Muna Wa Wanjiru: Digital Photography Researcher

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

A photo editing software is high on the list of things that you will get and which you might really never use. You might never in your whole lifetime use the resources available to you through the photo editing software, but get it you will, and you'll also be immensely happy and pleased with yourself as well.

There are many different types of photo editing software available, the long and short of it though is that you can manipulate your photographs to be different from what they started life out as, and you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home, and with the aid of only a digital camera and photo editing software.

Personally speaking, in the early days of my digital photo taking I didn't use any photo editing software to edit and manage my pictures. I believed it to be something that tampered with the normal course of my skills, or lack thereof, of photography.

I wasn't alone in my beliefs either, and there are still some people who believe that it's sacrilege to change a photograph around to compensate for things that go wrong in the everyday life of photography. After all, what's the use of taking a great looking photograph if you can take one that's slightly worse for wear and touch it up on the computer? If you look at it that way, then I have to say that I still agree with everything that I thought of then.

But there's also the other side to all of this and that's the aspect where no matter how hard you try to get that one stunning photograph, some small detail intrudes to make it go off kilter somehow or other. And that's when the use of the photo editing software comes in real handy. What you're doing is not compensating for lack of artistic and photographic skills. What you are doing though is compensating for the fact that in some way or other, nature cheated you out of your once in a lifetime chance at getting the perfect shot and technology has given you the way to rectify that problem.

So why not take this golden opportunity? Why let it pass by you just because there was an unwanted rain cloud in your shot, or a bird, or a parachutist who didn't know any better than to get in the way of your perfect shot. These were all circumstances beyond your control, and without these to intrude into your shot it would have been perfect. So why hold back and destroy that one golden moment you had when all that you need is a photo editing software.

These days I find myself turning to the help of the photo editing software to get me out of a tight jam. Maybe I missed something, or maybe I didn't compensate for viewfinder masking. There could be a hundred and one tiny little things that could have gone wrong, and with photo editing software, I can take control over these situations. The one thing that you shouldn't do is to let yourself get carried away and modify everything to suit your memory of what the shot should have really looked like.

Remember that what your eye sees and what your camera captures are two different things, added to which you also have the added capacity to feel, smell and hear the scene around you. The camera will only pick up on a fraction of what you see, and won't even take into account the rest of it.

So, yeah, go for the photo editing software if you feel you have to, but learn to look and correct only the flaws that you see, not the picture as a whole to what you think it should have been.

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