I'm learning to use my DSLR camera, as you know, but I'm also trying to learn about editing at the same time. I've been playing around with Picmonkey because … well ... most of it is free and I find it easy to use. Free and easy, what more could I ask for?
I know there are more sophisticated editing programs, but I'm trying to keep things simple to start with. So, Picmonkey it is.
It's fun to see what I can do with even the most basic of editing effects. I've used my original photo, totally straight off the camera, no editing at all, as you see it below (Cousin Maria and I have been doing a bit of cemetery wandering in historic Richmond and Windsor recently, so an angel from a grave site seems appropriate).
|Black & White Boost|
I love black and white photography and this is an easy effects option. Boost created some great colour combinations. I like the iridescent blues.
|Cinerama Cross Process|
Of these two, I like the Cross Process best. I like the dusty red effect.
HDR brought out a lot of the details of the angel. I thought Holga was a bit too dark.
I really like the effect of Posterise. I like how it accentuated the light and shade.
Sepia is always effective. Soften for that romantic look.
|Tranquil Focal Pixelate|
These two I'm not sure about.
|Yester Colour Warhol|
And I like both these last two. Yester Colour for its subtle blending of pinks and blues. With Warhol, I could have chosen any mix of two colours, but I liked the way the lime green made the statue look like uranium glass.
The possibilities are endless and, at times, confusing. I could have combined effect with effect with effect. But, like I say, I'm trying to keep things simple to start with.
What do you think?
Which effects do you prefer?
Do you use Picmonkey or another editing program?
Any tips and advice are most appreciated.