Special Effects and Edits in Photobucket

I "wear" many hats!

Besides being a writer, I am also a photographer and an artist. My other "day job" is to photograph newborn babies in the hospitals, in cute poses with their family members. Outside that job, photography is just a hobby for me though. I do however enjoy capturing shots of interesting things. I don't own a "professional" camera - I just have a digital point and shoot (except for at work I use a Nikon D60 - an awesome camera) I used to take alot of photos with my camera phone, and sometimes they come out pretty decent as long as the mega-pixels are decent (some of the newer cell phones have some pretty decent cameras on them too)

Recently I was showing off one of my favorite spots - Shinn Park - and I was camera-less this day (I dropped my digital camera a few days before and broke it) so all I had with me was my little RCA Small Wonder Camcorder (which also takes photos)

As it turned out my friend (who is also a children's photographer)became very excited when she realized how many awesome places there were to take photos in the park. Her and I went around the park, exploring and discovering, her taking photos with her camera phone (she didn't have her camera either that day), and me taking photos with my little camcorder camera (it's only a low resolution 1 mega-pixel camera) Despite less then great equipment, I never give up the opportunity to take good photos when I see them - even if my camera does leave much to be desired.

One of the reasons I will use a low resolution camera anyway is because I know I can go into Photobucket's editing program and make a bad photo turn into a work of art. Above and below are examples of what I've done with just "OK" photos - and why I suggest to people don't ever throw away a good shot just because it's a little blurry or washed out. With some simple edits you can turn your photo into a masterpiece! Look at the one of Seth against the tree and Lyzaea's "close-up", both would make awesome artwork on the walls of a home!


AFTER: Edited photo in Photobucket

This photo was edited using the sharpen tool then applying the matte effect in Photobucket. The original photo is shown below
This photo was edited using the sharpen tool then applying the matte effect in Photobucket. The original photo is shown below | Source

BEFORE: Original photo with no edits - cute but washed out color

This photo was taken with a very low resolution camera - 1 megapixel.
This photo was taken with a very low resolution camera - 1 megapixel. | Source

BEFORE: Nice layout but washed out color

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AFTER: Retouched photo. Sharpen and Matte effects added

As you can see this photo is quite different from the original above which was taken with a very low resolution camera.If you take a picture that you really like and it's low resolution you can always add effects to "save" it and transform the photo
As you can see this photo is quite different from the original above which was taken with a very low resolution camera.If you take a picture that you really like and it's low resolution you can always add effects to "save" it and transform the photo | Source

BEFORE: Original photo with no edits - blurry and washed out

Original photo with no edits. Very low resolution on a 1 megapixel camera.
Original photo with no edits. Very low resolution on a 1 megapixel camera. | Source

AFTER: Same photo cropped with a fresco effect added

This look on Lyzaea's face was precious - the pensive look with the wind blowing in her face. I cropped this photo to do a close-up of her beautiful face.
This look on Lyzaea's face was precious - the pensive look with the wind blowing in her face. I cropped this photo to do a close-up of her beautiful face. | Source

BEFORE: Another original photo - awesome layout but washed out

This was an awesome shot of Seth but once again it was caught with a very low resolution camera. The fresco effect below however is awesome for this photo.
This was an awesome shot of Seth but once again it was caught with a very low resolution camera. The fresco effect below however is awesome for this photo. | Source

AFTER: Wow!! Look at the difference: Looks like a painting!

What a huge difference a few special effects in Photobucket can do! This is the fresco effect with some color hue adjustments - all done in the free editing program in Photobucket.
What a huge difference a few special effects in Photobucket can do! This is the fresco effect with some color hue adjustments - all done in the free editing program in Photobucket. | Source

Don't throw away good photos!

I hope you have enjoyed your tour through my little gallery of edited photos. As you can see, alot can be done with just "OK" photos. All of these edits can be made in the Photobucket editing program. Photobucket is free to join and it's also free to use the editing program there. Just play around with your photos and you'll be amazed at what beautiful images you can achieve!

@Copyright Dorsi Diaz 2011

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher, artist and photographer. She writes on a variety of subjects including design, photography and everyday life)

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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Your creativity is showing. Thanks for sharing. Perhaps true artist create in their minds and use their imagination to display..

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@dallas) Thanks so much. It is alot of fun doing something beautiful with "so-so" photos!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Neat stuff Dorsi. You know one of the more difficult tasks in photo editing or manipulation is mastering human facial contrast within one image (rarely do two people have the same depth of color in their skin). As I look at your lesson for adjusting contrast , using those two beautiful children's portrait, I can see you have this well under control. Great work here and the lessons will help many to provide far better ending results in their snapshots.

Cheers~

K9


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@K9) Thank you K9. Being in graphics so long has helped me with that. Although I mostly used vector images for sign design, color has always been my favorite thing to play with. Thanks for reading my friend!

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