I've always said that I like my photos straight-out-of-the-camera (SOOC). It seemed that If I were a good photographer I could get a picture and not have to post process it. In reality, I just didn't want to admit I didn't know how to post process! Stubborn resistance and lack of knowledge kept me from experimenting. Then, I discovered Picasa's free editing software at Picnik. There were some techniques I could try, but it was limited. Recently I upgraded to their premium service, which is better, you can add textures. It will never be as great as Photoshop, RadLab or those types of editing software, but this will do for me. I will probably only use it occasionally.
I needed this picture to look stark, barren, and desolate for a winter's prompt. I looked up the definition of "stark". For some reason I like to look up words! One of the definitions is severe or bare in appearance or outline: "a stark silhouette against the sky". This branch didn't look very stark with all that beautiful blue sky. It was 60 degrees; not wintry at all.
First, I changed the image to black and white and upped the contrast. That helped, it looks stormy.
This one I used what is called gritty effect and washed out the background. I does look more stark, in fact I really like this one.
I showed all these pictures to my four year old twin grandsons, Drew and Josh, and had them pick their favorite. Both of the them chose the one below. I inverted the colors on this one. Josh said "It looks like it's snowing on the tree when it's dark." This is the image I posted in the class gallery. Here's one of the comments I received, "Wow! This is stunning! Your grandson's have a great artistic eye." Thank you very much!! I think they're pretty special guys to take the time out of their very busy morning to help me!!!
Drew picked his favorite and then had better things to do than look at pictures! Josh wanted to know about every one! He was pretty fascinated that I could change a picture! He also liked the one below.
The rest of these have different textures added.
I wish I knew the name of the textures, but so far I have never found that information on Picnik.
This one was another of my favorites. I couldn't decided which to post so that's why I asked the boys for their help!
Pretty amazing, what you can do with a photo!! Just a few clicks and you can change something! Makes me wish I could just "click" and change a few things in my life. You know like that red "easy" button on the Staple's commercial!
eat healthier - click
spend my time wisely - click
enjoy every moment - click
house needs cleaned - click
How many times have you wished there really was an "easy" button. That reminds me of the old saying, "good things never come easy."
If it were that easy I would miss the joys that come when I accomplish something I wished to change. There is even joy at the end of a day spent cleaning the house!! The house looks good and smells good...smile!!
Wow, this got pretty rambly didn't it! One things just let to another this morning!!
I hope your day is extra special!!