Digital photography has revolutionized the way we think about photography. With just about any digital camera you can capture images that make your shots looks just about as good as any professional. By adding some photography software to your repertoire you can upgrade your amateur prints into shots that are close to professional quality.
The first software most people think of when they think photography is Photoshop. Photoshop gives you just about every tool you could possible need, but it’s hard to learn and a little pricey for the everyday photographer who just wants to enhance their product slightly.
Most of your Microsoft packages come built in with Microsoft Office Picture Manager. For most amateurs, this product works just fine in brightening or lightening your images, but the creative elements of Picture Manager are limited.
A new software package that meets the price criteria while offering many advanced editing features is Lightroom 3. This new software includes much faster performance, reduction in noise (fuzzy images), offers support for video files and helps you create easier to share slide-show videos.
Whether it’s converting to black and white images or adjusting sharpness and fine-tuning the color of your images, Lightroom 3 offers most of the options that you could ever need. While Photoshop does offer more photo editing options, most techniques require a class to even grasp.
Let’s face it; spending large amounts of time editing your photos is not for most of us. When you have a software like Lightroom 3, you can edit your photos in a matter of minutes, yet have the advanced tools you need to work with in a user-friendly environment. For you amateurs out there, adding some photography software to your arsenal can have you saving money by taking your own senior photos or capturing those shots at a family reunion, without the need of a professional photographer.