So far, we have established that taking photos at night is not a simple process. There are multiple aspects that you need to be careful of. In order to make sure that all of those aspects are truly taken care of, you sometimes need to take help from a photo editor.
Photo editors are great. They help you not only adjust basic aspects of your photos but also go a long way in fixing problems that arise particularly in night photos. These include excessive noise, inaccurate color balance and more. Ultimately, the image editor you choose depends on what kind of images you plan to take. That is why we are going to talk about some of the different kinds of editors that you can use for your needs.
For Stars and Night Sky
In order to take photos of the stars or the night sky, you need a photo editor that can basically do it all. You will need to take control of the colors, the exposure, the contrast, the highlights and shadows, and the noise levels and clarity of your photos. For that purpose, be sure to take your photos in RAW so that you can easily make these edits later on.
Image editors that allow for RAW control are fully featured and ready for pretty much everything. They come with advanced exposure control, color correction and white balance tools, object removal capabilities, layer control, and even selective adjustments. Some well-known programs in this category are Adobe Lightroom, Capture One Pro, and Luminar.
For Light Painting
If you mostly take light painting photos, you probably won’t need extreme editing tools and can make do with something easier to use that allows you to adjust the exposure and contrast of your art. Light painting usually requires a punchy contrast and since it’s done with light, the ISO and hence the noise is generally kept low. So all you need for such photos is an easier-to-use program like Luminar that can help you quickly make little tweaks to your image before you post it online or print it.
Taking portraits at night is not an easy feat. You mainly have to deal with bad lighting that can often ruin portraits. So for this kind of work, you should invest in a program that excels in noise reduction as you would have to use a higher ISO value to compensate for the bad lighting. Other than the noise, you will also have to deal with bad white balance and inaccurate colors. Skin tones usually don’t come out nicely at night, especially if you don’t use your own lighting, so your editor needs to have tools for adjusting these as well.
So these are the things you need to remember when wondering which photo enhancing software to choose. Knowing your particular needs is crucial for this decision as each image editor will excel in something or the other. And since professional image editors don’t come for free, making an informed decision is the best thing you can do.