Friday, January 22, 2010

Photo Friday ~ 3 ~

This is a photo of one of the little girls that I babysit.  She has just started to clap and it's the cutest thing ever.  I have my own personal cheerleader.  She claps while I'm feeding her as if she's saying, "Great job, Shawna, I love you so much for feeding me!".  She claps when I get my camera out as if to say, "Wow, you're so talented, keep it up!".  I love her, she's such a happy little thing.  That's why I love this picture.  It really captures her true smile and happy, friendly spirit.  I also like how soft her skin looks, but yet her eyes still look glossy and wet.

I thought this week I'd add a little information about how I arrive at the final product of a nice photo.  I don't have photoshop so I don't do a whole lot to change them from the original, but I am always interested in what other people do to change their photos.  This one started out so-so.  I loved her expression so I decided to work with it.  The color version was too distracting because there were some very colorful toys in the background.  So, I changed it to black and white.  A little too stark, not much warmth.  So I used the "warmify" button on the application that I use which is Picasa 3.  It's free to download so if you aren't using anything to edit your photos, check it out!  The warmify gives it what is similar to a sepia feel, but without so much brown.  I think it's now about as good as it's gonna get until I can save up for a new computer and photoshop.  Hopefully that will happen sometime in 2010.  For now, though, I think it's good that I don't have it since it is forcing me to really learn to use my camera's settings to improve my photos so that I don't need to do as much editing later.  At least that's what I'm telling myself to get me through...


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