Basic Photo Editing
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Does your picture look dull? Does it look like it has no life? Of course, there is nothing better than having photos that are nice to look at (and worthy of a second look!). If you do want to make superb photos, you might want to learn photo editing.

Editing of photos is very vital since your amateur photos can look like it’s made by someone professional. If you took black and white photos, the shooting process is more complicated. Have you heard of the white balance? The white balance is quite difficult to attain since it is dependent on your lighting source. If you are shooting outside, problems with the sun may arise; if inside, your artificial lights might contribute to the problem. However, if you edit black and white photos, you can fix the white balance problem in just a few clicks.

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7. So, you have no idea when to shoot horizontally and vertically? If you have been practicing with your camera for quite some time now, deciding how to shoot will come naturally. However, if you’re just starting, you have to keep in mind that should the subject’s height be higher than the width, you have to shoot vertically.
8. Are you guilty of saying “cheese!” every time you click your camera? You might want to change your style. Saying “cheese” sometimes forces the people to smile so big that it looks awkward.
9. Look around you. Is there a glass surface at your subject’s back? If you see one, then better shift your position if you plan to use the flash. You wouldn’t want light reflecting back, don’t you?

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It has happened before that some of the photos that I have taken turn up dark when I upload them in my computer. Instead of cursing myself for being too lazy to see to the lighting, I simply edit said photos and voila! Problem solved!

What I do is use the gamma control in my image editor. Most image editors have this feature in their Image or Color menus. This tool actually retains the already bright parts of the image while it brightens the dark ones. There is no prescribed setting. I suggest that you experiment with this tool first to learn how to control the right brightness for your photos.

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Since this will be my first post on using filters for photo editing, I figured I�ll just give an intro about it first. Filters (usually found in the menu bar of your favorite photo editor) are artistic and creative applications that can be utilized on certain or all parts of an image to achieve certain effects. It can change the texture of an image. It can make an image appear as if rendered on paper. It can distort an image. It doesn�t matter whether you�re a beginner in image editing. My advice is to explore the filter tools of your image editor and you�ll find endless ways of unleashing your creativity.

Ability to crop, optimize and save photo or digital images for the web are few things many web design clients want. And it course, in with this, we don’t want to make expensive investment in Photoshop for our digital image editing. There’s an incredibly versatile image editing tool that will allow you to easily do “basic” photo editing and manipulation.
This tool is called ORIENS ENHANCER GOLD. Developed by Bahrur Rahman, it offers basic digital image and photo editing functions needed by amateur web designers. It is an excellent tool in batch processing images or editing large number of pictures automatically. It is capable of creating screen savers and pdf files. It also has a number of useful image filters forexcellent special effects.

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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.

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