Saturday, March 24, 2012

Editing Photos

I'm really happy with the way this photo finished up. It was taken at sunset recently.

I don't have any fancy equipment. As a matter of fact,  I have a point & shoot that's almost 3 years old.

I don't have Photoshop.  I opted for a free program called Photoscape I downloaded which I learned about from my friends in the digital photo club.  For what I'm doing, it works just fine.

For instance, take a look at this photo below before I edited it. It's enough to make a person dizzy.


I'm not sure why my hand was tilted all funky. Perhaps the fact that this swan lunged at me just a moment earlier was enough to make me just wanna snap and get the heck out of there.

I haven't been out taking photos much this spring. It's been colder than usual but things are looking up.  One of the things I have learned from the photo club membership is to never delete a photo that might be fixable. I delete quite a few but if I think I might have some time later to go back do some editing on it, I will keep it.

Happy editing!

love, susan 
 

12 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! Perfect and beautiful. I search for swans here. I make do with ducks. :)

    Be proud. You do a great job. I still use my point n shoot on occasion. :)

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    1. What kind of camera do you shoot?

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    2. My Therd Eye is the Olympus E-620. What club do you belong to that requires an annual fee??? Olympus and Canon, Nikon and every other camera we use have excellent free monthly newsletters. They are chock full of professional tips. Google your camera and see what you'll get. Then shoot on! :)

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    3. It's a local club. I've attended a couple of free all-day photography classes and a couple of scavenger hunts. Nice to meet local people.

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  2. Very nice job. At least you bothered to correct it. My photography prof at Portland State used to look at people's pics with a slanted horizon and say "Water doesn't flow uphill people!" There is a really famous picture of Ted Williams at bat for the Boston Red Sox that looks like it was taken from right next to home plate. Unfortunately it is skewed horribly and I guess back in the 1950s they probably just said "Meh, we can live with this!"

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    1. I have picked up so many tips from my photo club! For a $25 annual fee, it has really paid off.

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  3. Absolutely stunning, Susan! Fantastic capture ;)

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. I just keep my ears open for local interests. A co-worker mentioned this swan to me or I could have never gone into the cemetary.

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  4. In filming, we use the "Dutch Angle" (horizon at an angle) to depict a character who might be mentally unbalanced or confused. The Dutch Angle can also be used to make the audience feel uncomfortable during certain scenes. However, lately, I've noticed it seems to be a popular choice for many photographers when taking portraits. My daughter used a photographer who took almost all the photos of the grandkids with a Dutch Angle. Drives me batty, but I guess modern photographers consider it artsy and cool. I'm still old school though. I like my horizons straight... unless, of course, I'm trying to mess with a person's mind. :-)

    That's my long-winded version of saying, "Kudos for using the technology available to edit and enhance photography!"

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    1. You know what I don't like is the way film makers are doing the flashing. I can't keep up when they flash from scene to scene so fast.

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  5. I can't get enough of this swan!

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  6. Beautiful photo! Love the swan. I tend to tilt my horizon slightly. I have to really concentrate to make sure it's all level. I'm glad for Photoshop and the ease in correcting it!

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