If you’re taking your own headshots or promotional photos ( again, we always suggest a professional for the best results), your work is not done once you’ve simply taken the picture. Editing your shots is crucial, as it will greatly improve the quality of the images and will get your headshots closer to a studio-quality look.
In order to edit your photos, you’ll need editing software. The most famous, and arguably the best program, is Adobe Photoshop (http://www.photoshop.com/). But Photoshop can cost hundreds of dollars, and many free alternatives exist. For ease of use, try Google’s Picasa (http://picasa.google.com/), and for more powerful but complicated software, use GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/). Each program is organized differently, so for simplicity, we’ll provide an overview of a few methods that will greatly improve your photos.