Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Girls & Photography Talk

Just thought I'd share a few portrait-type shots of my girls that I took a few weeks ago. I edited all these in Lightroom and put a couple through to Photoshop to add a little texture.

For this first one, I only applied Lightroom's high contrast preset....that's it. That black and white conversion is quickly becoming a favorite of mine :)

my girl

For this one of Claire, I only did a slight white balance adjustment in Lightroom, then a slight texture around the edges in Photoshop. I love when I'm able to catch her green eyes in the right light....they mesmerize me every time.


I used the aged photo preset for this shot of Emma, then added a slight texture in Photoshop. A texture adds a lot when there's a soft focus in the photo like this one. Honestly, though, I'm loving textures more and more.

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”    ~Morrie Schwartz

Another shot of Claire, this time using the low contrast preset. This shot had a soft focus, too and the black and white just made it feel so dreamy.

Are you a princess? I said & she said I'm much more than a princess, but you don't have a name for it yet here on earth.

This shot of Emma was edited again with the aged photo preset, but this time not with a texture, and the muted colors just give the photo a completely different feel.


The final one of the two of them together was also edited in Lightroom. I bumped up the saturation a bit and sharpened a little before adding a slight texture. So far, I'm really loving what Lightroom can do. The workflow in Lightroom makes everything sooo easy and the before-and-after feature doesn't let you get carried away with editing. I'm thinking of buying the permanent version once my trial period is over. If you've been wondering about Lightroom like I have for so long, try it - if only the trial version....I think you'll be happy with it.


So there's my little plug for Lightroom, lol! I honestly have to say that the Adobe editing system is by far the best. I've tried others, but none compare to it. It makes the whole photography experience so much better :)


Okay, enough photography chit onto our task of the day. The time has come for our Cornish hens. If you've been following my blog for any time, you'll know what I mean. My boys and hubby, of course, are totally excited and me....well, I'm hoping that none of what goes on this morning will have any permanent effect on me, lol! No, really.....I'm using this as a learning experience for my kids (and me, too) and we're all looking forward to experiencing where our food really comes from. I'm going out this morning with an open mind and my camera, lol. I'm not so sure that I'll post the photos to my flickr account publicly, that would send my contacts over the edge! But, I may get a post together for my little blog here ;) Swithcing gears from photography talk to chickens is pretty funny, huh? I guess you can tell that I'm pretty much up for anything, lol! Be back soon :D


Char said...

oh no!! though I know where food comes from, I don't like to think about it. :)

I love LR too - it is perfect for the light touch and if you shoot in RAW it really makes beautiful adjustments.

Dawn said...

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clairedulalune said...

These are beautiful photographs, your girls are perfect for cameras! I always wondered why my photos never looked as good as this, even after getting a super dooper camera! That and I am not good with all things techical! LOL! I will check out the lightroom, Thank you!

Marisa said...

These are truly beautiful photos...but then again, how could you go wrong with such gorgeous models.

sarah said...

Your photography is always beautiful, but these are gorgeous. Mind you, such gorgeous girls. If I was in the same country as you, I'd be driving over with my own child and begging you to take her portrait.

Good luck with the hens. We've done that. Never again. Ick.

Helen said...

I love the black and white -- very striking. Good luck with your new chickens -- so exciting!

simply blogged said...

beautiful work.

Nikki Beaumont said...

These portraits are so beautiful. The eyes are wonderful! They look realer than real. So glad that you told us about your experience with lightroom 'cause I have wondered about but didn't want to read overly detailed reviews of it. - Oh, harvesting of the birds. Please show us some "tasteful" photos of the event. Well, actually, I am not at all squeamish so you can show whatever you want, but I wouldn't want anyone else to freak out.

Thillysings said...

Thanks for the little tutorial. I'm totally convinced to check out Lightroom now. You are such an inspiration! Good luck with the chickens. We helped some friends process chickens in early July. Definately an educational experience for the whole family!
I still get a little flip in my stomach every time I sit down to eat a chicken flauta! ;)

Highton-Ridley said...

Lovely shots - my favs are mostly the bw ones.

As an aside, some of these are excellent examples of how to break "rules" of photography to end up with great shots. The rule I'm talking about is where you 'should' take shots of children (and pets) from their eye-level.

Even though you haven't stuck to that rule in some of them, they work brilliantly.

Advice passed to me was "the only reason there are rules is so that you think about it before you break them".

And you have broken them wonderfully.


"Dove" said...

The photos are lovely. I'm choosing to focus my thoughts on them because I'm tempted to feel great chicken sadness....

Jessica said...

I love every single one of those photos!! They are making me want to try my hands at portraits very, very soon.

...they call me mommy... said...

Gorgeous!!! My SIL LOVES Lightroom! :-)

Cornish hens...yum! :)

gkgirl said...

i know you are on a break
but thought i would ask anyway...
did i read that right?
did you apply a texture in lightroom?
i only use lightroom
i resort to picnik if want to add texture.
i keep saying i'm going to try photoshop
but it scares me.