Disclosure: Thank you to Corel for partnering with me on this post. As always, opinions 100% mine.
I have been using Photoshop for about 10 years, and I love the program. I use it for all of my blog graphics, and any kind of graphic design. One thing I do find time consuming though is for actual photo editing. I don’t think the program is super intuitive and there’s a pretty huge learning curve I am just not over. I’ve looked into getting Lightroom but not sure if I want to pay that much.
I’ve been working on my photography a lot lately for my blog and personal life. Lately, I’ve felt like I need a program to help me enhance photos quickly. I’m trying to get the best photos I can straight out of the camera, but of course the photos need little tweaks here and there.
I’ve been testing out a photo editing program called Corel AfterShot Pro 2. I have to say I was very intrigued as this claims to be a Lightroom alternative!
Apparently this is the fastest photo management & post-processing tool available today and is five times faster than Lightroom. I have never used Lightroom but this is ages faster than my beloved Photoshop. Navigating through photos is a breeze, even on my SD card. Everything opens up nicely, saves extremely fast, and edits quickly.
Let’s look at some photos I edited quickly with AfterShot Pro 2. I let the girls run around outside and I snapped some photos of them just playing and having fun. I did not dress them up special (I tried to do that the previous day and it failed miserably). Getting outside with some natural light right before sunset could ensure that I got some good lighting.
Here’s a close up of little Caroline’s face. Girlfriend has a quite a few little bumps and a big ol’ scratch, that’s for sure. I am not one for completely modifying and warping my children’s faces. I think my children are the most beautiful girls ever! I do think that if I were trying to get some specific photos of the girls and they were a little bumped and scratched, I would want to clean the photos up, especially if I was going to print them. In addition to fixing those little spots I brightened the photo, made her eyes pop, and bumped up the contrast.
Here’s a screen shot of the heal layers. It’s so simple! I can also take stains out of shirts! Winning!
I didn’t do too much with this photo of Kennedy. I thought the photo turned out pretty decent, but it looked a little flat to me. I increased the contrast, vibrance, brightened her eyes (remember, she has a coloboma in her right eye so I promise I didn’t warp her pupil), took out that smudge above her lip (too many M&Ms?), and bumped up the brightness just a touch.
All of these edits took me a very short amount of time to do. I am not really going for the overly filtered look. I am trying to keep my photos as natural as possible so I get the question “what camera do you shoot with?” instead of “what apps do you edit with?”
If you’re intrigued and want to try it out for yourself, you can download a 30 day free trial. If you end up purchasing, you can use the coupon code “SMILE” for 70% off, making it just over $30! The best part about this is it’s available for Mac, Windows, and Linux! Give it a try and let me know what you think!