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I am a stay at home Mom from Oregon who has landed in Texas.

Monday, April 21, 2008

cuties

Messing around with the camera. I like the EXTREME CLOSE UP. obviously. I just need Photoshop to make their eyes sparkle like Pioneer woman does, and to get rid of the grey film (that I never noticed until she pointed it out! Thanks a lot, now that is all I see!)




7 comments:

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hummerbob said...

Shannon, part of the lack of sparkle in the eyes is your light source. If you use the flash on camera, you get redeye, which can be taken out, both by the camera software, and in Photoshop. There should be an "anti" redeye setting on your flash. It flashes once to get your subjects pupils to close, and then once again to take the picture. You do get less redeye that way. Unfortunately, any flash that is on the same axis as the lens will give some redeye in dim light. You should notice in the pictures I took there is sparkle and no redeye. That is because the light source (flash) was away from the camera. I'll see if I can find some articles about how to fix your problem. I'm guessing the "grey film" is just the redeye correction. What you are seeing is the inside of the back of the eyeball.

Shannon said...

OK, I am definitley gonna have to work with the flash settings, but the gray film that is something that is over the whole picture. I have some pictures from the park that I am going to post and you can see it really well on there. PW has a thing in photoshop she does that just clears up the top layer of the picture to reduce the dim, gray look of the picture. Thanks for the advice! :)

Shannon said...

I guess the one who talked about the film is actually Miz Boo...here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2008/03/basic-photoshop-goodness/

hummerbob said...

OK, I looked at the site you referenced. First, there is no "grey film" over your picture. What they are talking about is a general lack of contrast that is common in soft light. It occurs with film and digital. The "correction" they are making in Photoshop is simply increasing contrast automatically, which creates the impression of a brighter image. There are several ways to accomplish the same thing. I can do it on any photo, likely even the ones where "auto" doesn't work. If you look at the light before you take a photo you will notice that in soft, indirect light (like in the shade or from a north facing window), colors are muted and there is less of a (or no) sparkle in the eyes. That is because the natural light is diffused in those situations. In a studio setting, the amount by which the light is diffused can be controlled and directed exactly where the photographer wants it. That's why studio photos have bright colors and good eye highlights. Use auto to begin with if you like the results, but the art of photography is being able to control what your final image looks like. That's why you got a camera with manual exposure controls. Kelby's books are good as a starting point to understand what you are doing in Photoshop.

Shannon said...

Yes, we are hoping to go to the zoo sometime soon so I can mess with outdoor photos. I am reading the manuals and the book that you got me so that I can start to understand more of what all the different settings and stuff mean, and how to affect the pictures. Remember I am just starting, smarty pants! You have been doing this forever AND took a sweet class :P Love you so much and thanks for all the awesome tips and tricks!

Ashley said...

cute pics and even cuter kiddos!!!