Photo editing is all about seeing things differently. I had fun with my Corel PaintShop Pro editing program in this post.
Making colors shine
I was impressed by the rainbow of colors at our local Farmer’s Market. This photo looked like it would be a good candidate for the kaleidoscope special effect and I was right. Wow!
The color or the structure?
I took this picture near Grizzly Peak in Wyoming and I couldn’t decide which edit I liked better — color or black & white? The blue sky in the background pops in the color version, while the structure of the trees gets your attention in black & white.
I loved this Storyteller sculpture by artist Rose Pecos-Sun Rhodes at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Several of the other items in this display were cropped in the first edit, but I wanted to focus more on the sculpture. I cropped it more and also “erased” an annoying shadow in the corner. Digital magic helps the stars of your photos shine.
Seeing things differently in imperfect photos
This is a photo I took of two trumpeter swans taking off from a river at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They surprised me so the original photo is not in sharp focus. I decided to create a dreamy version by softening the focus more and using a cross-process editing technique. It brought out colors, like the green in the water, that weren’t in the original. In the second version, I tried editing this photo in black & white but liked the mysterious blue tones of the cyanotype process better.
Softened or hardened edges?
The last image is of the sunrise over a tree in our yard I call my juniper muse. This was taken on the first day of 2021. The first image shows a cropped version of the original. The second image shows a version using the poster special effect. The colors are still bright, but the lines are sharper.
There is no “right” way to edit photos. Photo editing programs are a way of seeing things differently, with often surprising results.