I've been playing with two online photo editing sites, picmonkey and pixlr express to see what I can do to my photos.
I haven't decided which I like best of the two -- which I guess is a good thing. It means they are both worth a try.
Here are some before and after looks.
Above and below -- a Venetian Mask. (Pixlr Express). I think that in this one, the effects add to the age and mystery of the mask.
Above and below, a scene from Mackinac Island. This is using PicMonkey. The filters add to the vintage feel of the photo.
Above and below, the window in my friend Jerry's Parisian courtyard. This was done with PicMonkey. (Actually, these are different photos of the same window; I couldn't put my hand on the original, but you get the idea as far as colors go.)
Above and below, the view from Jerry's apartment. (This is from Pixlr)
The windmills at Kinderdijk, Netherlands. (This was done with Pixlr Express)
A gate in Giverny, France at the cemetery where Monet is buried. (This is PicMonkey)
So, give them a try. If you want some great tips on PicMonkey, scroll down Beth's blog and check out her photos -- she does a lot of her photos with this system.
I don't think every photo should be altered and to be honest, I don't always like it. I like the documentary quality of from-the-camera, maybe cropped or color corrected or converted to sepia or black and white. But sometimes, manipulation can really help you tell a story in a more dramatic way. It helps move the image from just a memory to something with a history. I think you can see that in a couple of these. Have fun!