5 Reasons to Know the Basics of Photoshop and Lightroom

If you’ve never used Photoshop or Lightroom, now is the time to learn. Photoshop skills are becoming more and more useful in everyday life (as well as in a work environment) here are a few things you can do with a basic knowledge of the software.

1) Fix headshots

Need a headshot for a CV, an ID, or a website? Chances are you already have a shot that could work if you just make a few changes. Here’s how I turned a snapshot of myself into a headshot. More recently I fixed a snapshot for my mom- all I did was remove the background and replace it with a photography backdrop- instant professional photo.

2) Make people better looking than they actually are

I don’t usually take the time to do this, but when it will make a drastic difference I’ll eliminate somebody’s acne, wrinkles, pit stains or red eye. All of these are very easy fixes with Photoshop! You can also Photoshop gum out of peoples mouths, change their hair color, or see what they look like with earrings.

3) Make artsy pictures

The first step in photography is taking the photo. The second is enhancing it, and my favorite way to do that is to change the colors and contrast so that the picture becomes a work of art.

4) Improve old pictures

This is a photograph I took of a photograph, uploaded to my computer, and made a few fast changes to. Its a simple way to take old prints and put them into a digital format.

5) Make panoramas

One of my favorite kinds of photos, as you’ll know if you’ve read past posts. Its a great instant epic picture.

There’s no need to even purchase the software until you’ve taken a test run- you can get a 30-day free trial on the adobe website. Photoshop is best for changing physical things in the photo, like I did on my shirt in my head shot. Light room is excellent for improving the colors in photos- that is how I make my artsy photos-(although Photoshop can do it too).