Serif in Education

The world through a child’s eyes

Something seemingly quite ordinary caught my eye this week.  An Instagram page of fantastic photos.  Granted, I am not a professional photographer, or do I have any qualifications which make me able to judge photos from a professional point of view.  But in my eyes, the photos are artistically taken, creative and tell a story. 

This usually wouldn’t be such an amazing feat.  If it wasn’t for the fact all of the photos taken on this page were by a five year old boy.

For 18 months, Hawkeye Huey and his father travelled America capturing their journey from Hawkeye’s point of view. You can see more about him and his journey on this video here:  http://a.msn.com/09/en-gb/BBmgwGh?ocid=se 

Amongst his fans, the five year old has 130,000 Instagram followers and Rolling Stone magazine including him in their list of the “Top 100 best Instagram accounts”.  His latest adventure is creating a photobook to document his journey which is on its way to securing the funding needed to produce.  His video has been viewed (the last time I looked) 56,394 times.

So what makes a good photo that stands out from the rest?

There are many sites claiming to have the key to capturing the perfect photo.  Is it a skill that can be taught… or a creative occupation that you learn on the go… or perhaps something you only truly learn through practice, practice and more practice?  Perhaps the best answer is a mixture of all.

Whether you are an expert in photography, or just a budding enthusiast, a site I like which has some amazing features is the National Geographic photo tips:  http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/

The site offers some great advice and blogs from around the globe on topics such as taking group photos, taking pictures of running water, and how working to get the right shot pays off.  There are also more generic tips on how to utilise available light around you or how to photograph nature, and how to get the best from your images once you have taken them.

So why do photographers use image editing software?

Image editing software is an important part of a photographer’s life, and can enhance their work dramatically.  You can take a good photo but you can also make it into a great piece of artwork in a completely different form, or for a completely different use, by editing it in a certain manner.

PhotoPlus from the Serif Design Suite is an example of one piece of software that allows you to edit your photos for a variety of different effects.

You may wish to use image editing software to enhance image quality, restore old photos, manipulate images to a different format, or to clip a photo or use a certain portion of the photo.

Not only that, but photos downloaded straight from a camera may end up having distortions such as blurring, graining, or red eye.  Other common problems are too much light or brightness, or not contrast enough against the background of the photo. 

PhotoPlus can help rectify these problems amongst others.  Students can create portraits perfectly with the new Surface Blur effect that removes blemishes and unwanted lines, smoothes wrinkles, and evens-out skin tones. The Makeover Studio can also remove imperfections and whiten teeth or fix red eye.

With the PhotoPlus Saturation & Lightness adjustment feature and new HSL Dropper tool you can add and subtract hues to change appearances of objects naturally, as most objects span several hues of the same colour.

Why not try it out today with one of your photos and see if you can spot a difference?  Then tweet your photos to us @SerifEducation.

Now, if I return to my first statement in this blog it was that something seemingly quite ordinary caught my eye this week.  And that is why I said “seemingly ordinary”.  Because with all the image editing software available in 2015, and the great things these programs offer, and with all the training that professional photographers have, it is no wonder I felt compelled to write about a little boy who at five years old can capture the hearts of all of those people with just his own creativity.

Something quite extraordinary indeed.