In my pre-college days (which is beginning to feel like a long time ago) I worked in a photo developing station at a drug store in a quaint village of northern California (that’s the PC way of saying small, rural town). This was back in the day when the majority of people still developed their photos from real film and a select few used digital cameras. This was also during the days when the county fair was a BIG deal. If you didn’t go to the fair, you were truly square. And if you didn’t enter something, anything–a rabbit, a quilt, a photo, some flowers, just something–you were almost just as square.
Back in those days, people would come in to get their photos developed for submission in the County Fair. And there was a lot of talk behind the counter of which photos would win prizes and which wouldn’t. Then there were the conversations about the digital photos and *scandal of all scandals* which ones had been edited! That was my first brush with photography and for a long, long time after getting my first digital camera, I was too scared to edit my photos or at least to admit that I edited my photos. It would be like admitting I had a nose job (which I do not have).
Things have since changed. Most people edit their photos, and the editing has become part of the fun. There are so many programs to help you edit your photos, and I am in the process of looking for a great one that won’t cost an arm and leg, or just an arm or just a leg for that matter. I have no limbs to spare.
Thus far, picnik has been my editing site of choice. It is amazing that I can take an ordinary photo like this
And turn it into this
Take this boring old close-up as another example
It is much more appealing to the eye when it looks like this
While I am not overly impressed with my photos or the edited versions (I’m not submitting any of these to the county fair), I do think that photo editing is an art form just as taking photos and developing photos is. Perhaps I could say I am an artist in the making (and this is where I would use a smiley face I weren’t too ashamed of the nose that would show up)
If you would like to recommend a good photo-editing website or software that would allow me to retain all limbs, that would be welcome. For now, I’ll stick with picnik and just wait until I get a Mac (that is a whoooole other post that I probably won’t write any time soon!)