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Hi everyone!

Sorry for my inactiveness the last 11 months or so... A mixture of work, gym, socialising, trying to enjoy nice days by being outdoors and a very slow laptop have squeezed my time and this site has had to give a bit. However, I have tried to get on here occasionally as I love seeing the latest works of all you guys :)

As the nights draw in and the weather turns cold and grey, I think I'm going to be a bit more active again. I also invested a little bit in my computing equipment, which means I am now on a lookout for a suitable photo editor. I therefore have two questions:
1) What photo-editing software do you use / would you recommend? 
2) What tweaks do you generally do to photos? 
 
I think it's best I give a bit more context to help!
I have done some minor tweaks to photos in the past using paint shop pro 8. Main things I've tweaked are brightness, contrast and saturation, with a little bit of clarity thrown in too.
I've recently downloaded a trial of paint shop pro X7, and am rather liking it. I'm still sticking to the same things, but am in addition using a shadows / midtone setting too. However, I want to understand what other people use, how they use it and why they use it. I'm not looking to pay more than £100 upfront, but think that should be fine due to the limited stuff I do in the editor.
I'm also aware that by sticking to certain settings, I might be over limiting myself - so want to know what settings / adjustments you make to photos. I have tried others settings, but haven't got my head around what they do, or why I'd need it!

Any information would be awesome! I'll look to upload something soon-ish to show final results, and get feedback on how my tweaks look!

Thank you in advance,
Claire

P.S. When I last looked, I had ~9,300 views. I now have 11,500! Thank you :)
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Hi everyone!

Sorry for my inactiveness the last 11 months or so... A mixture of work, gym, socialising, trying to enjoy nice days by being outdoors and a very slow laptop have squeezed my time and this site has had to give a bit. However, I have tried to get on here occasionally as I love seeing the latest works of all you guys :)

As the nights draw in and the weather turns cold and grey, I think I'm going to be a bit more active again. I also invested a little bit in my computing equipment, which means I am now on a lookout for a suitable photo editor. I therefore have two questions:
1) What photo-editing software do you use / would you recommend? 
2) What tweaks do you generally do to photos? 
 
I think it's best I give a bit more context to help!
I have done some minor tweaks to photos in the past using paint shop pro 8. Main things I've tweaked are brightness, contrast and saturation, with a little bit of clarity thrown in too.
I've recently downloaded a trial of paint shop pro X7, and am rather liking it. I'm still sticking to the same things, but am in addition using a shadows / midtone setting too. However, I want to understand what other people use, how they use it and why they use it. I'm not looking to pay more than £100 upfront, but think that should be fine due to the limited stuff I do in the editor.
I'm also aware that by sticking to certain settings, I might be over limiting myself - so want to know what settings / adjustments you make to photos. I have tried others settings, but haven't got my head around what they do, or why I'd need it!

Any information would be awesome! I'll look to upload something soon-ish to show final results, and get feedback on how my tweaks look!

Thank you in advance,
Claire

P.S. When I last looked, I had ~9,300 views. I now have 11,500! Thank you :)
  • Mood: Sociable

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Claire
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United Kingdom
Hi, I'm Claire!

I've recently graduated from University. Photography is a hobby of mine and I strive to improve myself as I go. I've only had very basic training on how to use a DSLR, so most of it is intuition, self teaching and tips from others. My main focus is on wildlife, particularly (local) birds, though I sometimes try my hand at landscape and architecture too.

Advice on how to improve my shots is more than welcome :)
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fotografka Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for :iconfavbomb-plz::huggle:

I want to invite you to like my facebook fanpage :facebook: if you can: www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-Ph… :typerhappy:

I'm very sorry for the late thank you, but when I went to college (law) I have completely no time for anything. I hope you understand :)

If you want you could give me some points on my new Premium Membership :please:
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving the 'unwanted and unloved' boat photographed in Cyprus :iconboatplz:   It is appreciated as always Claire!
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Rayon2lune Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:
:rose:
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DaSchu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014   Photographer
Hey Claire, thank you very much for the favs!
Please check out my new uploads and like my daschu MEDIA facebookpage ... some people love it =D
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:iconsomebody-somewhere:
Somebody-Somewhere Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure - the photos are fantastic (as is your gallery!) :D
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DaSchu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014   Photographer
Thanks - of course =D All pictures on this site are taken by myself =)
Have a nice day!
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Phototubby Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:icontftdwplz:   &:+fav: !!!:hug:
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Somebody-Somewhere Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:D You have lovely photos :)

:hug:
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GaryTaffinder Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Thanks for the:+fav:s Claire :)
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Somebody-Somewhere Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure - lovely photos :D
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