You make that look good…

Those of you who frequent Simple Person‘s blog may have seen a fellow-blogger 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 Β 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!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

22 thoughts on “You make that look good…”

  1. the contrast of the picture increased!

    i edit mine with Photoscape. like you, adjust the contrast and brightness abit. crop if needed. add watermark. gaodim! if im using dslr, i usually frame my shot properly so save the hassle of cropping!
    photoshop is too tedious la :/

    Ya, the object (flower) is bigger too…fills the whole frame. Photoscape eh? Maybe I will try that when I am free – see how it works. I’ve never tried photoshop so I don’t know how that works.

  2. If I edit my photos this way, I think I will never get my posts up daily! It will take me ages to get a post done then… lol…

    Wouldn’t take long – once you get used to it. Just a few seconds…and just use auto correct if you do not have that much time and your photos will look a whole lot nicer.

  3. The only edit I used is resize. Remember to save to different file otherwise it will overwrite the original file.

    Yes, yes…best to copy and edit or else you will not be able to revert to the original – unless you don’t SAVE after all that you’ve done, then you will get the original back.

  4. Hehe, that is what I normally do to my pictures. If I’m not too lazy πŸ˜‰

    LOL!!! Will make them look a lot nicer actually… πŸ˜‰

  5. just a simple editor and you could come up with great pictures on your blog? WOW!! guess its all your talent on pic taking and angle then πŸ™‚

    Not really leh? I just click…click…click. Always take more than one and then choose the best – delete the rest. πŸ˜‰

  6. Of course, there are differences in the pictures. The last pix, focus more on the flower and it looks bigger & clearer. You got the talent, anyway.

    Thank you, thank you! Blush! Blush! Always room for improvement… πŸ˜‰

  7. Good lesson there, STP. Cropping and editing an image sure makes a lot of difference. Thanks for the lesson.

    Ya…no need to be really nice but it would be good to have some great pictures to look at while reading a post. That’s my personal point of view, of course – others may choose to differ.

  8. wow!!! Arthur is so technical savvy today, he teaches us all photo editing!! woot woot!! no more food, but flowers and technology!! so never look down on old man wokay?? hahahahaha.. πŸ˜€

    Don’t play-play!!! This old man may have some surprises up his sleeves yet!!! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  9. yeah, this feature comes very handy, especially the “Auto Correct”.. but i’m using some other freeware which allows more flexibility than this.. and they got a lot more features which is rather simple to apply too.. remember i always recommend photoscape in my blog, haha~~

    Ahhh!!! Photoscape eh? Same as Constance. More features? Gee! Reanaclaire would be horrified to hear that! Would take her forever to put put a post. LOL!!! I’ve tried Nero…but I was not so used to it so I have not used it since.

  10. Thanks very much for the tutorial. I am quiet hopeless in photography and hopefully this can help my pictures to look better. I guess there are other tricks too used by other bloggers who produce gorgeous photos but this auntie will have hard time learning πŸ™‚

    Aiyor!!! If you’re auntie, I would be grandpa already lor! Your photos are fine – big and clear… No need to be like some bloggers – so nice, their photographs like what we see in recipe books. Too nice also…will come across as very unnatural, lacks individuality and personality already.

  11. Whah…Arthur, now you have become IT consultant….haha. I still have to depend on my youngest girl for many IT stuff. Always get well lectured first before seeing help come along…..hmmm. The ONLY thing that I am better than her is that I have a blog…..haha. Those edited pictures really look very different.

    Yes, I wouldn’t have bothered otherwise. The photos will look so much nicer…

  12. I use picasa coz biasa with it already

    I started a picasa account once when flickr was down…did not know what to do, th ephoto soooo big! In the end, I just abandoned it.

  13. Wah, you so terror and very IT savvy! Usually, I don’t really bother to do anything to my photos unless they are real bad, in which case I would use Photoshop.

    Like when you’re in the photo, is it? Hehehehehehehe!!! Jangan marah ya! Joking only! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  14. I use Microsoft Office Picture Manager to edit photos when I am in a hurry coz it’s very easy to use.

    Yup! My sentiments exactly. It’s the simplest of the lot.

  15. the one you’ve just shown is all i know about photoshop πŸ™‚ oh but i do know how to make a header using ms powerpoint πŸ™‚

    Powerpoint? That’s for making slideshows… Haven’t been using that since I retired…

  16. well .. I am simple ..
    can’t think those complicated “style”….. like those bending here and there..
    of course I am talking about shooting angles le…
    just one style and it works for me .. kakakaka

    Me too… Just simply click!!! Some would arrange the food first…and take from all angles. No need lah! Not so professional, no need to act as one. Gaya only!

  17. no wonder my eyes are twitching..
    Wow you really a professional ..
    You edit on the pictures and before you post in your blog..
    I don’t do that .. hahahaha…

    Well, you can do that too. Anyone can! Fast and easy! πŸ˜‰

  18. Before this I did use Microsoft Office Picture Manager to do editing. Then now I’m using Picasa. More features πŸ˜‰

    No, thank you. I uploaded one photo onto Picasa once and I did not even know how to make it smaller to fit into my blogpost…and that was it! Old people like me would prefer something a lot simpler. Hehehehehehe!!!!

    1. Ohh…about resizing…I’ll use this. “http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDetail.htm”. Its quicker if you want to resize many photos. πŸ˜‰

      I’ve forgotten how to get to my Picasa account already. Abandoned…and quite comfortable doing what I am doing right now. Well, my photos don’t look too bad, right? That means there is absolutely no need for me to look for anything better. πŸ˜‰

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