Toe-May-Toe, Toe-Mah-Toe

You’ve heard the expression “You say To-May-to, I say To-Mah-To.” We all have different ways of doing the same thing. When some people edit photos, they use lightroom. Others use photoshop. Others who have neither might use Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

Oh, that was just me? Nevermind.

Anyway, it’s fun and interesting to see how people edit photos. Some love for it too look natural, as close to how it really looked as possible, very clean. Others love actions. Some like it a bit textured. Some like them super enhanced.

Ever since Tom got me PS Elements, I’ve been trying to learn how to do the things I’ve seen. I know what I like, but I want to be able to do it all. Who knows? My taste might change a little when I actually know how to do things. I’ve been impressed and grateful, though, because so many people are so willing to help me out, and in the photography world, people aren’t always so willing to do that. So many people, including some of you, have shown me something I’m not sure how to do or shared links to tutorials or to sites with free actions and more.

Today, I thought it might be fun to try a little project that needs group participation. I would love to see how YOU would edit a photo. Below, are two pictures. I have a picture of Will making a mess when eating one morning that I took with my kit lens. The lowest aperture was 3.5, so I had it on that, but it’s still a bit dark. The second picture is one taken from the balcony of our beach house in Hilton Head. It’s looking out over the marshy area that comes up to the beach. It was also taken with my kit lens.

I would love to see how you would edit one or both of these pictures. If you are interested, you can either email me for a larger size or use the ones on my site. Then edit them however you’d like and email me your edited photos. In a couple of weeks, I will post each edited photo on my site with credit to who edited. If you’d like to include a short summary of what you did to the photo, I could probably include that as well so we can all learn from each others’ techniques.

I thought this would be a fun and interesting way to learn from each other and to see how similar or different the same photos can turn out. I’d love for you to be a part of it!

Have fun!

5 thoughts on “Toe-May-Toe, Toe-Mah-Toe”

  1. I’m totally gonna get in on this. I don’t do a lot of, um, improvement via Photoshop but I wanna contribute my own personal take on him :).

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