Since I haven’t been doing anything these last few sweltering days that is worth talking about, maybe you’d like to see some more of my Picture Summer shots? The first three were here. These are all in response to daily prompts. So far, I don’t feel like I’ve taken any earth-shatteringly fabulous pictures, but for the most part I am happy with them.
day 4 (the traditional berry crisp)
day 5 (a refreshing drink)
day 6 (the wide open space of my back yard)
day 7 (the subtle color of my ring tan line)
I’ve been playing around with different methods of processing my photos, perusing some of the Pioneer Woman Photography archives, downloading some Paint Shop Pro plugins, taking advantage of textures, etc. I have yet to hit upon a signature look, but I do really like that last photo. For those keeping track at home, here’s the SOOC version:
I took this photo in Manual, i.e. I adjusted the exposure, aperture, and ISO by hand. Usually I shoot in Program mode, which is essentially Automatic, except that it has the added ability to control white balance, and a few other key settings that I like to fiddle with. My goal is to spend more time in Manual. I have such a hard time remembering what all of the settings do, but I think the only way to rectify that is to just keep doing it. Eventually it has to become second nature, right?
So here are the steps I took to improve the photo in Paint Shop Pro X2:
- Crop to the required 4×6 dimension
- Use the color balance tool to add some warmth
- Use the curves tool to adjust contrast
- Add a new layer with the “multiply” blending mode
- Fill the new layer with the “beach” texture from Kim Klassen
I like it. It’s better than the original, without looking overly unnatural. That’s pretty much what I’m going for most of the time.
Now, I have one question for those of you who like to take your cameras with you everywhere: If you have something bigger than a pocket-size point-and-shoot, do you take it with you in its own camera case? Or do you have some kind of solution integrated into your purse? I don’t like carrying an extra case around with me, but at the same time I don’t feel comfortable just dumping it in my big beach tote, either. Especially since I lost the lens cap.
I’m altering a heavy canvas tote I have, and am attempting to make a nice pocket for the camera to fit in, but I’m not entirely confident that will be the best solution. Any of you care to share what works for you? Thanks!