The first time I started editing photos was back in elementary school when the free online photo editing website called picnic still existed. I used to edit my profile pictures for Facebook (not surprised). Luckily, what I learned from all the time I spent editing photos back in the day has actually paid off. I use much of my knowledge and started applying it to editing my blog photos when I started my blog last February. Weird how little things like that in life work.
When my blog was newly created, I used my iPhone for photos. I didn't own a DSLR or even a digital camera plus, my iPhone seemed to work "pretty well." After four to five months of blogging, I realized I wanted to invest in a DSLR. What a jump - iPhone to DSLR - but let me tell you, it was a good decision.
I began experimenting with my new professional camera as well as starting applying my photo editing knowledge to my photos. Since picnic had been removed, I was on the hunt for new free online photo editing applications. At the time, I was learning Adobe Photoshop CS4 which was simple but a little out of my budget. That is a future investment. So, I discovered Pixlr. This is a great and simple way to edit photos for free and this is how I do mine. My photo secrets will be revealed (not that they are anything special)!
First, I use Pixlr Express and start with the auto fix tool under adjustments. We can just end the photo editing there because your photo will probably look pretty good by then but I don't. If I am satisfied with the way the auto fix looks on my image, I will then increase the lightness found when you click the colour tool. If I feel it needs some more brightness or contrast, I click the contrast tool and make my adjustments. Sometimes, there will be little spots of imperfections in the photo and to edit those out, the heal tool works well. When I want to make one colour or one item stand out while everything else is black and white, the splash tool is perfect. Finally, I will resize my photo at my desired width and height and save as a jpg. Done! It is simple, easy and will simply enhance your photos.
Pixlr has so many other cool edits you can do such as add text, lens flares and more. You just need to experiment! How do you edit your photos?
:: Janine Maral