Who else gets overwhelmed with photo editing? At times, I feel like my photography is good, but I don’t always know how to edit my photos and take them to the next level. Just the other day, I was sharing these woes with my dear friend and professional photographer Kerri Bradford.
She gave me some awesome information about a few simple programs that she uses and showed me how the photos turn out amazingly! I wanted to share this information with you—it’s been helping me really amp up my picture game.
Kerri uses two programs made by the same people: RadLab and PicTapGo. RadLab is a Photoshop add-on and PicTapGo is a smartphone app. RadLab is understandably a more in-depth program than PicTapGo, which is essentially the smaller, smartphone-friendly version of RadLab. The prices are their main distinguishing qualities—PicTapGo is available in the app store for a few dollars, while RadLab is upwards of $100. Here’s what Kerri has to say about that:
“If you do all your editing and posting from your phone, then you wouldn’t really need RadLab… just use PicTapGo. But if you’re doing it from your computer, it’s totally worth it. I use it all the time because I prefer editing in Photoshop.”
Kerri’s go-to functions in both of these programs are “Lights On” (brightness,) “Warm It Up” (temperature) and “Oh Snap” (contrast and sharpen.)
Take a look at this photo comparison she whipped up for me: (note—she just quickly edited these and took a screenshot of each as a personal demonstration, so they’re a little low quality. But you get the idea!)
Kerri says: “It’s amazing how both programs can make such a difference! I love that we have shortcuts to make editing so easy on both devices. Saves me so much time!”