My photography is still hit or miss these days, but I have to give props to a site that has improved my finished photos a good 50-300%. It’s Picnik. Have you heard of it? My friend Barry Foy dragged me out of my cave to show it to me (the light, THE BLINDING LIGHT!!!).
Picnik is a photo-editing web site that allows you to download your own image files, manipulate them in a simple, user-friendly way, and then store them back on your own computer. It’s great if you don’t have Photoshop and/or the will to learn Photoshop. I have yet to really explore the finer points of what Picnik has to offer, but what I use all the time is the auto-fix, wherein I upload a photo, click a button, and major problems are identified and magically corrected. Things like exposure. And contrast. So far, it hasn’t improved composition, but I suppose there’s something to be said for artful cropping.
Picnik isn’t really a substitute for actual photography skills, but it might allow one to buy a little extra time while such skills develop. You know, if four years doesn’t happen to be enough. (But look where I started!) You can also make collages like what you see above. Between that and correcting my ever-present lighting issues, it’s done wonders to make my brand new "professional" web site look more, er, professional. Come see!