Looking for a better way to edit your GoPro photos on Mac?
In this article we detail a bulletproof workflow for editing your GoPro photos using the most common photo editors for Mac (and Windows).
First we discuss our 10 step process, and then we look at the best photo editing software to use.
But without any further ado, let’s get started!
Editing Photos: My 10-Step Workflow
We can’t forget that GoPro cameras are also great for photography. So it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyways) that it’s just as important to understand the editing process for photos as well. Luckily, without sound design and timeline sequencing, it’s a bit simpler to do and quite a bit less time consuming.
I’ve listed the top photo editing apps below, but for now, they are: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and Gimp. When I only have my phone, I’ll use the Adobe mobile Suite.
Here’s the workflow using Adobe Lightroom:
1. Copy your best GoPro shots over your computer drive
2. Download and Open Adobe Lightroom
3. Create a new Catalog: click on [File] → [New Catalog…] → [Save your Catalog]
4. Click on the Library tab and import your photos from your computer to the library by dragging them over
5. Click on the Develop tab to start editing your photos
6. Select the photo you want to edit and adjust white balance, tone and presence
7. Or Add our GoPro Color Grading Preset Pack (for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop)
8. If the photo is grainy or noisy, then go down to “Noise reduction” and increase Luminance.
9. If you shot in Superview and have lens distortion, you can reduce that by enabling “Lens Correction” and select GoPro Lens.
10. Export your amazing edit: click on [File] → [Export…] → [Select a folder and file settings (jpeg, png, etc) ] → [Export]
Top 3 Photo Editing Apps
The following photo editors are widely used and highly rated by thousands of creators. They are all compatible with Windows and Mac.
- Adobe Lightroom – Simple and fast. It’s a must-have app for both professional and amateur photographers. It’s more geared towards image adjustment and correction, unlike the following, which is also for graphic designers. There’s also a mobile version that I found to be very practical.
- Adobe Photoshop – More complex. It works with layers and can accomplish amazing editing if you know how. As mentioned, this is geared towards graphic designers and photographers.
- Gimp (free open source) – A good free alternative to the Adobe suite (I used it for years when my budget was much tighter)
I hope you fond these tips useful for you that are looking to share your GoPro content on Instagram. If so, please share this tutorial with your friends and colleagues 😊