Basic Photo Editing
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There is one easy way to turn a photo in color into a classic black-and-white. Although I must warn you that there is limited control for the final image by doing the process that I will describe here.

Open your image editor. Click on Image on the menu bar. Then click on Mode. Then click on Grayscale. Lastly, click OK. And that�s it. Like I said, control is limited with regards to the black and white features of the photo. Though what you can do is to adjust the brightness of the photo.

Photoshop express has the same functionality with other photo-sharing sites, you can organize them in a file that may include as many albums as you wish. As you all know, in order for you to have access to the application, you need to pull up your browser, create an account at photoshop.com/express and start uploading those pictures.
Pictures can be uploaded simultaneously, as many as you wanted, but of course the transfer speed of the download depends on the size of the file and the speed of the internet connection. One fine tip, in order for you to select multiple pictures, you need to hold and press the control (ctrl) key.

If you only want your photos to be simple with no frills such as color effects and so on and so forth, you might want to try Microsoft’s Office Picture Manager. Perhaps it is the simplest program for photo editing and it is not as complicated as Ulead or Adobe and you can edit your picture using the basic tools in the program. Of course, you don’t have to worry about your output since the basics of photo editing are present in Office Picture Manager. The features of the said program include cropping, resizing, rotating, color management, brightness and contrast of the image. As mentioned, it has very limited techniques however, it has automatic editing modes like auto correct and auto brightness.

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Yes, you read the title right. Those two words can coexist peacefully in the same line.

Photoshop has forever been associated with altering the photographs of celebrities and models to look a certain way, often the way Media thinks is what a woman (or man, because we’re all inclusive here) should look: slim arms and thighs. Clear,fair, unblemished skin. A skinny waistline. Large boobs and bum and cheekbones. Even Celebrities who have explicitly said to not photoshop their images or are plus-size and happy with their bodies still receive the same treatment, because it’s what sells.

I’m here today to tell you that it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can still get great pictures of people looking their best without having to tweak and nip/tuck any particular parts. You can show your subject in their most beautiful without altering the image of their bodies.

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Start off with a great photo. Always remember the Golden Hour rule: the best times to take photos are an hour after sunrise, and an hour before sunset. This provides the best kind of lighting for your subjects.

With that, if you still want to apply some photo-editing wizardry, you can apply certain actions to bring out your desired effect. Try giving the picture a black-and-white treatment to make it dramatic, or apply an Orton-ish glow to the image for a dreamy effect. Focus on a striking or beautiful feature of the subject’s face or figure, and play up those features. Use textures to give the image character.

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Does your subject have freckles, or chubby legs, or a boyish figure? Is he or she trans, or transitioning? Does your subject have stories to tell with his or her body, like unusual tattoos, a particularly unique fashion sense, or maybe even a masectomy? Do not be afraid to photograph these parts of the your subject and feature them as the focus of the picture because in doing so, you are showing that these parts of the person are beautiful, too. There is nothing wrong with bodies, no matter how they are shaped. You will have created a beautiful photo without compromising the bodily integrity of your subject. That’s being body-positive for you.

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If you are a new in photo editing and ask any professional what program to use, perhaps he or she will recommend you to use Ulead. Ulead is a very powerful tool, minus the complexity of the interface. Its latest program is the Ulead PhotoImpact and has received a lot of praises from photo editing gurus. The program has two editing modes: ExpressFix and Full Edit. ExpressFix is the tool for starters. With just a few clicks, you can edit a photo to your desired outcome. The Full Edit feature has three categories, namely enhancements, portrait touch-ups and effects. Ulead PhotoImpact interface is so easy to follow that you can edit like a pro in just a few minutes of familiarizing with the buttons.

Photo taken from http://www.malavida.com

Billboards, posters, brochures, magazines, web pages, newspapers and others are only a few of the print advertisements being used today by companies and individuals as well. Those who are taking or have taken mass communication as their degree are masters of these print advertisements.

Print layout requires the knack for creativity and visualization, for your output to attract other people (potential clients or not). But before you can make that very striking output, you need to use photo editors so that you can incorporate special effects on your photos. Nobody wants to look at dull posters, magazine covers and billboards, really.

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Although photo editing programs nowadays seem to have all the basic (and advance!) editing tools a man needs, you have to keep in mind that not all the tools you see on the interface are beneficial. One of which is the cropping tool.

Before you start cropping all your images, you have to ask yourself, “Will the photo look better if I crop it?” If you answered no, then don’t. Sometimes, cropping results to a “cramped” photo. You have to keep in mind the nature of the photo’s subject. Sports photographers, for example, seldom use this tool because they feel the need of their photos to “breathe”. The action is not focused on the ball (in basketball for example) only but all the players surrounding the offensive player are vital.

Photo taken from http://www.unionsemester.org

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There are still ethics involved in taking pictures especially those of unknown subjects in of different cultures while traveling n another country. You can�t just go shooting at random people with your camera! In this series of posts, I shall attempt in giving a few tips on how to be polite when taking photos.

When in Rome� it�s a clich�, an old saying but nevertheless true. It doesn�t mean that because you�re a guest in a strange country, you are already excused from social faux pas. Personally, I find it essential to do a little research on the culture of the people of the country I�m visiting. Sometimes, I even learn a few (guidebook) phrases in their language. A little understanding endears me to people and it also keeps me from getting into very uncomfortable situations. And don�t you think that if you know your subject better culturally, then you tend to have a better perception of it aesthetically? Haha, maybe it�s just me talking but this one never fails me.

カラー写真をクラシックな白黒に変える簡単な方法が1つある。ここで紹介する処理方法では最終的な画像イメージを得るために、限定された機能しかないことを前もって説明しておく。

イメージ・エディタを開く。メニューバー上の「イメージ」をクリックする。次に「モード」をクリック。 そして「グレースケール」をクリックする。最後に「OK」をクリックしたら完成。写真の白黒の特性をコントロールする機能は制限されている。写真の明るさを調整することは可能だ。

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Part 2 of Photo Ethics

There are still ethics involved in taking pictures especially those of unknown subjects in of different cultures while traveling n another country. You can’t just go shooting at random people with your camera! In this series of posts, I shall attempt in giving a few tips on how to be polite when taking photos.

If you are merely traveling and taking pictures on leisure and not on assignment (hey, you’ll never know!), payment or tipping shouldn’t be an issue. Some photographers do this. If it works for you (like if you have a budget for it), then why not? But if paying people makes you a little uncomfortable, then don’t forget to include sweets and other souvenirs in your travel bag. Children love them! I have to warn you though, give these gifts only after the fact and not as a means to get someone to agree with having his or her picture taken. Do not bribe. Remember – ethics!