TGIF and A Tip of the Day

Feelling-a-little-blue
Lovely texture courtesy of JaiArt.

Happy Summer!  As you can see, I’m running a bit behind…  Which is another reason I cannot wait until the weekend and some much needed time to catch up, even if just a little bit…   My photo library is bursting and all week long I have been jotting down ideas for photos that I have, just waiting to set aside some me time to work on them.  If you’re hoping to do a little of the same, I have a tip/link to share that will get you started and quite possibly completely off-course and into another aspect of your photography…. but in a good way!

If you have been following me, you know I love applying textures to my photographs, among other things…  Have you been wanting to give it a try, but not quite sure where to start?  Well, the gang over at Light Stalking have a quick and easy video tutorial by Sebastian Michaels & Photoshop Artistry,  with a PDF cheat sheet, and (best part) free textures to help get you started (here). I even picked up a couple tips from this tutorial… give it whirl.  I’d love to see how you apply some of these techniques, just share a link in the comments.

Have a great weekend!

Til next time,
Maria

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Focus

I have a Photoshop tutorial to share with you … well, the link anyway.  So, how many times have you scanned through your photos and thought to yourself  “If only.”    Besides the usual:  if only I focused on this than or that, if only I shot at a higher speed, used a different lens, stood here, did this, did that. . .  or how about if only there was just one more element in the photo. . . to give it that little extra pop!  I have just such a photo.

When I looked at the original photo, my first thought was “Darn, I should have written on the glass or left my hand print (like in Titanic).  . .  “If only.”     So I attempted a re-do this a.m.  I had the same conditions:  a gray, foggy, and misty morning … no problem, right?  Wrong . . . the glass was almost dry.  It just did not look like it did yesterday (and me without a water bottle to spritz the glass.)

But I wasn’t ready to give up, so I decided to turn to Photoshop.   After a couple futile attempts on my own, I went in search of a how-to.   The trick here was coming up with the right combination of words in Google to get the result I wanted:  Photoshop, Photoshop hands on glass, misty glass, nope, nope, nope, and then finally. . . bingo! . .  Photoshop writing on window (but, of course, that’s what I was trying to do).     I had the photo, now I had the tutorial, now all I needed was the word. . . and I thought that would be the easy part. .  .

Here’s my before and after and a link for the tutorial. . . and another photo saved from the trash bin.

focus_orig  BEFORE

focus AFTER

So what do you think?  Yes, I am really putting the question out there.  Thoughts?  Critique welcome, but please be helpful not hurtful . . . this was, remember, my first attempt.

TUTORIAL:  http://www.photoshop-lessons.com/effects/writing-on-the-window

happy summer

Summer is in full swing!

What better way to show it off than trying out one of Kim’s
Beyond Layer tutorials . . . fun, fun, fun!♥!

A new pair of shoes

Pardon my absence.  A new job/new schedule and a pile of mulch that HAD/HAS to be moved will do that.

So tonight I am heading up the Doylestown Photography Club’s Focus Ring :-o.  I suppose I should explain what the Focus Ring is.  It’s a mini, about 45-minute, how-to session that is presented prior to the club’s regular meeting.  In the past, such topics have included matting, Photoshop tutorials, lighting, the business side . . . there never seems to be a loss of ideas for the focus ring.  So when organizing this month’s meeting, we tossed around ideas about artistic side of photography, composition, stepping away momentarily from the technical side of things.  It seemed like a pretty good fit that my photography and my work with textures would fit right in.  And then I got this plug in the club’s monthly newsletter, “Focus Ring featuring the Queen of Textures.”  Oh my . .  no pressure!

Well, I have to stop right here and say that the real “Queens of Textures” have some pretty big shoes fill.  I now have such an immense appreciation for the amount of time and work they put into their tutorials, tips, and most importantly . . . seemingly endless supply of inspiration.  Ladies, you know who you are (Hi Kim, Cheryl, & Leslie . . . just to name a few) THANK YOU!

I think the hardest part about putting together this little demo was, well, keeping it little.  After I started really thinking and planning it out, I realized how much is actually involved.  Granted, once you get the hang of it, find your flow and your style, you don’t even think about.  But finding a way to explain it so I don’t lose anyone or scare them off from trying it . . . or the worst, be uninspiring, is a rather large task.  I had to keep reminding myself that I am just giving them a little taste, a sampling . . .

So here’s the image I am using . . .  sweet and simple . . . I hope 🙂