I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

photography 101: how to edit a photo

photography 101: how to edit a photo

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There are two main editing programs I use for all of my photos. I use Lightroom and PicMonkey. Lightroom is a bit more advanced than PicMonkey, but still easier than PhotoShop I think. You have to purchase the software to have access to Lightroom. But then you can download a ton of free presets (the different filters that you can add to your photo). I always take my photo in to Lightroom first to add the preset. Then upload it to PicMonkey if there is any additional editing that needs to be done. 
PicMonkey is free, and very easy to maneuver. One thing I love about PicMonkey, is there are so many different things you can do to edit your photos. You can make you look skinnier, tanner, blemish free, get rid of frizzy hair or unflattering lines in clothing, etc., etc.! Seriously, we should all look gorgeous in our photos! :) 
I used PicMonkey to edit the photo above. I simply selected the black and white effect and there is a little pop up box that comes up and allows you to use a brush tool to erase the black and white effect in certain areas. So I could keep the background black and white and keep my garden vegetables in color. 
One tool in PicMonkey I use often is the clone tool that is found under the lipstick icon (touch up) on their sidebar.  Below, you can see one way that I have used the clone tool. When my family and I went to the Alamo, it was really crowded and I wanted a family photo, but didn't care to have all of these strangers in my photo too, so I got editing.

And after about 20 minutes, it was just my family at the Alamo. The clone tool simply copies an image and pastes it where I want. So I copied grass and pasted it over the people. I copied cement and pasted it over their shadows, etc. I was able to get rid of all the people, their shadows, and the light glare from the sun. Now that I look at this picture again, I should have gotten rid of that hotel in the background! I use this tool to get rid of hair fly aways just by coping part of the background and putting it over my fly aways. Or to get rid of clothing wrinkles or, shall I say love handles... just copy a different part of your shirt and paste it over the area you want to get rid of. Really the possibilities are endless and it's such a fun tool to play around with.

Below are a couple of photos I edited that I took of my brother and his wife.

To get the edited photo: I used the Lightroom preset Remember When and General Punch I always like to use the Punch preset because it just adds a little more detail to the photo. I then went in to PicMonkey and edited the information at the top of the ultrasound. There is personal information on there that most people wouldn't want all over the internet, so I just used the Clone tool and smudged the words a little. I also added the "before/after edit" text on the photos in PicMonkey by going to the P on the sidebar.

For this edit, I used the Lightroom preset S Curve Color and then General Punch. I actually just left the glare in there because I thought it kind of worked with this photo. Using this preset also added more light to the top, so it naturally got rid of the house in the background to where it's not noticeable anymore.

Things to remember about editing:
There are endless possibilities when it comes to editing photos, so don't go crazy. Remember, we want to focus on taking a great picture in the first place.

The editing can add just a little extra pop to a normal photo.

Find the editing program that works for you. I like quick and easy editing and I think Lightroom and PicMonkey are quick and easy.

Be subtle in your edits and do what works for the photo. Not every photo needs to have extreme colors and effects.

Mostly, it just takes practice! So take a simple photograph and have fun editing it in certain ways.

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