I ♥ Faces: Fix-It Friday #43

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in I ♥ Faces Fix-It Fridays!  This week’s photo features a cute little girl with big, blue eyes.  How adorable is she…

I use Photoshop Elements 7, and I’ve recently started using the Camera Raw option.  I absolutely love this feature.  I warmed up the photo a bit, adjusted the contrast a smidge, sharpened a tad, and cropped. 

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Check out more edited versions of this cute photo at:

Hydrangea

I took some photos of the hydrangea in my back yard last fall, and I’ve just rediscovered them.  I mean, I took them and didn’t think much of them then, but I took another look and decided to try out some editing techniques on them to see what I could come up with.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going for, something a little vintage-looking, I think.  I came across this I ♥ Faces Tutorial: In The Fairy Garden by Michelle Johnson and was inspired to try something similar.  I didn’t exactly follow the tutorial (although I plan to at some point), but I think the idea is pretty much the same. 

Hydrangea

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Hydrangea

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High ISO Black & Whites (in RAW!)

I felt like processing some black & white photos today.  I took a few shots of the girls today in RAW mode for the first time ever!  I’ve been putting it off for a while now, but I’ve been wanting to try it out.  Almost every photography publication and professional out there encourages shooting in RAW mode because of the flexibility one has during processing.  I’ve read that some of the detail can get lost because JPEG files are compressed.  There are benefits and drawbacks to the RAW vs. JPEG argument, but I decided to RAW a try.  The biggest downside is that RAW files are enormous!

These aren’t the best photos to show the benefits of shooting in RAW mode, especially regarding detail.  I used a high ISO, so there’s some grain in these, but I thought processing them in B&W seemed appropriate.

f/1.4, 1/250 sec, ISO-800

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f/1.4, 1/250 sec, ISO-800

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Valentine’s Day Photo Cards

I love that my kids are so excited to exchange valentines with their friends at school; Kariya has been counting down the days since Monday. 

“Mama, what day is it? February 2nd? That means there are 12 more days until Valentine’s Day!”

I decided to Photoshop my way through some “homemade” cards this year (actually, I use PSE7) by using some free clip art from Microsoft.  It’s a 4×6 inch image that I can have printed as a normal photo print.  After cutting it in half, each valentine will be 3×4 inches.

I hope the girls like ’em…  I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

Valentine's Card

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I ♥ Faces: Fix-It Friday #39

I really wanted to try and bring out the action in this shot by focusing in on the look on this cowboy’s face and the dirty flying everywhere. 

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I opened this photo up in Raw and made a few slight changes.  Then, I sharpened and adjusted levels.  I copied the layer and blurred the top layer with Gaussian Blur then erased the face, steer, and flying dirt to focus in on that area.  I cropped in to tighten in on the shot and dodged a bit around the edges to bring more attention to the cowboy.

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Check out more renditions of this great action shot at: