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Taking and editing snow photos

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This is what I saw when I opened my bedroom curtains this morning. I did the edit with Windows Live Photo Gallery. If you haven’t edited before, set the program as your default for viewing photos. Right click on a picture, then choose ‘open with’, then select ‘default program; then choose Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Now when you click a photo, it should open for viewing with Windows Live Photo Gallery. Now you can open a photo for editing. Then click at the top of the page where it says ‘edit, organize or share’:


Then choose the picture you want to edit. You might have to choose the folder first.  Then you should get editing controls at the side of the page:


If those control don’t come up, click ‘fine tune’ at the top of the page:


You can see I have moved the controls by moving the sliders, more contrast and brightness and I have changed the colour to add just a touch of blue. With most photos, you can try moving the highlights slider to the left. Want to go really weird? Move the sliders on the histogram!

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Oops, I got the cable to the TV aerial on! I like the tree that looks like a Christmas tree. I’m not sure about the house…


It’s easy enough to crop just what you want and experiment until it looks just right. I’ve lost a lot of depth, maybe I need the house on after all?

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I think I still like the first one the best. The trees silhouette against the sky. Incidentally, if you’re writing something like this and you want part of the screen captured as I’ve done. Snip with Windows 7 snipping tool and then put your cursor into position in your document and paste by pressing ctrl V. Incidentally, bloggers might like to know that last picture was still too light after the edit. I pasted it into Windows Live Writer and saw it was too light and edited again with Live Writer, making it darker and adding a little more contrast.

You can also paste bits of your screen into a email or into Windows Live messenger in the same way. Enough ‘cool’ info for this week, have a go at using Windows Live Photo Gallery for yourself and see what improvements you can make to your photos. Please share your thoughts by using the comment box.

4 Responses

  1. That is absolutely stunning! We’ve had hardly any snow this year, and last year was very meager, too. I do miss the stuff, so I envy the gorgeous view you woke up to!

    January 22, 2013 at 16:57

    • Hi Katie,

      I wasn’t really expecting snow this year. We had record rain last year; the snow came quite suddenly. You can click my Facebook badge on the right, if you want to see more photos. I took some more today. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and the comment.

      January 22, 2013 at 22:09

  2. Hi Mike, I like the top photo the best too. It’s the best combination of subject and depth.

    The snow makes for such a pretty effect and your edits go a log way to enhancing those pictures.

    We got a dusting of snow last night, but not enough for interesting pictures!

    I like the tutorial on Windows Live Gallery. How handy that it’s free and comes with Windows!

    January 22, 2013 at 20:41

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Windows Live photo gallery can be difficult the first time you use it and you have to click fine tune to get the editing controls to appear. So I thought I would make that clear.

      I took some photos today and they’re on Facebook. I altered one and added some text again which is great for Christmas greetings. I uploaded it to the local museums page because it was of the Manor House, which is now a museum.

      It was cold out there and quite deep snow, but it made for interesting pictures.

      I edited a little today with PhotoScape and so I’ll have to do another tutorial about that. That’s freeware too!

      Thanks for visiting and the comment.

      January 22, 2013 at 21:21

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