(FYI: you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.)
THIS is why I love living here. Why would I ever go back to the suburbs, when this is less than a minute from my house??! Seriously. I pulled the car over and snapped the picture. There were no cars zooming by, it was silent, a bit windy…
Today I’m going to talk a little bit about editing photographs.
The above picture is just as it came out of the camera, except that I put my little watermark on it, and I resized it smaller. If I don’t resize the pictures, they use up all my allotted space on WordPress. I keep a copy of the original, a copy of the regularly edited picture, and a third copy with the watermark and resized.
Below is the picture again, as I would normally edit it. If you look carefully, you’ll see that a white shed is missing, as is a green tank, and some powerlines, and a telephone pole. The colors are more vibrant and just the fence post and wire fencing have been sharpened. The field and barn/house/some of the tree line have been softened.
I did all that in my beloved Picnik (which will be gone in April. I’m still in mourning.)
No, wait! I take that back. I used Photoshop Elements to get rid of the powerlines. I could have used Picnik, but it was actually easier in Elements (for a change.)
All of those edits took about 4 minutes in Picnik. And for the casual hobbyist, that’s exactly how long I want it to take. Quick, editing done, don’t really care if it’s perfect. Just want it to look good enough that I don’t embarrass myself.
Sorry, guys. I’m still a bit whiny about losing Picnik soon. I’m not looking forward to how long it’ll take me to play with my pictures in Elements. And I’m not even sure how I’ll be able to sharpen tiny bits of the picture in Elements the way I can in Picnik. Waa, waa, waa.
I almost never, ever use the canned editing that they offer in Picnik, because it usually looks super fake.
But not on this picture! For fun, I tried one of the canned things, and it looked kinda good. (See below.) This one was a canned black and white, but I used a little eraser to remove the b&w from the sky.
And for fun, I clicked on the Cinemascope edit. Wow! That looks good, too!
And the one called Cross-Process (whatever that is.) It looks great! (below.)
And Gritty! Even gritty looks good! This picture is amazing! No matter what you do to the picture, it looks good!
This canned editing thing is called Holga. I don’t know who Holga was, but I’m thinking she was blonde, with braids, and wore a viking helmet. And lived in Sweden. (below)
Lomo looks good. (below)
And so does Orton.
And even boring old Sepia looks dramatic. Wonderful!
Below is another picture that I took today, and I’ll walk you through my editing process for that one as well.
This was taken during the Homeschool Co-Op we belong to. Every other week, homeschoolers who belong to the co-op can take their kids to classes with real live other children! Wow! Homeschoolers interacting with people! Who knew?!
While I was supposed to be getting my classroom ready (I teach an art class), I saw these shoes some kids had taken off. I don’t know who they belong to, but I loved the way they looked juxtaposed together. The delicate ballet slippers next to the earthy moccasins. I didn’t have a lot of time to set up the shot, and this picture was the best that I got. I wish that I’d captured more of the moccasins in the picture, but I ran out of time.
Below is the picture directly from the camera, except for the watermark and resizing.
Below is how I would normally edit it. I removed the black blob from the upper left hand corner. I don’t think I did a very good job removing it because that part of the carpet now seems extra blurry-ish, but (again) I’m not really interested in making my pictures look professional; just presentable. This is supposed to be fun.
I made the colors slightly more vibrant and got rid of a couple of little cracks in the white part of the ballet slipper. I sharpened just the ballet slipper and the metal studs on the moccasin.
Here it is:
And to show you why I rarely use the canned edits, here is the same picture using the canned edit of Holga (below.)
I’ll stop with that because none of them looked good. Instead of enhancing the picture, they detract. Don’t you think?
For fun, here’s what I did this evening:
In the above picture you can see that we’re playing Superman Uno. In Superman Uno there is an extra card called the Battle card (you can see it in my hand.) When you play this card you pick another player to battle and they have to draw from the deck until they can lay down a blue or green card.
We have the following Uno games (did I already write about this in another blog? This seems familiar.)
Each of those different versions has their own extra card.
In the above picture, I got a shot of K drawing cards, because we were sure that’s how the evening would go, with K drawing card after card and losing soundly.
Didn’t happen. As you can tell from the below picture, K won four rounds in a row and the rest of us were pretty neck in neck in our losing. (neck in neck? Is that the phrase? That doesn’t sound right.)
I came in dead last. Sigh.
It’s late. Gotta sleep. Night, y’all!
No time to exercise today (co-op), so no Star Trek.
Watched while cooking/cleaning in the kitchen: Malcolm in the Middle.