Having fun with your photos

having fun with photography

Having fun with your photographs has never been easier. Many of the effects we use in professional photography are done manually or with the use of plugins using photoshop. But more and more websites offer free photo editing effects, and we have had abit of a play with some of them, and to be honest they are quite fun.

PHO.TO

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Above are 3 effects taken from a site called http://funny.pho.to/, which has hundreds of options, many of them are alittle bit corny if I’m being honest but it’s all about having fun so I’m putting my professionalism to one side for a few hours. I thought the three effects used above on an image of Hazel looked pretty cool, and were the pick from this particular website. There are apps available for iphone and ipad and for Android smart phones, although I haven’t used them myself, I did the above effects from a laptop without any fuss at all. You can also send e-cards, fix photos, and put your face on animals, and different figures, well worth checking out if your into that kind of thing.

PIXLR

pixlr website screenshot

http://pixlr.com/o-matic/

is another site I really like, it allows you to upload much bigger file sizes but offers less choice of photo effects then funny.pho.to, there are also some cool framing effects you can use, which I really like. It is less gimicky then the previous recommendation, which is why I probably like it more.

I will keep checking out sites I come across and add them to this post, so please keep checking back on the latest reviews. What kind of effects do you like to use on your photos?

TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK.COM 

trick photography

Trick Photography
One I did earlier, taken from one of the tutorials.. Great fun and really easy to do

Check out Evan Sharboneau’s trick photography tutorials regarding a vast amount of cool photography effects and tricks, well worth a further look. It doesn’t cost anything to have a look at the website which shows loads of possible effects, although the course that it is promoting is chargeable.

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PHOTOSHOP

Adobe offers a free, online version of Photoshop with scaled down features that include those needed for basic photo editing. You can crop and re-size, apply basic touch ups, work with color, or edit the photo by adjusting the sharpness, focus and more.

BEFUNKY

be funky image

BeFunky includes 147 effects that can be done with one click. In addition to the one-click effects you can perform basic tasks like cropping and re-sizing. A premium account is available for $9.95 per month that allows for priority processing, photo storage and more. Befunky can be used via mobile using it’s app which is available on Google Play. You can easily access via your Facebook account and edit photos from your account to edit with ease.

CANVA

While the other platforms reviewed on this page are great fun to use, Canva is more professional orientated. Now I don’t mean you have to be a professional to use it, but the end results are designed to look more professional. Canva is ideal if you have a blog where you want to use professional quality graphics or are doing a presentation at work, college or school. Many of the templates are free to use while others have a small charge of $1. You can use your own images within designs as well as the 1 million stock images on the platform. The interface is as easy as dragging and dropping elements into place, and you can try it without having to enter any personal details.

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About Mike Turner

Mike Turner is a professional photographer located on Wigan, Warrington border Greater Manchester specialising in social photography. Portraits, Makeovers and Commercial photography make up the bulk of Mike's work both at this studio and on location

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