Goodness, posting twice in one week! (It might make up for missing a week or two 😉 )
Happy Australia Day everyone! We had a gorgeous day at a friend’s house, but we were all exhausted when we got home, so I went back out with a photo buddy to try to get some shots of the sky show. I had a shutter release failure, and a wobbly tripod, and a pretty bad case of vertigo from the footbridge we were on so I wasn’t expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and uploaded these though.
Fix it Friday # 73 at I Heart Faces is the photo of this gorgeous little munchkin:
How cute is she?? 🙂
Here’s my edit:
I sharpened her eyes, and added contrast, then lightened them to make them sparkle a little more. To do this, I selected her eyes, used the UnSharp Mask (is that a contradiction in terms, or is it just me?!), then used Curves to boost the contrast. To lighten I used part of a CoffeeShop action called Bright Eyes. I used adjustment layers to brighten blues selectively, then all colours. Then I added a new layer and changed the blending mode to Soft Light to bring out the colours. I like that it ‘deepens’ the photo and gives it a late afternoon feel. What do you think?
Disclaimer: This is NOT my photo, it is part of an editing challenge at I Heart Faces.
This weeks theme at Iheartfaces is “Smirk”. To me a smirk is a cheeky smile and I immediately thought of this photo of my gorgeous niece. It makes me giggle everytime I see it!
It’s Friday again! Well, it’s Saturday but iheartfaces is an American website 🙂 I got a bit carried away this week and have come up with 2 edits.
First, the original:
And my edits:
Number 1 I used Levels to selectively darken areas, particularly the sky as it was over exposed. I also added a touch of blue’s saturation and a contrast boost. I also used levels to lighten some of the shadow on the man’s face so I could see more detail in his features. Lastly I sharpened the image, concentrating on the man and the truck.
Number 2 I used number 1 as the base, but I increased the contrast more and coverted to black and white but added a layer of brown with a gradient map to give it more of a sepia tone. I love sepia!
It’s interesting to see how other’s choose to edit, I really enjoy it and feel like I learn a heap. If you want to have a look too, head over to www.iheartfaces.com and check them out.
Fix-it-Friday at iheartfaces – such a gorgeous subject, I couldn’t resist having a play.
Here’s the original:
And here’s my interpretation:
I sharpened the image first, then used portions of a Coffeeshop action to define the eyes, and even the skin tone, then converted it to sepia with another CoffeeShop action. I love the tones of this action – I use it a lot with photos of my children.
iheartfaces has a weekly challenge and this weeks theme is Beach Fun. This is a photo from last summer – just a quick snap at the beach while we were in Dunsborough for our annual summer escape. I love it because it shows how close my two boys are. They’re on a crab hunt!
One of the blogs I follow, I heart faces, have ‘Fix-it Fridays’ where they post a SOOC photo (straight out of camera) to their blog and the edits / fixes from each of their contributors. They also invite their readers to join in the fun. It’s a great opportunity to practice editing skills, as well as see how others would treat the same images. The original photo this week is beautiful, I just gave it a bit of a ‘lomo’ treatment and added a bit of a solar-flare (just coz I like them this week!).
Here’s the original
And here’s my interpretation:
I use Photoshop Elements 8. I used a free pre-set from Coffeeshop photo blog (AWESOME blog!) and added the lens flare through filters.