I like using digital magic to bring out the best in my photographs before I post them. I use Corel PaintShop Pro, a less expensive alternative to Photoshop.
Clean up an image
This is a slide I kept in my tent during fieldwork and tiny spots of mold had grown on it. They couldn’t be removed physically so I used a digital scratch remover and cloning tool to erase them.
Crop an image
I took this picture of a pair of burrowing owls at the High Desert Museum. There was a lot of glare on the window of their enclosure. I cropped the photo, and in the edited version, they look like they’re in a natural setting.
Use sepia tone
You can use this effect to hearken back to another time and to eliminate colorful distractions. The interesting shapes and structures stand out in monotone.
Put pictures into a Time Machine
You can mimic photo developing techniques from the past. The edited picture, with its saturated colors, is shown as if it were developed in 1960.
You can highlight details with tones that are the opposite of reality. For example, a black tux and furry gloves in a portrait of me as a lion in a previous post show up as light colored. Infrared can also create soft halo effects along edges. I think it’s my favorite effect because it creates otherworldly images.
Enhance the subject with a rotating, or mirror, image
The original photo of fall leaves had good color, but it didn’t have great composition. When I applied a little digital magic, I was surprised and impressed by the results.
If you experiment with photographic effects, you too may be pleasantly surprised by what you come up with.