Before & After: Motion Blur

July 30, 2010
I posted an image late last night that had a bit of motion blur. Although I’d like to believe that I created the blur in camera, the reality is that I applied the effect during post-processing. I thought I’d share my little secret with you – because it’s not really a secret and because you’ve asked nicely. Once again, I am using one of my favorite models…our niece. This shot was taken back in January and she was just starting to lose her baby teeth. I’m not sure that this shot is the best shot to illustrate motion blur, but hopefully you get the...
Touch-Up Tuesday: Removing Color Cast

July 27, 2010
Note – Google Reader is still not working for me, so if I haven’t visited your blog and you’d like me to come visit, PLEASE leave a comment and I’ll hop on over! Keshia of Domestic Photographic contacted me the other day with a request to remove the color cast from her adorable son’s body. I decided that these shots would be great for Touch-Up Tuesday because color casts can so easily be corrected if you know how to do it!I essentially performed the same steps (minus a few variations including the crop on the second photo) on each of the photos using Adobe Camera...
Pixel Perfect: Before and After

June 10, 2010
Earlier this week, I posted a picture I took of Kitty Paw laying in the sun. I thought for my Pixel Perfect entry, that I’d share my editing steps with you. I’ve also been asked to share a little insight into how I select and apply textures.ISO 200, 60mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, spot metering on Kitty PawAs I’ve said before, I shoot in full manual…RAW, so it requires that I send every photo through Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) – I guess technically, you could make the argument that the SOOC above is not a true SOOC, but it’s the JPG converted version, so there....
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...