Monday, April 23, 2012

Photo Editing with Picasa. (the secret to fabulous photos)

The Subject: 
Photogenic family member.

The Props:
Two vintage suitcases.

The Mother Bribe:
 "Please put a clip in your hair,  let me take your picture with these old suitcases,
 And I will grant your ultimate wish:
 Permission to download a new app (kids game) onto my iPhone."

The Result:
Pure photo magic.


The Truth: Picasa.
Picasa is free photo editing and organizing software.
  • I may have had a good poser and cool props.
  • The photographer, aka bribing mother, knew the dusk light would do. 
  • I have a simple Canon PowerShot SX150, nothing fancy.
But with Picasa, I can do this:


I can even make myself fab.
It's a freakin' miracle.    



 Editing my photos:
I usually lighten them, over correcting, then add shadows back in.
Picasa has features like "Cross Process" and "Cinema Scope," among others.
I crop, and play with these features the most.
They are newly added and I am thrilled.

This is "Cinema Scope" which widens, lightens and auto-crops.


It doesn't have to be cropped tight.  
This is without the 'letterbox' crop: 
You can see the difference above with the pesky door cropped out.


You can tweak, add lettering, borders, etc.
It's quick and you don't need to have super-techy skills.  

And best of all, it's free.
I like Free.

My intent was to get pics of the suitcases.
(Eh hem... notice the 'new' brown one, $8.99 at Goodwill)

But the light was good and the subject was willing, so outside we flew.
I may now have to share my iPhone a bit more.. but it was worth it!!


xo jeanne.



6 comments:

  1. Hi Jeanne, your photos are wonderful. I need to play more with Picasa! and what an adorable little subject!

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  2. Oh my goodness...I love your pics!
    I will check out Picasa!
    Leticia

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  3. Hi Jeanne, just wanted to let you know that I linked to this post for my Magazine Inspiration post. Your really inspired me!

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  4. Your daughter is so cute, Jeanne...and the photos look fabulous!

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  5. Wonderful photos of your cute daughter and the editing is great!

    I love Picasa too. I've also been playing with picmonkey dot com and ipiccy dot com. They're both free and have some fun features.

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  6. Wow ... I did what you said here to a few of my pics, then used them in tonight's blog post, and people actually commented on my pictures, something that has *never* happened :) Thanks so much for the tips!!! Hugs ~ Mary

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