I. Warming up

1. Are you familiar with editing photos? What software products do you use for this purpose?

2. Are you familiar with the rules of photo editing?

II. Reading

Read the text and consider the questions below.

Simple Photo Editing Tips

By K. Bakhru

Good photographs make a big difference when looking to add some appeal to things. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how the picture is taken, what makes a difference is the final touches. Take a look at some simple photo editing tips, that could maybe help you just as well.

Photography has changed immensely over the years. Right from the equipment used to the techniques resorted to... there is a change, and how! Then again, there are something that just never change. Either you know how to click a good picture, or you don’t. Luckily for us these days, there’s technology to save all that we do. Doesn’t matter if there’s even a smidgen of a fault, a few simple photo editing tips can save it all. What’s more is, in a majority of cases, most people are well aware of the variety of photo editing software that are available for their use these days. Using this software along with some simple photo editing techniques can work wonders for the look of any picture. How about taking a look at a handful of these easy photo editing tips now.

Simple Tips for Photo Editing

If you take a look at it on a more skilled or professional level, the nuances of photo editing are plenty. But if it’s just about some of the simplest rules that you could adhere to, there’s just a handful of things that you need to bear in mind. Here they are...

Choose a Good Photo Editing Software

Unquestionably, the use of digital photography these days has rendered life much simpler. It allows you to get an idea of what the result of the picture is, and all that. But what happens when you just cannot get some things right? Depending on what the glitch in the photograph is, a good photo editing software will be able to fix it all. The simplest of them all is Google’s Picasa. It is amongst the easier tools to work with, given its user-friendly nature. There are others like Adobe Photoshop, IrfanView, GIMP, PhotoFiltre, and a host of other software for you to choose from too. So, don’t be shy to pick what you find easiest to work with.

Crop the Picture

Cropping a picture may definitely mean reducing the size of the picture, but sometimes it is inevitable. Every so often you take a picture without realizing that a bunch of other unwanted elements have shown up in the background. These odd factors could really kill the aesthetics of the picture, which is why, it is of utmost importance to crop a picture and reduce it down to only that what is essential. With most software, cropping a picture is really simple, and you will find it either in the sidebar (if there is one), or part of the “tools”. Also, do not forget to rotate the picture if it isn’t straight. A smart way to work here would be to work on a spare copy of a picture, especially if you aren’t very familiar with all the editing techniques.

Fix the Color

This one is definitely one of the more important aspects of editing. Oftentimes, you may not realize, while taking a picture, that the lighting is wrong, and that the color in the final product may be all wrong too. This can be fixed while editing. Most good editing tools come with the option of fixing the color. Whether you need to lighten the picture, or brighten it, it can all be done. The basics like brightness, contrast and color balance of any sort can all be fixed when editing. Make sure though not to overdo it. While you do want to fix the flaws, you want the picture to retain its natural look too.

Lose the Red Eye

Almost every software available these days comes with the Red Eye Correction feature. Make sure you make this change, no matter what. A picture could be flawless in every respect, but just so much as the red eye can spoil the look of what could be a fabulous image. Working on this tiny flaw is no task at all, and can be worked on in no time. It’s as simple as a couple of mouse clicks on the necessary commands. So yeah, unless you are going for demonic eyes, don’t forget to fix the red eye.

Familiarize Yourself with Other Features

Photo editing could be as elementary as the steps mentioned above, or you could go pro once you know how to work around the software you use. What may seem like a task in the beginning, will be easier than imagined once you actually get down to getting used to the various features that most software come with. Make sure though, that you play around with these features on spare copies of the pictures you have. The last thing you would want to do is mess up a perfectly good photograph. Once you know what the other attributes of the software being used are good for, you can rest assured that editing pictures will seem like a piece of cake.

There are innumerable other things that you could work on when trying to edit photographs, but the ones mentioned so far are only the simplest that everybody needs to know. Once you’ve achieved mastery over these characteristics, you can move on to using other high-end effects too. So, now that you have a few simple photo editing tips at hand, go ahead and do what you have to.


1. Do you believe that certain photo editing tips can help you improve faulty photos?

2. Are basic photo editing tips numerous?

3. In what cases do you apply cropping and rotating techniques?

4. Why one has to be cautious when fixing the colour?

III. Focus on the language

You want to recommend a new photo editing tool to you friend. Think of five tips you would give. To stress/highlight/intensify the idea and make your speech more persuasive, use the following phrases.

To make a big difference, to change immensely, work wonders, the nuances are plenty, a handful of things, to render life much simpler, a bunch of unwanted elements, to be of utmost importance, to overdo, tiny flaw, no task at all, in no time, innumerable things.

IV. Problem solving

1. Agree or disagree: Using digital photography these days has rendered life much simpler.

2. Role play the situation: You are a teacher of a class in photo editing. Tell your students about the techniques they might find useful.

V. Useful tips for your presentations

To deliver an effective argumentative speech, follow these tips given by Erin Schreiner.

Make your position heard through the giving of an argumentative speech.

Everyone has an opinion. One way to express your opinion and get others to agree with it is to present an argumentative speech. In this kind of presentation, the speaker takes a stand on an issue and provides information demonstrating why his position is better than the opposing one. If you follow the standard format for a speech of this type, you can convince listeners of the validity of your position and lead others to agree with you.


1. Select a topic. Pick a topic that is arguable. Trying to argue that the sky is not blue or that the Earth is flat is ineffective, as these things are fact, not opinion. Whenever possible, select a topic that is relevant and current, as well as one that you truly care about. You will be more effective in arguing your position if you have an interest in the topic.

2. Decide which position you want to argue. Do not be wishy washy in your selection, but instead pick one position or the other. It is highly probable that both positions have merit, but to create an effective argumentative speech, you need to select one side and argue it thoroughly.

3. Study the topic. Even if you think that you are an expert on the topic, you must do your basic research. Look for evidence, especially statistics, that supports your position.

4. Write an attention-getting introduction. Your argument won’t convince anyone if nobody is listening. Grab your listeners’ attention with an engaging introduction. Quote statistics, site an expert or provide a surprising fact at the beginning of your speech to draw in your listeners.

5. Do not assume that your listeners understand the topic. Spend some time explaining the topic clearly so that they understand it.

6. State your position clearly and quickly, backing it up with supporting information that you gleaned during your research.


7. Conclude your speech with a restatement of the main points. Leave your listeners with no questions. Point out any particularly relevant points once more, reminding listeners a final time why your position is the right one.


VI. Working on the project

Deliver a mini speech on the following issue: You cannot use high-end effects unless you have achieved mastery over the easiest photo editing characteristics. Follow the useful tips above.