Photo Haiga and How to Make Them: Part 4

We’ve covered basic stuff and now we will talk a little about more complicated editing, the kind that can really make a photo your own.

Check out this picture.


Ignore the date; it was a dodgy camera. This was taken about two years ago by my, then 13 year old, son whilst he was in Sydney on a school excursion. It is the view from Centrepoint tower. I loved the light in this photo and realised this picture would go with a haiku that I was incubating.


This is the final haiga. To create this I put the image through an infrared filter, bumped the contrast to the extreme end and then cloned out some small light areas to render them Then I added a border. It was published on Daily Haiga. See the difference thoughtful use of editing programs can make to a haiga?

So we have edited the image up to the point it is ready for text but what else can we do with it? Well the first thing we could do is paint in a little extra colour to bump up the sun theme. I think a light orange wash on the centre of the flowers could look stunning.


Or we could play with curves.



Or you could muck around with the hue map. This is the version with the orange centre put through the hue map process.


The ideas are endless. One of the most interesting and useful processes you can use on a photograph is a painting program. I have Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4. Whilst this program has its good point, I have got to say, the program is horrible and buggy and the images need to be reduced to 72dpi to work in it well. However, the results can be lovely though and it is worth persisting.


This is the Corel’s version of classical oil painting.

There is a free program that stands up very well against Corel; it is called FotoSketcher. Though a more limited program in regard to the number of filters, the results are more consistent and predictable and the program is nowhere near as buggy are Corel, even less so if you make the photographs smaller and, well, it is free.


This is its oil pastel filter…


And watercolour.

A good tweak can make all the difference to the end result of a haiga. Remember though, anything you do should be to enrich the meaning of the haiga not just for the sake of fiddling.

Well with any luck you enjoyed my series on Photo Haiga and that you have come away with more of an understanding of how to make them. Hang about for my next posts.


2 thoughts on “Photo Haiga and How to Make Them: Part 4

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  2. folk who use windows operating systems can also try out Paint.NET is is totally free and is quite intuitive to use. If you are familiar with other photo editing software then this prog will present you with no problems. Visit here to download it:
    It operates using the microsoft framework which most folk will already have installed if they are using other windows progs such as movie maker etc.

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