Correcting Photographs for Best Results

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

It's often said that the devil is in the details.  Well, photography is no different.  Getting the right exposure, the right light, the right angle, and the best details are key to a great photograph.  

 

This post is an entry for Dick Greenburg's contest, "2017 ActiveRain Photography Contest"  and is in the Real Life, People category.  A bit late to the party, but here we go!

 

Photography is not my specialty.  I'll just put that right out there!  Photography for me is a point and click with my cell phone for personal photos and whipping out a credit card for professional photos.  Professional photographers generally get the right photo for what I'm looking for.  If it requires my attention, I'll be there with them to make sure we get the right angle if I know something specific is needed.  

 

Personal photos are a bit different.  I've learned it's very important to be steady when taking cell phone photos as I don't use a tripod or anything to steady me while taking a photo.  Leaning on a wall, supporting myself in any way possible is the best for clarity.  

 

Lighting and time of day are critically important so as not to have shadows, clear images, and great backgrounds.  

 

For this contest, I searched my old photos for one that could definitely uste improvement.  The location is McCormick Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.  This park is ideal for getting together with family and friends for an outdoor day of fun!    This is the "before" photo taken in 2010.  Very blurry, fuzzy in fact! 

McCormick Stillman Railroad Park

The next photo was edited using Windows 10 software.  As I mentioned, I'm not a wizard but the latest Windows 10 photo editing software comes to my rescue frequently!  Here's the edited photo.

2017 ActiveRain Photography contest

There are slight differences that aren't always as visible until I ponit them out.  Take a close look at my daughter's and granddaughter's silhouttes on the far left (pink top, hands in the air; granddaughter in pink top).  Notice their skin tone and brightness.   

 

We don't always get to pick the best spot for a fast moving photo, hence a bit of the fuzziness.  I might have missed this gem if I'd have waited for the train to circle back!  Being still is very important with cell phone photos.  Lean against a wall, a post, or someone else for better images.

 

This is a minor detail, but imagine what that feature can do to a home you are trying to highlight!    The clarity is also slightly better.  It isn't always easy to correct old cell phone photos, but the small changes help to show family at their best! 

 

If a 7 year old photo can be improved, you can bet there are lots of either improvements that can be made.  

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Joe Pryor
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I think the clairy makes all the difference in the corrected picture and yes you don't want to miss the shot.

Oct 30, 2017 02:45 PM #1
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Jan Green
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Thank you Joe Pryor .  Not a great difference, but when it's your loved ones, it matters!  Have a great week!

Oct 30, 2017 02:49 PM #2
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That makes a huge difference Jan!

Oct 30, 2017 03:30 PM #3
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Jan Green
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In the small scheme of things Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI ! Thank you for being a judge :)  Have a great week!

Oct 30, 2017 03:40 PM #4
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Jan Green - I noticed the difference right away! You've done a great job!!!

Don't you love what we do? We are always learning something new!!!

By the way, your daughter and granddaughter are beautiful and they look like they are having a lot of fun!

Oct 30, 2017 03:46 PM #5
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Wow, Jan, that’s an impressive correction and improvement. It’s so cool that we can make some corrections to those special photos we take that are a bit off. Everyone looks like they are having fun. Great contest entry

Jeff

Oct 30, 2017 05:54 PM #6
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Jan Green
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Thank you Patricia Feager ! That granddaughter belongs to my blonde daughter!  They are having a great time - 10 years ago!  To think so much can change in the blink of an eye.  These photographs are precious to me :)  Thank you for commenting!  

You're too nice  Jeff Dowler !  It is really cool the types of changes we can do with simple software.  There are so many wizards on this site, you included, that my changes are minor in the grand scheme of things.  I hope I can see your entry! 

Oct 30, 2017 08:18 PM #7
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Kat Palmiotti
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Wow, the clarity of the second  photo is much better. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 31, 2017 03:27 AM #8
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Roy Kelley
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This is good advice to share. Every photograph should be edited.

I use iPiccy.com which is free and easy to use.

Oct 31, 2017 06:38 AM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Jan. The sharpness really matters in this and in most pictures.

Oct 31, 2017 07:02 AM #10
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Windows 10 does have some nice editing tools and it is pretty easy to use.  Nice contrast between the photos.

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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Jan - That's good advice and a very nice example of what can be easily done with simple editing software. Thanks for your contest entry!

Oct 31, 2017 09:19 AM #12
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Jan Green
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You're welcome Kat Palmiotti !  Fun stuff and easy to use. 

 

Oct 31, 2017 09:36 AM #13
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Jan Green
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Thanks for the tip Roy Kelley !  I need to try that one.  You take such great photos that any advice is good advice coming from you!

Oct 31, 2017 09:36 AM #14
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Jan Green
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Yes Sheila Anderson , makes a big difference.  I'm sure you have even better software. 

Oct 31, 2017 09:37 AM #15
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Jan Green
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Thank you Belinda Spillman !  I bet your editing is much better.  This was just a simple example that anyone can easily use.  There are so many great editing tools out there to investigate.

Oct 31, 2017 09:37 AM #16
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Jan Green
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Thank you for the contest Dick Greenberg ! You guys will have tons of entries and I'm sure much better entries to review.  There are so many great programs out there to use.  Mine is the simplest method for beginners like me!

Oct 31, 2017 09:38 AM #17
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Jan, that's a great picture of your daughter and granddaughter, and the second photo is much clearer. Have you tried cropping it to zoom in on your family? I bet you would be pleased with the results.

Oct 31, 2017 10:04 AM #18
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Jan -- a subtle yet very important difference -- thank you for sharing the tip --- bookmarked because, like you, I find easier to call/contact a professional when it comes to achieving the best look in photography.  

Oct 31, 2017 03:31 PM #19
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Jan Green
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Thank you for that idea Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS . Unfortunately, back in 2010 pixels on a cell phone weren't that great and it would probably become grainy.  Ugh!

Yes very subtle  Michael Jacobs .  Just a quick change for a personal photo.  I'm sure there are much better programs, but this is a simple Windows 10 fix.

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