Oh me oh my.... I've made a discovery: ACTIONS! Has anyone else? Am I the last one in the digital photography world to be let in on this little secret?
My photos now have new (and more interesting/colorful/tinted/creative) life breathed into them. And I've also developed a cure for too much blog reading: too much Photoshop Elements Actioning.
Actions are "pre-recoreded" and "packaged" tasks that you apply to an image. For example, you may do twenty different things to a photo in order to achieve a desired look. Instead of doing this every single time you want the same look for another photo, an action does it all in one step. It's like photo editing for dummies.
To be completely honest, I used to see beautiful photos on professional websites and wonder how the photographer got that look (tinted color, clear and bright eyes, faded with teals and yellows standing out, etc.). I figured it was a mix between having an awesome original photo, and some simple editing.
I'm sure this is true for some, but I'm finding you can do WONDERS with an average photograph, and you can truly create MAGIC with a great photograph.
The photo above is one I took of my hottie of a husband. To achieve this look, I used both pre-packaged actions as well as hand touching up. I'm finding a mix of the two look best. Click on the image in order to view it larger- you can see details better (like his eyes! :) The original photo is at the bottom.
There are tons of actions available for download. Most cost something, but many are free. Check out these links:
I'm working on busting into the photography business.
There, I said it. This has been something I've wanted to do for a while, and now I've got the time, resources, and support to make it a reality. I'm JUST starting out (which can also be translated as "I'm an amateur") but have some high aspirations!
I'm currently working on building my portfolio, and would love to have the opportunity to take some more shots. If you (or any of your friends!) and looking for someone to capture their candid memories, I'd love to help out.
I'm putting together a "Photography" tab up at the top of my web page. Check it out for more info.
Here are a couple of photos from the wonderful children that I spent this past school year with. They are truly some of the greatest kids that I've gotten to nanny. Aren't they cute and photogenic? Makes my job easy! :)
I've been holding out on you. This project has been finished for at least a month, and I keep forgetting to snap some photos of it to share with you all. I saw this bulletin board made by the ever creative CentsationalGirl, and had to give it a try. It seemed to be the perfect thing to put in our new office.
I used CentsationalGirl's directions as a guideline, and made some changes. Here's what you need:
A large artist's canvas (found mine at Michael's, 3' x 4')
A 10 foot roll of aluminum flashing (I got mine at Lowes for about $10 dollars. I chose this because of the cost, and because the aluminum was flexible and could be bent)
Hot glue gun
Thin wooden boards, approximately 3 feet long (Optional. I used some left over "battens" from our board and batten project).
Here's my canvas. I had to do this on the kitchen table so my furry side kick didn't intervene.
Next, stretch your flashing out on the floor and measure off three 34" sections. Cut. (And if you're me, measure 3 times and cute once.) I just used a heavy duty scissors.
Shimmy (very carefully- the edges are SHARP!) each piece underneath the wooden slats of your canvas. Since that was a confusing sentence, here's a picture (worth a thousand words, anyway):
It took me quite a bit of maneuvering to get this right. Since I bought the flashing in a roll, it was kind of wavy even after stretching it out in the canvas. You can tell a little bit from the photo.
Here's what it should look like:
Since the metal was wavy, there were some parts that were farther away from the canvas and didn't hold a magnet (does that make sense?). I wedged some thin boards under the existing frame to push the metal closer to the canvas cover. Then I hot glued them into place. This step is optional.
Now comes the fun part! Flip your canvas over and glue on some pretty ribbon.
There you have it! A huge magnetic bulletin board in less than an hour.
I found these cute push-pin looking magnets at Walmart for really cheap. They're my favorite part!
You should definitely give this a shot- it was so easy! And I LOVE the outcome.