I just discovered that I really am as behind on the times as I thought. I just found Picmonkey. I think I’m in love – seriously this is my new favorite program.
I was playing with some of the editing tools when my daughter wandered downstairs to show me the newest car she is saving for. I didn’t even give her a chance to show me the picture before I started telling her how amazing this new program was.
She just looked at my kindly and let me know she had been using Picmonkey on her phone “forever”.
Yeah – I’m that mom now. I’m not even close to the cutting edge. Oh well, I don’t care, because really this is my new favorite program.
I’ve used Adobe Creative Suite, Lightroom and many of the higher end programs. I love the versatility and fine tweaking option they offer.
However, they can be very time-consuming. I’m busy, I want quick simple edits for the vast majority of my pictures. I’m all about KISS – Keep it simple stupid. The vast majority of the edits I need can be done quickly and efficiently in Picmonkey.
Editing a picture is an art itself.
I’ve seen a lot of mediocre pictures turned into something magical with a little bit of editing. I know this because most of my pictures are kind of boring and need a bit of cropping and adjusting.
Why cropping? Because it is the easiest method of editing and often has the biggest bang for your buck.
I took this picture at our family ranch a few years ago. The basic shot is way too distracting with all the extra’s that catch your eye. By cropping in and only focusing on the spider it changes the whole tone of the picture. It also takes away the distracting blue line.
Notice as well that I offset the spider a little bit. This helps give a feeling of dimension and travel to the image.
This picture from the Flagstaff Rope course was taken with my basic point and shoot camera. By necessity, the subject was fairly far away. Personally, I like the middle crop best, since having the person crossing the bridge in the background gives it extra depth.
Cropping is definitely a matter of personal preference.
Crop as close as you can without losing quality. Get rid of the extra’s around the picture that drastic your eye.
When in doubt crop it out.
Always remember the rule of thirds.
This rule is very simple, put the subject of your photo somewhere on the 1/3 grid lines of each photo.
As you can see, using the rule of thirds gives you photos a little bit more pizazz.
One word of warning. Before you go crop happy, make sure you have an original image. I’ve cropped images for a 4×6 frame and then realized I wanted to put it in an 8×10 frame.
Protect your original images at all costs! Even though I love the versatility of using Picmonkey for quick cropping, one of the great features of the higher end editing software is the ability to do non-destructive editing.
When using Adobe photo products, you can always revert to your original image.
PS. If you are a fellow blogger or photo lover like me you may want to check out this post I wrote on Adobe Lightroom – Why I use Adobe Lightroom for Photo Editing for my Blog
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