Photo editing is what makes digital photography so much fun for folks who are learning the art of photography.
Digital technology has been a gift to us moms: we are able to take many more shots while we practice, we can see what we have right away and adjust settings if needed and we can fix our mistakes! While my goal as a busy mom is to get a good exposure right out of the camera we all know that it isn’t always possible. I will review a few tips that I use when editing my photos. I will not cover all the technical details of editing using Photoshop but rather will just speak to the basics of post editing that can be done with most editing software. I use Memory Manager. I also know that some of you may be spending hours post editing. I can’t. I have a very busy household to run and have to use the 80/20 rule on these type of projects. These tips will successfully edit 80% of your photos very nicely!
1. Most every photo could stand to be brightened up a bit. Use the midtones tool to increase the ‘light’ in your photo. You will find that this one step alone will help your photos tremendously.
2. Increase the contrast. This function is generally found where you find the midtones tool. I always do this after I get the brightness where I want it.
3. Warm it up. Many photos have a bluish tent that you may not even notice. The white balance can be tricky to determine and the auto white balance function is not always right on. Remember that people especially like to be warm! So adjust the ‘temperature’ and you will be amazed at what happens, especially to the skin tones.
4. Make it sharp. I don’t always do this but sometime it helps to make the photo a little sharper. You can’t fix a blurry exposure but the sharpen tool will help the ones that are slightly out of focus.
5. Crop it. This can make a good photo great. Try different crops, it will take a little practice but it will make a big difference in the final product!
There are many many more tweaks you can do to your photos. You can turn it to black and white and clean it up by cloning out unwanted background. You can spend hours erasing blemishes. There are volumes written on the subject. But I have found that these 5 tips help me save tons of time and I hope they will help you too.
Here are a few examples of before and after shots:
after adjusting the contrast, warming up and cropping:
after warming it up a bit
this transformation below was done using the midtones tool. I maxed it out and then saved the image then adjusted the midtones again……crazy!!!
You can see that just a slight change in these settings can make a huge difference in your family treasures! Who knows what is hiding under those photos on your computer!