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With the advent of camera phones, photography is now widely available to all. Some may say that you need to buy a dedicated camera to be a photography but I'd disagree. Photography is about capturing "the moment", "framing" and, if you can, having fun trying different techniques. Now that we're in the age of digital photography, you can easily post edit you photographs to get the scene you want.

While I tend not to publish a lot of my photographs, those that I have can be found in Adobe Stock.

Below are a number of useful tools and resources you can use to manage and edit you photographs.

Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is a great way of generating revenue from your creations.

After creating your account, you can upload your creations. Your uploads will be vetted to ensure they meet the quality requirements and then they'll be available for people to purchase. You'll get a dashboard to track your sales and top downloaded content.

Adobe Stock is also a great source of reference material.


Shotwell is a personal photo manager. After importing you photographs, you can use the built in editing functions to crop and rotate them as well as adjust the colours and perform other enhancements. You can organise your photographs using tags and folders and time.


GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a raster graphics editor. If you are looking for a tool to perform basic editing (cropping, rotating, resizing) then I tend to recommend Pinta or Shotwell. GIMP can perform these basic tasks but it can do a whole lot more.

GIMP, like most professional editors, has the concept of layers. This is especially useful if you're using reference material to sketch over or trace. There are plenty of tutorials you can follow to build up your basic skills and knowledge.


Natron is a digital compositor for VFX and motion graphics. The node based engine suits my background in software engineering.

Natron can be used to perform colour correction and a host of different visual effects on your photographs.

Whether you expect to be performing any Visual FX or not, it is worth looking at a few Natron tutorials as they'll give you some background into some of the basics for animation and editing. Open Visual FX is a good source of information and the Compositing in Natron video tutorial is a great place to start.

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