As promised I am back with another PicMonkey photo edit that can be done in under 30 seconds. PicMonkey is a free service that you can use to edit a photo quickly, there is also an upgrade available that offers a bigger selection of what this program can do for either $4.99 per month or $33 per year. Personally I feel it is worth the yearly subscription for all it has to offer, and it is very simple to learn. Play around will the free version and see all that it can do. Remember there are several ways to achieve a photo correction or a certain look, I am going to show you what can be done to improve a photo in under 30 seconds, not everyone will be going for the same look but this is how I would approach improving this photo quickly.
Here’s what we started with Straight Out Of The Camera (SOOC). It’s not necessarily a bad photo, it just lacks any luster and would certainly not capture anyones attention. Now with 3 easy steps this photo can be greatly improved upon to look like this.
Big improvement, right? The photo now pops off the screen and you can see the depth in the photo. See how the berries and twigs look as though they are in 3D? I say “Why would you not take the time to do a little photo editing if you could see such huge results?” There is never a photo on my blog that is SOOC and I must say it again the only things you can’t fix are photos that are OUT OF FOCUS or a photo that is BLOWN OUT. So make sure you get those two things right, and you will be able to do so much more in post processing. Below are the 3 steps, I used to achieve this look.
1. Adjust your Exposure (in the basic settings) by raising the “Brightness, and the Highlights.”
2. Use the Orton (in the effect setting) and raise your “Bloom and Brightness” by 50%.
3. Adjust your Sharpness (in the basic settings) to 10.
Make sure you hit the “Apply” button after every adjustment, the “Apply” button is just like a “Save” button. Another little tip is the “Orton” effect is great for food photography, it gives it that bright, colorful, I wan’t to eat it look. If you missed the first lesson in the series you can see it here: How to Correct Photos with Picmonkey in Under 30 Seconds.
Also my new blog, “Life In Focus 365” has launched. It is a place where I showcase one photo a day, and tell you the camera setting I used. Stop by and follow along:) If you ever need a reminder of where to find “Life in Focus 365” just click the camera icon in my side bar of this blog, below is what you will be looking for.
Also I am taking request for any areas you have trouble with in your editing process. So far the request are “back lighting” and “curves”. I will be back with tutorial on both these subjects but please let me know if you would like other editing explained with a tutorial.