Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Are All Dark Photos Throw Aways?


Do you often find that it’s tough to take photos when ya don’t have enough of that “natural light” all the expert photo folks talk about? Well let me tell you this, you don’t always need that “natural light” to make a dark photo come alive.

There are tons of great photo editors free on line. Mom L and I totally luvluvluv Pic Monkey and Pizap. And we really appreciate Photo Elements—far less costly than Photo Shop. We are not experts, like “hardly”!! But we can maneuver around these three photo editors and have learned they can help save an otherwise assumed disposable photo.

Mom L was ready to delete this one and then I held up the “talk to the paw” sign and she backed off.

ugh dark

Actually, we both liked this one and even found that with some simple cropping the darkness added to its charm—what do you think?? I just focused in on the subject and did nothing more.

focus on the subject

Then we decided to do a bit more using PicMonkey. Here is our final edited photo. Please tell me what you think of our final version versus the other two above in my comments.

Savannah in beauty

Savannah in beauty

There was one more photo I wanted to try and save. Mom L agreed. Great pose, don’t you think??


Next we did a bit of editing in Photo Shop Elements.


Lastly we did a bit of touch up using Pic Monkey.


I want you all to know that no photo these days seems to be a total “throw away” given all the online photo editors we can use.

Let me know in comments if you like my newest photos of “Savannah in Beauty”.


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16 thoughts on “Are All Dark Photos Throw Aways?

  1. Woo hoo! Savannah ya look pretty as a picture!

  2. Oh my mouses, Savvy! I’ve FINALLY convinced the peep not to even TRY takin’ pictures of me inside the house and now you’ve gone and given her hope that one day, she’ll be able to do just that. MOUSES!

  3. I really like how the lightened versions bring out those gorgeous white patches of your fur and your eyes!

  4. 444 pawss uppy Savannah an Lady El. Wee LUV yur finished fotoss!
    Have you seen how PiZap has hardly anyfing fur free now??? Iss PicMonkey a free site??? Wee need a new place to edit photoss…
    **nose rubsss** Dhartha Henry xxxx

  5. So true but TW and I appreciate the originals too. We love the backlighting in them. especially the first one and the second is almost a perfect silhouette. If you’ve been visiting my Caturday Art posts, you’d see that we’ve been participating in some photo challenges. Two of the themes have been backlighting and silhouettes. Photographers love those looks.

  6. They turned out GREAT. We very seldom throw away a picture. Even if Mommy can’t save it as a photo we can use it to create some interesting art work.

  7. We totally agree, Savannah. Even dark photos can be saved and used. Sometimes the cutest shot takes place at night. So you gotta do what you can do to use it. We like what you did with your photos.

  8. The Swiss Cats on said:

    It’s amazing ! It came out really great ! Purrs

  9. meowmeowmans on said:

    We love these photos of you, Savvy! Thank COD you and Mom L did that photo editing thing … they’re beautiful! 🙂

  10. I enjoy playing with photos – and dark or light the subject takes the cake either way……cats look great in all kinds of light – highlighting the eyes, or nose or ear tips or even twitching tail………..they are wonderful photo subjects PERIOD. All of these photos of Savvy are good in their own way. The only photos I “throw out” are the ones that are just plain too blurry!!

    Hugs, Pam

  11. 15andmeowing on said:

    Those all came out great with the edits.

  12. Darkness does add a nice element, but we see the beauty better in the light! Gorgeous kitty!

    Love and licks,

  13. I love the lightened versions of these photos, Savannah! I like being able to see your face.

  14. I would never have thought you could recover a picture this way, and it really does show off Savannah’s beauty, and we like the last one the very best. I will be thinking twice about deleting anything dark, just in case peep learns how to use those editors…. Maybe you could do a post to take us through the process?
    Purrs Erin

  15. edithchase on said:

    Those photos came out great, even before editing. I’m glad you didn’t delete them. It’s pretty amazing what online editing can do.

  16. oh it would be sad when you push the throw-away button… you look so cute in that pictures and the effects on your fur are just great!

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