Sunkissed Orchids

Hello there

I know that I normally write about my cardmaking and scrapbooking but today I want to show you what a difference editing your photos make.  I normally am a purist about photography and do minimal editing such as cropping for photos but today I went a little further and I am sold on editing to get a good photo now.  What do you think of the results?

Sunkissed Orchids

I used to use Memory Manager from Creative Memories, but I bought a new computer and I am now no longer able to use it for editing as the programme is no longer being supported since the demise of CM Australasia.  So I have discovered Picmonkey which is free for basic editing and just $33 per year for the Royale feature.  I have found it great to use to do collages for a website that  I am setting up for Gift Hutt.

For those of you that don’t know, I also have a shop in Lower Hutt called Gift Hutt and sell lots of arts and crafts on behalf of people.  You can check out what I have  in the shop here.  Today when I got to Gift Hutt the sun was shining through the window, onto some polymer clay orchids that I had sitting in the front of the shop and that was creating a lovely reflection.  I took a few photos with my Samsung Note tablet – here is the original image:

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As you can see there is quite a lot of background distraction.  I then cropped the photo to focus on the flowers and then using the clone function removed the white mark on the right.  Finally I used the shadow function to remove the background noise from the wall at the back of the photo.  It didn’t take long but I am happy with the result.  Here is the finished photo again:

Sunkissed Orchids

As you can see the editing has made a huge difference.  I know a lot of people are probably already doing this but it is a revelation to me and I am so pleased with the results that I will be doing more of this to improve the quality of my photos.  I will be exploring the other functions to see what results I come up with – so watch this space…

Happy Crafting

Patricia

11 Comments on “Sunkissed Orchids

  1. It’s fabulous Patricia, I love it! Now you know why I love editing so much, as you’ve just discovered it can be quite addictive. Looking forward to seeing more xx

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  2. Welcome to the world of editing. There should be so great apps for your tablet to have fun with too. Editing can take a good photo and make it great. Love the image. 😀

    • Thank you Raewyn but I don’t have time to do the photos. I am happy to stick with Picmonkey and see how I go at the moment. I was so pleased to get what I had been seeing in Gift Hutt.

      • I just play around with my iPad at the end of the day. I find the WP app easier to use for the reader so have started doing that. There are so many amazing apps out there for editing. I do this all when there is nothing much on TV.

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