Friday, February 20, 2009

Before and After

I love photography.
I love everything about photography.
I love the equipment....the skill...the capturing of a moment...the digital readouts on my camera I don't understand...I love it all.
One of my favorite things I enjoy when looking at other people's photographs is seeing their Before & After photos.  I'm fascinated with the post-processing techniques that people use.
Post-Processing is ALL THE RAGE right now.
I'm sure you've heard of Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, even iPhoto has tons of processing techniques just a click away.  On one hand, it's kind of sad:  you don't have to be a great photographer to get great pictures.  On the other hand, it's exciting:
you don't have to be a great photographer to get great pictures!
I've just started documenting my own Before & After shots.  It's fun.  I've tried to show them to my friends and explain all the profound details in the editing techniques.  They don't even fake interest anymore.  They get that glazed look in their eyes and start staring off into the distance.  Someday when I'm gone they'll wish they had absorbed my wisdom.
So I'll use the blog so show some of my own Before & Afters to my millions of fascinated internet viewers.  A good fantasy life is healthy, right?
Here's a fun one of Rebel from fall soccer.  The straight out of camera (SOOC) shot is pretty good, but I can't help myself.  I must post-process.  So in just a few clicks I added a bit of oomph to #23 kickin' it!  
I may actually post a tutorial soon showing the steps I took to edit the photo.  A tutorial would make me feel so important.


way outnumbered said...
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inadvertent farmer said...

LOL...yes post photo editing is quite popular. I try to resist most of the time as it would comsume my life if I let it and my darn ankle bighters are always wanting something from me like food!!! I could get so much done if they didn't need to be fed...and changed, burped, bandaged, cuddled, and laundered!

Congrats on having a new blog...enjoy, I'll be back to visit, Kim

inadvertent farmer said...

My advice on a new garden would be to start small and start with veggies that you love. If I could only plant two things it would be sugar snap peas and tomatoes. Both easy and both ohhhh so very good!

I'm thinking about doing a post on beginning gardening. If I do I'll let you know!

BTW...very cute dog! Kim

Beth said...

Hay! I was on Dad's email the other day and saw your blog. I emailed it to myself and here I am! I bought that Elements software and have no idea where to start. It would help if they had a users guide! Any time you want to post that tutorial, I'll be first in line! I REALLY want to start doing things with my pictures. I'm always available if you want to call and talk to me about profound details, call away! I promise not to glaze over!
Anyway, great blog! (I can't believe you fell for the dog thing!)

Holly said...

I have recently come to the same realiziation - you don't have to be a great photographer to have great pictures, and I am so thrilled about it I can hardly stand it! My husband, after a lot of whining on my part, just bought me a Canon XSI. On my quest to finally figure out how to use Elements (after having the program for three years!), I stumbled across Rita's blog in a webseach, and her blog led me to yours. So glad I found both blogs! Thanks for sharing all you do - you inspire me that I can do it too!

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