved the changes, you are not going to be able to undo it. Always make a copy and edit that, rather than the original, that way if anything goes wrong, you still have the original to fall back on.
Careful With That Crop Tool!
It can be tempting to start cropping all of the unnecessary parts of a photo, however, even if you wish to keep just a head shot, you should crop a picture gradually, rather than cropping down straight away. That way you can crop little by little until you get the image that you want to keep.
Keep it Simple
It can also be tempting for someone to be a bit too enthusiastic with the airbrushing and other retouching tools. More than likely you are just taking photos of family events and people rather than taking photos for professional use, and you need to steer clear of touching-up and editing a photo to excess. When editing a photo, try to make sure that you keep the picture looking as natural as you can, and try to live by the adage of “less is more”. The secret is to enhance the picture, not completely change its whole appearance so that it looks nothing like the original.