It used to be the case that the only way to share photos with your family and friends was to invite them over to view your photo albums. Like so many other things, the Internet has revolutionized the way that we share photos. It’s now possible to store entire albums worth of photos on websites so that we can share them with people all over the world.
Advances in photo technology have done a lot more than just change the way that we share pictures, however. Thanks to photo editing software programs, we now have access to tons of options for improving the quality of our online photo sharing experience. We no longer have to worry as much about our favorite memories being ruined by bad lighting, red eye and other common issues.
The Red Eye Effect
Red eye is one common problem that has plagued picture takers for many years. Red eye ends up making the people in the pictures look strange, if not downright evil! The red eye effect is actually caused because a camera’s flash happens too fast for the pupil itself to close. This causes the bright light from the flash to enter the pupil and be reflected back – the camera then picks up this light and records it in picture form.
Many cameras have features that help to prevent the red eye effect. When you see a camera that flashes multiple small, low-intensity flashed before the actual flash – that’s red eye prevention in action. The smaller flashes force the pupil to close, so no light gets reflected and the red eye effect doesn’t occur. However, not all cameras have this feature, and even with those that do, it’s not always enough to totally eliminate red eye.
Fortunately, most photo editing programs have a feature that helps remove red eye. In many cases, this has to be done manually, with the user focusing in on the eye or eyes to be fixed. The computer then adds a hint of blue to counteract the red and give the eye a more normal look. Some software programs have even automated this process, allowing a user to remove red eye from their entire collection. While this saves time, it’s not always as accurate as the manual method, as the system can’t always determine the area of an eye without the user’s input.
Another annoying problem that frequently occurs with pictures is lighting problems. Due to a number of different circumstances, a picture can end up either washed out or too dark, either of which can really ruin the photo’s quality. Fortunately, most photo editing software can help out with this problem too. You can easily adjust the brightness of a photo that is too dark, so that everything can be clearly seen. Or you can adjust the contrast of a washed-out picture, giving it better definition.
Fine tuning your pictures using photo editing software is a great way to enhance your online photo sharing experience. Take some time to explore your photo editing software and learn just how it can help you improve your photo collection.
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