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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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Claire
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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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haimohayon Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thanks for the fav !!!!!!
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CarmenIrene Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you for the :+fav:! :hug:
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Somebody-Somewhere Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure - it's a fantastic drawing :)
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Sara-Anjos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Photographer
Thank you so much for the watch!!!!!I am a dummy! :happybounce: :happybounce: I am a dummy! 
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Somebody-Somewhere Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
MY pleasure - you have a lovely gallery :)
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Sara-Anjos Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Photographer
Thank you!! :D
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PaulWeber Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favorite.
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Somebody-Somewhere Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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MT-Photografien Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the+favHelium
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Somebody-Somewhere Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure - it's a good photo! :)
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