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When I started this blog, I took all my pictures with a camera that came in a yellow box and you took it to the store to get your photos developed.
You threw the camera away.
Five blog years later, I have a fancy camera and fancy lenses and I spend hours editing my pictures. And just when I think I have the whole photography thing figured out, I discovered something I never knew before.
Whoever said that photography takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to perfect was right.
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I just took a PicMonkey photography editing class and I learned so much.
Here are a few tips I learned to make Christmas photo taking a little easier.
Here’s the overview of the class I took.
It was called Easy Photo Editing for Social Media, Profile, Product, and Cover Photos in PicMonkey.
You can see all the sections of the class on the left. It was pretty comprehensive. The class covered the reasons why you should edit and tips for taking better photos and even how to add a watermark to the photo. But my favorite section was the one on product images because on my blog, that’s what I concentrate the most.
Let me show you the best tips I learned step by step.
Here’s the picture from the post on Monday.
This is completely unedited.
The composition is good, but it’s so dark and not sparkling at all.
Enter tip #1: Start with the exposure button.
I skip this step and go straight for the Curves button at the bottom.
But I’d thought I’d try it in a different order and it worked slightly better.
The difference in the final photo is subtle and it has a little more depth.
Here’s the photo after I used the exposure button.
I upped the brightness and reduced the highlights and reduced the shadows and took away a little of the contrast.
And now the picture looks so much better.
Then I tried photo tip #2: Using the levels button.
I never use this tool.
I just didn’t know what to do with it.
There are three sliders and they help to adjust your pixels in your photograph. They can help with adjusting the whites and grays and blacks in a photo.
Here’s the picture after I’ve used the levels button.
The difference is subtle, but see how the white in the background of the picture looks lighter.
That’s the levels button.
And photo tip #3 uses the Orton tool.
I’d never used this tool before, either.
See what I mean about learning and photography.
You use this tool when you want to remove shadows.
There were slight shadows in the background of the photo that I removed with this tool. Just click on reverse effect and hover your circle where you want to remove a shadow then adjust the fade to make it lighter or darker.
Then I sharpened the photo and now here’s the before and after.
Isn’t photo editing amazing?
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12 Still Life Photography Mistakes (and What You Can Learn From Them)
Mobile Photography Basics for Instagram Success
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