In such a Photoshop-saturated society, it’s easy to forget that the
software hasn’t been around forever. Since February 2010 marks the 20th
anniversary of Photoshop 1.0, now is the perfect time to revisit
everything from Adobe’s systematic dismantling of its competition to
the way the software was used to make Katie Couric “lose weight.”
Most photographers would now agree that proficiency with photo-editing
software is also a critical skill. So we asked six photographers to
tell us about their favorite image processing applications and add-ons
as well as share their best tips for making and digitally refining
Shooting RAW digital photos gives you the most image data possible, enabling you to reinvent your image-editing process.
Mention “digital photography” and no two people will think of exactly the same thing. For many, it may be an idea as simple as using a point-and-shoot camera to run around taking endless snaps until space on the flash memory card runs out. A quick trip to the computer to offload and they’re back in the game. While some are content with this state of affairs, others are ready to take the next step to greater photographic enlightenment, which isn’t a huge leap. And because experimentation costs you nothing—you can learn about digital photography without the expense of burning through endless rolls of film—today‘s digital cameras make the critical, and highly educational, trial-and-error process much more accessible and enjoyable.
Digital cameras are smarter and more capable than film cameras, but underneath, they still work the same: light hits an image sensor, and the camera’s interpretation of that light is the image you see. Sometimes the camera (or the photographer) gets it wrong, and the picture suffers. But once you’ve mastered a few tools found in Adobe Creative Suite 3, you can make adjustments to exposure and contrast. You can also do it nondestructively, making things easier to fix in the future if you change your mind.