Things have come a long way since the first daguerreotype(the first commercially successful photographic process). Now since every six-inch something is equipped with a camera and all the wannabe instagrammers are up to their whims and fancies, photographers are having a hard time staying in the business and having a swanky DSLR somehow just isn’t enough.It is at this time, that editing tools come in to the forray and give photographers an edge, and who doesn’t love to keep an edge in their business?
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a simple, hassle free and is available for free.An open-source raster graphics editor, it can do your basic jobs like cropping, resizing, editing etc. Started by two students as a semester long research project at the University of California, Berkeley in 1955, this software has come a long way now, and is available across Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. Its history also includes Richard Stallman allowing it developers to use the word GNU in GIMP instead of General on their request.
Originally launched for Ipad in the summer of 2011 and went on to win the Ipad app of the year award. It was soon followed by versions for Iphone and Windows. Then came along Google and it did what it was known to do- it acquired Nik Softwares (The company responsible for developing the app in the first place) and it was soon followed by a version for Android in 2012. Now available only on mobile, this app can edit pictures just by the using the swiping gesture and has range of filters. The list of special effects and filters also includes Drama, Grunge, Vintage, Center-focus, Frames, and a Tilt-shift (which resizes photos) and it is an ideal app for the budding photographers aiming to make a mark in the social sphere.
Developed by the much maligned Adobe Systems, this software is available across Windows and Mac OS platforms and works as an image organizer and a photo processor. Despite being a part of the Photoshop family tree, Lightroom is relatively easy to use but also cannot provide a lot of features that the Photoshop provides including doctoring (adding, removing or altering the appearance of individual image items), rendering text or 3D objects on images, or modifying individual video frames. It is also available on IOS and Android and is a rather handy tool for wannabe-photographers.
Developed by industry pioneer Everimaging, one thing that sets it apart from its counterparts is it’s user interface- clean and cool as it comes.The program is also stripped down in a way that gives even the most novice HDR(High Dynamic Range) photographer an easy learning curve to get started. Another interesting feature of this software is intuitive preset oriented process(probably some algorithm. These computer Geeks!) of tone mapping images. Though it is a lot more affordable than a lot of other tone mapping softwares, this software is for the people who do not mind giving up the control for the sake of some simplicity.
Oft regarded as the cheaper version of Photoshop yet packing the same punch, this software developed by Serif requires the same variety of pro-level features Photoshop users require, and hence the infinite Youtube videos that you will need to watch to learn this software. This software is exclusively available for users running Mac OS 10.7 and later versions.There’s full 16-bit channel editing, RGB/CMYK/Greyscale/LAB color spaces, Raw support, advanced lens correction tools, correction and retouching tools like Liquify and red eye removal, the ability to create custom brushes, and more. This software is ideal for the photographers who are somewhat of an elitists(Okay a bad joke on the Apple users).