We'll be the first to admit that we are guilty of being dependent on our cameras auto mode setting. Most photographers will cringe at the thought of auto mode, but photographers we are not. And while there have been a few instances that auto mode has proved to be disastrous for us, we've found ways to make it work.
So fear not, photography challenged people!
We are here to let you know that you don't have to be a professional photographer, or hire one, to get some decent pictures. There are some great budget friendly options for those of us that barely have a budget for anything besides supplies.
And this week our tidbit of knowledge will help you edit your photos without breaking the bank.
You don't have to have an expensive DSLR or Photoshop to get good quality pictures of your creations. Sure they may help make them even more spectacular...if you know how to use them. That is one thing we haven't tackled yet, but we still get compliments on some of our product photos. So we figured it was time to give you a little peek into our photo editing process.
There have been more than a few times that our auto mode pictures get a bit on the dark side. We know it's a lighting issue, but aren't always sure how to correct it. And sometimes, to be honest, we are too excited to share our new goodies to take the time to correct it during the photoshoot.
Luckily we've found a way to correct it in our favorite (free) photo editing software, GIMP. And no, it's not using the Auto White Balance feature. That has actually been a tricky feature for some of our bright & colorful pictures, which tends to end badly.
Go to the Curves feature:
Play around with that curve for a little bit until you get a feel for what each movement does. You can always reset it if things get out of control. The settings that work for our pictures may not be the best choice for your own, since lighting plays a big role in photography.
If you keep your setup consistent for each photoshoot, you will find yourself shifting the curve to the exact same area every time and soon develop a rhythm for your photo editing. And soon those photo editing sessions will fly by!
Try it out this week, either sprucing up some old pictures or with your next photoshoot.
And that's our little tidbit for this Tuesday.
Are you an auto mode junkie?
What has been your worst auto mode mishap?
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