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Most of the time I do very little editing with my pictures.  I’ve learned to save post processing time by trying to get it right, or close to it, In Camera.  Maybe a little crop and a punch of color is all that is needed.

When I took pictures kayaking on Monday I knew they would need lots of help in the digital dark room.  Middle of the day bright sun conditions are the worst.  Add to that a pretty blah background (Turlock Lake isn’t exactly scenic), a point and shoot camera set on Auto, a moving target… and I am moving too!   The pictures were just for fun so I wasn’t too worried about getting perfect.

However, just a little editing can make a difference.  Here are a few of my Before and Afters.

 

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After – A little closer crop and lightened the subjects

 

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After – Added some texture to the sky and turned sepia

 

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After – Straighten the horizon, nudge Terri a little closer to Julie, a punch of color and sharpen.

 

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After – I loved the sun flare in this picture.  Changed to a horizontal to crop out my boat and turned into a Black and White to add drama.

 

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After – Cropped and lightened.

 

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After – Tighter crop

 

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Before – No alcohol is allowed at Turlock Lake, so I don’t know what Terri was smoking when she took this picture!!

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After – Straightened the horizon.

 

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After – A tighter crop.  Thank you Terri for grabbing my camera and getting a picture of me!

I wanted to show you a few examples of how a little tweaking can make a difference in your photos.  Adobe Photoshop has been my go-to program to improve every single picture I take.  I didn’t learn it overnight, but the time and money I invested in it has more than paid off.