Focus On Me by P. Eileen Baltz

Focus On Me by P. Eileen Baltz

Taken at Craighead Forest Park

Hi, Eileen! My very inexperienced simplistic take suggests that your well-framed shot has a muteness to it. Flat like. Some light from the right side as viewed falls off at center and disappears and all the richness of both are mostly lost. Either this shot needed it's color, or needed lighting in a way to enrich, that is, brings the pic to life. I hope this helps, and I do hope others chime in to see if I'm on track or not. Because help is what you requested. David

Thanks David so much for your critique! I did have this in color and I really appreciate what you had to say. Thanks again for your help!!!

Black and white conversion can be tricky. What conversion method did you use?

All I have is the Windows Photo Gallery editing. I don't know what I should buy, there are so many out there.

I recommend Photoshop. I used Photoshop CS5 but if you don't want to invest that much Photoshop Elements will do the basic editing without all the bells and whistles you probably don't need. When converting to B&W increasing contrast will help keep the image from looking flat.

Thank you so much Eilish! I have read a lot about CS5 in my photography magazine, but the salesman at Bedfords recommended Elements and I wanted to hold off until I was sure about what I wanted. Is the CS5 terribly complicated to use?

I appreciate this thread. I don't have a photo editing software either. I have to shoot in Mono in order to get B&W.

If you have never used a photo editing program, Photoshop is a bit complicated. I have used it for over 8 years and still don't know everything it fully does. I don't really need to know. I am not that into mixed media. I used it for basic editing for photos at work and at home. At home I have Photoshop 7 and at work I use CS3. To get acquainted, you might want to download Picasa. It is totally free. Go to and check it out. I know lots of people who use it and love it. But it can give you some experience before you decide about Photoshop.

Never heard of this but will definitely download and give it a try. Thanks so much, Cindy!