Editing photos can often be challenging for beginners. Having to learn how to use a photo editor in itself is often daunting, and to add to that you may not be sure exactly how you should even start to improve your photos.
Regardless of the photo editor that you’re using, there are several easy ways that you can begin editing your photos without too much difficulty:
Make use of automated color correction tools
One of the most common issues in photos is their colors can be a little bit off and may have a slight blue, green, or red hue compared to real life. That is caused by the lighting, and fixing it is what is known as color correction.
Almost all editors have automated color correction tools that will help you to fix such issues by improving the white balance and adjusting the color parameters. If you want you can proceed to try manually adjusting it as well, to get some experience and develop your understanding of how it works.
Crop the photo to adjust its frame
Another feature that is relatively easy to use is the crop tool. It can be used to remove a section (or several sections) of the frame of your photo, effectively adjusting it and reframing the photo.
For best results you should try using the rule of thirds as a guide when you crop your photos so that you improve their composition. Most editors will have a grid feature that you can enable, and you can then align the subject and other elements along the gridlines and intersection points. In some cases, such as Movavi Photo Editor (https://www.movavi.com/photo-editor/), the grid may be built-in to the crop tool.
Rotate and level the horizon
It can be really annoying when the horizon in your photos is a little bit tilted, but unfortunately that can happen very often. The good news is that it is easy to fix when editing your photo, either using the level or rotate option.
Although in most cases it is best to level the horizon so that it is completely flat, sometimes you may want to keep it diagonal instead. Typically a flat horizon looks more stable and balanced, but a diagonal horizon can add dynamic tension and may be useful for certain types of photos.
Part of the reason why the methods listed above are good ways for beginners to start editing photos is that it will give you the opportunity to experiment and acquire more experience. That in turn should allow you to begin to understand how to improve your photos much better, and let you edit photos more effectively.
At the end of the day you will find that editing photos really isn’t as daunting as it first appears to be. All that you need to do is start actually making alterations to your photos, and getting more familiar with the tools and features in the editor that you’re using.