I have not put much effort into photo editing lately. I think I may have found my groove as far as how I like to edit photos. A simple unsharp mask and a bit of color curve boosting, and I'm good to go. I've been keeping my edits pretty natural looking. However, I do have fun going crazy with editing every now and then!
I snapped this photo at my friend's housewarming party with full intent on editing it. I knew the shot had a ton of potential.
The moment I snapped this photo I knew what I wanted to do with it. I tried a few other things but in the end, I went back to my original idea:
I rarely crop my photos in ratios other than the original, but this one begged to be cropped this way. I think the creamy black and white with the slightly rounded corners give it a soft, relaxing look. What do you think?
Edited with Gimp, cropped and rounded corners with Photoscape:
1) In Gimp I opened two copies of the photo.
2) The first copy I desaturated using "luminosity".
3) The second copy I ran a "split-tone" script using the default settings.
4) I then copy/pasted the black and white (desaturated) copy as a new layer onto the "split-tone" overlaying it as "multiply" 50%.
5) I moved to Photoscape, cropped the photo as a 16:9 ratio and slightly rounded the corners.
I'd love constructive criticism if you have any thoughts!