Feel like taking your photography hobby to the next level? How about geeking it up by combining your love for programming and photography?
If this is your thing, then Dr. Irfan Essa’s online course on “Computational Photography” is something you should take. Unfortunately, the course, which is offered in Coursera, has no upcoming sessions in the near future. Still you can add it to your watchlist to be informed of any openings as soon as you can.
Taking the course will surely teach you a lot about digital photography and image post-processing, but in terms of stuff like resizing images or working with layers. Instead you will learn about photography concepts in depth, looking at it from the Physics and Math point of view, as well as pre- and post-processing techniques “with emphases placed upon point processes, smoothing, convolution, cross-correlation, gradients and edges.”
And yes, while college-level math, general physics, basic probability and computer programming are required skills, they are not insurance that you’ll understand everything taught in the course.
Most digital cameras in the market, including the basic compact cameras, come with in-camera photo editing features. While these features are limited and cannot perform complicated tasks like Photoshop can, the quick fixes that they provide suffice the needs of ordinary folks.
Some of the most common in-camera photo editing features include removing red eye, beauty shots (results in smoother looking skin), basic filters, cropping, and more. Note though that the name for each feature varies with each camera brand so as to fit their marketing spin.
Aside from the in-camera photo editing features, camera manufacturers also sometimes provide free editing software when you buy their cameras, especially for the high-end models. These software may or may not offer more than your basic editing features but is still a pleasant bonus. Of course, if you take your photography seriously enough to take out a loan to buy equipment, chances are that you won’t settle for a basic editing tool and buy one that gives you more advanced features.
Careful evaluation of photos is a must before even trying to have them edited. This should be the case because it is important for one to identify which part of the picture is in need of change or what specific enhancement should be done with the picture. Evaluation of photos is a must because every photo involves varying procedure and editing techniques which will only be clear to the editor if he is given the opportunity to first see the picture and have sufficient time evaluating and knowing what needs to be done. It is important to remember that editing photos is only possible when one has the idea of what is needed and of course, has that clear view on what should be done to improve the involved photo and not the opposite. Photo editing, indeed, is now very much easy to do due to the continuous inventions of editing software and programs but the process is actually not that simple. Still, such process usually requires someone knowledgeable and experienced.
Photo editing is done for the main purpose of enhancing a photo. People choose to edit photos to give satisfaction on what is seen may it be an aim to make the person in the picture look thin, more beautiful, the image as a whole looking brighter, and others. There are millions of reasons behind the aim of enhancing photos that eventually led to it being more than just a hobby but a profession for others who find their interest in such craft. Nonetheless, photo editing will continuously be used and done because everyone would always aim to get that perfect photo. As most of us see it, photos are almost always involved in every situation and are used to better represent events and scenarios. More specifically, the use and making of photos are inevitable in one’s home, workplace, and surroundings. Nevertheless, these photos will be used to advertise and represent people, events, products, and services.
Facebook, as we all know, is the leading social networking site at present. This fact is exhibited by the obvious rapid increase in users every single day. Facebook is commonly used for the purpose and aim of entertainment, communication, meeting new people, and having new friends. With this, majority of the users find interest in meeting and talking to even the most random people just to maximize its reach. This is why users are always reminded of the limitations that go with using and involving one’s self in Facebook. As much as we want to keep our information to ourselves, the reach of such site will just lead to other people being able to access even the most private part and information. This is why Facebook has been continuously working towards ensuring the safety and welfare of its users which now include the photo privacy option which limits the access of a picture and album. This setting is made to restrict others access and limit to those only directly associated with the photos posted. In this way, one’s privacy is taken in consideration.
Every person has those picture perfect memories whether it is spent alone, with friends, or with family. How can one identify if the scenario that he or she is in is picture perfect? It is simply about feeling the moment more specifically on how it affects your mood. It is as well essential to realize and think if that specific moment is worth remembering. Picture perfect memories may pertain to beautiful places that one had the opportunity to go to but it can as well include those moments that don’t necessarily happened in a beautiful place but still paved way to amazing experiences. Those stated explanations are just some of the reasons why majority finds the importance of cherishing a memory or an experience and nevertheless, finds it equally important to always have even just one proof that such memorable event happened. Definitely, no one would ever want to forget something that is picture perfect.
For many, Facebook’s timeline format means obsessing over their cover photos. With no photo editing background to speak of, ordinary users end up using raw photos that often does not fit in the space. Those who are a little more savvy, on the other hand, are able to use photo editing software such as Photoshop to get the look they like or even make nice collages.
The good news for photography non-enthusiasts (Is that even a word?) is that you don’t have to learn how to use Photoshop or deal with the financial drain of having to hire a professional designer just to get a nice collage, because there are plenty of free photo editing software that is specifically designed to make Facebook covers. You can find online Facebook cover makers or download free apps. However, many of these photo editing tools place their watermark on the final image, so choose one that won’t.
Copying or duplicating may be one of the three basic editing tools everyone needs to know, but when it comes to copying other people’s content you need to make sure that you get permission. We all know what using other people’s work without permission and proper attribution is called – plagiarism. And unless you want to get slapped with an expensive lawsuit that can land you deep in debt, you’d better start respective copyright laws.
There are cases though when you can use other people’s photos without getting into trouble, that is when the image is licensed under an open source license such us Creative Commons. However, note that there are fine distinctions with each license so make sure that the license specifies that you can modify or adapt the work and use is as part of your own if you intend to do any photo editing and not use the picture as is.
Image via Creative Commons
A picture is worth a thousand words, this phrase is true and can be applicable in this day and age. Social networking sites popping in every screens like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the list goes on. A lot of people really can’t hold back thoughts. Young or old, people have different opinions and have the right to say what they think about certain things.
In this day and age, a picture is not only a topic in social networking sites for ventilating opinions but a picture is also a subject that people use to ventilate their artistic side. This is why Photo editing became a hit. Photo editing is not just learned in a multimedia Thai school or can’t just be learned in multimedia Thai classes, but it can be learned everywhere like online.
There are several articles and videos that provide photo editing tips. The best way to learn photo editing, besides school, is through forums because you get fast and honest feedback from pros. You can also type in your photo editing concerns in Youtube. Just make sure to type the right keywords to get the best results. For example, do not type in photo editing techniques if you really just want to learn how to crop a picture. Be specific if you only want to learn certain techniques.
The ability of editing pictures, through programs like Photoshop and Paint, allows us to enhance our favorite captured images easily. It helps us diminish any distraction from the pictures, modify colors and even remove unnecessary objects or people from the frame. The three most common elements/ tools used in editing are the following:
Most of the time we set our digital cameras to capture pictures in JPEG format giving us a low quality final product. One of the most useful and effective filter that can help us in this kind of situation is the sharpen tool. Sharpening pictures can help bring faces and small details into a much clearer focus.
Blurring is used when there are some distractions seen on the picture, like areas with digital nose or grain. Blurring unessential objects can draw the eye away.
Copying or Duplicating is used to cover or obliterate unwanted elements in the scene. The tool used for this method is called Lasso. For instance, if you wish to remove a boat in the beach, you can easily do it by just grabbing the area of the beach to cover the boat, copy it and drag it across.
The beauty of your final product depends on your creativeness and skills – it’s all in your hands. Cherish and preserve those countless moments by improving and enhancing your photos. Until next time! I’m going to try these photo editing tools now and edit our vacation pictures from Thailand (that place is awesome! The food, beaches, culture and oh I’ve even learn Thai. A must visit for all.).