Let me start by saying: I am not a professional photographer, no degree on my wall, everything I know is self taught through trial and error. Everyone will like their photos to have their own unique style, this is just what I do and by no means is it the only way to achieve a look or it may not be the look for you at all. That being said take as little or as much information from this post as you like. The only rule I have is: “a photo must be in focus.” It is best to get the exposure close right out of the camera too, but not a must. So much can be done in editing depending on how much time you are will to take in the post editing process. Make sure your camera is set to RAW to get the most out of your editing and lets get started.
For this lesson I am going to show you how to edit a photo in Picmonkey in under 30 seconds (its FREE and a great place to start with editing if you’re not ready to purchase a program.) By the looks of this photo I say it was 30 seconds well spent.
This portrait is of my besties daughter and granddaughter. The sun was at their back, it wasn’t a planned photo or I would have used a reflector to direct the sun toward their faces, so the next best thing is to do a little editing in Picmonkey.
70-200mm Canon lens/2.8/ISO 100
Easy Editing Steps
All of these edits can be found in Picmonkey’s basic editing toolbar on the left side of the screen. This is a very easy program to master so play around with it until you achieve the desired look. Here are the 4 steps I took to correct this photo:
1. Raised the exposure
2. Airbrushed the skin
3. Whitened the teeth
4. Added a Sun Flare
Now how easy is that? It took no time at all and made this unusable photo into a beautiful portrait. I may even be stretching it saying it took 30 seconds.
If I have enough interest I will continue to do these 30 second edits. I will do the next one in Light Room and there is a Free 30 day trial available for download if you want to give it a try. Stop back by and see how the Light Room edit is done. Feel free to ask me any questions if you are needing help in your editing or if you would like to see a certain edit or technique used just let me know.