I love sharing and reminiscing over old travel photos, but I hate the act of photography itself. When I’m busy hiking, kayaking, or otherwise adventuring, it’s inconvenient to carry expensive equipment and a slew of lenses. I often don’t have time to set up a tripod or wait for the light to be right. And frankly, I often don’t want to ruin the moment so that I can take photos from all angles until I get the perfect shot. My priority has always been to immerse myself in the moment and take photos when it’s convenient.
Of course, that means I come home with mediocre photos and maybe a few good ones mixed in.
Unwilling to compromise my travel experience for the sake of better travel photos, I experimented with editing my photos once I returned home instead. Baby steps like cropping and straightening improved my pictures instantly and the more that I saw how little changes could make my photos better, the more I realized I needed better software than iPhoto.
With literally thousands of photos from my trip to Guatemala, it was obvious I didn’t have time to manually correct each and every one of my photos so I was looking for better travel photos with a more reasonable effort. Armed with a download of CyberLink PhotoDirector 6, I got to work.
The Simplicity of CyberLink PhotoDirector
For starters, I wanted a bluer sky. It was a gorgeous day on Lake Atitlan and the photo didn’t do it justice. In less than thirty seconds, I had selected the sky and adjusted the hue.
Another 60 seconds and I had cropped the image, added a vignette, and blurred the foliage in the foreground. Considering what I had to start with, this was a vast improvement in less than two minutes.
One of the features I love best is the ability to blend photos together in order to balance out the exposure. Exposure bracketing is something that seems particularly complicated but essentially boils down to simply merging photos of an identical subject together. A professional photographer would set up a tripod and change aperture and shutter speed before blending; I free-hand it and edit through trial and error. Since PhotoDirector saves all my original photos and only makes changes on a duplicate file, I have no excuse not to experiment — especially since it’s a drag and drop procedure through their software.
But even two minutes is sometimes longer than I want to spend for all but my favorite photos. In these cases, the pre-set filters can help you create better travel photos in literally the click of a button.
And of course, no photo editing would be complete without a selfie shot. In this case, just twenty seconds smoothed my skin and evaporated the sweat from my morning hike! From now on, I can get as active as I’d like and not have to worry about looking like I just completed a marathon in all my photos.
All in all, I know there’s still a lot I have to learn about setting up photos and editing them afterwards. In the meantime, just a short investment of my time helps me create better travel photos quickly and simply.
If you’re interested in trying out CyberLink PhotoDirector for yourself, you can download the mobile app for free or download the computer software with a 30-day free trial.
This post was sponsored by CyberLink, but I’ve been using PhotoDirector 6 since September. Hopefully you’ve noticed the improvements in my photography as well!