Free photo editing tools, like Picasa, are great. That is, until they aren’t. If you’re finding that your images aren’t turning out as great as you’d hoped in “post” – fancy term for post-processing – then it might be time to make the jump to a more robust software like Lightroom. In Lightroom you’ll have a ton of capability to adjust things like color, white balance, highlights, etc., as well as making some fun adjustments for amazing final images.
This post from Contrastly is a great place to stare, offering tutorials on a variety of adjustments that you can complete fairly quickly and easily. If you’re a bit overwhelmed with the thought of diving right in, perhaps a class from Fotoclasses can help you find your way around the program first and help you make basic edits on your own.
While a perfect image to start is always the most desirable, having a few extra tools under your belt sure can’t hurt!