Have a question. I have been trying some new looks on pictures thus the 2 black/whites with antiqued look of me. What do you guys think? It has seemed to work best with night or extremely low light and extremely intense light situations. Has anyone tried some creative wrinkles to give variety to your pictures? Any specific enhancements you have made on your computer that helps your shots look nicer?
By the way--those are my 3 kids. My daughter will fish the 2 boys into a corner. Focused and intense. Can't wait till she is a teenager!!!!!!!!!! ; )
The company I work for has a graphics department that munipulates photos, scans, etc. all the time. I have to touch up photos too, when it come to web stuff. The best program out there is Adobe Photoshop. It is made for the professional and can be a little on the spendy side. It does batch processing which can be great when you have 5000 product shots and need to turn them into thumbnails for display. It does a lot more then that too. It can output specifically for the web... That is the part I use a lot. It works with just about every format out there. Cross platform too. It is amazing what the graphics people can do with shots. We do a lot of stuff with models and products. I have seen them take out pimples, make people look thinner, color correct, etc. I even had them take a person who was sitting on a bench, out of the picture. You couldn't even tell. Just a bench in a park on that shot after they got done with it.
We also do a lot of prints for wildlife artists. Talk about having to have an exact science! They are the most demanding clients. We need to scan and reproduce the art from the originals and make them ready for ads, magazines, full-sized reprints, etc. Even need to make them look nice on the web. An example of one of my websites is here...
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954