Thursday, July 26

New Etsy Listings

I've been pretty busy at work, taking photos, and updating my Etsy Store.  I need to be way more active on my blog and I'm working on that too 😀

Here are just a few of the new prints that I have available in my shop.  I hope you'll come visit me there.

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Monday, February 19

Color Grading

"But grief is a walk alone.  Others can be there and listen.  But you will walk alone down your own path, at your own pace, with your sheared-off pain, your raw wounds, your denial, anger, and bitter loss.  You will come to your own peace, hopefully, but it will be on own, in your own time."  ~  Cathy Lamb.

It has been a while.  I believe that I am finally coming into my own peace.  The loss of my brother weighed heavy on me for quite a while.  I haven't picked up my camera since he passed.  I'm not ready to shoot yet, but I am moving on with processing.  I have been captivated recently by color grading.

Color grading is the process of altering or enhancing the color of an image.  Primary color grading affects the whole image by providing control over the color density curves of red, green, blue color channels.  Color "grading" should not be confused with color "correction".  One of the main reasons for color grading is to stylize an image to indicate a flashback, dream sequence, or re-creation—or simply to give the entire project a unique feel.  At the present, I am fascinated with the teal/orange tones in an image.  This is known as cinematic color grading.

However, you can tone with any colors you create:

Color grading with curves is not the only method.  I am also exploring gradient maps (which are awesome by the way).  Create a gradient map adjustment layer, choose any gradient available or create your own gradient, and change the blend mode to soft light.

The possibilities are absolutely endless....only limited by your imagination.

There are tons of tutorials on color grading.  Let your imagination run wild and create beautiful images.

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Sunday, December 10


“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”                    ― Anne Lamott

Oh my gosh.  This year has been a tough year.  We have lost a couple of beloved pets....

 Molly-girl, my grandson's ferret and

 Ringo, my sister's little dog.

And I lost my brother, my friend, my protector.  It was so unexpected and quick....I'm having a very hard time getting past stage 2 in the grieving process.  I'm angry for a lot of things but most angry because I don't think I had enough time with him.  I'm sure anyone who has lost a loved-one feels the same way.

My family sat and scoured through old photos and memories and it was the beginning of healing.  I have a feeling it's going to be a long process.

I love you Mikie and your leaving has left a huge hole in my life.  Rest easy brother, you have earned it.

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Monday, July 31

Petite Flowers

I recently found these pretty little flowers on Etsy and I just adore them.  

The background for these is an old crate that I have.  It is perfect for these pictures.  I love the light coming in this window (in my living room facing south).  So I experimented with things *grins*.

I used my fireplace for the background on these.  This little box I found at Ben Franklin crafts a long time ago.  The turquoise vase is from Hobby Lobby.

I couldn't resist adding this one just because I like it 😊

I recently discovered these backdrops from Mini Backdrops on Etsy.  They are fabulous.  There is no shine and they are really easy to work with.

I encourage you to look around you home for small pockets of light which will translate into beautiful photos.  Also, it's not necessary to buy props....I'm sure you already have all kinds of interesting things which will make stunning photographs.  Experiment and have fun!

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Monday, July 17

Searching for Light

Everyone would love to have ideal lighting for every photo session, especially if you are strictly a natural light photographer.  However, there are many situations where the lighting is not perfect....winter, rainy, harsh midday sun.  When used correctly, natural light indoors can be pleasing  and can also provide opportunity for some creative portraiture with contrast, shadows, and drama.  

Like any situation, do your research before you start photographing indoors. Many times the direction of the house, the position of the windows, along with the time of year plays an important part in the amount of light coming through. Is your house North-South facing or East-West? What are sunrise and sunset times where you live, or where you are going to be photographing? Does the room have a sunroof that lets in additional light? Light also changes depending on the time of day.  As light changes, so does the color of light. This directly affect the white balance (WB) of the image. If your camera has the ability to shoot in RAW use it, as white balance can then be adjusted in post-processing. If you really want to get it right in camera, experiment with the Kelvin scale.

The best source of natural indoor light is windows.  The closer you are to a window the more light you have to work with.  Also where you place your subject with also greatly affect the image.  There are three basic scenarios for using window light:  side light, front light and back light.

Side light:  you place your subject parallel to or at a slight angle to the window.
Back light:  you place your subject with their back to the window.   In this case, you meter for the subject and let the window area blow out.  You can also use a reflector to pop light back onto your subject.
Front light:  you place your subject facing the window and you are between your subject and the window.  This produces even light.

This is the first time I've photographed anything in my living room.  It was sunny and I really liked the light coming in on my lava lamp  *grins*.  

I really liked these shots and, as I am a photographer who likes to use textures, I added a little to the light in these.

Window light is awesome.  You can practice at home by placing a subject near and window and try to get as much variety as you can by moving the subject.  I hope this post will prompt you to explore the light in your home.

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