A beginner's guide to how to edit photos

A photographer learning how to edit photos on her laptop
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Wondering how to edit photos? Then you're in the right place. This guide will offer some key pointers to get you started, no matter what software you choose to use for the job. Maybe you're completely new to photo editing, or perhaps you've only ever learned how to edit photos in Instagram or other such platforms. Learning how to edit photos in a more sophisticated way, and more subtly, can really help your photos stand out, bringing life into flat images. 

With the range of tools available today, editing photos isn't just for professionals or serious enthusiasts. There's a huge variety of tools to use, from free or cheap apps to professional programs, some with bigger learning curves than others. In this primer, we'll look at general considerations that apply whatever software you use.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.