Let Us Go On A Picnik

posted on 30th of january, 2009

Have you ever been on vacation, took lots of photos about everybody and everything, and discovered you need your sweet laptop with Photoshop beside you right now to process some of your photos you want to add to your travel blog?
I don't like to take my laptop with me when I'm traveling. Worrying about my photo equipment is already enough for me, so I leave everything else safely home. Plus dropping additional weight is usually very practical too, if you want to travel by bike or foot tens of kilometers or climb over some mountain.
But then after an exciting day, you're sitting in local Internet cafe, writing a blog and after downloading some great shots from your camera, you are thinking: "Why, oh why, I didn't brought my laptop with me, I could at least crop those ugly edges out, straighten tilted horizon and adjust light balance a little..."
But situation is not desperate at all. A little while ago I surfed on the Internet and found myself on the website www.picnik.com.
It's an online photo editing site. There are lots of tools, beginning with cropping, rotating and endings with adding text and using all kind of effects. All you need is to upload your file, edit it and then save back on your hard drive. It's absolutely great, huge help in images editing, when you don't have your own tools ready at hand.

Comments (12)

Comment by Maigi on February 09, 2009

:) pretty same here. I don't like to carry additional weight too while traveling. But I don't call it laziness. It's more practical wisdom... ;))

Comment by Danielleongjinonn on February 06, 2009

thanks give ur time to share ur topic here. :) I also lazy to bring my laptop during outdoor shooting. because my laptop 2.6kg.......is too heavy for me......

Comment by Maigi on February 06, 2009

I have a Vosonic VP5500 in my camera bag to download all my images while traveling. I'm not sure if resizing would be a good idea, cause when your pixels are gone, they are gone, you can't have them back. That's why I like to store all my RAW files intact - you never know when you gonna need them. Sometimes after some months I have discovered, I would like to print full size some of my photos I have in my web gallery. But when I don't have a large copy, I need to postprocess it from RAW file again, and sometimes it's hard to get the same look as the web version has. Now I save all my postprocessed files as large as I can in my folders, and only then resize a copy for web use, even if I initially think I wouldn't use them anywhere else. The reason I love my VP5500 is that it has 3.5" LCD and I can review my images easier than on camera, and of course I don't have to carry my laptop in my backpack.

Comment by Aughty on February 06, 2009

My problem is overshooting and having to download my images to laptop to free up space on memory cards. I would rather pack up laptop, camera, lens, tripod and leave some clothes behind. But using resize on the fly seems like the way to go when laptop is not available. Thanks for the tip.

Comment by Maigi on February 04, 2009

You are welcome, Noonie! It's a good idea to go out, fresh air makes wonders. And don't forget to bring some cheer-up gifts (some funny pebbles or plant or berries or something - I have no idea how warm do you have down there...) to your hubby when you come back home. Happy people recover faster. :)

Comment by Noonie on February 04, 2009

Hey, Maigi, I'm way behind on reading the blogs....thanks for using my photo! Sometimes I wish I had a laptop, not that I go far away but I get so curious about what I shot. Can't really tell what's on that little screen. Think I'll go ride or climb a mountain today. Husband is sick and I'll probably get it so I'd better go out!

Comment by Eclecticelegance on February 02, 2009

Wow! That sounds terrific! I just looked at the link and I can't wait to try it sometime! I have been using http://www.resize.it, and it is pretty good, too, but from looking at Picnik, I think Picnik probably has more features. "Resize it" is good, though, for setting a crop box to an exact number of pixels - which I use for doing online images ads with Google Adwords at work. :)

Comment by Maigi on February 02, 2009

:) you are welcome

Comment by Fulviovilla on February 02, 2009

Hi Maigi! Thank you for the useful advice.

Comment by Fultonsphoto on January 31, 2009

Thanks for the info, but I am the same as Creativei, cant leave home without my laptop either...

Comment by Creativei on January 31, 2009

Thanks for sharing this Maigi, but I cant leave without my laptop, Laptop, Mobile and Camera can never be missed.

Well nice discovery, thanks for that, I think Adobe is launching the online photoshop very soon.

Comment by Littledesire on January 31, 2009

Hey Maigi,
I've just tried it up! It's very cool! Real online Photoshop. I'm gonna use it if I need it on my trips. Thanks for sharing!

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My name is Mailis Laos. I'm a photographer and digital artist from Estonia. Since 2016, I am happy to be one of Dreamstime's remote photo editors, and to do all I can to get your great images online. I love photography and digital art. Traveling, hiking, folk music and deep late night discussions with friends are among other things I enjoy a lot. And you can mess my head with thought-provoking poetry. You can find me on Facebook: MaigiPhotography Instagram: maigidesign Google+: +MailisLaos Twitter: maigidesign Contact: http://www.maigi.com/contact

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