For over 40 years I have used the camera to capture the lives of my family and friends. The camera has been a very important tool in my professional career in public relations and advertising. I first started with a film camera and spent hundreds of wonderful/fun hours in a dark room developing and printing my on prints. Since the late 90’s I have used the digital camera extensively in to aid in my genealogical research.
I would like to share with you a few of the lessons I have learned when editing my photography.
- Remember – your original photos are your negatives:
- Never make changes to these – always work with a copy of the photo.
- When you load a photo into your image manipulation program ALWAYS do a save as to make a copy of the photo and then work with that copy.
- If you make a mistake, you can always go back to the original and try again.
- Most common editing tasksyouwillperform include the following:
- Reassembling large documents that have been photographed in sections.
- Correcting the effects of poor lighting conditions and/or removing shadows from your document photos.
- Compensating for distortion of the document photo caused by a poor shooting angle or curled pages.
- Enhancing the quality of document photos suffering from low contrast and/or hard to read text.
- An exampleofeditinga document with poor lighting (using Adobe Photoshop or Elements):
- Import image.
- Create duplicate image.
- Rotate image.
- Use cropping/editing tools to trim image.
- Use auto level, auto color, auto contrast (use manual if needed).
- Save as: Use file naming structure. Copy and paste from other document.