Become a Modern Day Ansel Adams in Minutes with the Photobucket App
Well OK, it’s not as easy as snapping your fingers to reproduce the expert results of a virtuoso like Ansel Adams, but we can definitely get close with the Photobucket editor. If you aren’t familiar, Adams was an influential American environmentalist and photographer – you’ve probably seen some of his work without realizing it. Popular through the mid-1900’s, his epic black and white landscape photos of the American West, especially of Yosemite National Park, are icons of black and white photography, and have been reproduced or mimicked just about everywhere and by everyone.
While Adams used a variety of lenses to get different effects, he relied more heavily on sharp focus, heightened contrast, precise exposure, and darkroom craftsmanship to gain the look he was after. If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t have access to all these things, and you’re probably taking snaps on your phone. Good news, we can get a similar effect with a great photo and the Photobucket Editor!
What you need:
- 10 minutes
- An epic, in focus image, preferably of a landscape or geologic formation
- Photobucket account in the Photobucket App, or on web
Step One – Upload and Edit
Pretty self explanatory! Once you’ve uploaded, select your photo and launch the editor. We’ll be using the Android in-app editor for this example, though it works the same on iOS.
Step Two – Enhancing
Applying a black & white filter is the most obvious step, the rest of the details are up to you! Here’s what we did.
- Select ‘Effects‘ and apply the ‘Metropolis‘ filter
- Select ‘Enhance‘ and apply ‘Hi-Def‘
- Select ‘Vignette‘ and lighten the vignette applied by the Metropolis filter (or not!)
- Select ‘Lighting‘ and slightly increase ‘Contrast‘ and ‘Highlights‘ (adjust to whatever looks best for your photo!)
Now tap ‘done‘ up on the corner of the screen to save your new masterpiece!
Step Three – Share, Print, Show off!
You can share directly from within the Photobucket app to just about anywhere. Share to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or whichever one happens to be your social media de jour. Just select the photo you’d like to share and tap the ‘share’ icon to select from a number of options. You can also share multiple photos straight from the album.
Don’t forget about the in-app Print Shop! You can quickly turn this masterpiece into a breathtaking piece of wall art. Head over to the Print Shop from the side menu or the home screen.
Next, select your product and be sure to use just one photo, rather than a collage, and then select your black and white.