One of the fun things about digital photography, is that you get to see immediate results of your photo. You’re in the digital age baby, so no more using those old film cameras, finishing off a roll, rewinding, then taking them to get developed, then wait to pick up your pics. Boy have a lot of things changed since I was younger.
I love it how I can take a photo, plug my USB cord into my laptop and upload my pics within seconds. Now that is satisfaction!
One of the other great things about being in the digital age, are all of the photo editors that are available to us online. I use quite a few of them to enhance my photographs, and they are free to use. The majority of them do have subscriptions that you can pay for that give you access to more awesome effects, but most of the time, you can get the effect & enhancement you are looking for without having to pay a dime.
The one photo editor that I am currently using is called BeFunky. As with all the other photo editors out there, BeFunky gives you a plethora of choices to enhance your photo, add text, photo frames, and much more.
Using a photo editor gives you lots of options that you can use on your blog:
- Enhance your photo from normal to black & white, or sepia to give it that nice aged look
- Special effects can be added to make your photo look like an oil painting
- Got a blemish? Your photo editor can erase that!
- Want a tan without the harmful rays of the sun? Yep, your photo editor can give you a golden tan too!
- Want to make a header for your blog? You can do so with a photo editor
- Ever want to create a widget for your blog? You can resize a photo to 300 x 300 and add it to your sidebar as a widget
- Adding text to a photo is a breeze too
- Ever want to create a watermark to add to your photos with your blogs name? You can use a photo editor to do this too
Now, with all of these great enhancements you have at hand, why are you still placing thumbnail sized photographs on your blog? Show off your photographs on your blog!! When you upload them for your posts, use the LARGE size option (584 x 388), and center them on the page!
I have seen so many blogs still using those thumbnail sized pics and while yes, we are actually reading what you write in your blogs, we also want to see the photographs too! So ENLARGE them on your next post, everyone will thank you!
The one last thing that I want to touch on is how do you store your digital photographs? I used to just have a file folder on my laptop where I saved, well….every photo I ever took. Then came the day that I was looking for a specific photo and could not find it. I needed to do something about that! I pain-stakingly went through each and every photo by date and moved them into a) year folder (2015, 2014 etc.), and then inside each of the year folders I created b) by month folders (January, February etc.). Now, if I needed to find a photograph that happened last July (like my birthday pics), I can find them in a flash! (all I would need to do is click on the 2014 folder, then open up the July folder)
So there you have it, my quick down & dirty photo editing tips for the day! What are you going to tweak today?