Wanna know how to make your pictures look better? Would you like to hear some easy secrets to how to make YOU look better in photographs?
You say you do??? Well allrighty then! (Just bear in mind, I'm not a pro...this stuff is for non-techy's. Easy peasy stuff.)
So I'm assuming that you've got a good camera. That's number one. And I'm not going to waste my breath telling you how to use it. You've got a manual and a community college that'll do that for you. Remember, this is just little hints...OK?
(That said, I will stress, LOOK AT EVERYTHING IN THE VIEWFINDER, 'CAUSE IT'S ALL GONNA SHOW UP IN YOUR PICTURE. DON'T TAKE PICTURES OF PEOPLE WITH TREES GROWING OUT OF THE TOP OF THEIR HEADS, OR WITH UGLY STUFF BEHIND THEM...DO YOU HEAR ME??? Ok, then...I've recomposed myself, so let's move on.)
First, my dear, since nobody's perfect, you need to learn how to edit. Photoshop is the cadillac of photo-editing, but the learning curve is steep. If you know Photoshop, you needn't read further. But if you're just starting out, give Picasa a try. Below are some pics I fixed up using Picasa...
Here's photo 1, unedited. I gotta work on my lighting!
This is the same photo. I used Picasa's highlight and light fill effects.
I cropped the above photo and added glow. BTW...the model is moi. We had crazy day at school, hence the bows, heavy make-up and polka dots. Kinda fun!
Think I'll put my hand in front of my neck...now isn't that better?
Here are a few more things I've figured out using Picasa...
- Soft glow is great for aging skin.
- If your photo is a wee bit out of focus...but you want to keep it, try making it black and white then use soft glow.
- If your picture tends toward sallowy yellow, go to the Saturation effect and move the button to the left. It'll make a nice cool tone. This is also great for creating a sort of washed out, fadey effect that looks vintage.
- Is a smart-aleck ruining your picture...crop him right out!
- Sometimes part of a face is better than the whole. The eyes have it! Use that cropping tool to make many photo's from one.
So there you have it...some easy ways to improve your photographs. You have nothing to fear when you stand in front of a camera. Those things you call flaws; either celebrate them or just fix them. It's that inner glow we're looking for...that special something that makes you so unique. Remember, you are a beautiful, beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation! The world has never seen anyone like you before...and never will again. Work that camera, girl!!!