~Saturday Morning Photo Fun~


Straight From Canon Rebel T2i


Contrast Enhancement (high)


White Balance Clicked Once






Reverse Black and White (color)


Reverse Black and White (b&w)


Edge (level 10)-Saturation-Darken




Pictorialization (color engraving)

Photoscape is a free editing program with lots of options. 

I am not confident enough, in my skills, to pay for an editing program, at this time; perhaps later. 

For now, I will use the free downloads.

Click Photoscape, in the first sentence (highlighted in green), for a view of the program download.

Saturday morning I shot several photos, from the back porch, just before the sun rose above the trees that line the creek, behind our home.

The top image is a photo, straight out of the camera, of the evergreen that grows beside the back porch steps. 

I edited the photo, using various options in Photoscape, for 10 different looks with the same photo.


I am not compensated for mentioning Photoscape. 

My aim, with this post, is to show different editing options with the program.  There are many more. 

I find the program very easy to use.

I am thinking about doing a small series of posts, on photo editing, for hobby/blog photographers, like me.  I hope this isn’t too presumptuous, being the amateur hobby/blog photographer, I am. 

We’ll see what happens.  And we’ll see if I can do more than one post, on the subject.


Stephanie said...

Definitely not presumptuous! We love your photos and the editing, and anytime we learn something, it's a good thing. I for one really appreciate your generous and open nature, and especially your gorgeous photography! (throw in your sweet and lovely personality, and I am hooked!)

Kudzucoszin said...

I don't think you are being preseumptuous. I love reading your blog. Thanks for the information - bring it on! Vicki

S. Etole said...

Sounds like fun ...

Karen said...

I always have eyes and ears open when I visit. I am new to the blog world. I so enjoy your photos and inspired to learn something in picture taking as well as editing photos. Thanks for posting.

Carol said...

Not presumptuous at all, you are a wonderful photographer! LOVE the photos and seeing the different settings!
Carol in GA

mary beth said...

What a great's all about sharing isn't it? I love the first photo best though, it's my favorite color in the world! thanks for telling us about all the options!

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

I would love to learn about photo editing. I haven't tried yet, so this would be great!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, for an amateur you are very good. Love all those photos. I need to download photoscape. I use Picasa now.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Oh Pat, that would be wonderful! Please do! I think it is wonderful that we all help one another. And I truly admire your skills. Not presumptuous at all! If we were saying we were full-time photographers, that would be a different thing. We're talking "photography for bloggers" like ourselves.


That sounds wonderful! I would say you are far more than just an amateur!


Saphron said...

How weird! I did a post just like this on Thursday at my photo blog, only with Photoshop Elements (which I downloaded for FREE from my cousin's version - one avenue you might explore). But I also have had a ton of fun using Photoscape thanks to that cute little flower mosaic in your sidebar. :) If you want to see my picture-fiddling, go here:

Blondie's Journal said...

I've always loved your photos and think you should go for it. I know I have a lot to learn!


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I think it is a great idea. I'll be following along.
I have used photoscape before~ I really like the watercolor and pencil sketch modes. It is better than I can do with any watercolors. :-)

Betty said...

Hi Pat,
What a wonderful idea. I am also a newbie in the photo world. Since I have been blogging I take photos almost everyday. I love your blog. Beautiful and elegant. MY ISSUES ARE:
banner photos, font type and size. I notice you do not have advertisment on your blog. Why?
Your blog is on my favorite list and I check your blog everyday.
Thanks for helping us in blogland.

niartist said...

Pat I didn't know about this!! I use, and love it - but it looks like this is going to be an even better resource for web based photoshops! Thank you for the introduction! And P.S., I think you're photos are pretty darned professional looking! :)

Carolyn said...

Preseumptuous? NEVER! Your photography is amazing and it inspires me to learn more and take better photos. I so appreciate your willingness to share with us! I am looking forward to it.

Betty said...

Hi Pat
I have the same camera and equipment that you have. I would like to know what settings you use for tablescapes and inside photos. My old camera was stolen in June and I bought the T2i in July. Just getting to know my new camera.
Thanks again

Cindy Rand said...

Pat...I will be waiting anxiously for more! I am always ready to learn! To me you are more than amateur!! Your photos are wonderful!
Hugs, Cindy

Kris said...

Hello Pat - You've had some beautiful posts recently. I love this last one with your nature photos. I so agree with Stephanie and couldn't say it more beautifully than she. I would love learning about photo taking and working with photoscape. That would be most generous and enjoyable coming from you. I Would love that! Thank you for the best content! Kris

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You are not presumptuous! I love seeing your photos and what you do with them. I have played around the editing a little, and need to take the time and try different things. Thanks for sharing your results with us. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Sandi McBride said...

Oh gosh, Pat they are lovely works of art~! You have a talent for sure! Sorry I've been gone so long, but am back at it with a will and trying to catch up on all my friends.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I use photoscape almost exclusively now. I have photoshop 7 but find it hard to learn. It is fun to just push the buttons and see what happens. You can always undo. I loved your creations today especailly the black and white reverse (colour)

Southern Lady said...

Pat, isn't it amazing how you can take one picture and make it look totally different just with a click of your mouse. I use Photoshop Elements 8, and love playing with the different options. Sepia is one of my favorites ... it is especially nice for old buildings and roses and magnolias.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your "photoscapes."

On Crooked Creek said...

I love your photos. . .
and I learn new things from you each time I visit. "Mr. Ed" has to see your blog when you show Bennett Spring State Park. . .
our favorite place to vacation!Thank you for such a beautiful blog!
On Crooked Creek

AntiqueChase said...

I am picking up my jaw from the floor... those photos are STUNNING!

W.C.Camp said...

Oh if anyone can do it with photos you can. These are just random shots off your back porch and you make them interesting. I can't imagine what you can do if you really got into manipulating the photos. I kind of like the rainbow saturated picture of the needles the best, though the one straight out of the camera was pretty awesome too! W.C.C.

Cynnie said...

wow....I found you through cozy little house blog and man am I ever GLAD I did. What a wonderfu blog you have and so filled with inspiration and tips...I am sooo excited!!
Cynthia Schelzig

CHERI said...

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE feel free to share any & all photo tips!!! You do such a wonderful job. I have downloaded Picasa but not sure I am liking it. What do you think? Maybe I just don't know enough about it yet! Think I'll check into Photoscape but I'm afraid of downloading too much on my laptop! Thanks for your willingness to help greenhorns like me!

Jean said...

Oh, please do share. :)

Sue said...

Oh Pat, When we all share what we know and what gifts we have, we learn so much from one other. Your graciousness will be much appreciated by many and it should be fun. :-)
hugs, Sue

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think it is a great idea. Your photos are always beautiful and I think we can all learn things from each other. I love the last photo.

Jen said...

I just read a post by Brenda over at A Cozy Little House and I'm gonna tell you what I told her!!!
I wish I would have seen that post before I ran out and bought Photoshop which made me feel stupid!!! That program is sooo frustrating... When I saw that post I downloaded Photoscape immediately & it was perfect!!! Just what I was looking for! So thank you,thank you for all your wise knowledge!!!

xinex said...

You are one of the best photographers that I have seen, Pat, so feel confident!...Christine

Mary Lou said...

Oh I love the photos. My favorite is the reverse B&W color.. I also love your header.
Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated..

Jenny said...

I ran across your blog yesterday and fell in love with your photographic eye. I must admit that I have never played around with type of software on my photographs, but you made it look so fun and interesting. So...I downloaded photoscape and played with some photos. I am praying you can answer a question for me. All went well last night while I played and enjoyed what I was able to do with it. Today, however, I seem to have a problem with a gray strip running across the bottom which blocks out part of the photo. Have you ever run into something similiar? I would greatly appreciate any advise. Thank you

Melanie @ The Tiny Tudor said...

Amazing! I just read your photo tips on Cozy Little House. Your photos are just beautiful. I also appreciate your camera recommendations- I have a new camera on my Christmas list : )

Bonnie said...

Thank you so much. You are generous sharing what you have learned with us and I appreciate it very much.

Minu said...

I love that idea, can't wait till it is complete.

After you complete that could you tell us how to get the layout you have for your blog. I love the style of your blog and how clean and uncluttered it is.

Jenny said...

Thank you, Pat, for stopping by and giving some thoughts on how to fix my issues. I have so much to learn. Speaking of which I am still learning all the etiquette of blogging. I just wanted to let you know that I shared your lovely blog on mine with before and afters of some photographs using photoscape. The direct link is

Thank you again for all your inspiration.

Peggy said...

I would apreciate all the help and sharing you can give. I've learned so much from blogging and reading other blogs. I am grateful that you will take the time to give hints to us other amateurs out there. Peggy from PA

Kathysue said...

gorgeous, gorgeous images, You are a very talented photographer!!! what an eye you have. I think either you have it or you don't and you my dear definitley have IT!!!