Re-editing a few pictures from the past for a Down syndrome website :)
I've always loved this picture. But my skin was a wreck that day. It was the day before my father's funeral, and the day we sealed Max to us in the Salt Lake temple, as we had just finalized his adoption. So many tears, there were tiny red veins popping out all over my skin. Max had fallen and skinned his upper lip. And my skin was so pink compared to Max's Hispanic olive skin. Tried to tone everything down without loosing too much skin texture.
DSC-HX1 (not DSLR)
ISO 125 10/5000 f/4
1. Used healing brush to fix some of the skin blemishes
2. Ran CoffeeShop Baby PowderRoom action to even skin tone, specifically adding more brown instead of just trying to de-redden
3. Adjusted levels
4. Desaturated colors a bit
5. Added a touch of sepia tone
6. Added 'noise' to my cheek for more texture - may need a little more - still looks kinda flat
I hope to be a skin expert by day 365 - ha!
Morning sunrise... mostly testing out new watermarks (tutorial here). Trying to find something that will work with both blogs. I don't have a photography business, so it seems weird to use that term, but to just put the URL is really long...
Need something to do with all those pictures you take? Turn them into refrigerator magnets :)
My 6 yr old loved playing with these last night. Many are a gift for my niece's birthday - hope she likes them as much as Piper does.
Tiny Polaroid magnet instructions here: http://www.ambrosiagirl.com/blog/tiny-polaroid-magnets/ - Wish I would have made the Polaroid ones a little bigger. The template on this blog was a bit small for my liking. I'll be making more soon!
Family magnet instructions here: http://happyhomefairy.com/2011/08/25/family-magnets/
Hit the aquarium today with the other half of SLC wanting to see the new river otter exhibit.
This Cayman sat still for the camera - the otters did not. I'm actually pleasantly surprised how well this came out considering it was through glass.
Sony a55 :: 50mm 1.8 lens
ISO 1600 1/125 f/2.8
1. Ran PSE Color Burn effect
2. Ran Pioneer Woman Sharpen THIS over eye
3. Cropped to delete bottom reflection/distractions
Boy in a bucket. His new favorite TV watching place.
Working on metering and exposure - easier to practice on a contained kiddo.
Sony a55 :: 50mm f1.8 lens
ISO 3200 f/1.8 1/60
Had to crank up the ISO, which equals noise. Not my favorite. Then when I edited skin, it smoothed too much and doesn't match the rest of the picture. Oh well. It's practice, right?
PSE8 :: 1. Reduced noise
2. Ran CoffeeShop Baby Powder action to fix the red chappy cheeks
3. Adjusted color for skin tone
4. Used cloning tool to remove some background distraction
Way over exposed and bad white balance, but I liked this shot better, so I went with B&W for a bad lighting disguise!
ISO 6400 f/4 1/10
PSE8 :: 1. Adjusted white balance
2. Adjusted levels
3. Ran Pioneer Woman B&W Beauty
4. Reduced noise
Sony a55 :: 50mm f1.8 lens
ISO 800 f/10 1/250
1. used healing brush and cloning tool too get rid of socket and cord on wall; snot on face
2. used levels and a layer mask to lighten only the face - awesome tutorial HERE; also used a little dodging tool to lighten face a bit more (still working on proper exposure in manual mode!)
3. Ran CoffeeShop Sun Kissed action (free action) for sun flare effect and haze
4. Ran Pioneer Woman BW Beauty (free action)
Sony a55 :: 1.8 50mm lens
P mode ISO 250 f2 1/80
1. Healing brush on crusty nose and chapped cheeks
2. CoffeeShop Baby PowderRoom action focusing mainly on minimizing red skin (Lacey - I figured it out - email me! OK, so it helps to read the instructions.)
3. Adjusted levels a wee bit and brightened overall photo
Original SOOC - see those poor chapped cheeks and crusty nose boogers - ick.
Sony a55 50mm f1.8 (LOVE my new lens!) AP mode ISO 400 f2 1/80 in PSE8: 1. Cropped for rule of thirds 2. Ran CoffeeShop Perfect Portrait action 3. Dodged & burned the eye with this tutorial 4. Tinted with a touch of sepia