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Take your social media photography to the next level
Instagram and VSCO Cam are great apps but if you want to take your shots to a new level of creativity and give it that cinematic edge, use Lens Distortions. Although it might not apply to every shot you take, it will definitely enhance your shots with an artistic edge.
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Very clean effect. I like to create artistic photography on the go. And with the lens distortions it gives me the ability to give my photos a HD quality refined touch that I’ve been searching for. I’m a fan!
The fog and lens flare are pretty good, I’ve hidden parts of this one photo without making it noticeable that I edited it. To the dude who says it crashes, like with all apps, if it crashes, restart phone and the app -fixes crashes forever. Cheers.
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You can energize a conversation with photographers in innumerable ways. You could, for example, try to build a case for Nikon over Canon, or perhaps argue that sensor size doesn’t really matter. Or you could advocate using protective filters on all of your lenses.I find the third topic intriguing, for both advanced shooters and newcomers alike. What filters, if any, do you need for your lens? Several appealing options in a range of prices are available.
Let’s start with the different types of filters. I recommend three to consider: protection, polarizer, and neutral density. In the world of protection filters, those commonly used are clear, UV, Skylight, and Haze. Here’s a quick overview.
UV—Typically, this filter is very pale yellow to virtually clear. In the past, UV filters helped protect your image from the negative effects of atmospheric ultraviolet radiation. But thanks to the improved high-tech coating on today’s lenses, these filters don’t have much impact on image quality at lower altitudes. Some effect may be noticeable at high altitudes, however. Their primary use today is to protect the lens itself.
Skylight—Light pinkish in color, this filter can help correct the slight blue cast from shooting outside under a blue sky. Some photographers see benefits for their landscape photography. I don’t recommend this filter for portraits because it can affect skin tones.
Haze—This is essentially another name for a UV filter.
The above filters were very popular in film camera lenses. But with digital cameras, we can now counteract the mild effects of UV light with the white balance settings in our cameras. So, even though UV and skylight filters do have some mild filtering effect, they are primarily used as protection filters.
I recommend that you use a high-quality, multi-coating glass filter if you want protection for your lens. You don’t really need UV or skylight under most outdoor lighting conditions.
Specific protection filters
I typed the term protection filter into the search box at B&H Photo. Among the hundreds of results listed, here are a few good examples:
Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter ($5.20) This filter helps absorb ultraviolet light, reduces the bluish cast of daylight, and serves as a general protective filter.
Hoya 58mm EVO Clear Protector Filter ($57) This offers a clear filter for protection, a low profile, and a rigid, aluminum filter ring. The coating prevents surface reflections.
Heliopan 72mm Protection Filter ($780) A clear filter for protection, the SH-PMC provides a 16-layer multi-coating, brass ring construction, and high-quality Schott glass.
That’s quite a price spread among three filters of different sizes and different qualities. Generally, you don’t have to use a UV or skylight filter if all you’re after is protecting the lens. A clear filter is all you really need. Here are three things to consider when choosing this type of filter:
Multi-coated surface to help improve contrast and reduce reflections. For best results, the quality of the filter should be on a par with the quality of the glass in your lens.
Appropriate thickness for the type of lens you’re mounting the filter on. On my 16-35mm wide-angle zoom, I have a filter with a thin mount so it doesn’t cause vignetting when the lens is set to its widest field of view. For my long zoom lens, such as a 70-200mm, it doesn’t make any difference how thick the filter mount is.
Brass or aluminum for the mount. The theory is that brass mounts tend to be easier to unmount from the lens than their aluminum counterparts. Some photographers believe that they don’t “freeze up” as often, when they then require a filter wrench to remove. I don’t have any conclusive data on the superiority of a brass mount, but I will say that I like the feel of brass better.
The two main benefits of a polarizing filter are to reduce or eliminate reflections on some surfaces and to darken a blue sky. The most widely used type, the circular polarizer, has two glass elements. Depending on the angle of the light, you can increase or decrease the polarizing effect by rotating the front element.
Polarizers are effective for both color and black and white photography. They can add drama to a sky, clarity to an object in water, and saturation to foliage in a landscape. As with protection filters, look for multi-coated polarizers with high-quality mounts. Keep in mind that polarizers are dense and will usually absorb two stops of exposure.
Since polarizers tend to be relatively expensive—up to $250 for a 72mm mount—you may want to buy the size for your largest diameter lens, then purchase cheaper step-down rings to mount the filter on your other lenses. But I like to have a polarizer for each of my major zooms.
Neutral Density filters
For photographers who like to shoot at wide apertures or use slow shutter speeds, even in normal daylight, neutral density filters are a valuable asset. They come in two basic types: single density and faders.
Single-density ND filters are commonly available in the following options:
ND.3 = 1 stop exposure adjustment
ND.6 = 2 stops exposure adjustment
ND.9 = 3 stops exposure adjustment
ND1.2 = 4 stops exposure adjustment
You can buy them individually or in a kit. Kits typically run $100 to $200.
The second type, variable neutral density filter, sometimes referred to as “fader ND filters,” are often seen in ranges of 2 to 8 stops of exposure adjustment. You choose the density by rotating the outer ring of the filter. I’ve seen faders as cheap as $35 and as expensive as $350.
What’s best for you?
Outdoor and event photographers should consider a high-quality protection filter when working in the field. If most of your work is in the comfy confines of a studio, adding an extra layer of glass shouldn’t be necessary.
Polarizing filters are particularly handy for landscape artists. I also like to have one in my camera bag to help me tame reflections when working in contrasty light.
And if you like to shoot at wide apertures for shallow depth of field, or want to slow the shutter for a soft, flowing-water effect, then ND filters are certainly worth the price. Videographers also are big fans of ND filters to help them control depth of field when working in bright conditions. In a pinch, you can use a polarizer to help reduce light to the sensor, since it absorbs two exposure stops too.
The new Facebook pages design with Timeline have arrived. Regardless of whether you like it or not, the changes are coming – it is best to prepare for them as soon as possible so your Timeline will be ready to shine. The following are 28 things you need to know about the new Facebook pages, including using the preview, timeline cover rules, how updates have changed, admin panel features, messages, and what will happen to custom content on your page’s tabs.
Previewing the New Facebook Pages
Learn how to preview the new Facebook page design and make changes to your pages before the automatic rollout on March 30th, 2012. By doing this, you can have your page ready to go without scrambling to fix potential issues.
1. Preview the New Design Now
If you haven’t already, visit one of your Facebook pages. You should see the following message above it.
By clicking on the Preview button, only you as an administrator will see how your page looks with the new Facebook page design with Timeline. You can then go through your Facebook page’s wall / Timeline to see how your status updates and other activity will look with the new layout. You can also add your Timeline cover photo, change your About information, and preview your apps / custom tabs to see how they look.
The best part is, until March 30th, you have the option to switch your admin view back to the old design or click the Publish Now button to publish your page with the new design.
2. See All of Your Pages to Preview
To see which pages you have not turned into the new Facebook pages preview, go to your Preview All Pages status page. Click on the Turn on Preview button for any of them to see how they will look with the new design, or click on the Preview All Pages button at the top to change them all over.
Timeline Cover Photo
The Timeline cover photo is one of the best new features of the new Facebook pages design. Learn how to get the most out of it and what you’re not allowed to do.
3. Timeline Cover Photo Dimensions
To get the best quality for your Timeline cover photo, be sure to create your image at 850 x 315 pixels. Your Timeline cover photo should be a strong representation of your brand like this one on the Butterfinger page.
Before you get too excited about all of the wonderful promotional opportunities that the Timeline cover photo has to offer, be sure to get acquainted with the rules. When you go to upload your new Timeline cover photo, you will be greeted with the general guidelines as follows.
“This space is not meant for promotions, coupons, or advertisements. Your cover photo should not be primarily text-based or infringe on anyone else’s copyright. Learn More about choosing a cover photo.”
On the Learn More page, you will find the main three “don’ts” of what cover images cannot contain.
Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website”
Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page’s About section
References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features
Calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”
As you can see, the restrictions on the Timeline cover prevent you from turning it into a fan-gate, promotional billboard, or other marketing tool. Additional rules for the Timeline cover include:
Covers must not be false, deceptive or misleading, and must not infringe on third parties’ intellectual property.
You may not encourage or incentivize people to upload your cover image to their personal timelines.
5. Timeline Cover Photo Ideas
Now that you know what you can’t do with your Timeline cover photo, you might be asking what you can do. Photographers will have it easy as their Timeline cover photo can be an extension of their portfolio. Any business that revolves around imagery, for that matter, will have it easy. But for some, you might be thinking how you can translate your business into an image. Some ideas to consider include:
Increase the click-through rate to your website by putting your link in the right place.
6. Extended About Your Business Section
Previously, if you wanted your website link on the main tab of your Facebook page, you had to create an About description that included your link in 70 characters or less. This would appear on the left-hand side of your page.
With the new Facebook page design, your About description can be up to 170 characters and appears beneath your page’s Timeline and profile photo.
You can change your About description in the new layout by going to your Admin Panel > Manage > Edit Page. In the old layout, you just click on the Edit Page button. Then navigate to your Basic Information section and put your description in the About field.
This works with most pages, with exception of pages set up as a local business.
7. Website Links on Local Business Pages
The above directions do not work with Facebook pages set up as a local business. On local business pages, your local information is shown instead of an About description.
In order to get your website link to show up in this section, you have two options. You can delete your business’ location information (address, city / state, and zip code), but this might not be a good solution as people will be interested in learning where you are located and what services you offer. Alternatively, you can delete your business phone number. To do so, go to your Basic Information section, click on the dropdown next to your phone number, and select No Phone. Make sure you have also entered your website link in the Website field. Now, your website link will appear on your page.
Essentially, you will have to decide which is more important to your visitors – the website link or the phone number. In this case, the owner of Soulmates Wedding anticipates more people will want to click through to see his portfolio prior to calling. Remember that you can still enter your phone number in the Description section of your page’s details so it will be displayed when someone clicks the About link for more information about your business.
8. Additional Links
Don’t forget that links included in your Basic Information fields (Description, Biography, etc.) will be automatically hyperlinked. If you would like to direct people to your other social profiles such as Twitter or Google+, you can do so by entering them in those fields with one link per line. Be sure to check each section when you edit it by viewing your page and clicking on the About link to make sure everything is displayed properly.
Status Updates & Wall Posts
Status updates and wall posts are handled differently in the new Facebook pages. Here is what you need to know.
9. Lack of Recent Activity is More Obvious
Before, people would have to glance at the date on the latest status updates to see how long it has been since a page has been updated. Now, if you go for a month without updating, it will show up like this.
Thanks to Timeline, updating your page regularly will be that much more important.
10. Change Dates on Status Updates
The up side is before Timeline launches, you can backdate some posts for your page. Simply add a post on your page, then click on the pencil icon and use the Change Date option.
Once you enter the date you want to move it to, you will get a confirmation that it will be placed on the date selected.
You can then refresh you page to see the new date on your post.
11. Highlighting and Pinning
Anything you posted on your wall can be expanded to cross both columns by clicking on the Highlighting star.
You can also bump an older post back to the top by clicking the pencil icon and choosing Pin to Top.
This will move it directly to the top of the left column of your page beneath the Post box.
The down side is that you can’t also highlight a pinned item to stretch it across both columns, and you can only pin one item at a time, so you can’t have two pinned items at the top.
12. Displaying Updates from Third Party Apps as Individual Posts
If you use a third-party app like NetworkedBlogs to update your Facebook page, you might be in for a bit of a surprise when you see your updates are not displayed individually. The following shows updates from NetworkedBlogs that are all grouped together.
However, you can break them into individual stories. Hover over the group of updates, click on the pencil icon, and then select View Individual Stories. Here, you will see each item (unfortunately without details). Click on the circle next to each and select Highlighted on Page.
When you go back to view your page, you can hover over each individual item and click on the star to remove the highlighting feature, or leave the posts highlighted across both columns.
Posts from Others
The way that posts by others on your Facebook page (including direct posts on your Timeline and posts your page has been tagged in) are displayed has been changed significantly.
13. Recent Posts By Others Grouped Together
Looking for posts other than your own on your new Facebook page? They are likely to be grouped into one section on your Timeline like this.
If you see one you want to remove, you have to hover over it and click the X to delete it. To feature a particular post by someone else on your Timeline, you can go to the Admin Panel > Manage > Use Activity Log. Find the post (organized by date), click on the Circle, and select Highlighted on Page.
Then find that update on your timeline and click on the star to remove the highlight and move it into a single column.
You can control who posts on your Timeline and whether the Recent Posts by Others are displayed by going to your Admin Panel > Manage > Edit Page > Manage Permissions section.
These settings do not include comments on your wall posts though. This could be a huge win for those worried about reputation management on their page, but a huge loss to those who like to automatically feature their fan’s activity.
14. Recent Posts by Friends
One interesting feature is that some updates made by friends of visitors viewing a page will be displayed in full.
This seems to be happening at random because not all of the posts made by my friends on Facebook wall are being shown at full. It may be based on friends you have had recent activity with.
The new Admin Panel is simplified to show you just what you want to know about recent activity on your Facebook page.
Here, you can view the latest notifications for your Facebook page.
For those who love their RSS reader, you can click on the See All link and find a RSS feed link for your page notifications. Subscribe to these RSS feeds in your favorite RSS reader (like Google Reader) so you can see all of your page notifications in one place.
Interestingly enough, notifications about people who like your page, engage with a wall post, tag you in a post, or post on your timeline, that are published in your RSS feed are publicly accessible if you share the RSS link.
16. New Likes
One section of your Admin Panel is devoted to showing you the latest likes toward your page.
One nice feature is the ability to see the people and the pages who have liked your page by clicking the See All link and using the dropdown.
This could be a huge plus for B2B businesses. They can go in, see the pages who have liked their page, figure out which ones could be potential customers, and like the page in return. Then they would be able to interact with their potential customer’s page!
A huge change for Facebook pages is the ability for people to privately message your page. Messages will show up in your Admin panel.
Be sure to check this regularly and respond to any messages that come in. They could range from new customer inquiries to reputation management issues that could be solved in a private forum rather than on your public Timeline. Although I would not suggest it, you can choose to hide the ability to message your page by changing the Show “Message” button setting in Admin Panel > Manage > Edit Page > Manage Permissions.
18. Build Audience
Another great feature that is back for Facebook pages is the ability to suggest your page to your Facebook friends by selecting Admin Panel > Build Audience > Invite Friends.
You can choose friends based on recent interaction, location, friends in a specific group, or friends in a specific friend’s list. Other options to grow your fan base under the Build Audience menu include importing email contacts, sharing your page link on your personal profile Timeline, and creating a Facebook ad.
19. Edit Page
Under the Manage menu in the Admin Panel, you will find the previously mentioned Edit Page option. Here you will find the usual settings for your Facebook page including some new options for the Timeline profile layout.
Some of these options may change when the new Facebook pages officially roll out.
20. Activity Log
Also under the Manage menu in the Admin Panel is the Activity Log link. Here, you can go through all of the updates to your Facebook page’s timeline by you and your audience.
You can then click on the icons to the right of each story to change their status from highlighted on page, allowed on page, hidden from page, change date (your own posts only), and mark as spam when applicable. The only thing missing from these is the option to pin a post to the top of your Timeline – that has to be done using the pencil icon on the individual story on your Timeline itself.
Here is a look into the new Facebook pages’ insights.
21. Insights at a Glance
Whenever you go into your Admin Panel, one of the sections will show you your page’s insights at a glance.
You can hover over parts of the graph to see specific numbers, or click the See All link to get more details.
Your Insights’ Overview will show your current total of likes, the cumulative number of friends your fans have, the number of people talking about your page, and weekly total reach.
Beneath that, you can see your page’s engagement. The pink bubbles show when your page posted an update. This can help you see how your engagement changes based on post frequency.
23. Page Posts Details
Under the graph, you can see details about each post on your Facebook page including the post’s reach, engaged users, users talking about that post, and virality.
You can use the dropdown for All Post Types to select specific posts types.
24. Demographics for Likes, Reach, and Talking About This
If you click on the Likes, Reach, and Talking About This options at the top, you can see demographics for users who are engaged with your page.
This can help you determine whether you are targeting the right audience for your business on your Facebook page.
25. Where Your Likes Came From
At the bottom of the Likes section is an interesting graph on where your page’s likes have come from as well as the latest number of unlikes.
This can help you see whether like boxes and buttons on your website are working well, as well as see any boosts in likes within the last 90 days. Linking a spike in unlikes to a particular post can also help you learn if your posts are actually disengaging your audience.
Apps & Tabs
We saved the most controversial for last. Worried about your custom Facebook page tabs and apps? Here is what is going to happen to them.
26. Default Landing Tabs are Gone
This is probably the biggest stinker for the new Facebook pages. Everyone will be sent directly to your main timeline – no more default landing tab. The only way to direct someone to a particular tab on your Facebook page would be to give them the direct URL for that tab. To do this, just go to the tab on your Facebook page and then copy the URL.
27. Tabs are Wider
Your custom Facebook page content will now be displayed on your page at 810 pixels wide. If your content is currently set at the old width, it will be centered and surrounded by white space like this Twitter app from inlineVision.
You’ll also want to make sure you have enough content for your custom tabs as they will otherwise lead to a wide, white space on your page.
28. Only 2 – 3 Custom Tabs Showed
While you can have a total of 12 custom tabs (including your Photos and Page Likes), only four are showed at the top of your page.
This means visitors to your page have to be savvy enough to click on the down arrow to find the rest. You can swap the position of your custom tabs to make sure the best ones are up top by clicking on the down arrow, hovering over the tab, clicking on the pencil, and selecting which tab to swap it with. Everything but Photos can be moved.
Being able to swap your number of likes with a custom tab can be a great way to downplay the focus on number of fans your page has. Even Toyota, with 781,000+ likes, has chosen to do this to hopefully get attention to their Welcome tab and other featured content.
What other discoveries have you made about the new Facebook pages with Timeline design? Be sure to list your observations, likes, and dislikes in the comments.
About the Author: Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog Kikolani focuses on blog marketing for personal, professional, and business bloggers. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
Videographer Joel Loukus created a continuous ring light source — which he calls the “WreathLight” — using a wreath frame and two strings of Christmas lights. The total cost came out to $24. It’s a cheap and easy way of adding some soft lighting to your portraits. No Skills? No Tools? No Problem!
It was 4:30am when my alarm clock went off. A quick shower, a few bites of cereal, and I grabbed my bag that I packed the night before with snacks, a second change of clothes and my go-pro camera kit. I was going to get dirty. I was going to get wet.
At the crack of dawn, I hopped into Frank’s jeep along with photographers Guy Noffsinger and Lee Love. We looked forward to the day ahead with great anticipation. We were about to shoot a 10 minute action-educational video in hopes of eventually getting Frank a new television program on a major network.
Frank Lee Ruggles: Warrior Artist On-Location
Frank Lee Ruggles is an Artist, Author, and former Eminent Photographer for the National Park Service, a job position once occupied by Ansel Adams. “Often compared to the American icon, Frank similarly delights us with his patience for the perfect shot and with his heroic efforts to get there”. An exhibition of his private works of America’s National Parks is currently showing in several locations across the US, accompanied by lectures about his experiences traveling to all 50 US States and showing images from his books”Beautiful America” and “Workbook”.A third book: “The Outdoor Photographer’s Guide to Hiking” was released in late 2011. Current Projects include: teaching photography at his “Hike and Shoot” Workshops, his exhibit and lecture tour, and his dedication to photograph all of the National Parks.
Frank Lee Ruggles began his photography career as a hobbyist in 1992, working in a one hour photo lab on Kiawah Island, SC. Before and after work most days, he would hike the trails of the Island, practicing his photographic skills and developing his own shooting style. After taking thousands of images, studying Ansel Adams’ books, and with the help of his wife Lisa, he found his own style and a buying audience at the photo store, where he sold his Fine Art images.
After five years, he moved to the Washington DC area to try new challenges and found work as a camera store manager where he met hundreds of photographers and learned the business of photography by networking and sharing experiences. In 1999, with his business partner he purchased a lab of his own. Their clients for photography and custom hand processing were primarily Federal Government clients, Architects, Realtors, and Manufacturers.
Frank Lee Ruggles has photographed over 100 of our National parks and logged 25000 miles on his photographic journey over the past four years. He can often be found hanging off remote cliffs, hiking on active volcanoes,or sitting for sometimes hours – waiting patiently – for the perfect image to capture the American Beauty he sees through his lens. His hikes frequently take him far off the beaten path to discover the lesser known views of these well known places. Mr. Ruggles will go to almost any extent to “get the shot”. He has committed to not only searching out, documenting, and sharing the beauty of America, but he has also committed to protect it as well through education and fundraising for preservation foundations.
Our crew of ten are made up of all sorts and ranges of talent from the Washington DC and Baltimore areas. We came together, unpaid, but knowing this was going to be a project that is going to garnish a lot of attention and create the next sensation in the likes of Anthony Bourdain, only within the photography world.
Frank Lee Ruggles: Warrior Artist Crew
It was a long and tough day shooting throughout and above Harper’s Ferry where West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia come together at the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The second half of the day demanded the crew to accompany Frank on a 2 mile hike up a 750 foot rocky mountain “for that perfect shot.” Along the way up, we lost three crew members to heat exhaustion sickness and they had to traverse back down the mountainside. The rest had to now carry even more gear to our final destination, an expansive view overlooking Harper’s Ferry and two railroad bridges far below. Frank swiftly harnessed himself to a rope and hopped over to another ledge. When the Scarlet Red camera was set-up and ready to shoot, Frank proceeded to enthusiastically educate the viewer in photographic technique. He climbed down the ledge and back up to another small spire away from the curious onlookers and crew for his final hot-shot.
Frank Lee Ruggles: Warrior Artist
Here’s hoping all the best to a fine man who deserves a show. Frank Lee Ruggles is a Warrior Artist who is going places… and taking you with him!
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One of the benefits of editing software is that you can take an image or media file and edit it through Photoshop, one of the most popular sources for editing and design. The one big problem with this software is the cost. If you want to get a basic Photoshop program, it could cost you in the ballpark of a couple hundred dollars. You can get a low end computer for that price. This article is for those who want to do some editing, but don’t want to shell out exorbitant amounts of cash. Here’s a list of some of the top open source software alternatives to Photoshop that would make an excellent addition to any virtual office:
GIMP, which stands for GNU image manipulation program, is one of the older and well known programs out there that’s been used for years as a good alternative to Photoshop. It doesn’t quite have all of the bells and whistles, but the best thing about the program, first and foremost, is that it’s free and it works well across multiple platforms. You get many of the same features like photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. The program provides expert retouching tools and mass production image rendering. Another great feature is the expandable and open sourced capabilities to alter the program to meet the user’s specific needs.
Since GIMP is an open sourced software, for those who prefer the way that Photoshop manages the photo editing experience, GIMPshop is a modification of the standard program that allows it to work very similarly to Photoshop. This is also a free and open sourced software, but it’s primary function is to give users the ability to interact with the menu and features that are structured closely to match its editing counterpart. For anyone who wants more adjustable features, this is a good option that is a hybrid between Photoshop and the standard GIMP software.
As we all know, Macs are really expensive and so is their software. ChocoFlop is exclusively for Macs and is optimized to work with Macs system architecture. Currently, it’s free, but if you’re wanting to do some editing but not really interested in shelling out the money, you can download this program that works very similarly to Photoshop. With it, you can edit your photos and design your images, and it is designed to work in conjunction with Apple’s CoreImage technology. It takes great advantage of your Mac’s graphics card, and it works very well up against many of the program’s competitors.
This is another open source program that’s really designed for the novice. It has many comparable features that all work on the Koffice suite for Linux, but Krita is a little more low key than it’s Photoshop or GIMP counterparts. It has a lot of unique features, but it’s more for the person that doesn’t want to do high-end editing but just wants a way to make some alterations or retouching to their own photos. It’s intended to be really user friendly and for anyone to pick up in their spare time.
Check one of these programs out if you’re looking to save money or you just want an alternative to Photoshop’s rigid approach to editing software. Photoshop is well know for a reason, and, though it is an excellent program, it’s not for everyone. There are other opened sourced photo editing programs, but these are some of the most popular user picks. Check these options out and see which one works best for you.