I am not a great photographer. I would love to learn more about getting the best of my camera, and maybe get a DLSR some day. But ultimately, I am a travel photographer – opportunistic, rarely with the time to wait for the light to be just right, and a sometimes impatient travel partner. So I often have to rely on post-production editing.
I try not to alter the photographs too much, but I want to return them to what I remember seeing. Editing and filters allow me to do that. I have written about this here, and show some examples of how some of my favourite photos have come about. I started experimenting a bit more with photos of flowers that I use for cards, cropping out the backgrounds. There are some photos here. That was time-consuming at first, as I was doing it manually, pixel by pixel. Then I discovered an easier way to do it. I have been using GIMP software for years, and I love it. I’ve learnt a lot, but obviously I am still learning.
Recently, when wanting to add words to a photo, or when I want to put together a collage, I switch between the web services Picmonkey and Canva. My “A Separate Life” header was produced on Picmonkey.
And I have to admit, even good old Microsoft Word has its uses. When printing cards for a friend last year, I discovered the joys of the picture tools, and had a lot of fun playing about with the “artistic effects.” It took photos of flowers or scenes and turned them into something different. What do you think?