Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Picasa Before & After

A couple weeks ago I inquired about how to improve my photography through my camera settings. I've since discovered that the image modification software is maybe more important.
This photo here I would have simply had to throw out. Even if cropped the lighting would be un-fixable on my earlier editing tools - it's just too yellow. Many other pics published in this very blog suffer from the problems I've been having with what I thought was mostly my camera.

But here it is with a lightning fast edit on Google's free software Picasa. Much better and after 30 minutes of photographing these guys in various formations and getting similar results to the first image, I was able to salvage the whole session with even better results than this one.
I guess my point is, if you have a decent camera and can take a steady unblurred picture you should be able to improve it dramatically with a good photo editor. Picasa is absolutely free and has more options than many of the tools I had been using over the last few years.

Questions, comments and followers are welcome!


  1. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll give it a try.

  2. The thing that I have done to every miniature photo I have ever taken is to go to the "Auto Levels" option and click it. This will usually eliminate the yellow or blue tint that sometimes occurs.

    The second thing is to do the Render Unsharp Mask option, which helps sometimes, but that isn't nearly as essential as Auto Levels.

  3. Very interesting idea, I'll have to give it a go, thanks!!