Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Photoshop Progress

I am slowly learning how to use Photoshop. My absolute favorite blog in the whole wide world, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, has a section devoted to photography which includes tutorials. Whenever I have extra time I park myself at the computer and play around with photo editing. I'm quite happy with what I've learned thus far. Here are some before and afters from our most recent bubble-blowing expedition (I haven't figured out how to make these side by side, so bear with me):

Can you see the difference? Notice how the before (also known as straight out of the camera or SOOC) has a grayish tint to it:

I am focusing on learning how to correct skin tones. Many times, especially since I'm still learning how to use my camera, the little one's skin looks a little on the blue side. She's not normally cyanotic. Thank goodness.

In this next picture, I applied what's called an "action". From what I understand, it's a set of edits that are sort of saved together. This is one of the Pioneer Woman actions (you can download them from her site) called "Lovely and Ethereal", it gives the photo a soft and dreamy feel:

Can you see the difference? My favorite little trick that I've learned so far is the "quick edge burn". I use it on almost everything, particularly portraits. It really makes the subject pop:

Here are a few more shots from yesterday:

Now if I could only figure out how to make myself look like Angelina Jolie. I wonder if there's an action for that...


Karen said...

I'm getting desperate for Photoshop! It seems like almost every blog I read gets Photoshop lessons from PW's site! Great job on the pics!

MamáChanga said...

Holly, those are wonderful shots of "little flower"! I love the way she's already used to you taking pictures of her, she even poses for you! Some of the words Da'Gorgeouses already knew how to say by the time they were 18 months were "camera, picture and CHEESE!"

I've taken so many pictures of them that I even had a buy an external hard drive to free up space on my desktop. There's no way I'd ever compare my pics to yours, even your SOOC, but someday I'd like them to look like that. I'd also love to have Photoshop and be able to have the time to practice with it. Ah well, a girl can dream!

Hugs & Blessings!

Holly said...

I'm still learning this whole blogging business and it just dawned on me that I can respond to your comments this way- DUH...anyway
Karen- Thank You and if you ever do get Photoshop Ree's instructions are VERY helpful. It was too overwhelming for me to try to learn on my own so I'm glad I found her site when I did.
Mamachanga- I'm chuckling because I know you must have double the amount of photos I have and I have a LOT! We just had to buy an external hard drive as well:)