Welcome to part 3 of 3 in a photography series here at She Lives Free – this one’s going to be short and sweet to keep it user friendly for all ages and stages 🙂
Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 in this photography series – we had fantastic guests sharing an intro to photography and macro photography tips to help you learn to take amazing photos with confidence!
Here you’ll find four basic steps for editing and storing your photos you’ve learned to take in the first two installments of this series. No matter your experience level, the information shared today should meet you right where you’re at so you can get started today!
Take A Class
Explore Craftsy Photography Classes like this one: Basics of Digital Photography (w/ Rick Allred) or this one: Lightroom Essentials: The Develop Module (w/Juan Pons)
Edit Your Photos
Try your hand at photo editing with free tools from Creative Market, Canva, or PicMonkey. All are user friendly and perfect for beginners! All of the images I have created for this blog were done in PicMonkey though I have heard lots of good things about Canva and am planning to give it a try as well!
Send Off Your Photos
Your local drug store may have quality prints, but there are often even better deals to be found online. Check out sites like Tiny Prints, Shutterfly and more to send off your photos for printing. You can score a great deal with prints or photo books to preserve your memories. Some of my favorites include these two offers: Enjoy 50 Free Prints from Shutterfly. Join Now. or Photobooks by Tiny Prints.
Store Your Photos
You have two great options to store your photos these days – digital or physical storage. Dropbox and iPhoto are my personal digital storage go-tos. There are so many more out there as well like Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, and more.
It seems there are now three main ways to archive your photo memories outside of the old throw-em-in-a-box-method. Many people use photo albums, scrapbooks, and a hybrid of the two known as Project Life (although there are many similar styles to Project Life).
Look for a post here soon on how to get started with Project Life! I love it because it’s super simple, streamlined fun and just so effective at serving it’s purpose 😉
I tried Canva once to attempt to make a Facebook cover photo, but all that happened was me getting confused. I prefer PicMonkey.
I’ve also started teaching myself to use PhotoShop for quite a bit of the photos I’m using on my blog. No crazy manipulations or airbrushing or anything like that (I haven’t figured that stuff out yet). I like the outcome a little better with PhotoShop than with PicMonkey.
I’ve found PicMonkey to be the most user friendly as well , but I also know Canva supposedly has more functionality that I’ve been needing, so I’m thinking about switching soon! I’d also LOVE to learn PhotoShop someday!
Thanks so much for this series, such a helpful tool!
Yay! You’re so welcome 🙂
I love Canva! Great tips!
Thanks Leighann! 🙂
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Thanks for sharing – perfect photo editing tips for me as I have been planning to start my own photo editing.