Archive for ‘Shoot and Edit’

February 17, 2011

Shoot and edit: love/romance, the edit

Things are starting to click….maybe.  I finally figured out how to do a layer mask, it was like the lightbulb went on.  And I actually understood most of Ashley’s tutorial today.  Progress!

Here is my edited shot:

Steps using Photoshop CS3:

  • Opened image as Camera Raw and adjusted white balance
  • Applied high pass filter with soft light blending mode
  • Performed curves adjustment (still not sure what I’m doing here but I darkened the darks and lightened the lights a bit)
  • Used Paint the Moon’s Whiten your Whites action and a layer mask to lighten the yellow cast that was on the wall behind the bookshelf

This was my SOOC shot:

Overall I think I’m pleased.  Any constructive criticism would be welcome!

February 14, 2011

Shoot and edit: Love/Romance

Blech!  As a chronically single person I have an involuntary gag reflex over the Valentine’s holiday.  Since I have no romantic “other” in my life I puzzled for a bit over this week’s shoot and edit prompt.  Then realized I had the perfect shot.

SOOC

I have “romance” in my life…in the form of my gigantic collection of cheezy romance novels.  No, they don’t buy me roses on Valentine’s Day.  But they make me smile.

February 10, 2011

Shoot and edit: Hearts, the edit

So my Photoshop books arrived today.  Photoshop CS3 for Dummies by Barbara Obermeier and Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop CS3 by Mike Wooldridge.  I figured since I don’t know what I’m doing I’d better start learning fast.  There’s only so much I can pick up by reading blog posts (though it is amazing what I’ve learned so far, I have to admit).  If anyone else has suggestions for great Photoshop resources for beginners I’d love to hear some suggestions.

Here is my edited shot for shoot and edit this week.  Any and all suggestions and constructive criticisms are welcome, because really, let me be perfectly honest here – I have no idea what I’m doing.

I now have 4″ of Photoshop manuals however and plenty of willingness to use trial and error.  There’s only up from here.

February 8, 2011

Shoot and Edit: Hearts

I’m a day late and uninspired.  But the snow Matthew plastered on our back storm door caught my eye and this is the best I could come up with.  I wish I had thought to do this when the sun was still in the east this morning and the light was shining on the back of the house.  Oh well.  I thought about skipping this week but the point of this is to get me to use my camera and practice, practice, practice.

My SOOC shot:

February 7, 2011

Shoot and Edit: Red, the edit

Well I missed the linkup on Thursday because I was dealing with a blizzard, losing power for 24 hours, trying to actually work, and entertaining a 5 year old with 2 snow days.  Last week was NOT the best I’ve had in recent memory.

Even though I missed the linkup I’m posting this picture anyway so I can hopefully look back over my progress as I get better at using Photoshop and learning to edit.  Here is my edited photo:

I would have preferred to keep the photo all color.  I played around with many different edits, but struggled with how to correct for the over-exposed yellow bucket in the original.  I couldn’t get it right…I think I’m supposed to apply a correction and using a layer mask paint off the correction everywhere else but I have no idea how to actually do that.  I think it’s time to buy a CS3 manual.

After several frustrating attempts I did this.  Which is OK.  I also think I need to get into the “less is more” mindset where editing is concerned.  If my original photo is OK I need to be OK not editing very much.  So much to learn!

February 1, 2011

Shoot and Edit: Red

I’ve stalked.  Each week I’ve looked and followed along.  And finally I’m joining the shoot and edit fun.  I’m nervous b/c I think that my skills really aren’t up to par, but I’m hoping that by participating I’ll learn and improve.  I think my photos are entirely average, and my Photoshop skills can be best categorized as “rank amateur”.  I’m learning to be OK with that, and already I’m amazing at how much I’m learning just by trying.

Here’s my SOOC shot:

Anyone visiting from Jill or Ashley’s linkup…would love your constructive critiques on this or my edited shot once it goes up!