Digital photography is awesome! Gone are the days when you got one roll of film. Now you can just keep snapping away. I keep a 32gb card in my camera and I can literally take over 8000 pictures. I also love digital photo editing. There are really great programs like Photoshop out there, but they are really expensive and unless you are a professional it can be too much. And as a Mom I can say that "ain't nobody got time for that!". Lucky for us there are great (and FREE) photo editing sites on-line that I think work just as great.
My favorite is Ribbet.com. If your used to use picnik.com than Ribbet.com will be a breeze to navigate. But even if you are new to photo editing this site it really user friendly. I am going to walk you through a few easy steps to take a normal picture and make it even better.
When you open Ribbet.com your welcome screen will have the option to upload a picture. Simply upload the photo you want to edit and your and your picture will be taken to the edit screen . Here you will find a few different tools, but for today's tutorial we are just going to stick with "Basic Edits" and "Effects".
(you can click on any of these photos for a closer look)
After we have cropped out as much as we can its time for a little effect magic. The great thing about these type of photo-editing sites is they come with a ton of great pre-set filters. Instead of you having to tweak colors, temperature, white balance and other things, these filters give you a different look with just a click. Ribbet.com has a ton of great effects to work with. And if the effect is too dark or light or not colorful enough you can use the slide bars to get the exact look you want.
With this photo I went with the Cairo effect. I set the vignette to 0% because I did not want the dark ring around the edges. I liked this effect because it made the reds really stand out.