Did you ever take one of those pictures that was almost perfect except for one minor little problem? Maybe the camera wasn’t held quite straight and the picture ended up crooked, or you caught a great candid moment with you and your friends but there’s some really bad red eye effect. It is no doubt frustrating to have to exclude an otherwise great picture from an album because its just not up to par. In years past, for the most part people just had to deal with it. Now, thanks to the photo editing tools commonly found on most computers, fixing these problems is quick, easy, and fun.
Online photo sharing has really revolutionized the way that people look at pictures and share them with others. Many regular photo albums, such as those family photo albums that are always packed full of embarassing pictures, feel cobbled together and disorganized. With online photo sharing, people can custom design and organize their photo albums so that they are far more presentable. In addition to better formatting, the editing tools that are commonly available have also enhanced the quality of the pictures themselves.
What You Can Do With Photo Editing Software
One common issue with pictures is when they end up crooked. This can happen for a number of reasons. Maybe you gave your camera to a stranger to a picture with some friends, and they were having so much trouble figuring out the camera that they weren’t holding it straight. Or, perhaps you don’t own a digital camera and are forced to scan your pictures in manually – it’s not uncommon for them to come out crooked in this case. Fortunately, fixing a crooked picture with editing software is easy. In many cases, its as simple as choosing an automatic straightening option in your editor. Even if an editor doesn’t have this feature, gradually rotating the picture using a rotate tool and a little patience should get the job done.
Cropping is another useful edit that you can easily do with most photo editing programs. Cropping is kind of like a way of zooming-in on a picture after its already been taken – you can use a cropping tool to cut out more of the background and really focus on whatever your target is. Alternately, if a picture ended up a little bit off center, and the subjects of the photo are strangely off center, you can crop off the extra and put the focus back where it belongs. Cropping tools are generally very easy to use. All you need to do in most cases is simply draw a box around the part of the picture that you want to keep. Everything outside of the box gets erased, leaving you with just the section that you want.
Photo editing tools really let you get your best pictures up on the online photo sharing network of your choice. Straightening and cropping are just two of the many features commonly found in photo editors. Have fun exploring the possibilities of photo editors as you build your online photo collection.
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Image by Lenny K Photography
Here’s an image submitted by Paul Itkin processed with my Lightroom toolkit.
I don’t know what it is about post processing, but I must say that I enjoy it as much (if not more) than the process of taking the photograph. It takes me to that imaginary world where for that split second I can forget that I’m sitting behind a computer screen and live the photo itself. Such a cool feeling that I’d like to share with you
Another free photo for you to download and use as you wish.