A simple shooters guide to cool photos
I get a lot of comments about my photos. Some say they love the warmth of them, others are digging the loud colors. The best part is that I do have a really good camera. I do! It’s a Nikon D80. But the thing I think is so best is that I use it like a point and shoot. I know nothing about photography. I have a couple tricks. The ‘landscape’ setting that I use all the time cuz it shuts off the flash and the flip switch from auto to manual focus (a huge plus for closeups). I’ve learned a lot about light….that’s key and I have a cool tripod. That’s the camera part, now for the real goods. I’m mega low tech, no photoshop for this girl. I wish, but I just haven’t put the time into learning and this is why. I have 3 super easy secrets…and they’re all free!
The top pic is the Tony filter. The original shot is below. I really like it as is, but sometimes it’s fun to add in a little drama. Pixlr was my first venture into digital online filters. I used it to create the photo I use for my logo on this blog. The one way up at the top with the luchador and the pixie.
Picasa’s ‘I’m feeling lucky’
Ha…this is almost silly to admit but it’s my most used technique. If ever there was a secret I wanted to hold onto, this is it!!! It’s a button. That’s it. No adjustments, nothing, just hit the button on the Picasa photo viewer. Meet the before and after! See how it makes the pic more vibrant? Easy!
This site is GREAT!! So many things you can do to a photo. I use this when my photos are just OK and I need them to work, fast! The Pic Monkey filters can transform the look of an entire post with uniformity. I think it gives photos a little case of the warm fuzzies. If a photo’s a bit stark, you can easily tone it down and tweak the colors. See how soft these chairs became? Click HERE to see the entire post. It was just an ordinary trip to the laundromat and I happened to have my camera with me. The pix were flooded in fluorescent light and really hard looking before I shot em with a tranquilizer.
And who doesn’t love a milky glow?
Before California Pixie I had no idea about this stuff. Anyone can do it. A tiny adjustment can make a photo really sing, don’t ya think?
I have run to the end of my photo know how. I’m ready to learn how to really use this camera. shutter, F stop, the works. People give me little quickie lessons but it’s confusing. I hear the dummie books are great. Maybe I’ll start there…any recommendations?