Picnik is kinda what I call a quick-and-dirty tool. It isn’t particularly elegant, but it’s handy, convenient and gets the job done. I would never recommend it as powerful software, but it is so portable and what it does, it does quickly and efficiently.
Here’s a few examples.
This is a case of using Picnik for minor touch-ups:
The first one is a pretty decent snapshot. . .but it’s still obviously a snapshot. The second one is frame-able.
Another snapshot. You can also see in this next one that we have some pretty scary red-eye.
I didn’t want it cropped that close, though, because I wanted to show that we were on the beach. At night. So this is my final shot:
The red eye is gone, and you can see our faces aren’t quite as grey, as I was able to mess with the exposure some. I’d have been happier if I also had a “remove noise” option, but still, I think Picnik did a pretty decent job of taking it from snapshot to framable, if a smaller, less noticeable frame.
So would I only use Picnik if all I really needed was a quick crop and a brief touch-up? No, I still use it for some last-ditch attempts at salvaging. Someone pointed out that we were getting a lot of pictures of the girls (typical camera hogs that we be), but not so much so the guys. So I didn’t really want to ditch their only photographic proof they’d been out and about on Atlantic City, but the pictures were unabashedly horrible. (Wasn’t time for me to be messing with camera settings, and I only had two shots to work with.)
It’s a crappy picture. It is. My “save” isn’t all that much better, but it is better.
You still can’t say it’s a great picture, but at least now it says “city night life” instead of “dumb camera operator can barely remember to take off lens cap.”
This one was even more of a save.
Um, yeah. What are you going to do with that? But since “grainy” is now a certified art effect. . .well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
Still not world-class photography, but at least now we have a picture of Phyo, the city-loving extrovert, instead of pictures of vendors shop lights and shadowy figures. It’s a save, and a save that did not require, particularly, either knowledge or skill. Somebody brilliant with a more powerful program may have been able to pull of an even better save, but even convenient little Picnik was able to make a half-way decent salvage.
But. . .you can use Picnik for more than minor touch-ups or last-ditch save efforts. You can also use it to take already incriminating photos. . .
and give them that little extra somethin’-somethin’ that makes them really incriminating!
People who are serious about post-processing I’m sure wouldn’t be bothered with Picnik. . .but mere mortals who just want to mess around with our cameras can be pretty satisfied with it.
(This post was for Rundy, who said he’d heard of Picnik, but wasn’t really familiar with it. This gives you a better idea of what Picnik can do than telling you that it’s an online photo-editing program streamlined for the masses.)