New Challenge: Shoot and Edit!

January 09, 2011
Are you ready to take your photography skills, style and editing to the next level? Then you won’t want to miss out on our NEW Weekly Challenge: Shoot and Edit. Every Monday morning Jill will post a SOOC (straight out of the camera) shot and then have a link up for all of you to share your SOOC too. You will have until Wednesday to link up. Then, on Thursday morning I will have my SOOC shot fully edited with a tutorial for all of us to follow to enhance ours as well. I’m going to keep it pretty simple at first so we can build on the learning each week. Once our shots are...
I Want MORE for Christmas!

December 20, 2010
This weekend’s scripture really hit home for me. With Christmas just a few days away, many of us are making those last minute purchases. We’re made to believe that it isn’t Christmas unless we’re exchanging presents. As a child, I definitely remember looking forward to Christmas morning…to running downstairs to see what Santa brought me. I don’t think I was a particularly greedy kid (in comparison to my sister’s never-ending wish list), but I definitely enjoyed receiving gifts. Now that I’m married, I’m being asked by both my mother and...
The Mosquito

December 16, 2010
This week’s Paper Heart Camera and You Capture theme is outside. To be completely honest, it is entirely too cold for this southern girl to be going outside with the exception of going into work. So, you’ll have to forgive me for using a shot that I took a few weeks ago. However, it has been hanging out on an my old SD card so it’s almost brand new…right? I had no intention of photographing a mosquito, but it flew into my composition, so I quickly snapped. Although I really like the tones in the original shot, I’m not completely happy with the composition....
Touch-Up Tuesday: My Christmas Tree

December 14, 2010
The current Captivus Living Photoshop Challenge prompt is using the clone stamp tool. This tool is really great for removing unwanted objects, cleaning up backgrounds, etc. So, I thought I’d try using the clone stamp tool (along with my arsenal of background removing techniques) on the SOOC shot below of MY Christmas tree.ISO 6400, f/4.5, 1/40I’ve got this great spot between our front living room and dining room, and position right in line’s eye of our front door for our Christmas tree. I’m sure I could have moved the chair on the right out of the way…I could...