You will be needing to start out with some good quality photos. They can be pictures of flowers, insects, pets, food, and just plain nature!
Step 1: Step One - Picking Good Photos
Look for photos with interesting subjects, but that need a little help catching someone's eye.
My favorite is photos of flowers, at random angles.
If you dont have pictures like these then go out and take some! Just remember to make sure the photos come out clear and sharp.
Step 2: Editing the Color
There are alot of good simple photo editors. Most people prefer photoshop, and it is a really good photo editor. but for simple editing I would recommend Google Picassa. Its free and is really useful.
Next to need to look at your photos carefully, to see if you should crop it. sometimes it isn't necessary but some of my best pictures had some boring stuff before I cropped them.
The first image is what it looked like before I edited it. This picture would have been boring if I hadn't messed with the color.
Step 3: More Ways to Edit Photos
My favorite things to do with boring pictures is to raise the sharpness, or create a tint of color on the photo that brings out an interesting part of the picture.
Like this picture below, I found some cool looking berries in my yard. but I wanted to bring them out, make them glow. I noticed some dark orange in the shadows of the berries, which were neat, but I wanted to bring them out more. So I put that color in at the top, and let it fade out. It was much nicer than the original.
When you find the subjects you like to capture the most, go take more photos of them and try different angles, and how much of the subject you capture.
Learn to see what you can do with a picture before you even take it. Things look totally different from other angles and colors. Just don't over do it! to much color or saturation can change the subject completely. Practice and have fun!
Step 4: Keep Practising!
Below are some more examples. Try taking pictures then messing with black and white as well as other features until you get what looks like a drawing. Also use features like blurred-focus, choose where you want it clear, and it will blur everything else. the last to photos are actually pictures of fire coals at night. After some intense saturation and color tint, these came out.
Help with Picassa: after you have loaded your photo into Picassa double click it, to bring you to the editing step. To your right there are the editing buttons.
Basic fixes: Here you can crop, straighten, and some helpful auto features.
Tuning: this is where you can change lighting. Try adding shadow, then highlights, to make some really cool effects.
Effects: Here you can sharpen, make a photo black and white, saturate, and a few other useful stuff. Some cool effects can be made when you saturate an image, then use the focal black and white to pick where you want color, and make the rest black and white. Soft focus is also a very fun affect. you will have to find what's best for you. Practice until the image comes out perfect. On Picassa you can always undo, or later turn the image back to its original
Step 5: Photoscape
Photoscape is an editing software I recently downloaded, it's really useful. This software has alot of cool effects. Here are some of the effects. (the pictures are in the same order as the effects)
Monochrome: This effect makes the photo look metallic.
Threshold: This effect is similar to monochrome. But with threshold you can change the colors, and the intensity.
Zoom-blur: This effect can be used on almost any image to give it an exciting look. The intensity can be changed.
Antique: This effect makes the photo look like it was taken years ago! The intensity can be changed.
Crystalize: This effect makes the image look like segmented glass. The size of the segments can be changed.
Color engraving: This effect makes the image look like a piece of art.