Thursday, November 10, 2011

The magic of photo editing......

NO, I'm not a professional photographer.....NO, I don't have a fancy camera....and NO, I do not own Photoshop!!  However, that doesn't mean that I don't pretend that I'm a pro.... or constantly remind Daddy K that I want a Nikon D90 with a 50mm 1.4 lens for C'mas.....or that I won't one day break down and buy really nice photo editing software!  But for now I'm content.  I'm happy with my Panasonic point and shoot, and I'm even happier that I recently discovered Picnik!!  Ever heard of it??  It's a free, yes FREE photo editing site!!  This tool can help turn a blah, so-so picture into an amazing one!!

I am constantly having people comment on my blog header and how blue Julia's eyes are.  So I thought this would be a great start to showing you a little of what Picnik can do!.......

This is the original picture...SOOC....straight out of the camera.  It's slightly overexposed, a little washed out, and honestly just blah!  Looking past the flaws, I immediately feel in love with this shot!  I love how she is not centered, not looking at the camera and how natural her pose is. I also love how blue her eyes appear in the picture!  With all that said, I was determined to make this "so-so" picture a great one!

After tinkering with a few tools on Picnik, this is how my photo transformed!!  Crazy right!!  By cropping the picture, darkening the exposure, playing with color saturation, adding a smudgy border and blurring out the edges this is what i was left with!!  Pretty impressive huh??

Here is another example! Great shot, however I'm not digging how the red bench and the pink outfit work together.....

Easy fix!! I took all the emphasis away from the bench!  I made the entire background black and white, while leaving her pink outfit in full color!   One simple tool (Focal B&W) created this super cool look....

Again, nice shot, however the background is a little too busy for your eyes to focus right on Julia's and Daddy K's hands holding the basket......

Sooo.....I used the same technique as the above picture where I only left one small area in color.  But I also gave the photo more of a blurred out look.... The tool for that is called "Focal Zoom".  Now, at first glance, your eyes go exactly where I want them too!!

I actually like this photo as is, however I wanted to get more of a vintage look to it.

After playing with the "sepia" tool and the "1960's" tool, this is what I was left with!  Only a slight difference, but the photo now has more character to it!

In this picture I wanted to test out a soft blurred out background while keeping Julia still in focus......

By using "focal soften" this is the look you get!  At first glace, I feel that you can focus directly on Julia, where before my eye kept going towards the bench in the background!

Great picture, but I do not want all the focus to be on other kids in the water.....

Easy fix....use the "focal zoom" tool and play with how sharp your blurring gets!  I thought that tool gave this picture a really fun look!

This is Julia's friend, Harper, and her Dad!  I actually love this shot 100%, however I wanted to experiment with the coloring......

I darkened the exposure, just a bit, so I could get more of a true silhouette, then I played with the color saturation to bring out the sunset.  Again, it is only a slight change, but it makes such a difference!!

So what have we learned today??  That's right!!!  A little photo editing can go a LOONGGG way!!  Now go pull out all of the photos you take on a daily basis and transform them into a masterpiece!!! 

To see the parties I'm linking to go HERE!!!


  1. Ive been using for years! I LOVE IT! And the advanced option {few bucks a month} is WELL worth it if you need it!

  2. wow...those baby blue eyes! our youngest daughter's (30) name is Julia. :)

  3. I just found Picnik too! Where have we been? Anyway, you're working it, girl! You've inspired me to play some more...I've just been doing basics. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These pictures look great! Picknik is great...but so is the photographer!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing all these tips. I am using piknik too and very new to it. this post is such a great help.

  6. Thanks for the great tips! i just discovered picnik last week but haven't really used it it but seeing out your photos look ...i going to start! I"m a new follower i'd love if you followed back!


  7. Oh, I so need to stop being so lazy about editing my photos. Yours look fab. It seems that I have just been working on the written portion way too much and forgetting the visual impact.

    I'll give this a go. :-)

  8. Great post. Thanks for sharing. Will be trying these out too.

  9. Hi! Stopping by from Serenity now. I love picnik! But never knew it could do so much. Thanks for the tips.. Im going to go try it out! Also, I would love for you to share this at my friday link party. Its new so I would love to have you link up :)

  10. Hi again! I'm passing the "Tell Me About Yourself" blog award to you! Please see my blog post and follow my can see it here: