Show and Tell @ Mike and Molly’s House | Photo Enhancement

Molly:  We are pretty photo heavy over here at Mike and Molly’s House and one way we have found to quickly spruce up our photos is to skip over photoshop and use a friendly (and free) online photo enhancement service.  Up until a few weeks ago you could use Picassa or Picnik.  Both services went over to Google +.  Fine, whatever….

Mike:  The first day I used the new Google+ image toolbox I got turned off.  I didn’t love the Google + way of doing things.  It was very connected to making a photo and letting the world see it.  We don’t need  yet another way to be social with our stuff.   I did a little research and found that some of the engineers from Picnik had gone off to start their own online photo enhancement service called PicMonkey

Molly:  It is set up very similar to Picnik but a little cleaner and they’ve moved a few of the buttons around.  It now takes fewer ‘clicks’ to save a photo.  It’s free now but soon they will be charging or have a premium level or something.  We paid $24 a year to be upgraded on Picnik and if it stays around that price it’s totally worth it.  At this point you can only upload one photo at a time (Picnik’s premium version let you upload lots of pictures at a time which was why we upgraded before!).  The old premium version of Picnik also kept a library of the last 200 photos that you uploaded to their server.  I’m hoping that they bring back those features

Mike:  It’s not quite up to Picnik’s level yet but they’re making improvements every day.  Using an online service is a quick way to get our photos looking better.  We run pretty much everything through it to adjust the exposure, color and all that good stuff.

Molly:  I took a class to brush up on what all those settings do on our camera but tweeking after the fact is even better!

Molly:  Any other options you all have heard about?

Show and Tell Time!

“Sometimes you’re cruising along through life and you see someone else doing something so appropriate that it makes you pause and rethink things. I’m not talking about suddenly changing religions or switching from being a carnivore to a vegan but more like you just got a gentle nudge that may send you off in an unexpected direction.”- Mike

Show and Tell is a swap meet for ideas and projects where the currency is inspiration.  Every week we kick things off with some of our favorite ideas that we just came across or highlight an idea we got from one of you!

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We think Sally Schneider nailed it with her manifesto over at The Improvised Life:

Improvising is a powerful operating system.

You don’t need to be an expert to improvise.

Improvising is a practice like yoga or cooking; the more we do it the better we get at it.

Creativity can be cultivated.  We can learn what we don’t know.  

We believe in asking “why not?’ when we have an interesting idea and then trying out our idea.

We can be afraid of doing something and do it anyway.

Making mistakes is the way we learn.  Perfection is over-rated.

Mistakes are often paths to unexpected discoveries [solutions]

Constraints – whether money, space, time or materials – don’t limit, they expand.

Making a mess is an essential part of improvising.  

Improvising is an antidote to “I can’t.”

Improvising guides you to the solutions you are looking for.

Improvising is a path full of richness and discovery.

We want to celebrate creativity, resourcefulness and inspiration in all mediums whether it’s making, baking, growing or living.  What did you make this past week/month/year?  We want to see your wonderful results!

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