Mom and I are having lots of fun learning our new cameras. She’s doing great practicing getting her camera in people’s faces and shooting. I hope she shares soon more about what she’s learning 🙂 I learn so much from her!
Remember my frame a day challenge? I am not keeping up as much as I wish I was, but I have about 8-9 frames representing Jan, and 4 or 5 from Feb so far. I still forget to take my camera with me when I leave the house, most days are devoid of interesting tidbits to shoot. But one day recently, after dinner, we felt a little bored, and we drove to a nearby coffee shop for strong cup of coffee.
I fussed and fiddled with my camera, but in the low light situation of the restaurant, I really struggled to get a clear, crisp photo. Most were blurry, and fraught with bad composition, and terrible shadows. As I uploaded, I was so sad and felt that I couldn’t toss all the photos on upload, purely because I couldn’t miss another day! With the odds clearly against me, I felt awful that I wasted a good days shooting on *trying* low light manual tricks without success.
But I looked again.
This photo of my husband isn’t *very* blurry. Sure, the focus is on his hands, not his eyes like I prefer, but at least there isn’t too much blur going on in his face. I tried to fix the colour, but it just wasn’t working.
then I accidentally desaturated too much.
and magically the colour problems disappeared! But with the absence of colour, a new problem arises. It’s boring!
So, I looked through my photoshop actions to see what I could use to spice it up.
Here I ran an action from one of my favourite action sets from Alex Beadon.
(Get the set here)
Suddenly, Dave looks like a 70s rocker, and my poor composition is an artistic accident.
I tried another set of actions from Pioneer Woman:
This is the B&W Beauty from this set. I like the subtly of this one. It is a nice groundwork for more post work, since it doesn’t try too hard. I think it looks like the desaturated photo I started with, but on steroids.
Then I tried running one more from that same PW set.
And finally, here is one with burned edges and a dark moody feeling.
I think it’s great how Dave looks like a cool rocker in the first to a moody thinker in the last. I haven’t yet decided which photo I will use for my frame a day, but it sure was an interesting experiment. And I was able to salvage a photo I should have thrown away!
Which is a good thing. Because look how handsome he is 🙂