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Monday, August 31, 2009

I ♥Faces - Before and After

This week the theme for I ♥ faces is Before and After.  The goal was to show growth as a photographer because of the weekly contests.  I definitely think that I have learned a lot, but you'll have to decide for yourself. 


I choose this photo below as an example of a photo that I edited before learning from I heart Faces.  I boosted the saturation and the contrast. I would boost the contrast until the background was black and the highlights were blown out.

 
(In-case you are wondering the picture on the left 
was taken at a Halloween Murder Mystery Party, 
that is why Dylan is wearing make-up.) 
Recently I had the pleasure of taking pictures of my cousin's son.  He was such a ham that night!  I love taking pictures of babies, and he was looking right at the camera and cooperating wonderfully! I cloned out the background and enhanced his eyes a little.  I also have a much better composition. I used a flash for this picture as well, but processed the picture more naturally.  I also used filters in PSE.  Oh how I wish that we lived closer, I would go over and take pictures of this cutie every day! 
 




I decided that for this challenge I would try and use Flash to display my photos and that was not an easy task. I took a class on Flash about a year ago as part of my grad school program. I am reminded of the common saying "Use it or loose it!"  I easily figured out Flash, but unfortunately I was not able to find a good site to host the flash file and it was not viewable to others.

8 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

Hi Carly, your pictures aren't showing up for me. I am sorry about losing some of your computer space. I am sure that was stressful!

McFadden Family said...

Your photos aren't showing up for me either. sorry about that.

Carly said...

Thanks so much for the feedback. I decided to scrap the flash idea. Please let me know if there are any other issues.

Becca said...

I love your after shots - so fun to see everyone's growth! :-)

Alice said...

i like the way you are filling the frame more with the faces. i like doing that myself. isn't fun to learn and grow :O). have fun with your photography! (beautiful little fellow in those last 2 shots!)

my shots are posted now, too. come on over and visit anytime :O).

Foursons said...

You have improved- Great job!

Taylor said...

Great job, I can really see an improvement!

BeLoVed AiMeE said...

thanks for stopping by Reflections Of Me! I like that you have toned down the boosting..it definitely gives it a more natural look. Great job! I am completely addicted to photography so feel free to stop by anytime, you'll always see pics up at my place lol.

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