Basic Photo Editing
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Let’s take a break from editing and focus on picture taking. Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer, 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.

Always ask permission. If a person or a small group of people are the main subjects of your photo, it is best to politely ask for permission. It depends though on the situation. Sometimes a mere smile and a simple gesture to your camera is enough but there are times that you really have to be verbal about it. Most people are actually accommodating but if someone says no, then just thank them despite of it and move on. Try to be sensitive about the vibes people give off as sometimes there are those who say yes but do it out of politeness. If you’re taking a picture of that encompasses a very large group like a parade, you don’t have to ask permission. This time, you can get away with clicking on!


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If your personal computer is supervised by the Microsoft Windows, then go open it. Right click in the desktop and click Refresh. Yes! Refreshing your computer is good for your machine. After that click the Start button, go to programs then to Accessories and click Paint. Your computer is not normal if there is no Paintbrush program.

Someone ask me. “Is the Paintbrush program an image editing software?” I was just quiet at that time, and after that I ask on myself, is it really a picture editing software? I said maybe it could because you can import pictures to the Paintbrush or simply called Paint program. Then I realized it is not because you just can import pictures and the only thing can do by the program is to draw and paint, other than that, no more.


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If you want to give your photos some drama and a bit of vintage flavor, why not consider adding a viewfinder frame? The dust, noise, and other elements can turn your photos from boring to statement-maker.

Here’s how to do it:

1) Open your background image on Photoshop. Here, I decided to use a picture I took of a cookie shop sign.


2) Look for a viewfinder image you want to use. I used this one, which also happens to be part of a great collection of other viewfinder frames. [Read: save the link for reference.]


3) Download and open the viewfinder image on Photoshop.

4) Go back to your background image, and check its image size. How do you do this? Go to Menu >> Image >> Image Size… See those two values encircled in orange below? Remember those; you’re going to need them for our next step.


5) Go to your viewfinder image, and go to its Image Size window. If the Constrain Proportions box is checked, uncheck this first. Remember those values you saw? Put those in the boxes they below, and click OK. If the resulting image size looks too large for you, don’t panic,. Just Press Cntrl and the Minus sign to make it fit your screen.

6) Choose the Move tool on your palette (It’s the uppermost-right button on the left side of your screen, and looks like a arrowhead with a directional cross beside it.) Click on your viewfinder image, and drag it onto your background image. Move it around so the two images are aligned.

7) You can’t see the background image, you say? Here’s where the fun begins. Go to your Layers window on the right. Highlight the viewfinder image layer. Look at the drop-down menu under the Layers tab. Click on it and choose Multiply.


Ta-daa! Now you have a great viewfinderized image. Enjoy!


Here are more tips on photo-taking ethics. As I’ve said in previous posts, you just can’t go shooting at random people with your camera! I shall attempt in giving a few tips on how to be polite when taking photographs especially of people when you’re in one of your globe trotting adventures!

Now, read carefully. Before photographing children, it is best if you ask permission from an adult. Better if the child’s parent is present. Probably too bothersome but this is a very delicate situation, and you need to treat it as such. There are varying child pornography laws in different countries and you can never be too careful lest you be accused of taking perverse pictures of children. Foreigners are considered suspicious entities, remember that. I have a photographer friend who carries release forms wherever he goes to avoid hassle – that’s how careful he is.


There are amazingly, just a few number of excellent photo editing softwares available today. These tools offer a great deal of useful tools to meet the editor’s demands. Some of its feature should include at least;
Importing,Editing, Sharing, Organizing, Editing, Support and Configurations. It would be difficult to decipher which of the software packages has the best tools for your use. The only thing too look for next is the your ” feel” when using it. Its almost always the best chance of knowing what to choose. You may want to to check out the organizing capability. Organiztion is the key part of photo editing tools. Organization function that will work hand in hand with your operating system and not conflict with it.


4. No matter what, you have to know the features of your camera. Experiment if you need to. If it’s an analog camera, splurge on films. It is best if you know what your gadget’s edge is.
5. Do not be afraid to move. Move in closer to your subject if you feel that you’re too far. Also, do not trust much on zooms. There are times that the zoom blurs out the photo, so again, make sure you know your camera’s features.
6. For you to have that masterpiece like photo, refrain from putting your subject in the center of your photo. Aside from the fact that it’s boring, you will make your subject look like a pole in the picture.

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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.



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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