Before & After

May 20, 2010
A lot of newbies have been joining the photography board lately. Abi is one of those newbies…and today she offered up her son, Brody Lee, for a “before & after.” Actually…she asked for feedback and I offered to edit – she accepted. Thanks Abi!This photo of her son  is a great “mommy shot,” but the flash has made his skin blotchy and uneven. I’ve corrected that and then given it my special “Ashley treatment.” Don’t ya just wanna pinch those cheeks!Here’s my steps: Adjusted the curves. My output is 93, my input is...
More
Before & After

May 20, 2010
One of the ladies on the photography board was asking a few questions about editing  in Photoshop Elements yesterday. I mentioned to her that if she ever wanted me to run some edits and spell out the process, that I’d be happy to do so. Well, she took me up on my offer and I’m so glad she did. In this picture, the sunlight is creating an interesting pattern on his face. To be honest, this is not something that is easily fixed…and I kinda like it. He’s also a little cool, but that’s easy to fix.  In my edit…I opened up the levels (you’ll find this...
More
Blending Modes

May 20, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to elaborate on the use of blending modes within an edit. Blending modes allow you to adjust how one layer or color mixes with the colors in the layers below. I often use blending modes along with texture layers to take a photograph to the next level…and I’m not sure there is a specific formula for getting it right. Therefore, I encourage you to experiment with textures, overlays, blending modes, etc. I WAS going to write a tutorial on how to effectively apply blending modes, but then I ran across another tutorial that I feel explains the...
More
“Faces and Flowers” Photo Challenge...

May 18, 2010
This week on I Heart Faces, our photo challenge is: “faces and flowers.” Because I’m really lame and don’t have any flower photos that include a face…I pulled out one of my favorite shots from my bridal portrait session. Photo courtesy of Lynette Mittendorf. Now that you’ve seen my entry, go check out more entries at: 
More