Lately, I’ve been a busy, busy girl working on several pretty big projects so unfortunately, I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like. Soon, I’ll be able to share with you all that’s been keeping me so busy, but until then, I’ll share with you one thing I’ve been doing…
I’ve been working on my photography skills!
I firmly believe that photos can make or break your website, so I’m constantly trying to learn to take better pictures, as well as working on my Photoshop editing skills. This translates into better pictures for my website, and also better pictures that I’m able to take of my family. I’m constantly following my kids around with my camera, and I want to make those pictures the best I possibly can.
One evening over the summer, my son decided to get a drink of water, set up a lawn chair out on our driveway, and keep watch for the arrival of a local stray cat that frequents our house. I took this opportunity to snap some photos…thankfully, he was feeling generous and allowed me to do this! (Oftentimes, he will do whatever he can to get away from me and my camera…yep, I’m that kind of mom!)
I LOVE this picture. Every time I stare at it, the first thing I think is, “Look at his eyes!”
The second thing I think is, “Why did I cut off his chin?” In fairness, I was just kind of snapping away and wasn’t really trying to get a perfect shot…but I’ve since learned my lesson. From now on, I’ll try and take the extra half second and make sure I’ve set the photo up correctly!
Here’s the image straight out of my camera:
Not bad, but I wanted to give it a bit more pop…so I opened up Photoshop Elements. The picture at the top of this post is my finished product, but then I wanted to play around a bit to get some other looks.
Ahhhh, Sweet Tea from Florabella….one of my favorite Photoshop actions. This isn’t for every picture, but on the right one, it can really make a difference!
Hellloooo, eyes. By switching up the contrast and burning the edges, this picture gets a completely different look, and I love it. (But let’s be honest, this is my baby…I could take a picture of him on the worst camera in the world and I’d still think it was the most precious thing ever!)
Adding a little Autumn Haze…seems appropriate for the season, don’t you think?
Photoshop can seem like a daunting program, but you have to just jump right and in and start experimenting. Go to YouTube and watch the tutorials, there are tons of them! While the full blown versions of Photoshop can put a SERIOUS dent in your wallet, Elements is still very powerful and is much, much more affordable! Even if you aren’t ready to buy any photo editing software, there are several sites online that will allow you to touch up your pictures, as well.
Don’t be afraid to post original photography because you worry about your camera not being “good enough”. There are tons of sources out there that will help you do the best with what you have…so let’s all start snapping!