Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Photo Help

A little over a year ago, Brad bought me a Nikon D60. I was in love with it. But I was also deep in the miserable throes of a full time job, so I almost never played with it.

But now I'm done working, home with my kids, and finally starting to play with it.

And since my photography skills need all the help they can get, I've also been playing with Photoshop Elements 3. (It's all I've got.)

Anyway. Here's my problem. I don't know when to stop. I feel like my edits are either too much or too little. And sometimes I feel like a photo needs something. But I have no idea what.

Case in point:

Too much?

Too little?

How do you edit your photos? How do you know when you're done?


  1. The first one is too bright (from my totally unprofessional opinion) but the second one if PERFECT! I'm the same way. I never know what to do to make it look great.

  2. I'm in the same boat, too. I have no idea what I'm doing. Both of these look good to me.

  3. too little? no such thing!!! just go for it. there's a drawer for all the crappy ones that no one has to see. :) ps: I know nothing about photography.

  4. You need to lasso around the people (foreground) in the first one and change the contrast to make them 1. brigher, and 2. more contrast. Then, put them back together and change the contrast by like 10 and it should work for you. You're real close in the first one ... the problem is that the background needs to go back to the background instead of coming into the foreground.

    ps- I spend ZERO time doing this stuff on my own pictures. What's the point? lol.