Saturday, January 21, 2012

Close-ups without a Powerful Lens

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The part of my education career that I enjoyed the most was when I was a Technology Resource Teacher AND anytime I had the opportunity to share anything technical as I did my last 3 years of my career. Even the short period of time I had to return to the classroom, I was still proud to be a tech resource person for my friends. Something is always changing or evolving everyday in the technology world. So, no matter your age, there is always something to learn.

This is the MAIN reason I wanted to do a blog. To continue to use my skills and to share any discoveries of any of my interests.

This post is one of those discoveries I have made.

Recently, I decided I felt I wanted to start watermarking my photos I posted. Through some research and eventually to a blog tutorial @ Mommy's Camera, I found the free software, PhotoScape and used the “Batch File” tool. Wow, so fast once you set up your text. I also found I could do some of the basics I was using in GIMP (also free.) With these two programs I have absolutely no need for the expensive Photoshop program.

One more note- Since I'm always up for finding free software, to make this post I also used OpenOffice Draw which is the equal to MS PowerPoint, and then the good ole Paint program that comes on all PCs I've ever used (& that's a lot) to turn what I made in OO Draw to jpegs.

So on to today's discovery.

Creating Close-ups without a Powerful Lens
I'm not sure how the PhotoScape authors intended us to use the Splitter tool, but here is my use.

This picture (from my backyard)

was taken with this zoom lens that came on my Nikon D60:

I chose the “Split” tool in PhotoScape  

to do this to my picture. Don't worry, when you save the new split, the program automatically makes another folder inside your folder to save your new work. However, I always make a backup folder of all my pictures I'm working with just in case I make a human error.

Notice you can add more rows/columns to cut the picture up as you like it. (What about making puzzles for your kids or a large piece of wall art?)

After I split the picture it came out like this:

It's fun to see how they turn out. The details pop out even more in some pictures, while others have nothing. Here are the pieces I thought were the most interesting. I found for the split pictures to be so clear, the original picture needs have high, crystal clear quality. 

 Let's do one more-

This picture (from my first retirement trip)

was taken with this typical lens that came with my Nikon D60

Split the picture with PhotoScape 3x3 and got these:

Even when I look at it above, I don't get the true perspective until I look at them individually. To me, most of these turned out with interest, especially pattern (maybe because all of it is in focus?).

This was the only one out of the 9 I didn't like.
I hope you also have fun splitting pictures.

I've got to share one more.
My Father's hand- it unexpectedly popped up in a set I had done.  I'm helping to care for my Dad right now, so this picture of his "guiding hand" meant a lot to me.  He loves to read his newspapers.


  1. Beautiful macro! Can't wait for spring, more flowers to photograph, I love taking macros!

  2. I'm so going to look into Photoscape & splitting my pics. I have the same camera as yours. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. My hubby is really into photography, I am going to share this with him. I you ever want another place to link to, please join us at Bacon Time fri-monday for our Anything Goes linky.

  4. Hi! Visiting from sundae scoop. What a great tip! Im just starting with a fancy camera and I have no idea how to use it. Love your pictures.. especially the last one :)

    If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my Friday party going on now! :)

  5. Lucky enough to have a macro lens, and photoshop, but this would be a great share for my etsy team!

    New follower, hoping for more tips! Stop by and see me at

  6. I've never even heard of splitting pictures, so this is something I needed to read! :) Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  7. Thanks for joining the Bacon Time weekly linky.

  8. Im glad you linked up to my party last Friday.. I hope to see ya again this Friday :)

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