Jul 18, 2012
Do you remember ever having a polaroid camera? I had one when I was a kid – maybe 8 or 9 years old – and I LOVED using it to take pictures of everything. I took way too many photos of my dolls and toys. But I felt so powerful! Just a simple point, click, and then it printed automatically. Ahhh, such simplicity.
I am by no means a great photographer, but I try to do my best. We have a Nikon DSLR 5100 which I’m still learning to use a year later. I have a feeling that it’ll take me years to figure out all the bells and whistles!
Sometimes I realize I’ve taken a decent shot, but it would be just that much better if I was able to properly edit it. We have iPhoto and Photoshop, and sometimes I use those, but there’s also a neat little online trick that I like to use that’s super simple and quick…
You simply upload your photo, scroll through and try out the different effects, choose one and save to your desktop! It’s super simple. I use it a lot on my iPod photos because they can be such poor quality without it. It just adds a little pizazz!
There are 3 ways you can edit your photo, and they’re shown by click on the little “meter” at the bottom of the page. It’s red, blue and yellow. The red is the regular effects, the blue is more like textures or lighting effects, and the yellow is borders. You can use all three, just one, or any combo of the three.
Here are some quick before and afters of a regular photo I took recently to show you what it looks like in its original state, and with a few different effect options:
After (using “Sophia”):
After (using “Lucas”):
Then, if you want to click on the blue part of the meter, you can add some texture:
After (using the “local” texture):
And, last but not least, if you click on the yellow part of the meter you can choose a type of border:
After (using the border “sand”):
Also, if you’ve never been to The Edible Perspective, you should! Not only are her recipes delicious, but she’s a great photographer with tons of tips on how to use your camera’s settings, editing, and even using an iPhone to its full potential!
Do you have any photo tips?