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Jen from Tatertots and Jello — Make Your Photos Better

We had such a great time chatting with all of you last week.

This week we will be talking about Photography and Blogging.

I can’t stress how important great photos are. No matter how fantastic your idea is, you will never be featured without good photos. There were some questions last week about whether or not you need a great camera to be a successful craft blogger. The answer is NO!

Of course, having a great camera is wonderful. But you can use a point and shoot camera and get fantastic pictures. There are many things that will help your pictures turn out better.

I am going to focus on just one idea in this post — editing.

Now editing might seem like a scary, technical word. But really, it is so important. I can guarantee you that any fantastic photo on a big blog or magazine has been edited. Of course Photoshop or another heavy-duty program like that is the best way to edit pictures.

But, if you’re someone like me, who doesn’t have the time to learn Photoshop — I’m going to let you in on a little secret: There are other programs that can get you almost the same results for

A. less time.

B. less money and

C. less technical skills.

My favorite editing program is www.picnik.com. It is free. It is easy. It is fast. What could be better?

I did upgrade for about $25/year to the better version that has more editing tools and fonts. And I totally think it’s worth it. But I suggest going in and experimenting on the free version first to see what you think.

There are so many great tools inside of Picnik. I could probably do a 10-post series on my favorite tools. But for this post, I’ll just list a few of my favorites.

1. The sharpening tool — I always sharpen up my pictures. It brings out the details even when you think your picture is sharp.

2. I always add a little contrast. It makes the subject of your picture pop out a little more.

3. There’s also a color section where you can adjust the color in your picture, in case your picture is too bright or too dull.

4. I also love the crop feature.

5. And I love adding text to pictures.

Here’s an example of a before and after picture in Picnik:


This photo has been:

1. cropped

2. sharpened

3. contrast up, exposure down.

4. color boosted.

6. frame added.

7. words added.

So there’s my spiel about Picnik. Of course you don’t need to use this program. Experiment, see which editing program you like and get to know it. You will be glad you did!!

See you tomorrow for our Crafterminds Chat!! Use the hashtag #Crafterminds to follow along. 1 PM PST and 4 PM EST.

xoxo

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4 Responses to “Jen from Tatertots and Jello — Make Your Photos Better”

  1. I know this post is ancient already by internet standards, but I just came across it and am really grateful for it! I have used Picnik, but I’m so technically unskilled that I didn’t even know how to use that simple program well. Thanks for this — I will certainly be using your tips.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I just found this old post as well.
    Since I am just starting out, I found these at the exact right time! I’ll give Piknic a try.
    Wonderful tips. Thank you so much.

    • heather says:

      @Jennifer, So sad, Picnik will be discontinued in a month or two!

      • Donna says:

        I just started with wordpress.com and Picnik as well. I am new to blogging and just setting mine up/have four posts up.

        This month I’ve figured out most of Picnik (with the exception of getting my photo’s to show in the actual post-they show on the part I see but not the actual post…so WEIRD!! Hope to solve this tommorrow…)

        I am SO disappointed that it is being discontinued….

        Has there been any details/info. about what will replace Picnik?

        Does anyone out there have any details?

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