Taking a So-So Photo and Making it a Great Photo

Reblogger Lynn B. Friedman
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...

 

 

 

KRISTINE - Thanks as usual!

GREAT IDEA TO FOCUS ON PICNIK.com.
Many picture programs exist and some are even free BUT Picnik.com offers the wide range of options to get photos JUST RIGHT!


AR readers -
We are always lucky with thoughts and lessons Kristine shares with us. Just one more good example.
Have a happy day -
Lynn  

 

PS - Please leave comments for Kristine - she "authored" the blog! Thanks -

 

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Original content by Kristine Ginsberg

Taking a so-so Photo and Making it a Great Photo

 

So you take a photo and download it to your computer only to find it didn’t come out as you had hoped – lighting’s not good, it’s crooked, washed out or it’s too dark, not a lot of vivid colors. We’ve all been there, but there is hope and that is where Picnik comes to the rescue!

 

Below you will see how I took a bleached out, crooked photo and turned it into a great photo....

 

1.  Go to Picnik and you will see “upload photo” – you can upload up to 6 at a time - hold the CTRL key and pick your photos.

 

2. Now you’ll see all six photos – click on the one you want to edit and it automatically brings it into edit mode – see option bar above your photo.

 

3. If your photo is crooked, click the “Rotate” icon. You will see in my example below that I needed this feature. Now you will see a “Rotate” and a “Straighten” bar – (Ignore ROTATE – that’s not what you want.) slide the straighten bar until your photo is perfectly straight using the automatic graph that pops up.

 

4.  Next you can “Re-size” – I like 900 horizontal - (Picnic automatically proportions the photo) so I don’t lose clarity, but that’s just me.

 

5.  Next I “Crop” if necessary – you can always undo this but I crop most of my photos for better detail of my subject.

 

6. Next, go to “Exposure” and “Colors” icons– (again, they are found above your photo.) I always start with "exposure" and play around with it and then go to "colors". (You can use Auto Fix on the left side, but I usually don’t like the results and do it manually – you learn more this way.  

 

7.  Play around with it until you get the feel – you can always click the “Undo” button on the right side if you don’t like it and start over. (I don’t use “Sharpen”, haven’t had great results.)

 

8When you are done editing your photo, click on “Create”. To keep this simple this is where I add my signature by clicking on “Text” – 3 icons over from the left and a box appears. Choose a font and color and write your text. It will appear in the middle of your photo - drag it to where you want it to go and click outside the box and you’re done.

 

9.  Next you can Frame it (click the “Frame” icon – 6 over from the left – again, above your photo. I usually use “Museum Matte”, but there are plenty of options so play around with it until you find one you like – again, you always have the option to “Undo” and start again.

 

10. Now click on “Save and Share” and download your new photo back to your computer. You should now have a framed, beautiful photo that you love. The more you do this, the better you get at it – trust me on this one!

 

Original photo:

 

 

First I straightened and cropped and then the fun part....

 

While still in edit mode, I used "Exposure"  making the photo darker and added "Contrast". Next I enhanced my picture using "colors" which brings up "Saturation" and "Temperature". When I was done I hit "Okay" icon on the left side, Then I clicked "Create" and added my signature and frame (Museum Mate) and changed the inside color to green for effect.

Here is the final result....

 

 

One more example - same process...

 

 

 

 

These are the basics and I'll do another more technical post on enhancing your photos in the future, but you will get outstanding results with the information I've given you!

 

Best of luck to all and I’ll be on the lookout for some fantastic photos from all of you!  

 

 

Home Staging Morris County - Kristine Ginsberg

Elite Staging and Redesign (201)602-2562

When you're looking to sell quickly and for top dollar, Elite Staging and Redesign of Morris County knows how to get the job done right. We will use proven techniques to create warm, inviting, updated spaces that will appeal to the masses. In today's competitive market, every home can use an edge and that's what Elite Staging is all about.

Home Staging Website: Elite Staging and Redesign

Morris County Staging Before/After pictures: Portfolio

Email: Kris@elitestagingandredesign.com

 

 

           

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Mike Schneider
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thanks for sharing terrific advice,,,,,i will definitely give it a try.  regards and have a wonderful holiday week end,,.mike

Jun 28, 2011 10:30 PM #1
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Gita Bantwal
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I will bookmark this post and try picnik later.Thank you for reblogging.

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I have only used picnik once, clearly I need to go back and do more experimenting.  Thanks for sharing and thanks to those who have reblogged so I didn't miss it!

Jun 28, 2011 10:53 PM #3
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I've used picnik to add text to photos but not to enhance a photo. Does a great job.

Jun 28, 2011 11:01 PM #4
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Dave Halpern
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Thanks for reblogging this.

Thanks so much for a great technical tip! Sometimes an exterior house photo is washed out because of the sun position. This could really help.

Jun 29, 2011 12:43 AM #5
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Dear Mike -
Glad to see you here!
Thanks for the 4th of July good wishes.
We are so lucky to be here in the US of A.
Enjoy your family time as well - I AM ALREADY!
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Jun 29, 2011 01:42 AM #6
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Dear Gita,
Always a pleasure to see you here!
I enjoy using PICNIK.com for Header photos.
Re-sizing is easy with PICNIK.com.

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Jun 29, 2011 01:45 AM #7
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Dear Tracie,
I was amazed at how easy PICNIK.com was to use.
Making collages easily is another PICNIK.com benefit.

Glad you dropped by!
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Jun 29, 2011 01:48 AM #8
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Dear Allan,
Always nice to see your smiling face here!
Adding text is one great feature even on the "free" accounts.
Extra features come with the annual PAID account -
$5./one month or $20/6 mo. or $25./year

Have a happy day-
Lynn

Jun 29, 2011 01:56 AM #9
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Dear Dave,
Hope your health is recovered completely! We follow folks "in the rain" but don't always hear about the conclusions! Yes, isn't it great to save the a second trip for another photo?
Kristine always has great advice for us.

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Jun 29, 2011 02:02 AM #10
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Lynn, thanks for the re-post. Kristine's abilities seem to be limitless.

Jun 29, 2011 07:03 AM #11
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Dear Ted,

Yes, she is very talented.  She even grows all those flowers you see in the yard!

Long,long ago I was in Victoria & it is beautiful - truth in advertising from you!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Jun 29, 2011 07:36 AM #12
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