Awhile back, I became a little more than interested in beefing up my photos with a little after-shoot editing. The problem was that I didn’t want to spend alot of (read: any) money on expensive photo editing software. I had (have) some friends who have had success with Photoshop, and, while I’m looking into it for the future, the cheapest version I could find was upwards of $90.
So, being the researcher I am, I Googled it. When I did, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Google’s free, that’s right, free downloadable photo editing software called Picasa. While it certainly won’t do all that Photoshop will, it does perform a number of basic functions that boost picture quality significantly.
And did I mention it’s free?
Anyway, I thought I’d use a blog post to take you on a little behind-the-scenes tour of how some of the photos you see on the blog take shape, all the while displaying some of Picasa’s capabilities.
Forgive me for the before-and-after nature of these pictures, but I’ve been looking up alot of inspirational weight-loss stories online lately.
I took this picture on a recent excursion. While it’s not a bad picture, I thought I’d put it through Picasa’s “crop” feature to see if I could get it to be better.
Both pictures have their bonuses, to be sure, but I think the second one brings the focus to the lighthouse, while keeping the pretty parts of the plant life.
While these are, in no way, professional quality photos, and I’ll probably never be a professional-level photographer, the program does give my simple, little pictures some nice upgrades.
Besides that, I’ve learned how to use it to mask a myriad of my photographic missteps.
To get going with Picasa, click on the link and click the “Download Picasa 3.8″ button. Then, start editing.