Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Here are a list of some sites I have been able to download and learn more about actions from:
Here are some of the different edits I've done by using actions:
I am really excited to play around with Actions some more and to create an action that I'll want to use for most pictures; something that will enhance my work rather than completely alter it. In the meantime, I'll just keep learning and passing on to you what I can.
Happy snaps to you all!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
September by John Updike
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
Life in a high desert often brings clear sunny days and cheery dispositions. However, this week has been filled with overcast days, rain and a heavy case of the snoozies. When I am in bed, I do not want to get out of it and put off starting the day for as long as possible ... which is not long with 2 toddlers in the house! Since I am unable to loaf around in bed all day, I thought a picture would ease my yearnings ... it's only made them worse! So for all of you out there who are able to sleep in on a cold and dreary day, enjoy it and all moments alike.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
*several ways to get sharp sparkly eyes
What a great giveaway! Here's to hoping I win!
Just as I was beginning to delve into the world of digital photography and editing, we moved. Some of you may be thinking, "Moving? What does that have to do with photography and edits?" Let me tell you, it changed EVERYTHING for me. I assume that moving for most is probably something that is kept locally (within a 200 mile radius of where you grew up), at least that is how it has been for a majority of people I know. For my husband and I, we tend to have the outlook of, "If you're going to do it, do it right". So we uprooted our comfortable lives in Ohio, said goodbye to friends and family, and relocated to Washington. Now, there were reasons for the move, it's not like we just left on a whim, but those reasons do not really pertain to this story. So how does a cross-country move effect one's photography? Instead of focusing on my work, I was preoccupied with things like housing, unpacking, socializing and learning the lay of the land. Photography had become a distant memory and my camera had become a magnet for dust. Sad, I know. Then one day, my laptop took a dump and I found I needed a new one. My hubby and I started talking about the different ones to choose from, which ones had the best ratings and what I would be using it for. It was then that photography came to the forefront of my thoughts. It was time to start shooting again and start honing my skills that I had started to develop.
With my camera back in action, old laptop dead (thank goodness all my previous images were backed up on an external hard drive), a great new laptop with no editing software on it and my Photoshop Elements 2.0 disc buried in one of many unpacked boxes (not too mention it was way outdated), it was time to find some new software. My husband suggested I try out Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. I have to admit, I was concerned about using this program. All notes I had written down were for Photoshop and did not apply to Paint Shop Pro. To make matters worse, all research I did to learn how to use this program turned up instructions for Photoshop. Obviously the preferred software for photographers is Photoshop, but I had Paint Shop Pro and had to do with what I had. I'm not going to lie, I did not put forth a ton of effort to learn how to use this program and took the laissez faire approach by only using basic edit techniques. Looking back, I really wish I wouldn't had been a bum about it. I really wasted an opportunity to learn how to use a good product. But now I have a new product to learn and plan on focusing on a new technique every week to optimize my work.
The new software I am now using is Photoshop CS. I absolutely love it! What I love the most, is that now I can start learning some of the cool techniques I ran across during my research for using Paint Shop Pro. One of those was Lomo Style Photography, a method for making digital photos look like they were taken from an old Russian LOMO LC-A camera.. I love the dramatic effects this style creates and have been wanting to try it out on a few stock art images I have. Here are my first two attempts at this style:
Original /Lomo Style
I'm very happy with the results and can't wait to try it on some more images.
I can't wait to learn all the different techniques that Photoshop has to offer. My plan is to learn a new technique weekly and apply it to my work. The prospects are exciting.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
As I said, I am still doing portraits and was more than eager to do group shots of some adorable girls recently. We had a fantastic time and I was so impressed with how well they all did as a group. I hope they enjoy their pictures as much as I do.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The weather in Washington has been fantastic for the past few weeks, and this weekend has been no exception. My family and I went out to enjoy the day together and were greeted by the most amazing clouds and fantastic sky! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!