April 25, 2011
Categories: Shoot and Edit, SOOC
Shoot and Edit: Week 16 – Family/Friends SOOC
Welcome to the 16th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 1. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes.  

This week our theme or prompt is “Family/Friends” (this is just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot).  You have until Wednesday each week to link your SOOC shot up on Jill’s blog. On Thursday, you can link up your edits with ME after following some of my tips on how to edit your shots (or just post your edit on Thursday and you can pick up my tips for next week).

This week, I had hoped I would share a sneak peak from my scheduled maternity session this past weekend. Unfortunately for me, I received an email on Wednesday morning from my client that she was in labor early. So…congratulations to her! I also learned a valuable lesson about scheduling maternity sessions – schedule at seven months vs. eight. I guess you live and you learn. 

I did spend time with family this weekend, so I had other opportunities to take photos for this week’s theme. However, I made a decision a long time ago to intentionally put my camera away and enjoy spending time with family/friends rather than trying to capture every moment. If you’re like me, it’s hard fora  blogging photographer to put the camera down, but living life is soooo important! 

With that said, during Sunday lunch, I got up for a few minutes to capture a photo for this week’s theme. Like many grandparents, mine have always kept pictures of their grandchildren on the lower level of a bookcase in their living room – we have eight grandchildren on my mother’s side. My cousin and I even pointed out that there are a few pictures that we wish we could destroy (you know, the awkward years). There was one picture that immediately grabbed my attention – a picture of my grandfather dancing with my sister during her Senior Debuette Ball (it’s a southern thing). My grandfather actually passed away several years ago, but I remember the year this picture was taken rather well because my sister was in a pretty horrific car accident within a few weeks of the photo.  He was really an incredible man, known so well in our community and we miss him so much. Here’s my SOOC shot:
Family Photos SOOC RS

Family Photos EXIF

My image this week is fairly well exposed…could probably be lightened up a little. I’ve been exploring the advanced usage of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) recently, so I’m hoping to share some lessons with you by Thursday. It’s taken me a while, but I now realize that I can use presets in ACR which may make life even easier in terms of bulk editing (insert happy dance). There’s also some lighting techniques I may share with you. So, be sure you come back on Thursday to see what exactly I talk about. If you have any suggestions, let me know. Next week’s theme is “Growth.” With that said, be sure to check out other “Family/Friends” SOOC shots at:
Have a great Monday!

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