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5 January 2011 § Leave a comment

Pearl

my pearl

My daughter asked me to show her how to grab a picture off Google Images tonight to use as her Facebook profile picture. I refused. Then we had a little chat about copyright. Followed by a little stroll through my personal cache of photographs.

And something amazing happened: she latched on to one and asked me to show her how to do “that program where you fix stuff” (i.e. Lightroom). She’s a quick learner and has a great eye. Within 5 minutes, she turned a well-composed-but-flat image into the dreamy image above.

I’m one proud mom tonight:-)

P.S. This photo was taken on the beach in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on a foggy July day.

Lend Me Your Eye

2 January 2011 § 2 Comments

How much photo manipulation is too much? When I bought Adobe InDesign last year to produce Folded Word’s books, it came with Photoshop. I’d always dreamed of having a “real” version of Photoshop because I kept seeing recipes for doing cool things to digital photos–recipes that called for features that Photoshop Elements didn’t have. And yet, I ended up owning Photoshop for a whole year without once trying to use it. Until today.

And now I’m torn. Below is an original photo taken with my mobile phone. The only manipulation was tweaking exposure and white balance in Adobe Lightroom (which I love and have used since it was first released).

Post-Rain Sky I

Post-Rain Sky I

In the next version of the photo, I applied infrared (opacity=70%) from the adjustment options.

Post-Rain Sky II

Post-Rain Sky II

In the third version, I jacked up the saturation and then played with cross processing levels.

Post-Rain Sky III

Post-Rain Sky III

In the last version, I took the cross processing off and then played with the film grain filter.

Post-Rain Sky IV

Post-Rain Sky IV

And I can’t decide whether I like any of the manipulated ones any better than the original. Anyone have any strong opinions? Anyone play with Photoshop a lot and have a favorite filter or adjustment that I should try? I’ve only ever taken one photography class…with black and white film. So this is brand new territory for me. All suggestions and feedback welcome:-)

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