How to manipulate your photos?

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I have to admit, this has very little to do with great nature photography but I wanted to throw it in anyway because I find it interesting. I figured that if you’re also interested you’ll read it. If you aren’t, you won’t. (Does that make sense?)

If you’re starting with a digital camera, you’re a little ahead of the game. If you’re starting with a photograph, you’re gonna need a scanner. Cheap scanners work okay but the more expensive ones do much finer work. By “finer”, I mean that the scanner will provide you with a better-quality finished product.

There are a number of pieces of software that will remove red-eye. However, few of them do it really well. Most of the reasonably priced ones that I’ve worked with don’t have much in the way of additional retouching features. I’ve chosen to put my money on PaintShop Pro for two basic reasons – price and features.

Adobe makes an exceptional product called Print Shop. You can do just about anything you can dream up in terms of photo manipulation and enhancement. It’s my first choice except for the fact it’s around six-hundred bucks.

In September, 2004, I got a copy of PaintShop Pro for under a hundred dollars. It will let me do anything I will ever want to do and won’t break the bank. I’m going to give you a couple of very small examples of what I have done with it.

First of all, I did a vertical pan shot of the Canterra office tower in downtown Calgary to use as part of my website ‘decor’. That’s the blue photo on the left that I covered up with a menu bar. (I haven’t figured out a way to make it transparent yet so the actual photo shows through but if it can be done I will!)

How to manipulate your photos?

The day I took the shot, the best angle I could get was from across the street. Unfortunately, parking was scarce and the rear end of my car wound up in the picture and detracted from it. So, I retouched it out. Simple as that.

Here’s what I mean: (In this demo shot I left part of the car in place to give you a better idea of what happens during the process.)

Secondly, I have a pretty decent snapshot (you know, one of those rare times where you ‘luck out’ and actually get a good snap shot) of my oldest grandson. (Tate’s gonna love this!) The unfortunate part is the terrible red-eye, so I removed it. You can do the same.

You can have a ton of fun when you can change the appearance of a picture you really like. For instance, I’ve always been partial to oil paintings but (of course) couldn’t afford a living room full of them.

Next best thing – change the surface of a photographs I want to display on the wall to look like an oil painting.