Geri Dreiling's writings filed under: Tech Tips

The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Crafting stories through images

By Geri Dreiling

There are many advantages to dating a kind and patient bilingual engineer and computer programmer with a master’s degree in design. In addition to being a considerate travel companion and all-around good guy, E is an awesome translator. When I encounter pesky computer coding issues, he is my problem solver.

And when it comes to photography, he shares his insights and opinions when I ask. 

I see scenes through the eyes of a writer. Words fill my head. I think about the people who built the landmark. I contemplate the history that the landmark has witnessed. I take mental notes of the scene as it exists in the present; of the people who live, love, work and struggle to survive in the shadows.   Continue reading...

Moorish Keyhole in Toledo, Spain - Edited

Photoshop Express is a free fix for lackluster pics

By Geri Dreiling

Even though trips must come to an end, travel photos live on. Who hasn’t taken a detour down vacation memory lane before paying online bills by opening a photo folder on the desktop and clicking through the images? How many adults have childhood memories of sitting cross-legged on the living room floor of their grandparents’ home and paging through a photo album stuffed with family road trip pictures?

Cameras have advanced tremendously since the days of black-and-white images framed by white borders. And yet, the pictures taken today still don’t always capture the richness of real life. An iPhone or Samsung Galaxy may be a convenient way to get a quick pic but the results would not be mistaken for those taken by a professional travel photographer. The colors can look drab. Shadows are more pronounced. The lighting isn’t quite right

But there is a free fix for lackluster pics. Adobe, the same company that provides the high-end Photoshop software used by professional photographers, also offers Photoshop Express for free. It can be a great alternative for amateur photographers who aren’t ready to invest in the premium software. Continue reading...