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Basic Photo Editing Tips for Beginning Photographers

The tips and tricks are never-ending, but they are essential if you are a novice Photographer. So today you will see some basic photo editing tips for beginning photographers.  Nowadays, photo editing becomes the most significant part of photography (especially in product photography).

Although you have a natural point & shoot camera or the top line digital camera, always you can get some essential photo editing tips beneficial in increasing the artistic side of your photographs. A good image, of course, gives a good message to the customer.

We all want a good photo with great admiration as well. Enhancing & editing photos, for instance, is one of the most common uses of useful image editing tips. Also, it is significant in strengthening images for your e-commerce site, your ads, and in just making your pictures more glamorous & exciting.

Knowing how to enhance or manipulate images can be exciting.  Once you know the tips and tricks of improving your photos, you’ll, of course, love to know more about it. Let’s dive into the basic photo editing strategies that you may need to start with to experience the magic in your images.

Top 8 Basics of photo editing:

1. Never edit the original:

Whatever you do, never change the original photo. Copy this into your photo editing software and only work on the copy. If you leave the original unaffected, you can try and apply other improvements, brightness settings, or photo editing methods at a later time. You may want to edit the photo in different ways for different purposes.

2. Do not edit the picture too much:

If you change or improve the photo too much, it will become very unnatural. Also, the photo will lose its essential details. If it is not used for photo editing, this must be avoided. Enough is enough! Fortunately, all programs include the favorite “Undo” button in digital photo editing.

3. Make sure to adjust matte and dull photos:

During the photo editing, go to the color menu and increase the color intensity, because that brings matte and cloudy images to life. You can also adjust photos that are too dark or too light and also adjust the sharpness if you want to improve a picture that is too blurry.

4. Quickly cut off uninteresting elements:

It often happens that many dull objects surround an interesting object on a photo. For example, an empty parking space or a gray sky, so that the focus in the picture is lost.

In this case, you can mark the uninteresting part and cut it away with photo editing. This is as easy as it sounds and has a significant effect on the appearance of your photos.

5. Use levels for best rotation:

When it comes to capturing the atmosphere of the shooting, it is challenging to ensure that the horizon is shot perfectly. A beginning photographer can make a mistake during photo editing. He or she cannot fix the minor issues, which makes the photo unfinished & low quality.

According to the expert photo editors, you need to focus on not just to colors but also the format rotation by using levels when it comes to basic photo editing.

When you shoot with the straight line of the horizon, for instance, make an image session outdoors. Especially while you do not use a tripod, the unevenness of the horizon can be found.

However, by using the basic photo editing (in Lightroom or Photoshop), you can easily make a straight line of the horizon.  

6. Vignetting to make image pop:

You will find many photographers who use vignette to highlight an object in the photograph. The vignette is a basic photo editing trick in which some parts of your picture is darker, which automatically make the opposite image part lighter.

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If you want to emphasize the main part of the photo, you should apply the vignette at the edge. Some photographers use it for portrait photos to underline the face of the model as well.

7. Use professional editing software:

Yes, we already know that there are many and that it is not easy to make a decision, but if you choose a program of poor quality, with minimal functions, no matter how much knowledge you have, they will not be of any use to you.

We recommend that you opt for good photo editing software. Some most popular software for photo editing is namely GIMP, Snapseed, Pixlr or PicMonkey, iPhoto, Lightroom or Photoshop.   

8. Resize – smaller photos work sharper:

If you scale a picture smaller, it gets a better resolution and therefore becomes much sharper than before. For photos that need to be printed, you must ensure that the average printing PPI values range from 150 to 300 PPI.

When the picture is published online, it must be scaled to 75 dpi. In this resolution, the photo still looks sharp and has a file size suitable for the web. Too long loading times due to too large images can be very annoying.

Note: if you want to print photos, you must first test them on your own printer, because sometimes a picture looks good on a screen, but less beautiful when printed. And once published and finally printed, photo editing also doesn’t help anymore.

Different Types of Photo Editing Services:

There are different types of photo editing services. Some of the necessary photos editing services are including image retouching, color correction, background changing or photo background removal services, etc.

•    Photo retouching is an art which needs specialized training.  It is necessary for old images that look faded and shabby.

•    The color correction technique is best to change the color of a similar product for an e-commerce site. A single product is enough, in this case, to change its color countless time.

•    The background removal service is excellent for removing background from images by using image masking, and clipping path.

These are the photo Editing Services that many companies offer to an e-commerce site. It is almost impossible to run an e-commerce business without these services.


This is what you need to know about photo editing as a beginning photographer. Well, whatever you do – editing photos is fun, takes time, and is an essential process in photography for me. What do you use to process your images?

How much does your software do? What do you have good experiences with? And how do you think about the “less is more “in image editing? We’re looking forward to your opinion.


Author Bio: Selim Ahmed is the founder of Clipping Path Center, an offshore graphic house for Background Removal services. Besides, he is a Photographer and Blogger. He likes to share tips and tricks on Photography, photo editing, and graphic design!

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