Quick and Creative Tips for Using Original Photos on your Hub

Creative Original Photographs Add Color and Interest to Your Work

Foxglove in round frame
Foxglove in round frame | Source

Why should you use original photographs?

Original photographs not only enhance your Hubs’ visual appeal, but Google likes them, too. Photographs and other graphics are used on our HubPages articles to

  • add color and interest to an article
  • illustrate with examples
  • clarify how-to articles by showing step-by-step pictures.
  • entice a reader to read more
  • provide relief from unbroken text and provide a change of pace
  • make an article easier and more fun to read

Unfortunately, you may not always have an original photo that's exactly what you need for your newest Hub. Although I’ve taken thousands of digital pictures, I’ve found myself in this predicament several times. So what to do?

In a pinch, you can search the internet for free photographs and hope that you don’t inadvertently violate some copyright rules. You can use clip art from your word processing program or from another source. Or, you can come up with some quick and easy graphics using your digital camera and found objects.

Original Photos from My Photo Library - Photos All Used in Previous Hubs

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A rooster at Corolla Lighthouse used in "A Lighthouse tour of North Carolina"Bluebird eggs in nest used in my Hub "Bluebirds ~ Pictures of Bluebirds~Bluebird Houses~Attracting Bluebirds"Baby Raccoon from "The Best Homemade Peach Brandy Recipe~The Reluctant Peach Tree and A Baby Raccoon"Basket of peaches from "The Best Homemade Peach Brandy Recipe~The Reluctant Peach Tree and A Baby Raccoon"Matilda the camel from "White Sands National Monument~White Gypsum Sands and Matilda the Camel"
A rooster at Corolla Lighthouse used in "A Lighthouse tour of North Carolina"
A rooster at Corolla Lighthouse used in "A Lighthouse tour of North Carolina" | Source
Bluebird eggs in nest used in my Hub "Bluebirds ~ Pictures of Bluebirds~Bluebird Houses~Attracting Bluebirds"
Bluebird eggs in nest used in my Hub "Bluebirds ~ Pictures of Bluebirds~Bluebird Houses~Attracting Bluebirds" | Source
Baby Raccoon from "The Best Homemade Peach Brandy Recipe~The Reluctant Peach Tree and A Baby Raccoon"
Baby Raccoon from "The Best Homemade Peach Brandy Recipe~The Reluctant Peach Tree and A Baby Raccoon" | Source
Basket of peaches from "The Best Homemade Peach Brandy Recipe~The Reluctant Peach Tree and A Baby Raccoon"
Basket of peaches from "The Best Homemade Peach Brandy Recipe~The Reluctant Peach Tree and A Baby Raccoon" | Source
Matilda the camel from "White Sands National Monument~White Gypsum Sands and Matilda the Camel"
Matilda the camel from "White Sands National Monument~White Gypsum Sands and Matilda the Camel" | Source

Perfecting Your Original Photo

This hub is not about teaching advanced photo editing techniques. With a point and shoot digital camera and the basic software that comes with your camera or computer, you can transform your original photo into a good image for your Hub. It isn't difficult, but you will need to become familiar with your software. Even if you don't do anything else to your photos, take time to do a few simple things to bring out the best in your photographs.

Here are a few simple things that I do to improve my photographs before I add them to my Hubs:

* Use the Quick Fix or Enhance Feature

Use the "Enhance" feature on your photo editing software to brighten up your picture and enhance the color. If you don't think this improves the picture, undo the action and go back to the original. I've found that enhancing the photograph is not always the best thing to do. If needed, fine tune the color and exposure by brightening or darkening the photograph. One of the most helpful features on even the simplest editing software is the highlight and shadow adjustment. If your photo has washed out areas, take out some of the highlights. If you have dark areas, especially faces, take out some of the shadows.

* Adjust Photo Exposure If Needed

Sometimes even with a good point and shoot camera, your photos will look too dark or too light. Go into the photo editing feature and use the "Exposure" tool to add more light to your pictures. You can use this feature even on photographs that you've scanned and it helps a lot to make the picture more attractive.

* Save in Small JPeg Files

Your photographs will upload to the web quicker if you reduce the size of your files. I usually try to save my files in JPeg format at around 300-600 kb. When viewed electronically, these pictures will look just as good as larger files. Just don't use these pictures to make prints.



Crop to focus on your subject

Original Picture.
Original Picture. | Source
Cropping out distractions to draw focus to the deer.
Cropping out distractions to draw focus to the deer. | Source

* Crop Photos to Remove Distractions

Finding the perfect picture is sometimes just a matter of selecting the part that you want and pasting it into a new document or cropping off the parts you don't want. I have noticed that some photographers have a deep attachment to their original pictures, and are reluctant to change them in any way. If you are one of those people, then make a duplicate of your original and experiment with cropping or adjusting the copy. I usually do this as I never know when I might want to use the whole picture. For example, the of the deer walking past our Jeep is interesting to me personally, but not particularly a great picture. Once I cropped out the Jeep, and the photo focused on the deer, it might be a useful picture to illustrate an outdoors article .


Crop in a Round Format to Spotlight Your Subject

Foxglove in a round frame.
Foxglove in a round frame. | Source

* Select Different Shapes for a Special Focus

Most photo editing software comes with different shapes of the select tool. While we're used to using a rectangle, you can add interest by using the round or oval select tool and pasting your picture into a new document. Just a word of caution: Don't get carried away and have a zillion different shaped pictures. If you choose to use a round, then use it with several pictures to tie the visuals together.





* Discard Junk

Yes, throw out pictures with blur, camera shake or weird things growing out of people's heads! If your photo is irretrievably too bright and washed out or too dark, get rid of it. You have too many digital pictures to keep bad pictures, and they certainly won't add value to your work!

Above all, Do Not Use photos in your hub that are blurry or poorly composed! They will detract from your writing and your image as a professional.

You Never Know When Odd Photos Will Be Useful

Hermit crabs
Hermit crabs | Source
Beach shell
Beach shell | Source

* Build Your Photo Library

Carry your digital camera or cell phone camera with you. The best way to get graphics for your Hub is to use your own photographs. Carry your digital camera or your camera cell phone with you, and snap pictues of anything that appeals to you. You never know when you might need a picture of vegetables at the Farmers Market, a float at the parade or even a peaceful scene in the forest or at the beach. With future hubs in mind, take pictures of things like shells, flowers, rocks, holiday decorations and people in action.

Make Step-by-step photographs For Your Hubs

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From Hub: Making Something from Nothing-How to Make Crochet T-shirt Rugs
From Hub: Making Something from Nothing-How to Make Crochet T-shirt Rugs
From Hub: Making Something from Nothing-How to Make Crochet T-shirt Rugs | Source
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Make A Step-by-Step Series to Illustrate How-To Articles

Take some extra time to make step-by-step pictures for your hub. It will pay off in the value it adds to your hub. Step-by-step photographs will make your hub unique and useful. I’ve found that the hubs where I’ve taken time to make step-by-step photos are among my most popular hubs. Photos to the right are from my hub: Making Something from Nothing-How to Make Crochet T-shirt Rugs)

This witch for my Halloween Hub is actually a piece of costume jewelry.
This witch for my Halloween Hub is actually a piece of costume jewelry. | Source

• When You Don't have the Right Photo - Improvise!

Improvise by taking a quick digital picture of something you have around the house. When you just don’t have the right photo in your photo library, use your phone or digital camera to take a picture of something you have around your home.

My Halloween Hub, More Halloween Safety Tips-Charms, Amulets and Protections, had me at a loss for an original photo. I solved the problem by raiding my jewelry box for Halloween jewelry and using my digital camera to snap some pictures. Then I used a photo editor to make them unique.



Halloween pictures using Jewelry and a Doll

Ghost pin photo enhanced used as the lead photo in the Halloween Hub.
Ghost pin photo enhanced used as the lead photo in the Halloween Hub. | Source
Doll in Halloween costume to illustrate a Hub about Halloween costumes.
Doll in Halloween costume to illustrate a Hub about Halloween costumes. | Source

Creating Special Effects Using Simple Techniques


I used Halloween costume jewelry to make these Halloween pictures for my hub: More Halloween Safety Tips – Charms, Amulets and Protections. For these I raided my jewelry box for a few Halloween pins. I placed the pins on a black t-shirt and set my digital camera to its close-up setting. For best results, you should use a tripod. I have to admit that I don't always use a tripod, and sometimes I'm sorry about it later. After I downloaded the pictures to my computer, I used the edit feature of my photo editor (I use a Mac ibook, the photo editor is iPhoto) to enhance each picture. Then I used the special effects tool which is very similar to other tools available with most digital camera photo editing software. I first chose the matte option to create a white oval around the piece,then used the vignette option to add the black oval thereby making a nice frame for the image. Easy, quick and a great lead photograph for my Halloween hub!

The doll in a witch costume was used in my hub: What Your Halloween Costume Says About You. (Yes, I do have a witch costume for my American Girl Doll!) After I took her picture, I used the photo editing tools on my computer to make a vignette with the witch on a black background and it worked perfectly with my hub.



Add Special Effects with an On-line Photo Editor

Original Photograph of fossil face in a rock.
Original Photograph of fossil face in a rock. | Source
Cropped and tinted "face" from the fossil rock.
Cropped and tinted "face" from the fossil rock. | Source
Cropped, tinted and "stickered" face.
Cropped, tinted and "stickered" face. | Source

Experiment with Free On-Line Photo Editors


There are many free on-line photo editors that you can use for quick, easy and interesting effects. I used the original picture of my fossil face rock,(subject of my hub, A Rockhound’s Discovery - Is It An Alien Fossil or an Ancient Native American Carving, to make an eerie Halloween spirit for another Hub.

Using the free photo editor Picnik, first I cropped the photograph and used the special color tool to tint the picture green. I also added a signature using the text tool. Still using Picnik, I used the Sticker tool to paste my photo into a crystal ball. I then added some green to the eyes and tinted the entire photo purple. When I was satisfied with the result, I downloaded the completed picture back to my computer so that I would have it for future use.

*Note: Picnik is no longer available, but you can get similar effects with other on-line software. See links below for more information on free on-line photo editors.

Wrapping It Up

Using your original photographs effectively does not have to be a difficult process. When you want to concentrate on your writing rather than your photographs, you can make unique and creative images that will enhance your hubs or website by expending just a little thought and time. Play with some of the quick features of your camera's software or with the photo editing software on your computer. If you have a good internet connection, have some fun with the free photo editors on-line, too.

Enjoy!

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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Love, love, love this HUB! What a simple, yet great lesson on adding photos to your work. Easy to follow directions and tips. If I had a vote (and I do Not) I would make this hub of the day! Great stuff Stephanie! Genius even!

HubHugs~


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Wow! Thank you so much K9! I love photography, as so many Hubbers do, and really enjoy using original photos on my hub. I'm glad that you found the tips I shared useful! Your comments gave me a real boost tonight - thank you!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub. When I read your Halloween hub I was wondering how you got those cool images! Thanks so much for sharing some of your "tools of the trade" for augmenting your photos.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I agree with K9keystrokes. This is an awesome hub, very nicely laid out with some great photos to illustrate your points. I'm going to look for this on your profile page so I can bookmark it.


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creativelycc 5 years ago from Maine

This is amazing. I was just talking to a friend of mine yesterday to added some of my needlework to her website. She said the picture's weren't sharp enough. This hub has helped me. Thank you!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

These are gorgeous photos. I think it is especially helpful when the hub is about photography. I've seen hubs on photography where the hubber does not use original photographs. I have never asked them why because I don't want to open a can of worms. But still...


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mydubaistay 5 years ago from Dubai

Nice hub and useful tips. Way to go Stephanie. Your hub really rocks.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Steph: What a great hub! magisterial effort which should help a lot of writers who aren't terribly good with pics (like me). I have a feeling we might be running into troubled waters over photo copyright, too, as so many hubbers download anything from Google Images, etc., and are exposed...Bob


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Lorainevn 5 years ago

Beautiful Hub and I love the photos. I'm very keen on photography but delete most of my photos after viewing it. Perhaps I should keep them - perhaps they will be useful at some point.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Happyboomernurse- Thanks, Gail! Actually, it was your comment about my Halloween photographs that inspired me to write this hub! Thank you for always giving such valuable feedback!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Danette Watt - It's so easy to get hooked on using your own photographs. I'm so glad that some of the tips are useful to you Danette! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your nice comments on my Hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Creativelycc - One trick I use when I want to photograph flat objects like a painting or collage is to lay it on the floor, and set the camera above it on a tripod. This would probably work well for your needlework, too. If you can position yourself directly above the work, it will have less distortion and details will be sharper. Photographing in a room with bright natural light is also helpful. I'm glad you found the tips here helpful. Thanks for stopping in to comment!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

FloraBreenRobison - I guess I just love any excuse to use my own photographs! :) I'm glad you liked them and found them helpful. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on my Hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Diogenes - Thanks for your very kind comments, Bob! I agree that web writers need to be very careful about using images that they take from the web. It's so easy to copy images, or anything else for that matter, that I think some newer writers just aren't aware of the copyright laws governing internet materials. Personally, I'm always more comfortable using my own photographs, though I do sometimes resort to Creative Commons images. Thanks so much for stopping by...


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

love this hub Stephanie - voted up and awesome


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Lorainevn - Ever since my first digital camera, I've had difficulty parting with any of my digital pictures. It's only with great self-discipline I can bring myself to delete duplicates, blurs and just plain bad shots. However, since writing for HubPages, I find myself going back through years of pictures, and often finding just the right one to complete my hub. My advice is: if you have good digital photographs, hang onto them, take the time to name them and file them in a sensible manner on your computer. You may be happy you kept them when you have your own photo resource library. Thanks for your comments!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

annmacklemiller - Hi Ann! You have so many beautiful photographs on your hubs - I've learned a lot from viewing them! Thanks for stopping by to see my Hub!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thanks so much for all of these great photo tips! Using good photos greatly enhances just about any hub. It doesn't take much effort to do a few simple editing techniques and result can be huge. I hope that a lot of people gain inspiration from this hub for their own hubs.


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elucidator 5 years ago from SoCal

Thanks for the ideas Stephanie. This is why I like the hub community, great ideas shared and it benefits all of us.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Randomcreative - I agree that it really doesn't take too much effort to improve your original by doing some simple editing. I'm always interested to see photographs that Hubbers have taken themselves as original photographs add another dimension to ones work. Thanks for stopping by to read my hub and to comment!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Elucidator - I love sharing my photographs, and I'm so glad that you liked my hub. Thanks for your nice comments!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Very, very useful...BIG THANK YOU:)


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Beata, You're very welcome! I'm so glad that you found this hub useful. Thanks for your comment!


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Aeron Wright 5 years ago

I don't know there are so many creative ways to edit photo. It is really helpful to me.

Thanks for your generosity in sharing these wonderful tips!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hello Aeron,

I'm glad that you found these tips for using your original photos in your hubs helpful! There are many more things you can do if you explore your photo editing software - just have fun with it! Thanks for visiting my hub and for your comments.


Penny splendid 5 years ago

Excellent tips Stephanie, I shall be practicing with my camera!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

I agree with K9 and Danette-WOW Definitely will return to this one-there is so much info here and I am so excited to read these tips. I love photography, but have a long way to go. Thanks for adding the cameras here-I've been wanting to get a more professional camera since I was 18 (long time ago,LOL) and have always been intimidated by not knowing what I am looking for; then worried I will be disappointed with my expensive choice.

I've bookmarked this one as well. Thanks! Rated up and across.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi Denise,

Choosing a new camera is always a difficult decision as there are so many excellent cameras available. When using a 35mm film camera, it seemed easier to select a good one, though it was a lot more expensive to experiment with different lenses and settings.

I love digital cameras because you can experiment all you want and just delete anything that you don't like. Most of the pictures I've shown were taken with a Nikon Coolpix. I don't have a digital SLR yet, but it's on my wish list! When I upgrade, I'll probably go with another Nikon as I've been very happy with the one I have.

Thanks for bookmarking and voting here! It's always a pleasure to see you!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Wonderful photos and I feel like I've learned some new things about photography. Great hub. Rated up and awesome.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Pamela! I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit, and that you found my hub useful!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

I had to revisit this hub, Stephanie, to reread the great tips you have here. This time I took some notes. Happy Trails.


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JSParker 4 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

Stephanie, what a terrific hub! I love how you have been so creative in making photos using jewelry and other objects. Plus your writing is an inspiration to me to write more.

Congratulations on being a top 100 writer for 2011. You deserve it!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

JSParker - I'm so glad you found these tips for using your original photos in your hubs useful. Thank you so much for your very kind comments! Great feedback like yours is what keeps me going! :)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

These are some really great tips! I've used a few already, but I like the effects tip you give. Very useful and interesting. Good Job!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Awesome hub article Stephanie. I do a lot of these things with cropping and playing around with my own photos in iPhoto already, but still loved how you used jewelry to create a witch for Halloween. Nice job seriously. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I try very hard to use my own photos in my Hubs. I do use PicMonkey, but I love the way you did the round frames; don't know how to do them. I've just started playing around with PicMonkey to get dividers. Great Hub. I voted it up, and will share.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

This is great and very useful. I enjoyed reading it and liked the fossil face. Voted up and more!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

rcrumple - I'm glad that you found some new ideas for using your photographs! Thanks so much for your comments!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Janine Huldie - Since I really prefer to use my own original photographs, sometimes I just don't have just the photo I need. The Halloween jewelry made perfect graphics for my Halloween hubs -- necessity is the mother of invention! Thanks so much for your very nice comments!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Mary615 - Most photo editing software gives you the option of cutting out a rectangle or circle shape. I'm not familiar with PicMonkey, yet, but it may allow you to do that. Once I've selected the area, I do a copy, open a new document and paste. Depending on how your software works, you may have to use a different procedure. Do take some time to explore the features of your software! Thanks for your comments and the share!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Ignugent17 - I'm so glad you found my tips for using photos to be useful. I do enjoy playing with the different software options (always preserve your original), and experimenting with shapes and colors. Thanks for your comments and votes!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

This is one to keep on hand. Thanks for the great tips. Very, very well done. Voted way up! You certainly know your photography.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

teaches12345 - I'm so glad you found some useful tips in my article on using your original photos. Thanks so much for stopping in to comment!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

How wonderful of you to share these tips! Your photos are always so amazing. No matter how many pictures we take or how many photo editing programs we try, we can never learn enough. You pictures speak for themselves and your tips are more than useful.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Should be an amazing button!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Tillsontitan - I agree that there is always something more to learn about photography and photo editing. But digital photography and simple photo editors can make us all look good with just a little practice. I'm glad you found my tips useful, and I appreciate your comments so much!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

This is a very useful and informative hub. I learned a lot from it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome photos.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Thelma Alberts - I'm so glad that you found some useful information in my hub, Thelma! Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment!


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DonnaCSmith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

All very good tips. Thanks for the help.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

DonnaCSmith - Glad you found some good tips for using your original photos in your hubs. Thanks for visiting and commenting!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Very creative. Awesome hub, very nicely laid out. How did you create the red lines , is that also an image?


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Nadine May - Thanks for your comment, Nadine. Yes, the red lines are an image and are entered into a photo capsule. I always liked using dividers between sections of my hubs, but recently I get notices from HubPages that they are distracting. I guess it's a matter of opinion on whether they are useful or not. I have not removed them from my hubs.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Stephanie it inspired me. I thought that it might have been an image. I think its a great way to publish short stories or articles that do not have enough words for hub's standard. For me they were not destructing.


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Nadine May - Putting in the dividers will give some visual interest to the article, but won't take the place of a good word count. You need a minimum of 500 words in your article. I usually aim for about 1500 words of good content, and many times go up to 2500 words. All of my articles are featured, so it seems to be working. :) Happy hubbing!


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Blackspaniel1 22 months ago

My first choice is always to use my own images. I am certain there is no copyright issue when I do.


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Stephanie Henkel 22 months ago from USA Author

Blackspaniel1 - I agree that using your own images is a good idea when they are crisp, clear and relate to your article. Then there are no worries about copyright, and you have another venue for expressing your creativity.

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