Editing Your Photos
| |Updated 8/22/2010
Go to the end of this tutorial for the updates.
Just a few tips on editing your photos.
Surfing the blogs the past couple
of months I've seen some photos that are incredibly wonderful and then
some that could use some assistance. I'm happy to give you a few
pointers as some women have asked me to do. Ooh, not much, just a few
tips, so let's talk about editing them first. I'm on a Mac with iPhoto
but the editing tools are all the same: exposure, contrast, saturation,
definition, highlights, shadows, sharpness, adjusting red-eye, de-noise,
temperature, tint and maybe a few others in different programs.
first photo was just as it was coming off the camera. As you can see in
the adjust box on the right, it is at the starting levels before I do
anything. Rose bush leaves are a bit dark.
*This is the photo after I edited
it for clarity. Taking a look at the Adjust window on the right shows
you what I did to bring it into a more beautiful photo. Very first thing
I did was lighten the shadows. Then I gave it a little definition and
sharpness, but I gave it a WHOLE lot of highlight to bring out the
petals and leaves more. (This
also works wonders on lace to add a lot of highlight to it and when
taking a picture that involves a window in the background. Try it on
your photo editor next time and see what a difference it makes.
Photobucket, Picasa and Photoshop all have these settings.) Then
I go for the exposure and contrast. That's the way I like my photos to
appear. I use natural light outside but most of the time I'll have my
flash on. Even inside I have my flash on with the house lighting on
also. It's very difficult to get good pictures in this north facing dark
house so I need all the help I can get. I almost always use my flash. Understand
also that a good camera is essential for good pics. I think the biggest
problem I've seen is the photos are usually so dark or a lot of yellow
and orange cast (from incandescent lighting) in them because they're
using the flash with a setting that shouldn't be used with a flash. Try
using your flash with the Auto setting on your camera. See how that
works. That's pretty much the setting I use the most. I have a Canon
Rebel XSi. There are better cameras and cheaper cameras but this one
does an excellent job for what I want. I've also made these screenshots a
bit bigger than normal for my blog so you can see them more clearly.
I'll post this whole blog post to my tutorial on my tutorial for
blogging and photography.
*This is a screenshot of the photo
editor up closely so you can see how much editing I did. The tabs on
there are all to the extreme left when I started. By sliding them to the
right, as I did, you can see how much I edited each one. I didn't touch
the Temperature or Tint on these photos. You can absolutely do this in
any program I mentioned above. Viewers want to see the photographs. As I
said above, the Highlights tab I use almost excessively. I edit in this
order: Shadows, Highlights, Definition, Sharpness, Exposure and
Contrast. After Contrast, I sometimes go back and work on the Exposure
again. This is what lightens the photo the most—dark to light. I very
rarely touch the De-noise or Saturation. You can play around with these
if you want to see the effect it has on the photo but I doubt you'll use
it much, if at all. You can play around with these if
you want to see the effect it has on the photo but I doubt you'll use
it much, if at all. The saturation feature is kind of neat when you want
to play with the color a lot to get various different looks. Just play
around with it and see what happens. Sometimes it's a great deal of fun.
~*~ 8/22/2010Now, this is a photo taken in the family room just as it came off the camera. See how dark it is?
*If you look at the photo editor, you can see where I've ONLY applied the highlights feature. See how it brings out the lace better? I've done nothing else to it at this point.Screenshot #5*Now, here is where I got serious
in the editing. Check out the editor on the right and see how much I
lightened it, took out the shadows, adjusted the contrast, sharpness and
the definition. See the difference from the first photo of the window
with the banner on it and the bottom photo here?
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