Editing: Keeping It Simple

My grandma is 83 years old.  She doesn’t know much about computers or how photography works, but that doesn’t stop her from asking questions and giving advice.  She came up with an idea when showing her things about photography and what I do.  “What if you show people what you can do to the pictures?  How you make them all special?”  She said this more than once and it is something I’ve thought about doing in the past.  I decided to follow her advice.

Something my photoshop teacher told us is that when it comes to photo editing “less is more”.  The smallest, most subtle changes can have a bigger impact than going all photoshoppy on an image.  Depending on the type of photography you’re doing, I believe this is true more often than not.  I keep this in mind when I’m editing my photos.  When I’m tweaking an image, especially when I’m touching up someone’s skin, I try to keep it as natural as possible.  I don’t go all airbrush crazy on people.  I don’t brighten eyes so much that they look like vampires.  I don’t make teeth glow when I whiten them.  Unless a client requests a certain editing style or effect, I tend to keep things very clean and simple.  Here are some examples of the editing I do.  This is the baseline; what I do when my clients do not request anything special.

As you can see, I tend to keep things very simple.  However, I am starting to branch out and play around a little more with editing.  Next week you’ll get to see some of what I’ve been experimenting with and how it compares with the baseline editing.  Stay tuned!  :)


Monday Inspiration: Snowflakes

In the past it was always my sister who instigated Christmas decorating every year.  I would lend a helping hand while mom supervised.  The decorating responsibilities fell to me when my sister got married a few years ago.  I’m hoping to start decorating sometime this week.

Last year I experimented with making paper snowflakes.  I spent quite a bit of time cutting intricate snowflakes from tissue paper with my exchange student sister Sona and her exchange student friend Nadya.  It’s exciting to unfold the paper and discover the snowflake made by all the little snips and notches!

I look forward to making more paper snowflakes this year and using them when decorating the house.  Here are some instructions and decorating ideas for your perusal.

Technically these aren’t snowflakes, but I’d love to try making them!

Now that it’s after Thanksgiving, you can officially start getting ready for Christmas! ;)  Happy Monday, y’all!

Friday Goodness: Cute Critters – The Sequel!

So last week I showed y’all a cute little froggy I crocheted.  He’s been hanging out and being my desk buddy all week.  This week I finished his little friend.  Ready to find out what he is?  *drum roll*

A cute baby dragon!  The snout was super hard to figure out and I ended up making something up instead of following the directions.  But the fact he doesn’t have any wings makes me think he’s more of a dinosaur than a dragon.  Or maybe his wings haven’t grown in yet because he’s just a baby.  Either way, I think I’m going to look around and see if I can find a wing pattern that I can use for this little guy.  For him to really be a dragon he just has to have wings.

What’s next in the land of crochet?  I’m going to make another dragon to be someone’s Christmas present, then I’m going to make a platypus, and after that I think I’ll make an afghan.  These projects won’t be completed very fast, and I’ll be out of town next weekend, so you can expect something different in Friday Goodness two weeks from now.  (On another note, I will be starting a series on editing either next week or the week after, so keep an eye out for that! :) )

I hope y’all have a great weekend!  Get the thankfulness started and enjoy your family, friends, and all the other special people in your life.  You never know how long they’ll be around so there’s no time like the present to show them you love them.  :)

Reformation Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church

You know what?  God answers prayer.

The Saturday before Reformation, October 29th, I asked God if He could possibly bring some more clients my way during the following week.  I was almost done with the family session I was working on and didn’t have any other work lined up next.  Things have been a bit slow with getting my business started, but I still work hard and do my best at whatever work comes my way.  Well, the morning after I said that prayer, my pastor texted me asking if I could take pictures during the Reformation service that Sunday.  Wow!  Talk about instant prayer-answering!  And later during the week I received more inquiries about booking possible photo shoots.  :)  Now, I’m not saying that God is a magical genie who grants three wishes or anything like that.  But He does provide for us what we need when we need it.  He takes care of us.

Not only did I take pictures during service, but I also took advantage of the empty sanctuary during Sunday school hour.  Zion is such a beautiful old church.  It’s over 160 years old and houses so much history.  Many of the families there have been attending that church for countless generations.  I have taken photos of the church for a school assignment before but was so happy to have the opportunity to do it again with a better camera.

You can see more photos from Reformation Sunday here: Reformation Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church