Thursday, November 18, 2010

Before and After Blog Hop: Lake Bowen




Its been a while since I've been able to participate in a blog hop! I absolutely love Monica's Before and After one for Thursdays. Editing photos is my weakness and I've already learned so much from all the entries every week!

Here's a Straight Out Of the Camera shot of Jaina.


Ugh. Its not too pretty. I had my camera set on partial metering which would have worked fine if I had been paying more attention to my light meter. And honestly, it would have been much easier to use evaluative for this shot. At any rate, I did not properly expose this image. Its not even that great an image to begin with. I would normally not even save it, but I thought maybe I'd give it a try to play around with :)

Normally I use GIMP for my editing, but today I just tweaked it in Picasa. I adjusted the exposure by adding highlights and brightness. Then I sharpened it a bit. I then experimented with different tints to get a vintage look. And then I adjusted color tone to warm up the image a bit.


Much better to look at :) However, this does prove a point.... editing a not-so-great capture does not magically save your photo. Instead, start with a great image and only use editing to enhance it.

13 comments:

  1. I think your editing made a wonderful difference. It's a sweet shot, with some great bokeh. Perhaps a bit of crop to crop out that pole to the right. I think the after turned out great.

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  2. WOW!! great edit :)

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  3. I love how it turned out. It's a keeper. (I agree about cropping out the pole on the right. It will also put Jaina to the right in the photo and improve the composition.) It's really well done! :)

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  4. WOW! What a difference!! Great work! I'm glad you joined today!

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  5. Wow, you worked magic on that one.

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  6. WOW...that's awesome. I really need to start editing my photos.

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  7. Great job with your edit. The warm light looks very inviting.

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  8. Your edit made such a difference nice job.

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  9. wow, I love learning new editing tricks, I am finally getting pretty good at it, but you are right, you still need a good photo!

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  10. She is So adorable. I love how it turned out in the end. Very, very pretty! Way to go!

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  11. wow... isn't editting just amazing?!?!

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    Please email me at lifesdollop at gmail dot com with your address and phone # so I can get it to MyBlogSpark for redemption! Have a great weekend!

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