Better Pictures

There’s all sorts of reasons why I think that Picasa is the best photo management program for the majority of people taking digital pictures.  Number one is the fact that it handles 90% of all the tasks involved with digital photos – you only need to learn one program instead of 5 different programs for 5 different tasks.  But, a very close second is that it is so easy to make your pictures look better.  I love looking at photos of our travels, but not the photos I snapped.  I like looking at them after they have been improved with Picasa.  And it only takes a couple seconds with each one.

This is the photo I snapped from the window while Jim drove the motorhome down I-95 at 60 mph:


But, this is the photo I enjoy looking at – and it’s how I actually remember seeing the scene.  It’s a real trick to get the camera to capture what the eye is seeing


The first one is ho-hum.  The second one is dreamy.

It literally only took a few seconds to click on:

  1. I’m Feeling Lucky(Tutorial Videos: Basic Edits)
  2. Straighten (Tutorial Videos: Basic Edits)
  3. Sharpen (Tutorial Videos:Picasa’s 12 Effects)
  4. Increase saturation (Tutorial Videos:Tuning)
  5. Apply a blue graduated tint to the sky (Tutorial Videos:Picasa’s 12 Effects)
  6. Crop (Tutorial Videos:Crop Size Options)
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Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

One thought on “Better Pictures”

  1. I created my own wwebsite in concert with Yahoo and Picasa3.
    It was amazing … Picasa allowed me to create the images and
    moods I was seeking, quickly and efficiently. I even wasable to
    enhance old film black andwhite, type C and chrome images for
    quality reproductioin on the computer screen.


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