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Photo Retouching On The Go – Why More And More Photographers Use Online Solutions
 

Photo Retouching On The Go – Why More And More Photographers Use Online Solutions

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Photo retouching isn't exactly new. For many decades, professional and hobby photographers alike have been tweaking their photos to make them look even better, even before technology arrived as we ...

Photo retouching isn't exactly new. For many decades, professional and hobby photographers alike have been tweaking their photos to make them look even better, even before technology arrived as we know it today. Whether using tools like airbrushes to modify photographs, or editing illustrations with traditional artistic techniques, the concept is anything but a recent invention.

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    • Photo Retouching On The Go – Why More And More Photographers Use Online Solutions Photo retouching isn’t exactly new. For many decades, professional and hobby photographers alike have been tweaking their photos to make them look even better, even before technology arrived as we know it today. Whether using tools like airbrushes to modify photographs, or editing illustrations with traditional artistic techniques, the concept is anything but a recent invention. Traditional analogue image editing, known as photo retouching, was, however, reserved to the pros. All that changed when digital photography arrived on the scene, which was met by initial scepticism… but
    • sooner, rather than later convinced photographers on its usefulness. Taking large amounts of photos and then developing and storing them all became much easier and more accessible for different groups of photographers or even mere holiday photo snappers. As the concept of photo retouching carried over into the new age, editing and modifying images taken with a camera became commonplace and was no longer reserved to expert photographers. But that required some photo retouching software. For the time – the desktop one. There are literally thousands of programmes and apps available which allow pro photographers or aficionados of photography to retouch, modify, and improve their shots, at home when sat at the PC, or, perhaps more importantly, even on the go, with numerous tools available for mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. And we are not just talking about putting fancy filters on top of an Image using something
    • like Instagram, but about serious, professional editing work. On a PC, photo editing has long been synonymous with Adobe Photoshop, although an increasing number of people gravitate towards free solutions, like the rather inscrutable GIMP, which seduces with functionality but confuses with its user Interface, or the rather more userfriendly Paint.net, which stops short of being a real alternative to Photoshop because of a feature set which is just a little bit limited for people who are serious about their photographic art. Even more professional tools like Adobe Lightroom, or software with specialized functions such as ArcSoft Portrait Plus, or Perfect365, all contribute to the wide spectrum of available editing Tools. More and more, however, these products, rather traditional in terms of image manipulation methods and able to run only on PC or Mac, are being replaced, or alternated with more lightweight photo editing apps for mobile phones and smartphones like Filterstorm for iPhone or
    • iPad, PhotoGene of FX Photo Studio HD. Builtin tools such as iPhoto or equivalent pre-installed apps for Android offer basic image manipulation capabilities like size alteration, cropping, histograms, or image orientation. Despite this plethora of affordable and practical options, many photographers who are passionate about retouching feel that online photo editing solutions have reached a point where they are ready to more or less replace traditional desktop imaging software for pro photographers. Solutions like Pics.io will offer all the additional benefits and added value of products such as Photoshop, e.g. layers, RAW-editing, histograms etc. but all that online and with the advantages of online photo storage and cross-platform compatibility. More or less, Pics.io will eliminate the need of traditional photo retouching software. Most modern Software, like Microsoft’s Office suites, are nowadays offered as SaaS (Software as a Service), i.e. subscription-based, and Pics.io is no exception. Once you sign up, your processing Software is available from anywhere, at home and on the
    • road, using a variety of devices and Operating Systems. We tap into the processor power of the device and make sure that operations are processed just as quickly as when using traditional photo retouching software. Source: http://blog.pics.io/photo-talks/photoretouching-on-the-go/