You make that look good…

Those of you who frequent Simple Person‘s blog may have seen Twilight Man grumbling and complaining about his photos. Personally, I’m not too bothered as long as the photos serve their purpose – to show what they are intended to show and they’re clear enough to be seen without having to strain your eyes…which is one problem, I’m afraid, with those who have so many photos so they mosaic them and squeeze them altogether to the extent that they’re so small that even if you can see, you can hardly appreciate what is being shown. Then there would be those where you will have to click the numbers to see the rest of the photos one by one…or those who present all of them in the form of a slideshow. Nice, very nice! Very creative and innovative but no, thank you very much – I don’t think I can spare the time.

Anyway, going back to the photos, I had my share of not-so-nice ones when I was using the camera in my mobile phone until I inherited my daughter’s digicam…and presently, I am using something supposedly better than the one I bought for her in that post. However, sometimes I would do something to enhance the photos a bit to make them look good. Usually, I would upload the photos onto My Pictures…

My Pictures

…and open it with Microsoft Office Picture Manager…

Open with...

You may use one of the others too, if available but I find this one simpler, not so complicated or maybe it is because I am more used to it…

MOPM

The simplest thing to do would be to click AUTO CORRECT…

Auto Correct

…but if you want to work on the photo further, you can click EDIT PICTURES

Edit pictures

…and click  BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST…

Brightness & contrast

…and adjust the two up or down accordingly till you are happy with your photo.

If there are things by the side that you do not want or if you want to zoom in to the object you wish to focus on, you can click CROP…

Crop

…and move the T’s by the sides and top and bottom…

Cropping

…to get the photo the way you want it…

Cropped

…and them, you click OK…

Click OK

If the photo becomes smaller or if the photo that you have is small e.g. those taken using a phone camera, you may want to enlarge it. You can do this by clicking RESIZE…

Resize

I will usually click PREDEFINED WIDTH x HEIGHT…

Predefined

…and click OK…

Click OK - resized

…and the photo will be of the usual standard size. Be forewarned that if the original is too small, the end result may turn out blur. Otherwise, you may need to adjust the BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST to improve its quality.

After all that, do not forget to click SAVE…

Save

No worries though for if you fail to do so, there will always be a reminder. Click DON’T SAVE if you want to go back to the photo in its original state.

So, after all that, this is the end result…

Done

You can compare it to the original one in the first photograph above. Notice any difference?

I suppose even if you’re not a blogger, you may want to do the same to your photographs before you save them somewhere or upload it on to Facebook or wherever…and if you did not know of all this before and would like to give it a try, good luck!!!