The Photoshop Bummer

A new renting system is replacing buying the products of Adobe and that is totally pissing me off right now. Photoshop is a popular and well known among people photo-editing program by Adobe. It is a very good program that you can use for retouching skin, changing background, cleaning up images, adding text effects and a lot more. Despite all these advantages people don’t purchase the program either because they believe it is difficult to use or is too expensive, and both reasons are true. The difficulty issue can be easily resolved by taking Photoshop courses which can be found all over the internet and on YouTube where there several awesome Photoshop tutorials for beginners and if you don’t have enough time there are quick Photoshop tutorials. Photoshop Lightroom is another good program used for photo-editing.

And this takes us to the next issue the money, for the last couple of years Photoshop cost about $600 to install the program on your computer which is very expensive so lately Adobe released a new system for selling their products called Creative Cloud. Instead of purchasing Photoshop, Lightroom and all the other Adobe programs separately they made a leasing system where you pay $50 a month for all products or $20 a month for only one product. The total number of products is thirteen products. People reacted differently to these news.

Some people saw advantages to this decision while others found disadvantages to upgrading Photoshop. The great advantage was absolutely for adobe because before applying this system their products were being pirated all over the internet which of course led to some loss in money because if you see something available for free, you would never think about buying it for $600 or above. However, some people paid money and didn’t know it was piracy, that is how much adobe Photoshop is widely spread all over the internet. There are many ways to avoid Photoshop piracy, but people don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on only one product.

What are other alternatives to using Photoshop? There are a lot of many other companies that are developing easy to use softwares for photo-editing like picmonkey, retrica, and several photo-editing apps that are available on the Google Play Store or App Store. These programs are helpful if you are in a rush but personally I believe that Photoshop is better if you are trying to do perfect work because you can do more with it. Every photographer knows how important Adobe program are for daily use and I bet that no photographer works and publish his picture without using Photoshop or Lightroom. I’m currently using Photoshop CS4 and it is working good for me and i’m not planning on upgrading it anytime soon.

That is a list of photography apps that are available for iphone and android, these can be used as quick alternatives to Photoshop to download on your mobile devices on the go.


Perfect Pictures

To take a good picture there are a lot of components that you need to focus on. Everyone thinks that taking a picture is easy but it actually isn’t that simple. Phones are the most used devices to take pictures these days because if you are going somewhere without knowing what you are going to see there it comes in handy to use the phone.

Here are some ways that can help improve pictures:

  1. Positing Camera (Landscape vs. Portrait)
  2. Zoom (Far vs. Near)
  3. Brightness and contrast (Varies depending on place)
  4. Filters/Effects (Sepia, negative, grayscale, etc.)
  5. Modes (Normal, Panorama, etc.)

And there are a lot more but I believe these are the most important because if they were used correctly they are going to make the pictures look better and less boring. Think about it, if someone is looking at pictures that are all amazing with amazing backgrounds and natural scenes it will be great but also if you took a picture of a scene you can make it more effective by adding an exciting filter rather than just taking a normal picture which was taken by thousands before you. Make the picture yours. This can be done by using one of the options listed above. It is going to be really helpful but remember this depends on each person’s personality and how he likes things done, some people just prefer simple while others prefer fancy and others prefer formal. Everyone has his style in living and it becomes part of the personality.

I’ll go quickly over the 5 options:

1. Landscape vs. Portrait

For example, this picture looks better in landscape view than portrait view and most natural scenes are better in landscape if the place where you are standing permits.

2. Near vs. Far

In this picture zoom depends on what part the scene you like/need. If you like the vase in which the flowers are put, then you are going to shoot the picture on upper right and if you like the flowers themselves then you are going to shoot the bottom picture. But I think the picture on the upper left is so plain.

3. Brightness and contrast

I found this picture as a great example to demonstrate brightness and contrast. Although it is a little blurry, it shows clearly brightness and contrast. The left part of the picture shows a regular picture while the picture on the right shows high contrast and high brightness leading to a more clear exciting image.

4. Filters

This example portrays the image with several filters and again it depends on the style each one likes. For me I like the one on the bottom left corner because it adds more effect by making the sun shine more bright and have a greater effect on the sky. Which one do you like the most and why?

5. Picture modes

These modes are helpful if you want to take a professional picture of a certain scene at a specific time of the day. These modes are available on Samsung galaxy phones, especially S5, which has a very wide variety of modes. I’m not sure if these modes are available for IOS but there are a lot of apps that can apply these cool features.

All these functions and features were created to help you take better pictures so you should start using them in the right way to improve your results!! Try them all and decide which ones work best with you and when.

“Take great pictures, save the good memories and be proud of yourself” -Me