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?
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:
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:
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…