Thursday, August 18, 2011

Picnik, My Beginner Editor

I have always loved taking pictures but it wasn't til I moved to South Carolina two years ago that I began taking more pictures and many nature pictures. And it wasn't until I tried the 365 Project in 2010 (where you take a picture a day for a year) that I began to use a photo editor. I started with Picnik, a free web-based photo editing program.

I began to take more pictures and then upload them to Picnik and enhance my pictures. Then life became super busy. My son started T-ball,, where I was the coach, my husband was going back to work on the Drill Field with LONG hours and I also became pregnant with our daughter. Me and my husband also got married, he left for 8 months for the Marine Corps. All in all, 2010 was a crazy year.

Many of my friends had babies around the same time I did and it was on my way home from one of these baby showers that there was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. It was on Parris Island in SC.

I wish I had a picture of the before and after but truly I didn't do much at all. I went to the  Picnik website and upload my picture. I then saturized the picture to bring the color out a little more. Lastly I added a small black vignette border. And that was it! DONE!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Photographer In The Making

I LOVE to take pictures all the time. And when I take pictures, I don't just take one or two, I take WAY more than necessary. For example, I want a picture of my kids. There's usually several different poses I'm trying and 7 or 8 pictures with each pose. Seriously, you might think these kids would be blind and/or hate when I come even close to a camera, but as for now, they love it. My husband on the other hand, he gets a bit bored with it. LOL!

My family isn't all that I take pictures of. I'll take pictures of just about anything, but other than my family, it's usually nature, animals and architecture. I live in Savannah and there is an abundance of all that here. I'm i heaven every time we venture downtown.

I am definitely an amateur photographer and have a lot to learn. I am constantly trying to find new tips and tricks to make my pictures look great before editing. I also have recently gotten Photoshop, which is a bit overwhelming at the moment. There is so much you can do but it's figuring out the best place to start.

I sat down a few nights ago and thought about how would I keep a log of everything I learn. Then it occurred to me....start a blog. It would be a great way show my progression and maybe one day share with others what I have learned and how I started. Of course, if any readers have tips and tricks about taking pictures or photo editing I am all ears.