I know a lot of us are digital users, whether in a small way or full-on…that’s kind of inevitable, given the relentless onward march of technology in virtually every aspect of our lives.
Using digital has it’s problems in my view, which are not wholly present with film. As an example, when I shoot using my film camera, I very rarely need to do anything to my shots, as I put so much into getting the right exposure, film speeds, framing etc.
Sure, I’m no angel, and some shots are wasted sometimes, at times through accidental problems such as a person walking into the frame at the critical moment, or maybe a stray pigeon flying across the photo! But on the whole, the more care you put into your shots, digital o film, the less and less you have to do afterwards.
For digital users, there is always that sneaking temptation to add or remove something from the shot, and for that, Photoshop is the recognised mainstay.
But if you do not want to spend the rest of your life learning how to use Photoshop fully, or haven’t the patience to learn about layers in your shots etc, there are alternatives available on the web, and the ones I’m listing here for you are FREE, too!
So without further ado, here we go, not listed in any particular order:
Piknik (very handy as it’s integrated with Flickr!)
Splashup (tools are easier to use than Photoshop)
Photoshop Express ( a tamer cousin of the heavyweight version)
flauntR (huge range of tools & effects)
Pic Resize (check out the huge buttons!)
There you go….now, if you’re a digital user, you have no excuses for that awful shot of your girlfriend you took last weekend by the beach!