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How Do You Fix Your Photos?

I'm working on a comparison of free digital-photo programs for Thursday's column. As I've been trying out the various editing tools in these programs, I've had to think about how much work people actually put into their pictures.

I know some enthusiasts will obsess for hours with a copy of Adobe Photoshop, but others can take months just to get around to rotating pictures so they don't appear sideways. (That's one reason why I like digital cameras that handle basic picture clean-up work automatically, before you even transfer the photos to your computer.)

I like to think of myself as a dedicated photographer, but in practice my effort varies a great deal. I'll usually take care of the basics right away, such as rotating photos as needed, fixing red-eye effects and deleting the worst shots. Anything more advanced--for instance, cropping pictures or straightening shots so the horizon is level--can take longer, sometimes months longer. (Please don't ask me when I'll finish tinkering with last fall's vacation shots!) And there are some options that I almost never bother to mess with, like messing with color balance or saturation.

What sort of picture-editing tasks are always on your to-do list after you've copied photos to your computer? What sort of things do you never seem to get around to doing?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 24, 2007; 1:46 PM ET
Categories:  Pictures  
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