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Welcome to my blog! I'm Michelle and am a mother and a photographer. You will see pictures of my amazing clients here, as well as my three beautiful children. You may even see some shots of my handsome hubby. I take my camera everywhere I go, capturing life as we know it now. Kick off your shoes and stay awhile. Glad you stopped by.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

One on One

My friend Stefani asked if I would take some time to teach her about using her camera in the manual setting and how to take better pictures of her kids.  Her mom Patricia joined us to learn also and we had fun!  We walked to a park behind my house and sat on a park bench talking about the  setting "M" on their cameras.  We walked under the bridge and took pictures (of trash to be exact - HA!) Stefani and her mom took pictures of eachother in various lighting.  Their homework assignment was to send me five pictures that they took either that afternoon or later in the week that they were proud of.  Here are three of Stefani's. The first pic is what Stefani sent me and then the second picture is the after of me running it through Lightroom (and cropping like I did in picture #1).  I think editing other peoples pictures is difficult because I am not the artist of these pictures. 
The sole purpose of this blog post is to show what a little editing can do. My edited picture is not better than the original by any means. Just showing what a run through Lightroom can do. :) It can make pictures pop, stand out, and come to life. It is fun to edit.

Stefani told me her son Hunter got the goose egg at school last week that you see in this first picture.  When I got her message on what had happened to his forehead I decided to leave the goose egg and not edit it out because it tells a story.   

These images were shot in JPEG. 

SOOC (straight out of camera)

I cropped his face because I wanted to see it more up close. I changed the exposure a tad and I made his eyes a little brighter because I love when you can see the eyes well in a picture.   Makes the picture come to life.


I love this picture!  I just made the colors pop a little more by changing the vibrance!


I love that Stefani cropped this picture when she edited it.  I think the background was distracting taking away from this adorable kid on his quad.  (my son is jealous after looking at this pic)

Here is my edit in Lightroom. I love when pics aren't centered.  I brightened up his face as well as changing exposure and vibrance a little.  Again...editing is different for everyone.  Both edits are great!!


I love sunsets!
I did two edits on this picture. One where you could see the field a little more and one where it was darker with a more vibrant sky.  So beautiful!


This image on the left is straight out of the camera. When it comes to photographing kids you are going to get messy faces especially if they were just eating something!  I tend to bring baby wipes with me to wipe their faces as much as I can before I take the picture. This will help when you go to edit the image. 
The image on the right is edited with picnik. I love picnik but when it comes to editing faces picnik tends to make them look really blurred on the face making it look out of focus. The image below (that is largest) was edited in Lightroom. Her messy face has been taken care of and her face doesn't look fuzzy.  What a cutie!!


Stefani, great job!  Proud of you!


Patricia sent me some pictures and I had fun playing!


Here is Patricia's edited version in Photoshop.

Here is my edited version through Lightroom.  I changed exposure, filled light, reduced noise, sharpened, and cropped.  I love to be able to see the eyes clearly in pictures if possible.  When the eyes pop, so does the picture. Looks like he had a fun water dip!

Another one...


Here is Patricia's black and white edit in Photoshop. I LOVE black and white photos. The tree in the background shining in the light, Grayson's sweet smile along with him holding the tree is precious. 

I did a color edit in Lightroom for fun. Made the tree in the back more vibrant along with changing the exposure.  I also cropped it to focus on his face more.

Did I already say I love black and white?  I cropped it and changed to black and white.  I also reduced noise and sharpened.

Great work Patricia! You have some pretty sweet grandsons!!

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