Saturday, 7 April 2012

Photo Editing

I love photos, and spend most of my time with either my camera in my hand or wishing I had my camera in my hand as I day dream of capturing that perfect shot. However my love for photography is very much just a pass time trying to capture those special memories for myself, with only a small point and shot camera its a real bonus when I do get a lovely shot.

girl and boxerdog muddy puddles
Sometimes its sheer luck, and you can capture the perfect moment, the light is kind to you and you manage to capture the smiles that speak more than words.

However like with anything photography is a real skill, a true art  and one which the best way to get better at is to keep on practising, but there are tips and tricks you can learn along the way and the best place to learn them is by looking at other peoples photography for inspiration, I have spent a pleasant evening blog hopping and have come across some simply wonderful new blogs full of the most inspiring photographs.

Whilst I was loosing myself amongst the splendid photography I came across a couple of great Photo Editing Challenges, and seems as I love to tinker and edit my photos I thought I'd join in these challenges and see if I can learn a thing or two whilst I'm at it!

The first one is over at EditMeChallenge and they  have this rather atmospheric shot to edit which was taken by  Alicia at Project Alicia which is a must look at blog for inspirational photos!


 So I loaded the photo into PaintShopPro x3 and adjusted the brightness, shadows, highlights and colours using the smart photo edit feature, until I was happy with the colour of the sky, then I cropped the photo to make the tree a more dramatic feature to the right hand side of the photo, but still leaving the main focus on the beautiful colours of the sky.

Heres what I came up with:


If you would like to have ago and see what you can do with this great photo, or want to see what others have created and maybe pick up some hints and tips then be sure to pop over to EditMeChallenge by clicking on this button:

Edit Me

26 comments:

  1. WOW! GORGEOUS edit! Great job!! :) Im a new follower!!

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    1. Thank you for coming over here and saying hi Amanda :)

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  2. I LOVE that edit! Great job. Thanks for following!

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  3. Love the colors in your edit. I also love your first pic. What child wouldn't want to play in puddles?

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    1. Thank you Pam, jumping in puddles is just the most fun!

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  4. I just love your first photo! And your edit for the challenge is so creative! :)

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  5. Your first photo is STUNNING!! Perfect moment! Your edit me challenge photo is also wonderful, i love your creative take on it! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Andrea :D I really enjoyed putting my slant on this edit looking forward to more challenges x

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  6. Taking pictures I find addictive, I started taking lots of pictures for my blog when I asked my mum for pictures of us when we were little and she said that they were all in a box in the loft and when she has more time she would search them out - I am still waiting. So when my kids ask for pictures of them in the future they will have many - hundreds in fact and as you say capturing that perfect moment is a great thing. I love the gift of natural light and rejoice as spring bangs on our door as I know that my camera will be busy. Great first picture!

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    1. Hello, thanks for coming over here and your comment, it is so much easier with digital photos to share our photos, I agree our chldren will always beable to find the photos of their childhoods :D

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  7. Excellent editing choices and cropping. The picture of the little girl and dog running in the mud captured my heart though. What a fantastic shot!

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    1. Thank you, I love muddy Puddle shots!

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  8. I love these challenges. I am just upgrading from point and click to digital SLR. Really enjoying the photography, next step editing.

    Love your photos - looking forward to more, and sharing some of my own too.

    Happy Easter!

    BW,
    Lesley x.

    PS. Jackson is gorgeous as ever :-)

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    1. Thanks Lesley Photography is somethign that has always captured my heart and my dream is to one day get myself a digital SLR x

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  9. Oh wow! The photo of your daughter running with the dog is amazing! I really like your edit on the other photo as well. I have seen a few of those around this week - it's only seeing yours that made me want to go and check out what it is all about though! You have completely changed the picture.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, its amazing how much you can edit and alter a photo in just a few simple steps :) I wanted to put my own take onto the photo and was pleased with how it turned out x

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  10. hi sarah thanks for looking at my blog. love your photos i'm like you more of a point and shoot for the best photographer. i dont really use all my other settings. thanks for following and i have returned the favour looking forward to more posts

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    1. Thanks for following, I only have a cheap little olympus camera it has very few settings! But i think sometimes that enables you to not think too much and gives you the speed to instead capture great shots :)

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  11. Thanks for your comment. Lovely photos. Love your editing, it's beautiful!

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  12. I love how you took this photo and changed it so dramatically. Great job!

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  13. Hi - coming over from Edit Me Challenge. Love the perspective of your crop and the colors. Your puddle pic is awesome!

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  14. Some great tips there Sarah, thank you :)

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  15. First of all, thanks so much for grabbing my photo to edit! I haven't used paintshop pro for editing. I had no idea it had so many options available! Great job! And just wanted you to know that your first image in this post is absolutely stunning! I would have never guessed it was from a point and shoot! It looks like something in a magazine. Bravo.

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  16. Love your creativity with the Edit Me photo and just want to say thank you for linking up with us this week! I hope you'll be back for more. A big part of this challenge is to learn from each other!

    And just by the way - that first photo is amazing! A true moment capture that will inspire others.

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