I hope you are having a great week.
I wanted to quickly share with you the FREE photo editing program I use when preparing my photos for a post.
It’s called Photoscape.
My friend, Rhoda, told me about it a few months ago, and I have loved using it.
I want to give you an idea of what it can do.
Here is the original picture (straight out of my camera) that I took of my kitchen renovation reveal…
Here it is, after I edited it in Photoscape…
Isn’t that amazing?
I cropped the photo a little bit and brightened the picture.
I also covered up the hole in the ceiling above the window. Since we haven’t chosen a light fixture for above the sink, I didn’t want that hole showing up in my “reveal” pictures. Although I don’t many people would have noticed it anyway.
Yesterday, I took some pictures of the new wicker chalkboard in my kitchen. The pictures looked pretty bright in my viewer when I took the pictures, but when I uploaded them on my computer, they were a lot darker than I wanted.
Here is the original picture I took: Here is the after:
Not a huge difference, but definitely better. I uploaded the original into Photoscape, cropped it, up’d the brightness, and sharpened it a bit.
I’m still playing around with this program and learning what all it can do. But so far, I love how it transforms my pictures.
Remember the picture I took of Cy and I at my cousin’s wedding? Look at the difference between the original and edited one.
I cropped and brightened the picture, and I also used a feature called “bloom” on this photo. I ended up using this picture in our Christmas cards this year, and I do not know if I would have had I not had Photoscape.
So if you have never tried a FREE photo editing program, maybe you should check out Photoscape. (And NO, I am not getting paid for this post.)
Now, I am not professional photographer, and my pictures do not even compare to some of the amazing pictures on other home blogs, but they definitely look better than they did a couple of years ago.
So, I’m making some progress.
And I’m learning more about how to take good pictures to begin with. I actually bought a tripod to help me with my still shots. I never use a flash, and I usually shoot in Manual Mode. That’s HUGE for me!
Although you do not have to be a professional photographer to have a blog, good pictures of your projects do help you to get featured more on other blogs. Good picture taking and editing can help to show how truly amazing your projects are.
I am very excited about the Photo Workshops we are having at Haven this summer too. We are planning some amazing hands-on Photo Workshops, led by some amazing photographers, so we can all learn how to use our cameras better.
Have you bought your ticket yet? There are only about 75 tickets left, so you better hurry!
Also, we are having our very first Haven Twitter Party tonight (Feb. 9th) at 8:00 pm EST. We will be using the #haven2012 hashtag. If you are going or trying to decide whether or not to attend, this will be a great twitter party for you!
Hope to see you there!