If you are not into photography, you should still read this, everyone has a camera and this is basic information for everyone.
No matter if you love taking pictures or you just take pictures because you think you should, one way to get more out of your photos is through editing.
All photographers edit their photos. THE END.
While in San Francisco, we came across many flower stands that had the most vivid flowers I have ever seen. If we didn’t have a flight home, I’m certain I would have become a proud owner of some of the gerberas we came across. Instead, I took a photos of some of them.
Now, I’m always aware of who is watching me take photos and I was feeling guilty about taking photos of their flowers without buying anything, so I just wanted to snap a few because the lighting was perfect, but I wanted to be quick, so I didn’t have a chance to try to do anything “artistic.”
TIP: Do not take photos in the blaring sunlight. Shade or cloud cover is best. These flowers were underneath a canopy on a very, very sunny day.
This photo is SOOC (straight out of camera – absolutely no editing done on this photo.)
I really love this shot, those flowers are amazing. When Brian and I got married, we had light colored gerbers all over our cake. It was so lovely.
I realize that this shot really did not need editing, but I loved staring at it so much that I decided to play with it a little more.
I decided to see what else I could do with this photo, using Photoshop. One of the biggest changes I made was cropping. Looks like a different photo, doesn’t it?
And here is yet another version of the exact same photo using Photoshop:
I realize that Photoshop is very complicated and not cheap, but if you have it, I recommend just jumping in and doing whatever you want with your pictures, you can’t hurt the photo. Just try it.
But for those of us that do not have Photoshop, there’s Picasa.
Here’s something I did using Picasa using the same photo. Picasa is a completely free editing program and totally easy to use:
Now, I want to tell you what I did to create the different versions, but I’m not going to tell you exactly. Here are some of the steps done for these photos:
-blur the edges on the first photos
-DECREASE saturation in the second
I realize the original shot is pretty perfect. So how about a shot that isn’t? Whenever I go on walks with the kids, I bring my camera, but I also bring along our $80 point and shoot so they can take their own photos. I never, ever give them any direction, I just allow them to be as creative as they want with the camera.
Here’s a shot Ariel took of Racecar. I love this photo, I love that they staged it and worked together to create it.
And here is the same photo I did using some basic editing techniques using Picasa:
-slight saturation (okay, maybe I used too much saturation…but you get the idea.)
What do you think? What are your thoughts? Can you do this? YES! If you’re feeling saucy and you’d like to try it out on your own, feel free to post the results on your blog, leave me your post link in the comments and I’ll link to you at the end of this post. Feel free to share any Picasa tips you may have, as well.
GO FORTH AND EDIT!
Hint: an editing You Capture is forthcoming…be ready.