I already posted on my main blog today--can see it here-- but I really wanted to participate in the fun meme iPhone Photo Phun- as I love taking pictures with my phone, especially now thanks to the Camera+ App and Instagram (user name Emmymom).
So here are a few favorites I took this week with my phone.
Lunch was just too exciting this week
What happens when I let the kids use my bathroom
Storm's a comin'! Too bad it never panned out and just blew on by
This week's iHeartfaces theme is beautiful eyes. When I heard this I immediately thought of my daughter- as her big bambi eyes have always received so many comments. So I looked through my pictures and found this one, just something unique and different about it that keeps bringing me back to it.
Check out the other beautiful eyes at iheartfaces.
I already did a post on my main blog today, but when I saw the iHeartfaces theme, I knew I had to participate. This week's theme is props, and I knew immediately what picture I wanted to use. When I saw this hat at Ross- I was so excited as I knew it would make the perfect prop for my son's 1-year-photo shoot. It was tricky keeping it on him- but oh it sure made for cute pictures.
This week for my Fix it For Me Wednesdays, I am going to show you how I edit pictures using Lightroom 3. I decided rather than just tell you what I do, I would show you. So first here are the before and afters-the after is a slightly different than the one I showed on Monday as I started over from scratch to show you how Lightroom 3 works.
AFTER And how I am going to show you how Lightroom 3 works? With this video tutorial. It is a bit long, but if you are interested in photo editing you should enjoy it. You might want to click to view it larger to see the details better.
Okay I wasn't going to post today, but when I got Ryder dressed I put him in a green shirt and then I remembered I had some pictures I love from when he was wearing that same shirt. And since the theme for today's Monday Mugs is green... well here ya go.
And the best part--on Wednesday I am going to show you how I got the picture to look like this, with my fix it for me Wednesday.
Do you want to see the original? Come back here on Wednesday.
Okay, I am finally back here. Yes, I missed a Fix it For me Wednesday last week... last week was a beyond crazy busy week and well today is Eric's birthdays and my in-laws are here visiting so this week is just as busy.
But I did want to participate in today's Monday Mugs-whose theme this week is "dinner" as last night, we began celebrating Eric's birthday with a big family dinner (22 people)
Eric likes food, especially meat so we made sure we had a feast he would like
Some of the spread Dinner consisted of three different types of meat-including Ribs, fruit platter, rolls, twice baked potatoes and a green salad... and of course a cake, but you have to head over to my main blog to see the cake I made for Eric.
If you want to see more great dinner pictures, head over to Oswald Cuties for Monday Mugs.
This week's picture came from my good from Em (Emily-awesome awesome name) of Emilisq. She has been one of my long time blogging friends. She sent me this adorable picture of her daughter that her friend actually took. Today, rather than go through a step by step-I want to show you how drastically a picture can change and how with simple presets available for Lightroom can change the look of a picture with one click.
Whenever I am going to be trying lots of different looks to a picture, I always "fix" the picture first. Fix the exposure, sharpen the eyes, get rid of any blemishes (which there weren't any on this baby), do any cropping. Basic things that I know I will want to be fixed no matter what look I give the picture.
In this picture, besides the eye sharpening, etc, I extended the blanket in the upper left hand corner, I increased the exposure a lot and also decreased the red saturation quite a bit to get that creamy white skin that is popular on babies in pictures currently.
And then I just started to have a little fun
1- Preset: Summer Love (by Pretty presets) 2- Preset: Old Hoga B&W 3- Preset: Kiss & Tell 4- Preset: B&W Bliss and Black Border (by Pretty Presets) 5- Preset: Mocha And the Preset Vignette
Before I applied any of these presets, I went back to my fixed picture and started from there. In a lot of ways I think #3 is my favorite-the coloring just really seems to work for me with the whole look of the picture. Obviously I would not want to give this look to an entire session, but for a single picture here and there it is awesome.
This week's iHeartfaces theme is cell phone. This week the picture has to have a human face in it and be taken with a cell phone.
I love this picture of my brother-in-law, not only was it taken with my iPhone, but you can see me taking the picture in the reflection (and my mom too). This shot is just straight out of camera-or phone in this case.
Linking up with Monday Mugs too
Head over to iHeartfaces for more great cell phone pictures.
This week's picture was sent to me by someone who I was lucky enough to "meet" as we were partnered for a Christmas Swap. Mandy of Mandy's Marvelous Musings sent me this cute picture of her nephew.
To edit this picture I used both Aperture-as I do love the sharpening tool in it and mostly Lightroom. Really, one of these weeks I will use something else promise! So here are the original and finished pictures top to bottom.
The original picture wasn't completely sharp, her shutter speed was probably not quite high enough for the amount of light. So something I find that can often work for pictures that aren't as sharp as you want them is to make it black and white.
One of the great things about Lightroom is a lot of the presets that you can get for it. Sometimes though when you click on a preset you might think it isn't quite right.
So I first cropped the picture just a tiny bit-to help it fit the rule of third's a bit better. And then I used the preset B&W Creative-Look 2 and this is what I got
Obviously way overexposed. Now at this point I could either undo this and chose a different preset or I can just work with this, which is what I did.
I then went and decreased the exposure by almost a whole stop (.75), I adjusted the highlight recovery and then continued just playing with the exposure a bit. I also sharpened the picture a bit (almost always a must for any picture you will be showing online anyway), added some clarity, and then added a slight darkening vignette around the edges.
And just for fun here is the same picture with the Preset Summer love and some vignette So quick easy fixes, mainly using just presets that can make a very cute picture totally adorable.
The first year I did a 365- I was semi successful.
Last year I had all of these ideas about editing pictures and teaching you how.
This year it is for me.
It will be a 365, well 366, of sorts but I like to call it my 366 Journal. As it will be my place to document those little things. Every day life that I want to remember but might not be very good blog fodder. But it is for me.
I'm a determined procrastinator who gets it done. I don't excel at any one thing but am pretty dang good at a lot of things. I am a glass-half-full kind of gal even when the glass is nearly empty. I am a mom, a photographer, a wife, a creator, a couponer, a friend, a musician, an Apple fanatic, a BYU football fan and numberless other things that people have called me both good and bad. But ultimately it is my knowledge of who I truly am, a daughter of God, that helps me make it through this crazy life One Day At a Time.