Using Photoshop can help photographers make good images great, and it can even help to make mediocre images become much more outstanding. Most of the time, all it takes are a few simple tweaks to make your photos really stand out. Making adjustments to the sharpness and clarity of your photos, cropping, and tweaking the colors a little are good places to begin.
Sharpen, Reduce Noise and Defog
These tools allow you to enhance your photos and correct imperfections that you might not like in your original images. The sharpen tool makes everything in your original image look sharper and crisper, making up for any blur caused by camera instability or using a low-resolution camera. Reducing noise corrects the grainy appearance caused by capturing images in low light using high ISO settings. Defogging makes your images appear less foggy or unclear, and adds the appearance of crisp light within your subjects. Used in conjunction, all three of these tools can take your ordinary images and make them appear as bright and sharp as the kinds of pictures you see in magazines.
Crop, Crop, Crop
Cropping can be one of a photographer’s best tools when it comes to creating amazing, breathtaking images. Using the crop tool in the right way can help you compose images that make people stop and stare. Use formulas for finding out where to place your subjects. Divide your photo into thirds or ninths, or compose using the golden mean or silver mean, which have been scientifically proven to evoke feelings of beauty in viewers. When your subjects fall along the curves in the golden mean or the dividing lines that occur when you split a photo into thirds or ninths, you’ll find that the composition of your photos begin to rival art produced by much more famous artists and photographers.
Adjust Temperature and Tint
Even slight adjustments to temperature and tint can make your photos really pop or stand out as extraordinary. Temperature can be adjusted to make a photo appear hotter or cooler, which means in photographic terms, adding more areas of white and shades of red and yellow or adding more areas of darkness or shades of blue and green. Adjusting the tint can make similar adjustments, although tint won’t affect the amount of light in a photo as much.