This morning I went to a famous Tulsa park. There really isn’t much colorful foliage here. So I went for the flowers and whatever else I could find. So I could give you a photography lesson in cropping.
I took 239 photos. I was in heaven.
I’m never happier than when I’m looking through that camera lens and taking photos. And then sitting down at my computer editing those photos.
So I thought I’d show you how I make a photo look very different just by cropping it in Picmonkey, which is the photo editing site of my choice.
When you take outdoor photos, usually it doesn’t need much editing.
Here we go…
I think this is a pretty nice photo as it is. Lots of texture. Sun shining through the petals.
But when your photo comes out of the camera, it is oftentimes over 3000 pixels. Do you know how long that takes to load on a blog?
You need to resize all your photos so that it doesn’t take forever for someone to load your blog in order to read it. Or they might not come back!
I size all my pics down to 600 pixels on Picmonkey.
Then when I post it on Blogger, I click the option Original so that my photos are all lined in a uniform fashion.
Cropping is particularly important when I take photos of birds way up in trees.
And now I’ve cropped this photo…
I often like to edit photos where all of the subject matter is not showing. Like the flower below, the edges are cropped off. I think it provides more interest.
And now I’ve cropped. I also tweaked the contrast just a tad. Utilize your photo editing site to make your photos better. Sharpen, add clarity, lighten or darken the photo. I usually lighten.
And now after cropping…
And one more…
I wish I’d thought to do this lesson before I cropped the roses. Because the cropping effect was very dramatic with that particular photo.
But this just goes to show you that you can do so much with a photo. Sometimes I start out with one photo. And I end up with 3 photos due to cropping various areas of it.
If you resize to say, 600 pixels, as I do, then make sure you keep the original photo and you can keep cropping.
When I am finished with a photo, I name it something like: 600park1, and the second photo would be 600park2. If you don’t designate them specifically in some way, you won’t know which ones are resized and ready to be posted on your blog.
Anyway, a picture is worth a 1000 words, right? And you can make it look like a thousand bucks if you want!
Happy snapping and cropping!