I love using my own photographs as artwork around the house, especially if they are from a vacation. They add personality to a home, and they are also great conversation starters!
Photography is definitely not one of my strengths, so what I like to do to make my pictures look like they’re postcard or art gallery worthy, I switch the color to black and white and I play with the contrast and brightness until I get a result that I like. By the way, I like to use Photoshop but you can use any photo editing software that allows you to change the contrast and the color to black and white.
Here’s a quick how to….
1. This is what the original looks like…
3. This is what it looks like after I fiddled with the brightness and contrast…so much brighter and less grayish
4. This is what the final result looks like! I bought the picture frame on sale at Marshall’s for like $4 bucks.
Not bad huh? Another tip: I like to buy picture frames that have a nice bright white mat. This helps the photograph stand out even more.
By the way, for those of you wondering, the picture I used in the tutorial is from a trip to Italy I took when I was in college.