How to fix a Picture taken in Auto

For those that know me and my blog know that I’m all about Saying NO to Auto.  Goodness sake, I wrote a book about it!  Today I’m sharing how to fix a picture taken in auto. Firstly, I’m a photographer with a desire to teach moms to use their fancy cameras the RIGHT way. BUT, I also think it is necessary to emphasize that it is more important to capture the moment, than to be fiddling with your camera in the moment and miss the shot. (It’s important to practice using your camera when you don’t care about the shots). I found this gem of a shot while pulling images to guest post for  Lil Luna today, and sharing tips about photographing newborns.

3 tips to remove distractions and make an automatic mode picture look better! #phototips #photography www.KristenDuke.com

 

I simply LOVE this picture.  I had my friend Tamiel come in and take some pictures for me when my older kids met the baby for the first time and I adore these moments captures.  My friend didn’t have any camera experience, so I quickly flipped it to auto and handed off my camera.  Maybe now I’d pre set the settings and hand it off, but this was easier.  My photography motto is that I’d much rather have the moment captured than worry about having it captured right…the time to learn is not in the hospital. So she snapped away, and I got lots of images like the one on top. LOVE the moment, but I needed to clean it up a bit to enjoy the capture a little more. Here are some tips if you have images that you wished looked a little prettier than what you get on Auto.

Tips for cleaning up a photo taken in the Automatic Mode:

  1. Crop in Close–this shot was pulled back, and when I zoomed in, it made the image a much more intimate moment.
  2. Turn it to black and white–I’ve seen it all around the blogosphere, a picture taken on AUTO looks much better when turned to black and white.  It evens out bad color temperature (too orange or too blue) and takes out a lot of distractions from the background.
  3. Erase out distracting t-shirt logo’s– In Photoshop, use the patch tool and clone stamp together. In Picmonkey, follow these tips for cloning and erasing. I’m basically grabbing the dark part of the shirt and “covering up” the logo’s and making it a solid shirt. After erasing the logo’s, I used the BURN tool (in photoshop) to darken the area to match the rest. I left some of the logo to see where the edges are, I just didn’t quite finish the job!

This will probably take 10-15 minutes to work little by little on erasing the distractions. It was worth it for this shot!

. siblings meeting baby

 

I’ve got lots more photo tips to share, and if you want to learn to Say NO to Auto, check out my book!

Kristen Duke

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  1. Aw, I’d say leave the logo. I recently saw a picture of my friend from 25 years ago with a Garfield shirt on – it brings you back to that time, what you were into, and the style “back in the day”.
    Mindy recently posted..One Day in Seattle with a ToddlerMy Profile

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I for sure leave it on a lot of stuff, but this moment, I wanted the pure and simple;) I like the history of the logo, too!

  2. These are such good ideas. I woudn’t have thought of any of them and spent way too much time adjusting stuff in photoshop. Perfect since I am sure when the baby is born I’ll have a few pics taken on auto from family too!

    kilee
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  3. What a sweet picture. I love the idea of turning it b/w.

  4. Ijust ordered your ‘say no to auto’ from amazon w/swagbucks gift cards! nice lil fun treat for myself!!

  5. I love that you shared this. I’ve been challenging myself to use other modes besides Auto since last summer. Once in a blue moon I will set it back to Auto and it feels so weird now:-)
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