AnandTech Guide to Better Photos: Post-Processingby Stephen Caston on March 18, 2005 3:45 PM EST
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IndexWelcome back to another guide to better photos here at AT. In our past guides, we have looked at techniques that can be applied to take better pictures. In this guide, we will be focusing on ways to improve the photos that you have with the use of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. If you don’t already have one of these programs, and you are at all serious about photography, you should really consider checking them out. Photoshop Elements 3 is a reasonably-priced alternative to Photoshop CS that offers many of the same features.
The quality of a picture right out of the camera will vary depending on the camera that you are using and its internal processing settings. For example, consumer digicams tend to produce images with high contrast and sharpness while higher-end models tend to be more conservative. It is a common misconception that every image needs to be post-processed. Depending on your camera’s settings and partly on your photographic ability, you may find that some pictures will look great right out of the camera. In such a case, there is no need to feel bad for not post-processing your images. However, it is far more likely that when you look through your photos you will see some that need straightening, lightening, higher saturation, red-eye reduction, sharpening, etc. This guide is designed to help you post-process your images with simple steps to produce impressive results. Feel free to work with our samples as we go through this guide. It will help you get a better idea of how each process is applied.