Friday, July 24, 2009

Gettin' Fancy

I love taking pictures, and take about a gazillion of them every month. But I'm not a photographer by any means...specifically because the skill of editing and proofing totally eludes me. I seem to lack that truly artistic part of the brain, and have no innate ability to look at a photo and know exactly what details would make the image perfect.

Also because I'm too cheap to buy Photoshop!

So 99.9% of the photos I display on the blog and in my house are SOOC (straight out of the camera.) I took an awesome photography class in college, but that was before the deluge of digital photo editing, so any touch-ups to my photos were done in darkroom with various odd-shaped pieces of cardboard and my ancient, massive enlarger.

But...we are living in a digital world, and I am a digital girl, so I decided to give editing a shot.

There is an incredible, FREE online program called Picnik that allows even the most editing-challenged individuals to create some really beautiful and unique photos.

I was able to take this simple shot from the beach...


And turn it into this! So easy and so fun to play around with all the different features.


It also has many features for getting rid of imperfections. You might not be able to tell, but in this photo, Seamus had just finished eating a cherry Ring Pop. He looked a little like Edward Cullen after his his last meal.
So I used Picnik to tone down the bright red lips and teeth, and therefore save the annual family beach photo!
Just wanted to share this fun site with you! Check it out, and have fun Pickniking!

9 comments:

Katie said...

i LOVE picnik! Isn't it fun? You did a great job editing your pictures!

Destini said...

Way to go, I'll have to check it out! You don't need to edit most of your pics, Seamus and Gracie are such great subjects!

Kim said...

Oh I will have to try because I only have SOOC pics too. Just know this-I have enjoyed every single one of your 9 gazillion pictures and get a little giddy when your monthly album lands in my e-mail! Have a great weekend!

Laura Wolf said...

Totally love what you were able to do with your pictures. Thanks for sharing this website. Maybe I can have a little fun with my pictures now.

Kasia and Amelia said...

Oh Emily! You are wonderful photographer! Really. I love your pictures as much as I love good photography and also taking pictures :-)I love your ideas and catching the beauty. Keep doing great work! You do not need fancy camera or Photoshop. I do have it and I do not use it! You just need - your great eye and good light and voila!

Melisa said...

Thanks for the website. I too am too cheap to buy photoshop so I will check it out. Great job on the editing.

Greene Family said...

The pictures are awesome! I'll have to check out picnik since I'm too cheap to buy photoshop too. I just love all of the pictures that you post of our adorable kiddos!

Melissa Swartley said...

Sweet!!! I love the cool beach pic! I am totally heading over to that site after we get back from the beach to try out some fun stuff! Thanks for the tip! I've never heard of it before and Photoshop is confusing the heck out of me! Thank you! :)

Jen Weisser said...

LOVE that pic! You totally need to frame that for the entrance of the new house! Beautiful!