Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nothing to say.. or do I?

(alleen in het engels)

OK so this is the last day to post for Food-O-Grafie #4, an event from Zorra. It's about photo-software this month and well I have nothing to say really on the subject.

I don't have any special software like photoshop, Corel or whatever they are called on my computer. I do want to, but just to use to make things like etikets or badges, you know like collages to have some fun. I'm not really into changing pictures that much. They should be shot right and if sometimes that can't be (for whatever reasons), so be it. It doesn't all have to be perfect.

It's a bit like the teeth of the next generation, they all look the same, they all had costly treatments, wore braces and have a perfect smile. It looks good, it really does... and my kids will probably go that same way.. but I sometimes hesitate about these things, that all has to be so perfect looking in this world. Is it still real? I love the personal touch, your own handwriting so to speak in whatever you do.

Before some get upset, please don't feel personally offended, it's just what I think, and let's face it, who am I right?! It is what I want for my pictures, it suits me, it doesn't bother me with other people's photo's, well not most tof the time anyway. Btw I also applaud that we use the technics that has been developed, we don't want to get stuck in time right, so it's not that I'm against using it! I realise it's a thin like between yes and no here, it's more of a gutfeeling I guess.

Anyway it seems I have a lot to say suddenly. Let's shut up and look at the facts. What do I do with my pictures:

  • I get rid of red eyes (though that's nothing to do with food pictures of course)
  • I downsize them (to ± 35%) because it will take forever to upload them to Blogger or Flickr otherwise. I used paint for that, but now I use Microsoft office picture manager, because you can downsize baches in one go, which is much easier.
  • I also turn my pictures with Microsoft the right way up, but thát probably doesn't count as editing a picture.
  • I use paint to write in the picture (Notitie van Lien©2009) or sometimes other text. I used to have the same caracters that the head of my blog is made off, but after my computer crashed this type of letters weren't available anymore (don't know where they went)
  • Sometimes I cropp a picture and I do that with paint too.

And that's about it I guess. To conclude a recent picture, just downsized and the ©-line at the bottom.

Speltbroodjes (p.12)



MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

These are fine lines Lien and I'm with you this is never going to be a perfect world, go with it. I'm also thinking that sometimes there is tremendous beauty in the imperfect.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Interesting thoughts, Lien. Is there room in the "perfect" world for what's real?

Your rolls look delicious, by the way. I would like a big pat of butter on one, please.

zorra said...

I'm with you about not all has to be perfect, BUT I like to botox my not so good pictures, event if it doesn't work all the time. ;-)

The speltrolls look gorgeous and the photo is just perfect. ;-)

Natashya said...

I am just like you, I only reduce, crop and resize. Truth be told, I don't know how to do anything else. Thank you for letting me know that you can write on the pics in Paint, I will try that.

Natashya said...

ps, your spelt rolls look delicious!

marl1 said...

Ach, voorheen werden foto's gemanipuleerd in de donkere kamer en nu kan het op de pc....
Foto's bewerken tot iets totaal anders vind ik leuk werk, maar ik ga niet heen en weer slepen met andere luchten etc. Ben geen professional...;-))))))))))))))

Baking Soda said...

I'm with you on the "nothing to say" theme (terribly neglecting blog, friends...) although it turns out you do have something to say and I love to read it. It gives me a quick fix into the I'm not alone in this part!

Aparna said...

I'm with you here. There's a lot of innate beauty on the imperfect and we just need to be able to see it.
As for "doctoring" pictures I don't know how, except for the basic cropping and slight light adjustments for which I use mt camera software.
I didn't know about downsizing with Microsoft or using Paint for the text, so thanks for those pointers.