Last night I was searching through photographs of the last year with Lydia’s 1st birthday looming. I started going on one of my mom “freak outs” when I realized that I don’t use my fancy SLR camera very often since she’s been born. I think I get irritated with myself for not knowing how to be awesome at photography naturally. I also cannot justify a $1,000 lens when I barely know what aperture and f-stops mean. I could have very well made up those terms!
One of the biggest issues I had with taking pictures with the fancy camera after Lydia was born was that we lived in a 3rd story apartment building with little natural light. She was also born going into the winter so bringing a newborn outside was not very feasible. We bought our house when she was 3 months old, in the middle of the winter. The house is much more conducive to natural light and yet I barely took advantage of it, even this summer!
Today I decided to have a little fun and wipe the cobwebs off that fancy camera. I’ve used PicMonkey (affiliate link) a few times, mostly for editing while on maternity leave (when I actually had time) and let’s face it, it’s the free version of Photoshop for dummies. Back in the day (before I had a career, kids, a husband and a house) I used to actually be pretty darn good at Photoshop but that was almost 7 years ago and 3 or 4 versions back thus I am sure I could not navigate it today.
I’m going to share 3 simple edits you can make to photos in PicMonkey using the free version.
Go to PicMonkey, select “edit photo” and select open with “King Kong” for best photo quality
3 Editing Steps
- Under Basic Edits select exposure, auto adjust then manually adjust brightness if desired (I usually adjust to around 12-20 depending on the natural light)
- Under Basic Edits select colors, adjust saturation and temperature as needed (I usually adjust saturation to around 20 and temperature to around 8)
- Under Effects select Tranquil you will need to adjust the fade button to your desired effect
Save the photo using “Sean” for the best photo quality.
This is the after picture…
It took me about 5 minutes to do 3 photos. Not so bad, I really should be doing this more often considering PicMonkey is free… why not?