Practice, Practice

This is the final Image after my PSCS6 edits:

Cross Process Cold Tone
Cross Process Cold Tone

I am fascinated with what you can do to a digital image in PSCS6 (Adobe Photoshop). Wow! I recently had my picture taken by our school photographer, who does an amazing job on the pictures of our very young students. She sent us the proofs of the images she had taken of us adults and I looked ghastly! All of her photography skills were executed correctly, the image was properly exposed, excellent focus, and she captured a wonderful pose. If I critiqued anything it would be her choice of background colors and the way she set up her studio lighting. Photographing adults is a bit trickier than photographing young children who have no lines, wrinkles, sags, or bags under their eyes:)

Proof of original image taken by school photographer
Proof of original image taken by school photographer

Anyway here is the original image taken by our school photographer. I won’t mention her name here, because to be fair she is an excellent photographer who does an outstanding job and it is not my intention to take anything away from her work. I used this image because it provided me an excellent opportunity to practice my photo shop skills.

The image I use in each of the pictures included in the gallery below, reflect the following edits:
Cropped the image
Changed the background color
applied a sharpening and blurring filter to soften the skin and even the tone
lightened the image
removed lines and bags
softened laugh lines
shortened the nose
enlarged the pupils
tightened the jawline
darkened the lipstick
removed blemishes
thickened the hair
then applied a different filter affect to each version to change the color of the final image

This was a lot of fun and I learned quite a bit.

Here is another Gallery: These images are of Cindy.

Photoshop Practice

Rachel Lamb took the original image with her new Canon. I used this image to practice my photoshoping skills
Rachel Lamb took the original image with her new Canon. I used this image to practice my photoshoping skills! This is the image after my PSCS6 edits!

I entered the world of photography as an enthusiast in 2010 when I took my first film photography course at a local community college. The chemicals and precision involved in film photography were an eye opener. I actually took the course to avoid a math class but quickly discovered photography is all about math.

Point and shoot cameras had been in use for a while and I had various point and shoot cameras that captured nice shots, but I wanted the control film cameras gave me.  It was a natural progression to the world of DSLR’s.  When I started dating Tom he had a collection of DSLRs — what a coincidence!  As I mention in other areas of this blog, I enjoy creating photo art and used Corel paint shop to do some really cool things.  For some reason Photoshop was not easy for me. I had a difficult time navigating the different menus and knowing what to do first. Gees!

In a chat with a new photography enthusiast named Rachel Lamb, about her new Canon DSLR camera, she said she used Photoshop to post process and I told her that I used Adobe-Lightroom 5. In the exchange she shared a tutorial on sparkly eyes she had googled online. It turned out to be from the PioneerWomen’s web site, here it is http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2007/10/making-eyes-pop/  .   I tried it and decided to give Photoshop another try. OMG! Here are a few of my results using the techniques in this tutorial on images I took of my grand daughter Ella:

I am now hooked on Photoshop and have decided to revisit my Scott Kelby’s online training courses for Photoshop at http://kelbytraining.com

Rachel is one of those photographers who hit the ground running capturing great images just out of the gate. As soon as Rachel sets up her website I hope she will send me the link so I can post it here for my readers. It was refreshing to experience Rachel’s enthusiasm for photography and watch her immerse herself in her camera. She reminded me of myself when I got my hands on my first camera. I would shoot any and everything. I was hooked! I had lost some of that passion. There is nothing like seeing someone else get excited to reignite my own passion.

Rachel took amazing shots of my granddaughters and two of her images really resonated with me. I had previously asked her if I could practice on her images and she told me to go ahead. I decided to use two of her more recent images for my PSCS6 training.

Here is the original image as shot straight out of Rachel’s camera:

As you can see Rachel's original straight out of camera shot was excellent. I just wanted to add a little more punch to it.
As you can see Rachel’s original straight out of camera shot was excellent. I just wanted to add a little more punch to it.

Here is a sample of the results of my first lesson.

Rachel Lamb took the original image with her new Canon. I used this image to practice my photoshoping skills
Rachel Lamb took the original image with her new Canon. I used this image to practice my photoshoping skills

Here are the after and before of Ella:

Images below taken with my Nikon D7k 60 mm macro lense 1/640 F6.3 800 ISO auto wb by Marylia Mo Garcia Pixlexia.com The model is my granddaughter,  Mallory edited with PSCS6 and LR5

I love her Betty Davis Eyes!

2013 in review – 67 countries and 10 k views? Who Knew!

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