Over the last 3 weeks I’ve covered these product photography lessons:
And today we’ve reached the final stage of product photography – picture editing.
No matter how well your background and lighting is set-up or how expensive a DSLR camera you’re using, some sort of post-production work will still be needed, even if it’s just cropping and resizing. So without further ado, let’s get started!
Picture Editing Software
There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of different photo editing software programs available nowadays – from free desktop applications all the way to full-blown professional editing systems that cost several thousand pounds.
I’ll make your life easy though and share with you just two pieces of desktop software which I believe are the most user friendly and affordable, whilst still offering all the features you need to create outstanding product pictures.
1) Photoshop Elements.
Elements is the little brother of the premium photo editing software with the almost same name, Photoshop CS. But while Photoshop CS is an expensive, feature loaded software meant to be used by professionals, Photoshop Elements is a smaller, cheaper and easier to work with version which still has plenty of useful features.
You can download a 30 day free trial of Photoshop Elements directly from Adobe by clicking here. The trial has all the features of the original/paid software.
Once you have played around with it and are happy to go ahead with the purchase, I recommend just searching for it on eBay or Amazon as you’ll often find better prices on these two platforms than by buying from Adobe directly.
Be aware of fake/bootleg copies though! A genuine Photoshop Elements package will cost roughly £50-£60, depending on where you purchase it from. On eBay and Amazon, only buy it from reputable sellers with a high feedback rate; otherwise you could get a Chinese made copy. [Read more…]