Friday, May 28, 2010

i Heart Faces :: Fix-It Friday

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I sharpened it, edited the brightness/contrast as well as the levels, then added a nik color stylizer effect. It's a little darker than I wanted, but it does give it that POP that I was looking for.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Your Photo & My Edit

My good friend Seth sent me this photo of his little brother, Ezra! (I've really grown attached to Looly. And by attached, I also mean he's attached at my hip. :-)) The original photo is very good but I really wanted to add emphasis to Ezra's face. Lot of brightening (brightness/contrast as well), some levels (I think), smoothing, bringing more contrast and brightening the eyes (as well as deepening the shadows and bringing up the midtones), just a lotta stuff for this pic. I love it though. He is now my desktop background. ;-)

Melody sent me this lovely picture of some dewdrops and I really wanted to bring attention to the dewdrop that was in focus. I added a layer at soft light, added another layer and painted white over the plant, then put that on soft light, then I added another layer at (I think) purple and added a texture to it, putting the texture at either multiply or soft light. Then I cropped it to bring even more attention to the dewdrop. (I'm probably forgetting some steps here, as I just went crazy!)

Sarah sent this beautiful picture, which had fairly good quality, but the background was distracting and the color was a little off. I did some smoothing, retouching, cropping, edited the levels & brightness/contrast, then added a color Stylizer at brown (nik color effects).

Want me to edit your photo? Drop me an email at aspireblog[at]hotmail[dot]com and I'll get working! :-)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Your Photo & My Edit

I thought it would be kind of fun to have you gals (and guys) send in an unedited photo of your own for me to play around with and gussy it up.

Whaddya say? If you're interested, attach the photo as a file and send it to aspireblog[at]hotmail[dot]com.

Seeya around, friends...

Before & After. Taken with my GE point and shoot.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This old red trike... loved.

Taken with my GE point and shoot

Monday, May 17, 2010

My lovely little neighbor

Is she not gorgeous? Sweet Belle, darling. She and Grace heartily let me take 200 some pictures of them. :-)
taken with my GE point and shoot

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Savor the unexpected

Such as when I decided to take pictures of some strawberries against this green container of ours...

...and Brennan decided he wanted to eat them.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The power of editing...

I love photoshop. Period. It's incredible software and I find that it's been extremely beneficial in my photo-editing. However, I don't like to go too over the top with my editing. If I'm going for a vintage look, then I'm going for a vintage look. I'm not going to get to the point where my image has become posterized and grainy just to try to achieve the color effect I wanted. And I certainly don't want to make my images too over-edited, unless I'm going for such a look that it has to look that way (such as vintage, or cross-processed, etc....)

So here's my basic image. Unedited excepting the size. Not a bad photo by itself.

And here's my first edit. I played with the levels a bit, brightness/contrast, and duplicated my photo layer and set the duplicate onto soft light. It gives it more contrast and vivider colors without been too obviously edited.

For my second edit, I just added two or so duplicate layers of the original image and set them onto soft light. Then, in between the two duplicate layers, I put a new layer and filled it with a blue tone and set that to soft light. I might have tampered with the opacity of that layer a bit. Not sure. This edit is a little strong (see top-right corner) but it works okay. In the future, I'd probably switch up the degree of the brightness/contrast and the opacity of the levels.

I don't really like this edit. Although black and white is a beautiful medium, for this image, it isn't working. Mainly because the focus of the photo is in the top-right corner, and with the black and white it's not as distinguishable. This one was a simple edit though. Black and white and then bumped up the contrast a little bit (I think).

Now for this one, I was going for a vintage look. I added a layer and filled it with yellow, then added another layer and filled it with purple, and set them both to soft light. Then I messed around with the curves a lot to achieve that vintage effect. I'm pretty sure I did something with the brightness and contrast as well, and I might've added a duplicate layer of the original image between the yellow and purple layer.

Now that you've seen how I edit (some) of my pictures, here's how I try NOT to edit them like...
From far away, it doesn't look terrible, but I edited the brightness/contrast (and I think duplicated the original image/put it on soft light) so much that it's easy to tell that it's been (poorly) edited. I don't like images that are very over-edited...pretty much NO exceptions there. Also, it's getting posterized (again, see top-right corner) and that makes for a very fakey looking image.

So that's basically what I do. I have some actions that I've downloaded that I play with, but I do feel like I'm cheating whenever I use them. I've been trying to start editing from scratch...and it's pretty fun.

Have a happy editing day!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Simple flowers

With the sunlight illuminating them. Beautiful sunlight.

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Growth

Dewdrops on leaves...

...are some of my favorite things.