Sunday, July 3, 2011

photo editing in a nutshell

Here is just a little quick post about how I edit pictures.  Surprising to me, I get lots of comments and questions about my pictures and I wanted to give y'all a little peek at some tricks I've learned.  So many of my friends take much better pictures then me and I can look at them for hours! here you go.

We have a Mac laptop and I used to edit all my pictures using the iphoto on it.  

Then I stumbled on PHOTOBUCKET.  I like them because after you edit your pictures they "encode" them...if that's the correct wording.  That way you can easily click on the "direct link" code and copy it on your blog or facebook.  I DON'T like the ucky advertisements on PHOTOBUCKET and that can be a turn off.  They do have the cool option of making your pictures have a "color splash".  That's the pictures you've seen that are black and white with one thing in the picture colored.  I also like their "old photo" in their effects.

The one I recommend is this one.
I started using PICNIK.  They have a nicer "atmosphere".  Currently I'm in love with this free edition site and run my favorite pictures through them.  This is where I made my blog header.
After editing here you can click on the "save and share" button.  It gives the option of moving it to your PHOTOBUCKET album and then you can get your "code".  Or you can just save them to your computer.  
Example #1 {original of Eden in the Garden}
After uploading it I ALWAYS first click "auto fix".
If you don't like the quick fix just click undo 
in the top right hand corner.
Under Effects clicked on "Cross Process"
Played with "bloom" and "brightness"
Under frames clicked "rounded edges"  (I LOVE this feature!)

{nice and glowing Garden fairy}

Example #2 {original picture of Eden and Baby}
Clicked "auto fix". 
Clicked the "Create" tab, then I clicked "Effects"
I settled on the "CinemaScope" look.  
Then I added some words by clicking "text'.

Example #3 {Brynlee's little lip}
Under effects clicked on "black and white"
Under frames clicked "rounded edges"
(don't forget to check transparent)
This one was simple but really sweet looking.

Example #4 {Princess Brynlee}
Auto fix
Under effects clicked on "Holga-ish"

Example #5 {mommy and Eden}
Under Effects clicked "Lomo-ish"

Don't pose them...just snap pictures.
Stand where you would normally stand when taking a picture...
then take 2 steps closer "click"
take 2 steps to the side then "click"
Morning and Evening is the best time 
for pretty lighting in your pictures.


Heather ♥ {Missionary Mama} said...

Ok, gotta say..I've just been playing around with Picnik for a few min. and...I think I am in lo♥e already! ha! So much fun and so many options {sometimes too many is a bad thing tho, I can't decide!} Thanks for the tips and steering me in the right direction.
Love ya, friend!
P.S. I got your note, thanks! ;)

missionarymomma said...

As soon as I say, thank you to you I am off to Picnik. So...Thank you.

I can't wait to play. Jus have one more question, how are you able to also keep the original?

By the way, I love photograpghy and I think you take some wonderful shots. Of course, it helps having such pretty little subjects. :-)

Bethany said...

I know this has nothing to do with the post you did, but how did you put up your hair in the last picture example? It looks cute on the top and I'm always game for a new hair style to try :D Well, I told you it didn't have anything to do with your post. Ha ha!

By the way, I haven't said thanks for following my blog yet so...thanks!!!!!

raising4princesses said...

missionary mama, sending a hug to you dear friend.

missionary momma, thank you for the sweet comments. I save all my pictures on my laptop originally before I play with them. So I always have them to go back to. My brother-in-law who is does computer work for a business told me once that "the more you play with a picture and move it around the less clear it will get." Makes sense, but because I like all the fancy options I still play with them and keep my originals also. Maria

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