You want to level up you photography game? Once you've mastered the theory and practice of composition and the hardware of your camera, the single best skill you can learn is post processing in Adobes software suite. Namely Lightroom and Photoshop. These tools are the difference between a great image captured and a polished work of art.
What is Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom is a software for photo editing and post-processing. It is available as a standalone application and as part of Adobe Photoshop CC (creative cloud).
Lightroom is world class software and has many tools that are used to edit photos. Some of these tools include cropping, straightening, lens correction (distortion), perspective correction (keystoning), noise reduction (grain), sharpening, white balance adjustment (temperature and tint), color adjustment (hue and saturation), black & white conversion (grayscale conversion) and so on.
Beyond the basic edits, Lightroom and Photoshop offer the advanced lighting and colour editing features that the pros use to make all your favourite images.
How to get Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop free
To get this powerful software suite for free is simple, sell your photography as micro stock through Adobe's contributor product. Once you're selling your images through Adobe, you get access to passive income from the sales, as well as free access to the creative cloud suite with 20gb of cloud storage. Everybody wins!
If 20gb of storage isn't enough for you or you need access to the broader power of the creative suite, there are plenty of options for you to choose based on your needs.
What are the requirements to become an Adobe Stock artist
You must be at least 18 years old and the sole owner of every file you upload for sale. If your content contains recognizable persons or private property, you will also need a signed release. We sell our 3/5 star images on adobe as a way of protecting our favourite work and making a small income. It is actually quite surprising what sells. We've sold a photo of a cup of tea, a hat, shoes, plants in the garden, anything banal has a market.
How Powerful is Lightroom
Even with very basic editing as seen below, the image on the left has depth, tonal range, and drama, while the image in the right is flat and dull.
We'll be adding tutorials to our blog soon, until then start selling stock and get access to these amazing tools!