Chapter Five. Basic Image Editing

You decide to edit your images for different reasons. Sometimes, you employ an image editor to fix mistakes, such as exposure or color problems, or to remove sensor dust or optical artifacts. At other times, you edit your images because it’s not possible to achieve the tone and color that you want in-camera. Because your camera has a limited dynamic range, tone and color adjustments are often required to achieve the image that you had in mind while shooting. You might also choose to edit your images because the result you’re trying to create requires “special effects.”

Image editing can occur at many different places within your workflow. In Chapter 3, “Interface and Basic Workflow,” we outlined a plan for how ...

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