I once met a man who said that a really great picture is one that is captured right out of the camera. I also met a man once that told me, don’t worry how you capture it you can fix it up in the editor. If I had to pick one of these two statements I would tend to choose the first one. This is my statement. If you capture really great shots in camera then you can make them really fantastic works or art by running them through an editor.
You can and I guess there are some people in the World who shot and then burn the pictures to a CD and hand them to a client. This is bad news. Why you ask? Because this client is going to take your pictures and maybe print them off at a local store somewhere and not even worry about something as little as cropping or adjusting exposure. When you take pictures either for yourself or for a paying client; it is your duty to put them onto the computer and have a look at them. You need to ditch the bad ones, you will have a few and save the good ones.
There are about as many photo editing software packages out there as there are brands of cameras. My choice is Photoshop Elements which I have been teaching for years. It is simple and I can do just about every edit that can be done using the full photoshop CS suite. It also has a really nice organizer that allows you to get a grip on those thousands of pictures that you will be sure to have one day. This post is not telling you what to buy or even what to use. I simply wanted you to be aware of and tell you that you need to always have a look at your pictures before then leave you and go on to where ever they may be going. Even before digital; photographers had a dark room and they all worked their photos, shouldn’t you?