Simple Photography Tips: Editing Examples


Just a few simple edits can really improve an image. I find editing pictures fun- it’s interesting to see how much better you can make your picture look.

This is a picture of a river I took recently. To edit, I sharpened it a bit, “painted” on the Orton effect, and added a tiny bit of black and white to dull the color some. I think that is all I did.


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And this one…


I’m not going to name all the things I did for this one, but I made it look like it was starting to get dark, along with dulling the colors and sharpening the picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰


There’s so much you can do with editing. My experience is just experimental though… I’m no expert (lots of “exp’s there ;P). If you’re interested in knowing, I usedย Picmonkeyย for these. That’s the editing site I usually use, but I’ve triedย ipiccyย too. I love the little ornamental overlays on ippicy, plus I believe using the clone tool is free. But I don’t know if I can put my logo on my pictures with it… Picmonkey is better in that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a more fun edit.


I cropped, sharpened, added contrast… and maybe added some black in white. It gives it a kind of old-fashioned look.


I don’t know how much of a “simple photography tip” this is, since knowing how to edit pictures won’t make you a good photographer. But it works, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰



Simple Photography Tips: Appealing Subject placement

Hey all! I am going to do the first of a series (hopefully) of simple photography tips.

This one is on how to place your subject in anย appealing area of your photo. I’m using a picture of a bee I took the other day. I was quite excited to get it, because bees are fun to photograph, and since my camera can’t zoom very far… well, it’s probably a little harder to take pictures of those little moving things. *smiles*

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So this is the picture. It is nicely focused and exposed. However, it’s also centered, which is not the most appealing place for most photos. Usually it is better to use theย rule of thirds, or theย golden spiralย techniques, where you put the subject off to the side (see links for more specifications).

So after I crop the image, it looks MUCH better, don’t you agree?


WORLDS better, I’d say. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And despite bringing the subject in closer through cropping, it still looks clear.

So if you don’t get the subject placement right in camera, you may be able to crop to improve it.

So, simple photography tip! Hope it was helpful to anyone who didn’t already know this! ๐Ÿ™‚




Spring is here! I have pictures for evidence. *winks*

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I like the depth I got here. ^ ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our dog chased a raccoon up a tree. I was excited to get pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I hope you enjoyed these few pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚



Random Photos…

Here’s a few pictures I’ve taken for my photography class…

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I really like this one- my teacher has commended me for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It follows the rule of thirds, with pretty good composition. The lighting was awesome for this picture, and the wind adds some dramaticness.

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Side lighting

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Back lighting. Fellow photographers, you’ve been lied to- you don’t always have to have the light behind you. ;P

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This one’s a little overexposed, but I still like it. ๐Ÿ™‚


Hope this was enjoyable! ๐Ÿ™‚



Buds and Garden Decor

Just a few pictures I took during photography class last Friday. We went outside into this little garden “courtyard” area to practice.


The buds made some interesting pictures.


I hope you enjoyed this little post! ๐Ÿ™‚


Ballerina in the Tangles

I needed to take a picture for my photography class, so I dressed this girl up ballerina-style and did a big photo shoot. Bear with me as I share 20 photos with you. *smiles*


I think this one is my favorite. It turned out so well! I chose it for my photography class homework of the week.


Yes, the shoes are too big and the laces aren’t tied. ;P Just ignore it.


Forgive the kind of silly face. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are just reasons I like this picture.


She found this tiny snail shell in the dirt… she seems to be “mothering” it right here. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She thought it was her pet, I think.


So what do you think? Maybe I should’ve taken more with the sun behind me, but then I wouldn’t have the pretty background and “magical” effects. ๐Ÿ˜‰