My Best Photos Of 2018

2018 is coming to an end. I thought I take a look at the best photos that I had ever taken/made. I hope 2019 can provide me with photo ops and I hope that I can make some awesome renders, maybe even learn some new methods. I am always open to that.

A photo of a yellow flower that I took. I edited it to make it crisper. I have been obsessed with this photo since the day I took it. I even printed it and hung it on the wall.
I saw a nice Hibiscus flower on the side drive. I was amazed that I got to photograph this lovely flower. I thought they were native in tropical areas. 
I got a chance to pass through the lakefront back in October. The nice blue, clear water makes the photo so much better.
If you’re in the Chicago area, you need to visit the lake front. It’s the most breathtaking thing I have ever seen.

Now I am going to show you some of my best renders.

I made this render for one of my favorite game developers. I LOVE Undertale and I am so happy to be making Undertale renders. 
Frisk’s skin isn’t shinny in this one but I am proud of it. Don’t let Flowey’s smile trick you.
I think this model of Chara is cute. I feel Halloween fits Chara based on how people see her. Yes, Chara is a girl to me.
If you have played Life Is Strange, you will know about Kate Marsh. She has dealt with bullying after a video of her at a party surfaced all over the internet. 
I am all for gay ships. I enjoy Pricefield so much. If you choose to save the bay and side with Chloe most of the game, the 2 will share a kiss before Max goes back in time.

That’s all the photos that I have. I am also going to make an eBook with some of my best photos of all time, with annotations on how I feel about the photo, why I took it etc. It will be for sale. it all depends on how well the eBook I am currently working on does.

I hope 2018 treated everyone well. If not, I hope 2019 treats you well. 

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Menard’s Greenhouse Flowers

My folks went to Menard’s early this spring, and we went into the little greenhouse or whatever you call it, I decided to get some photos of the greenhouse flowers. This was back in April or May. I don’t remember the exact time. These photos are up on my Facebook Page. However, you have to look through my photos. They will be on my Instagram at some point. I also have a new Twitter for my work, give it a follow if you wanna.

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Pink is one of my favorite colors. These flowers are so pretty, remember, this was taken back in the spring. I’m so sad the summer is over. I’m gonna miss taking flower, dusk, cloud photos. It’s just not as beautiful in the late spring/summer. See you again in May 2019.

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I guess having folks that are slow shoppers has its advantages. I got to take this photos while my folks take their sweet time. My mom eventually picked that I was into photography. She had nothing bad to say about it. My mom has always insulted my interests when I was a kid/teen.

 

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Purple flowers? Purple is my favorite color! I really wish I can buy some flowers, to keep on the porch to glam it up, kinda sucks when you want some things but no money for them. Maybe this will change soon.

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I think I took the same photo again, whoops. I get a little carried away when I see things worth taking a photo of.

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This got me vibes that I was in a rain forest of some sort.  I hope 2019 provides me with photo ops just like 2018 did. In a few months, you will see snow photos. So I am trying to do this as much as I can.

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Again I got carried away. Or I think I revised this photo to add my watermark.

So that is all the photos I have for now. If you wanna get into photography, check out this blog post, it has everything you will need. The blog will have affiliate links, it won’t cost anything extra, I get a small reward for showing you cool stuff. Want to blog more professionally? I made a sponsored post about Grammarly. Check it out if you wanna.

Be sure to check out other blog posts I made. I did my golden hour photos, flower photos if that also interests you. I will be adding art to my vlog channel soon, so subscribe if you’re excited about that. I will no schedule my blog posts to make life easier. I will post Monday and Saturday at 9am CDT

Struggles Of A Small YouTuber

I want to re-write some of my old blog posts, because I was not fully satisfied with them, and want another chance. Plus, they probably had grammar mistakes, however, I am using Grammarly to catch most of the mistakes. At the time I felt I could have done better, I will delete the old blog once the new version is up. This is going to be about struggles of being a small YouTuber. People overlook how hard it really is to be a small YouTuber. Most people look down on smaller channels, assuming our content ‘sucks’ just because of our size. Instead of telling someone their content ‘sucks’ how about leave some constructive criticism as to what could be better. Telling someone their content is bad is not constructive, however, telling them what could be better like editing, would be more acceptable.

Small YouTuber Struggles

Everyone who starts YouTube will start small, look a Pewdiepie, he has 64 million subscribers ( from the last time I checked) I’m sure he didn’t wake up with 64 million subscribers. I feel that it’s harder when you’re small than when you’re big.

Keeping My Viewers Engaged- This is a major struggle that I had, on videos that I had were 2 minutes long, people left around 1:15 seconds, and I could not figure out what was causing them to leave. I feel as though when you’re small, you won’t have active followers, therefore, you won’t get feedback as to what you’re doing wrong. And you have to find out the hard way what’s putting people off in your videos. I mean, people should be helping their fellow small YouTubers. Not sit there watching them make the same mistake over and over. I posted to a group about this, one person said they noticed in my videos my camera angle was too low and didn’t bother to tell me in a comment. And I had to find out the hard way the camera angle was putting people off or could have been part of the reason. It’s good we have people like Roberto Blake, I should have been looking him up and seeing what he has to say since my followers are gonna sit there while I keep unknowingly making a mistake putting off viewers.

Affording Equipment- In my defense, this is the hardest part about being small, lacking the equipment or the money for equipment. Most small channels start when they are teens, and teens, legally, cannot work full time to save up for gear. Teens can only work maybe 4-5 hours, 3xs a week. They probably will make 100-200 dollars per check, which isn’t a lot to put into equipment. There are people who also cannot get a job due to, not being able to find work, cannot work due to a mental/physical illness or disability, or cannot hold down a job for some reason. Solution? Small channels create a Patreon to help with equipment expenses. Sometimes they are told to ‘get a job’ and the commenter has no idea about the creator’s situation. It annoys the heck out of me when people tell me to get a better { insert item here} and I have to tell them that I cannot afford it, that I have no money coming in what so ever to put into equipment. I will re-write my autism blogs so I will provide more information as to why I cannot get a job. Another struggle is said equipment breaks, and the creator has no money to get it fixed/or get another whatever. Versus a large YouTube who is making enough and can replace/repair their gear when they get paid again. Another thing I wanna say is most small channels are shamed for starting some sort of crowdfunding. People just do not understand said creator’s situation. One asshat made a video ranting about these people telling them to ‘get a job and buy it themselves’ little does he know, Joe is in poverty, his job doesn’t pay enough for equipment, it barely pays for him to put food on the table. Don’t judge if you don’t know. So, please support your favorite creators.

Editing- This is one of the most important things when it comes to being a creator, editing your work to make it look professional. You see the cool effects most larger channels can put into their editing, look at this video for example. See how she cloned herself? My editor doesn’t have this function. VSDC editor is the only editor that will work on my crap computer. Editing can make or break your channel since so many channels make similar content. Your editing alone can entice someone to stay hooked to your video and subscribe to your channel.  Take 2 people, one uses movie maker, another uses Sony Vegas, who will be able to do more stuff, the guy who uses Sony Vegas, right? One rule I have is to always save your work frequently if your editor doesn’t autosave. You would be pretty mad if you spend hours on a video and your editor crashes. A new YouTuber just starting won’t have top-notch editing skills. It will take time for their skills to grow.

People With High Expectations- I think its kinda extreme to expect so much from a small creator. We are just learning, damn! When my Gaming Channel used to be games, vlogs, and tutorials. I made a video titled ‘My First Vlog’ keyword, FIRST. This guy who cannot understand keywords, shits on my video because it wasn’t what he expected. He shit on my intro, I used a Panzoid intro just until I can learn to make my own. He shit on my personality, he wanted me to put on a fake personality because he didn’t like me for me. He tries to change you if he is not happy with you. He complained about seeing my face throughout the vlog. Um, that’s the whole point of a blog, idiot! He shit on the quality, at the time I didn’t have a good phone with a good camera. The editor I used only saved up to 720P quality and my PC is not powerful enough to save in 1080P. It will save, but it will take forever. He had no idea that I lacked the equipment to make my videos better and proceed to act as though I been on YouTube for 10 years. Like come on, not all small channels can afford equipment like you. Unless you wanna buy it for me, here is my Patreon, donate instead of trashing my videos. I was just making a point if people wanna complain about your content but not do anything that will actually help you. Donating a couple dollars to your Patreon would be more helpful than shitting on the content. BTW I have a Patreon trailer to explain where your money will go and what you will get in return.

People Saying The Same Thing Over and Over- I made a video on my struggles being a small YouTuber before re-branding my channel. I made the mistake of looking at the screen of my tablet rather than the lens. And like 6 people pointed it out. I mean you wanna give feedback, fine. But check the comments, if it was already addressed, then find something else that needs improvement. I am sure the lens thing wasn’t my only problem.

Losing Subscribers- When you lose more subscribers than you are gaining. Not knowing why people are unsubscribing is even harder to figure out. Sometimes YouTube does a monthly purge of inactive accounts. If that account subscribed to you, your sub count will drop. Sometimes people are active on the account to the T and get unsubscribed. Because my subscribers don’t follow me on social media. They could have been unsubscribed and never knew because they didn’t follow me on social media. If they weren’t seeing me, they could have thought I quit YouTube. Tell the creator what you wanna see instead of just unsubscribing, speak up! Suggest what the creator can make videos about.

Getting Views/Slow growth- I dwell on views because I don’t want to put my sweat and tears on a video for it to get little views. My Simself series episode 2 video, only got 11 views and I worked HARD on it, promoted it EVERYWHERE. It seems like YouTube makes it harder by the minute to get views. Before I changed up my content, my channel grew super slow. I was stuck in the 170s since February. From February to July, that’s a long time. Whenever I gained a sub, someone unsubscribed days later, I had no idea what was the problem was. No one spoke up and asked for what they wanted to see. I ran polls on Twitter and people chose not to vote. You cannot just ignore my posts on social media asking for suggestions then unsubscribe because I am not making what you subscribed for.

So that’s all I have for this blog. I have a video on this, check that out if you wanna. Wanna start a YouTube channel, check out this blog on what you’ll need. Wanna blog more professionally? I made a sponsored post about Grammarly, check it out if you’re interested.

 

Dusk Photos Of 2018| Golden Hour Photography

This blog will feature the dusk photos that I have taken thus far. I feel it’s better just to put my specific photos in one blog post.  This blog will have affiliate links, which means I will get a percentage of the earnings when you buy the products. It won’t cost you anything extra. The links will be throughout the blog!

I am into taking dusk photos, I find dusk amazing. This year was a great year for photos. Take a look at my flower photos from this year if you’re interested. Hopefully, everything goes well and I can go down south next month and take some photos since I was going to attend a family reunion. But life decided I don’t deserve to have fun and screwed me over. When one door closes, another one opens.

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Taken June 2018

There was a pinkish color in the sky, I think I took this around late June. I don’t quite remember. Kinda sad summer is over, and it’s already getting cooler. Usually, when I live, it doesn’t get cold until December.

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It looks even cooler when the sun has set. Take advantage of the golden hour, it’s usually the best time for photos.

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Kinda looked like a storm was rolling in. There weren’t a lot of storms this year. My area NEVER gets storms. We get the warnings, our area is the warned area. By the time the storm reaches my area, it’s weakened. It would be nice to get storm clips for my Instagram stories. BTW, follow my Photography IG to see my work. I have a blog with my storm sky photos, Stormy Weather Photos of 2017.

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took this early June. Nice isn’t it? This is all the photos that I have as of now. I will post different categories for my photos. Check out these blog posts if you are interested.

Blog Update, Commissions, Patreon, And More, this blog talks about some changes to my blog, they are not major. I felt it’s best to tell you in one blog post rather than explaining it everytime I blog. When I get more photos, I will post my photography.

Throwback To My Trip To Kankakee County

Today is Throwback Thursday, where I look back on older photos that I have taken. This was when I wasn’t serious about photography, however, I made a promise that if I get a chance to travel, I will take photos of everything I can. This blog will have affiliate links, it will not cost you anything extra, I will get a commission when you buy any of the items. They are my own recommendations.

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a photo of the bumper cars

I decided to walk around the festival to take photos and videos, I will have a Google Plus share link since I do not have the business upgrade to upload videos. Please note I cannot afford it at the moment. So if you want to watch the vlog, click on this link

In 2013, I did a summer internship with a lady who braided my hair, I also went to Fox River with her, I have a blog post on that, check it out if you’re interested. The lady I worked with had a side business where she sold her merchandise at these festivals. And I helped her set up her stand and she allowed me to have fun for a bit. Keep in mind went to the festival two different times. Sadly I didn’t have anyone to come with me, it would have been fun to have a buddy.

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I would love to go back, I would love to get out and about and be free, maybe when I am blogging full time it could happen. I took these photos on a Samsung Galaxy S3, however that phone is obsolete. If you want to get into travel photography, I recommend a camera and an SD card. I prefer this way because you can pop the SD card into your computer to transfer your photos. I also recommend a computer for photography, period.

I took some more photos while sitting at the both. I kinda like being out at night for some reason, I think its cool, its one of my travel goals, I suppose I met the goal a long time ago! I was out until after midnight. Never been out that late besides my prom night ( I might post a throwback blog on that if you’re up for it.)  Follow my photography on instagram, this is where I post my work. I also have a Facebook page, you can follow me if you want, but I highly recommend Instagram since Facebook makes sure fewer people see your posts. I just want to give you other places where I post my photos.

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I like it when the Ferris Wheel lights up at night. I find it pretty neat. 2013 was a good summer, I just wish I had the funds to go places. Living with people who want to sit in the house all day doesn’t help. Not to be rude, I need to be with people who like being out and about. If you would like to buy my work, check out my shop. I am looking for an alternative shop, just because I like to have a backup site in case all goes wrong. I also post my work on Deviantart, so give me a follow on there if you want to.

Flower Photos Of 2018

Rather than posting my flower pics or any other one by one, I decided to put it all in one blog post, like I did with my Stormy Weather Photos. I will run out of names to call the pictures and don’t wanna get repetitive. I prefer to put certain photos in one blog post.

 

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My neighbor told me these are PMIs

This flower grew around springtime, around May I think. They wilted pretty fast after growing. My neighbor said they were PMI flowers. I Wish I was a flower expert, to know what flower is what. I feel should know they type flowers I am shooting a photo of. Being in Chicago, the weather changes, a lot, it will be warm one day and chilly the next, and maybe PMI flowers can’t survive in temps lower than a certain amount ( like 70 Degrees Fahrenheit) so that’s my guess on why they wilted, it got cold a few times before Memorial Day.

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Taken Back In July

This is a photo of a yellow flower that I took back in July, its one of my best photos yet. I was kinda happy with this photo. I even printed it with an App called Freeprints, it’s an app that prints photos for free ( you pay to ship the photo, but it’s $1.99) I did an unboxing and review of the app. I recommend it if you’re a photographer, its always good to have physical copies of your photos.

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I got a close up of a flower that grew in the side drive, my grandpa likes to plant flowers, I’d love to do it someday. It’s pretty fun to take pictures of flowers since nature photography is my thing, I also like to take photos of other things, for fun.

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This is a Hibiscus Flower, I think my grandpa planted this. It’s pretty cool to see this flower. This photo was edited, but I edit my photos to make them look more clear, I talked about this in The Importance Of Editing Your Photos. I first thought to edit your photos was cheating, but then I saw that it makes your pics look more professional.  It can give you amazing results.

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I went to the dollar store and saw these hot pinkish flowers. I also printed this photo at my local Walgreens, they print photos for 38 cents a photo. Keep in mind the price varies depending on the size you want. I want to hang my photos in my room, if I am gonna be stuck in my hell of a home, may as well make the best of it, by trying to make my own money and decorate my room.

 

Saw this flowers at Mariano’s early this summer, and my mom wanted a photo, as always.  I may post photos of the people I was able to shoot. Having a passion but being too broke to fulfill it is not fun. Not fun at all, I’d love to travel and do more travel photography. I like to travel, I feel free when I travel.

 

 

Some more flowers from the driveaway.

 

I won’t be able to take photos once winter hits, I don’t know a single flower that grows in the winter.

 

The last of the photos for this blog post. If I take anymore before it gets cold, I will make a part 2, but it isn’t likely.

If you would like to buy my work, check out my shop. I also will pin my store photos from my Pinterest account to take you to the photo you may wanna buy.

You can look at my work on my Deviantart profile give it a watch if you like to!

I will post more photos when a gather more, it all depends on when that is. I hope you liked this photos!

Throwback To My Trip To Fox River

Back in 2013, I went to Fox River with a lady who braided my hair. She went there to apply for a vacation house there, and I tagged along. It wasn’t really a “mini getaway” since I was her intern for the summer. But least I had fun. Throwback Thursday will only be temporary, once I run out of things worth blogging about, then I will be down to 3xs a week.

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I do have a vlog, it will be a Google Plus share since I need to upgrade my plan to post videos. And the video is no longer online on YouTube since I re-branded my channel.

I’d love to go back to Fox River, for the summer and winter to see what winter activities they have. The tour guild said they have winter activities like sledding.

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We went on a tour of the resort, and it is a very nice resort, flip side it there is no cell reception on certain parts, so I wouldn’t be able to post my travel photos. But hey, what good is a vacation if you’re indoors using your electronics and not site seeing and such?

We saw one of the rooms, and I’d have a special way to determined who gets what room if I ever come with a friend. Because part of my travel goals is a good room to stay in, with a view, views are nice!

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The bathroom looks nice, I always wanted a bathroom in my room, maybe when I am blogging full time, I can make it happen. There is a toilet in there, its separate from the bath and sick I think.

It has a playground, I did get on it while the adults were taking care of business. Now I wasn’t serious about photography back then, but I made a vow if I get a chance to travel I will take photos if I have a chance to and properly vlog, like vlog when i am about to leave, on the way there, arriving etc.

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There is a patio, now this is goals for sure. I’d step out at night even because that is also goals in my book. I might make a blog in regards to my travel goals, things I wanna experience when traveling. Hopefully, when I am a full-time blogger I can travel. I wanna be able to travel the world. I can’t do that working a regular job! You don’t get that many vacation days a year or whatever. Even if I was able to find a job, all I can do is part-time, and I wouldn’t be able to save up to travel, it will take forever vs if I make sat $500+ a month with affiliate links, selling my photos etc

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This bed looks nice. Isn’t it?

So, I hope I get more travel opportunities, I will take photos like there is no tomorrow if I get to. I will post some travel blogs, I feel it fits Saturday’s theme which is verity.

If you want to get into photography, here is what you will need. Click here if you’re interested.

Anyways I hope you enjoyed the blog. I could use a getaway!

How I Got My Interest In Photography

I decided to talk about how I got my interest in photography. I didn’t think I’d like it, and I wanted something else to fall back on in case all else failed with YouTube. The way YouTube is going now is the time to look for alternatives.

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The origin of my interest. It started when I watched a game called Life Is Strange, where the game’s main character, Max Caulfield, attends an art school. Throughout the game, Max can take photos of things, from that game, photography looked cool.

I started taking photos on a crappy phone Windows Phone until my mom bought me a better phone.

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This photo was taken on a crappy Windows Phone. I am sure most photographers started with their phones or a cheap camera. That’s what I kept in mind. And plus its best to use your phone, its a lot easier to pack when you’re traveling than your camera, if you see something cool you wanna shoot, you can get your phone ready quicker than you can a camera, depending on the camera. If someone steals your phone, the phone gets broken etc if you got a good plan, you can replace the phone with a small deductible(or free), depending on your carrier and their deals. If someone steals your camera, camera breaks etc, if you didn’t get a warranty(or it expired, you couldn’t afford extended warranty etc) you have to pay full price for another camera. So it’s kinda a win-win.

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This photo was taken on an LG K20 Plus phone. In 2018, and the above photo was taken in 2017, so you can see the skill growth, I learned along the way about editing your photos, I also talked about that as well.

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This photo was taken on an LG tablet.

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and this was taken on a Samsung Galaxy S3, the point of this is to showcase the different devices I took photos on. I sorta liked taking photos before I played Life Is Strange, but I liked it even more after playing the game, I regret not taking photos until my fingers came off. But I made a promise, if I get a travel opportunity or a chance in general to take a photo, I’ll do it. Same with vlogging, if I get a travel op, I will vlog it.

If you want to buy my work, here is my store. If you wanna get into photography, click here on information on what you need. Someday I’ll be able to afford a camera. If people stop crapping on me for not being able to afford it, it will be all cool.

Free Prints Review(Honest Review)

I am going to be reviewing an app called Freeprints. This is my own thoughts about the app and I am not sponsored. I also did a video where I unboxed the image I ordered. I highly recommend Freeprints. If you are not able to print your photos, this app is for you. This is an honest review on Freeprints.

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In the video, I show you a photo that I took last month that I decided that I want to print out. I decided I wanted to have physical copies of my photos. Just in case, I’ll never know. There could be a photo contest and it could call for a physical copy of a photo. I also heard about this app from someone else and wanted to give it a try.

What Is Freeprints?

Freeprints is an app where you can print your photos for free. You do have to pay for the shipping, this probably helps the developers fund the app. But shipping is $1.99, (US Dollars), very affordable shipping. For your first order, you will not have to pay the shipping, then after that, shipping is $1.99. You get to choose your level of shipping, if you pick fast shipping, you pay an additional dollar or 2, but because it was my first order, they gave me fast shipping for free. I applaud Freeprints for that. Giving your clients the fast shipping for their first order is a nice thing to do.

 

How the app works?

When you open the app, you will be taken to an option to choose what photos your want to print ( gallery, Facebook, Instagram etc) after you pick the photo(s) that you want, enter your details, and if it’s your second purchase, your method of payment. Then you pick the level of shipping that you want. Freeprints will give you the fast shipping for your first order ( 3-5 day shipping).

I highly recommend this app, if you have a photo of a late relative or just a photo of something you wanna remember, I recommend printing it so if something happens to your phone, you will have a physical copy, and your memories won’t be lost! Just search ‘Freeprints’ in the Google Play/Apple Store. I am not sure what phones you all have.

Wanna buy the featured photo. Check out my store. Give the app a go, you won’t be disappointed! If you would like to see previous reviews that I have done. Here you go. Blue Snowball Ice Mic Review(Highly Recommended)Blog Professionally With Grammarly! { Honest Review}.

Let me know what you think about Freeprints? Do you recommend this to a friend?

 

Editing Your Photos Makes a huge quality difference

I didn’t know this, but editing your photos makes them look so much better. I am going to show you the difference between an edited photo and a non-edited photo.

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Photographers, you can make your photos even better if you edit them. I thought that was wrong to do this, but a YouTuber I follow, who is doing a photography course, her tutor told her editing your photos is good. It makes the quality 2x better! And makes the photo stand out. It makes the photo clearer.

Edited Photo

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The flower is more yellow, the photo is cleaner and the quality is so much better.

Non-Edited Photo

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Now see how the edited photo is crisper, the flower is more yellow, and it stands out a bit? I took this using a cell phone, but because I edited the photo, it looks like it was shot on a 300 dollar camera! I used Canva to edit this photo. You can Google some photo editing apps. I suggest Canva. It’s for computer, they have a mobile app, however, you have fewer options.

Lightroom is the best if you’re on a phone ( not sure if IOS had Lightroom since I use Android)

I am a beginner photographer, but I wanna share what I learn from other people. But lots of photographers make the mistake of not editing their photos. Check out my store if you’re interested. I will post my art and photography here. I hope you will like it.