William Chang on Adobe Photoshop CC & Lightroom


 Photographer and New Delhi based photography instructor William Chang, tells you about some of his favourite features of Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom.

William Chang

William Chang

My journey in photography started in the late 90s, when I was a 17-year-old school student trying my hand at snapping photos with a camera my parents had bought. Photography was a little different back then, especially for an amateur like me. For starters, we used film because there were no smartphones, iPads/iPods, Google, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram. In fact, even the sight of an SLR camera was a treat , let alone owning one! All we had were books on photography and a couple of magazines to guide us.

In 2001, I went to study photography at the Light and Life Academy in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, where it was analogue photography all the way. By the time I finished my studies in 2003, digital photography was growing at a mind boggling pace. However, this new technology was still out of reach as it was very expensive both in terms of hardware and software. Things started to change around 2004 when DSLRs became more accessible and affordable for professional use. I started using a digital camera largely all on my own. As part of our course, Photoshop was  taught to us even during our film days. So, when I shifted entirely to digital, I continued using Photoshop for all my editing requirements.

As my career evolved, so did Photoshop and other products made by Adobe. Soon Lightroom was introduced for photographers who needed more control over their RAW files and management of  all their digital assets.

In 2013, I was invited to be a part of the Adobe’s Social Influencer’s Program, where I got full access to all the Adobe Creative Cloud’s services. To say that I was impressed with the features would be an understatement. Tools like Refine Edge which I use along with Layer Masking are some of the stand out features of Photoshop for me. When it comes to retouching you cannot ignore the Clone Stamp and the Healing tools. Then, there is the Liquify Filter. You can love it or hate it, but, it’s here to stay! Although the name suggests ‘Photo’shop – it’s not just for photos. Graphic designers, web designers and animators too, should feel right at home using this software as well.

When talking about RAW processing softwares, I have used quite a few of them in the past, and now having used PhotoshopCC and Lightroom for a couple of years I can say that as far as I am concerned, it is the Best RAW processor out there.

Other excellent features for me are:

1.       Lens Correction

2.       Noise Reduction

3.       Ability to save and apply presets with just a single click

4.       Watermarking images

5.       Resizing images is a breeze

6.       Non destructive Cloning and Healing

7.       Radial Gradation Filter

Honestly, there is still so much to learn in both these softwares that I have yet to explore it all, and that’s what keeps me eager to continue to learn more.

In conclusion, to say that my photography business is doing well and not acknowledging that Photoshop and Lightroom are part of it would be unfair. In fact, I would go to the extent of saying that it would be foolish to think that one can run a successful photography business without Photoshop. Additionally, Lightroom is not too far behind in this regard either.  Especially, now that both these softwares are available on a subscription basis, there’s little reason why professionals would want to settle otherwise. I see it as an investment in the business, just as important as a quality prime lens or a professional camera bag.

My hope for the future is that young photographers understand the importance of good postproduction softwares. Photoshop and Lightroom are a great way to get started and you can download the one month free trial version here https://creative.adobe.com/plans/photography . And there are plenty of resources that Adobe provides to get started, for free! Click here http://helpx.adobe.com/in/support.html

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