Friday, January 18, 2013

pictures, camera stuff and picmonkey

We are at the compound for the weekend. 
(*insert breath of fresh air*)

I took a few pictures today with this lens, which I've owned since I bought my camera but have not used much. My friend Katie takes awesome pictures and convinced me to practice more with this one and I am really enjoying it. I highly recommend this lens if you have a DSLR - it is not pro quality by any means but it is perfect for someone who enjoys taking pictures and knows how to shoot on a setting other than automatic. It's pretty inexpensive too compared to most lenses.

Pouty Emma Kate


Sweet Hudson


The girls. Best friends.


Annsley. Be-au-ti-ful.

Gorgeous sister shot. I mean seriously. There cannot be a prettier set of sisters.

Sam's best girl, Ann Marie. Also known as ReRe. 

I edited these photos using PicMonkey, which is a free photo editing site. It is fairly simple to use. If you are curious as to which editing tools I use, well, I'll tell ya.

Here's a screen shot of the Picmonkey site once you've uploaded a photo.
Here I click on the little chemical beaker icon on the far left.
When you click on it, it gives you lots of different 'actions' you can put on your photos, similar to the way Instagram does after you take a photo there. You can click on them one at a time and just pick what you like. The photo below is the un-edited version.



In the photo below I have added a couple actions to the photo; I usually go with a couple of them and I usually fade them to at least 75%. (Favorites are Dusk, Intrepid, Urbane and Tranquil.)
You'll also see in this photo that if you click on the Lipstick icon over there on the far left (right underneath the beaker icon), it gives you all kinds of touch-up buttons. My favorites to use are wrinkle remover (I mean, hello? Genius) and I may or may not give myself a teeth whitening and a spray tan every now and then. No, just kidding. I do love the wrinkle remover though and I use it on close ups of my kids faces; it just smooths out the skin, evens the tone and covers up any blemishes. Super great for close-ups like those of EK and Hudson. 


I also like the Daguerrotype action and I've used it below on the Emma Kate picture. (Under the Daguerrotype option there are 3 different settings; I usually pick the shiro setting; I have no idea what any of these words mean. All of this I figured out by just playing around.)
You can see and this picture what I mean by fading the action out; after appying the daguerrotype action I went to Intrepid, and I have it faded to 80% or so, so that it is not so harsh.


You should know that I didn't do anything to adjust the colors (well, obviously I adjusted the black and white ones) but nothing for the colored photos. And I don't use anything to improve the focus, etc. All of that is thankfully done by my camera and lens. But there are so many options on Picmonkey so I encourage everyone to get on their site and play around.


Happy weekend to everyone!


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