Digital editing is a craft in itself
Sometimes our image editors receive pictures they can't edit, or images that are very difficult to edit. Here's some information on digital photography that might help you choose the pictures that you send us.
The rise of digital editing
Photographers have edited their pictures since they started taking them; image eediting is not a modern invention, it's been around for more than 150 years. It's been getting more and more popular since photography has gone digital, and open source software has paved the way for amateur photographers to edit their pictures. While some expressions from analogue photography have been carried over, new terms have been established for digital photography: you don't develop a digital picture, you save it and you edit it with the help of software. A digital camera works with a sensor that transforms the analogue image into digital signals.
Why use image editing?
Digital image editing is becoming more and more important. Even if you're an amateur photographer, you can download image editing software for a pretty good price and try your hand at image editing yourself. If you're looking for a professional finish though, it's still worth it to take a look at what agencies, professional photographers and graphic designers have to offer: they've invested a lot of time and money into honing their craft.
Types of photo editing
When it comes down to it, there are two types of photo editing: technical editing and creative editing.
Adjusting the colours to make a photo print-ready or clipping an image might sometimes be challenging, but they're not really creative. All you need is a screen that faithfully reproduces colours and the necessary technical savvy. But when it comes to creative photo editing, you need much more than that. It's that certain je ne sais quoi mixed with creativity and a feeling for images that makes creative retouching really interesting., especially when working on photomontages.
The building blocks: image resolution and pixels
When working in digital image editing, it's impossible to get around pixels. They're the building blocks for everything you see on your screen, and when editing a photo they're what you're working on.
It's important to note that a high resolution is necessary to produce a high quality photo. Cell phone cameras are getting better and better, and especially pictures taken with high end smartphones can be edited without any problems at all – they might even have cameras of up to 12 megapixels. Professional SLRs have resolutions of up to 24 megapixels. When hanging the size of an image, the number of pixels usually stays the same; only the width and the height of the image change. This means that an image can't be enlarged without adding new pixels, which happens in a process calles interpolation.
The most commonly used formats
The three most important formats when editing images are JPEG, TIFF and RAW. Both JPGs and TIFFs can be opened with most image editing programs, and different formats support different colour spaces.