Long ago when I took Wedding photos as a part-time job/hobby, (back in the film days) it cost a fortune to see how wonderful or poorly a shoot went. Lucky for me the majority of my shots turned out OK, but frankly not many clients or friends for that matter, ever saw my BAD shots. ( and there were grundles of them)
Then along came the DIGITAL CAMERA!!I was not only back in my Groove… I could take a millions and gazillions of the same thing and it would NOT cost me a dime until I had them printed. Woo hoo!!
After the fun of the shoot– THEN COMES THE WORK. As many of you know getting the photo exactly like you saw it or tweaked just a bit– takes TIME… and a lot of understanding of Photoshop. My boyfriend (Canon Rebel SLR Camera to be exact) 🙂 came with the shorten version of Photoshop called Elements. This took me many hours of tutorials and still I find myself lacking. Besides, the $699 to $1000 price tag of the full blown version of Photoshop, keeps me from the purchase.
As I have said too many times to count (sorry about the redundancy) I love, love, did I say LOVE my blog! However, I have to get geared up to do it some days– especially if I want to boost my photos. Most of the time I just post them SOOC (straight out of the camera) but when I tweak it can take me a couple of hours of work.
Ladies and Gentlemen— “Help me Rhonda!!” … I have found a life savor for myself!! AND…. its FREE!! It’s called Picnik — This wonderful program has taken hours off my photo manipulations. It talks in terms I understand… like “shine be gone” 🙂 yes that takes the glare off a face, or “wrinkle remover“… uh huh… (now if i could only figure out one of these programs for my daily make-up application!) Ohhh! and one I particularly enjoy… “Sunless Tanner“. I get this program!! I understand it! It even has little tiny icons to the left of the application to show me what I want to be accomplished.
DISCLAIMER– I simply grabbed a cute shot I took some time back for demonstration purpose only.
This was the original photo….
Then this fun example—I just cropped and then boosted the color and added some fun text– then put a couple of different frames around it. I promise on a stack of very tall bibles 🙂 this took me 10 minutes to do. HAD I tried to this on Elements it would’ve taken me at least an hour and I would’ve tired out of frustration and NOT posted the picture.
I know I have mentioned my divine sisters… and this is just a funner version of us all.
A long ago pencil sketch of us all (Sharon is the blonde of course on the left–so kinda rearrange till it matches the above photo)
Do any of you already use this program??? If so, where the heck have I been? I have been floating around all day long after I stumbled upon this. Can you tell I am excited??
Be sure and check out Susan at Between Naps on the Porch where she not only has a fantastic post of her covered porch but where you can check out the other Metamorphosis participators as well!
Since January 1st 2010 -- I have been celebrating finding Beauty in our every day lives. Stay in the Day... be in the moment. Don't wait to live your life.
Stop and make a habit to find the Beauty and you will be amazed at how Beautiful your life is. Be thankful and remember:
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Dyer