Photo Editing and Upload Speeds

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

You’ve probably got a ton of photos that you took from all your summer trips — whether it’s the children with grandma or the Mediterranean beaches — and you’re ready to do a complete photo dump. Get them on your computer, maybe touch them up a little bit and post them to your social media sites or send them to friends and family.

Let’s first go over some of the best photo editing apps for your computer.

1. Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop

The gold standard in photo editing, Adobe has a few products to get the job done — Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC, both now cloud-based apps. So, what’s the difference and which should you use?

The difference lies in the functionality of the programs. Photoshop is the king of photo editing, allowing users to make changes down to the pixel. While Lightroom has a few of the same features of Photoshop, but it also lets you manage your photos overall. In short, if you’re new to photo editing, start out with Lightroom. Once you get more advanced, you may prefer Photoshop — or even both, together.

Note that Adobe has moved its Creative Suite to the Creative Cloud, meaning that instead of needing a CD-rom to run the program, all you have to do is subscribe monthly using your Windstream Internet.

2. DxO PhotoLab

A software, DxO PhotoLab allows users to edit specific areas in images and make complex adjustments with just a few clicks. Take, for example, the Control Points feature, in which you can manually select the spaces you want to edit by simply clicking on that part of the image. PhotoLab also includes several features that will automatically correct for exposure and atmospheric haze to optimize all of your photos. To learn more about this software’s features, click here.

3. Microsoft Photos and/or Apple Photos

For a free option, try the photo editing programs that usually come with your computer — Microsoft Photos for PCs and Apple Photos for Macs — that both sync up with cloud-based storage services, OneDrive and iCloud, respectively. With both, users get basic photo editing tools, such as rotating images, cropping and adding filters. Microsoft Photos will search your photos for people, places and things and automatically tags them for you. Similarly, Apple Photos will curate your photos by activities, trips, holidays, people, pets and others and place them in a collection just for you.

Now that you’ve gotten to play with a few photo editing programs, let’s talk a bit about photo storage and beefing up your high-speed Internet.

Why? Most photo storage options are cloud-based and require that you upload them onto a web-based server. Traditional Internet — DSL and cable — have started providing faster download speeds, but it hasn’t made much headway on upload speeds.

And you don’t want to be waiting around all day for your photos to upload — whether into Photoshop or into your online storage. So, what to do?

Fortunately, there’s a fix for that: Kinetic Gig, our gigabit Internet service. Kinetic Gig uses light to transmit signals through glass or plastic tubes. The transportation method leaves it less susceptible to outside forces like power outages or distance. Gig also provides symmetrical upload/download speeds, meaning your inner photo editor can get to work in just a jiffy!