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Fix-it-Friday time

It’s the end of the week… and that means it’s time for another

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Today’s photo was a pretty easy edit… especially compared to some of the ones I’ve participated in recently. The biggest thing was getting the image sharp because as you will see at the end of this post, it was quite out of focus. But the lighting is pretty good… so too is the overall photo. So if I had this image in my cue after a photoshoot, I’d probably spend the time to fix it up.

That said, this is what I did to this week’s photo:

1. Open in Photoshop CS5 (this is typically my go-to program for editing… I’m most comfortable editing in here).
2. Ran Totally Rad Actions – ‘Beer Goggles’: mask with gradient tool and the brush tool to make the background slightly blurry while keeping the subject sharp. This action actually sharpens the non-blurry selection at the same time just a bit which is nice. The blur is minimal though so it looks realistic.
*Here’s a screen cap of that step*

Beer Goggles Screen Cap

3. Flatten and Snapshot in the History Pallet. (I do this so I can toggle back and forth quickly after each step – especially if I didn’t like a particular effect). Here’s where that’s located for those that are wondering – “History, what!?” =) On the bottom of that menu there’s a little camera. Clicking that takes a snapshot.

4. Ran MCP Action ‘MCP Details (Mixing Bowl)’: the action will automatically pause with a pop-up menu allowing you to tweak the layers to get whatever color mixes you would like to the image. Here’s what that steps settings were for my edit:
•Bright & Fade: 55% opacity (default)
•Blue Spice: 15%
•Mint: 9%
•Nutmeg: 21%
•Cinnamon: 0%
Continue playing the action. When it stops use the brush tool to paint the mask white where you don’t want much detail. For me, this was the background. I used a low opacity soft brush and did this mask to taste. The further away the background was, the more blur it should logically have. The closer to the camera’s area of focus (the boy in this photo), the less blur you would want. You could probably do a similar mask to the one I used above on the ‘Beer Goggles’ action…. I just wanted a little more control so I used the brush.
*I also adjusted the ‘Adjust Opacity’ layer to 18%*

5. Flatten and History Snapshot

6. MCP Quickie Collection – ‘Quickie Urban Ocean’: Quickie Urban Ocean layerl opacity to 15%, Contrast Flare layer to 33% and Over Exposure Fixer layer to 21%.

Let’s stop here for a second and take a look back at the difference between the starting image and this point:

7. The last thing I did was to crop the image. So the end result is this: (I recommend clicking the image to see it larger)

EDIT BY SQUEEKPHOTO.COM

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Fix-it-Friday! Please leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought of it! Thanks so much!

~Squeek!

 

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My hubby just peeked at the blog here and says in his opinion, the one differently colored chair is distracting? How many of you find it so as well? Would you like to see an edit where the color of that chair is changed? Leave a comment below with your opinion! Thanks! ❤

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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in general, how to, Photography, tutorial

 

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Photoshop tutorial – pt.1

I know it’s been a while now since I last posted a blog… but I’ve been posting on flickr regularly for my 365 project. Recently I posted this image for Day 76 – stating that I would soon do a tutorial on how to do this effect in photoshop. I think I’ll start a series on some things in photoshop that I have learned how to do…. and I think that since this is a relatively easy process… I would start here. So here goes! =D

**I would like to mention at this point that the version of Photoshop I’m using is CS3…. if you’re running a different version of photoshop…. some of these steps/menus might look a little bit different for you!**

First, you want to open your photo that you would like to apply this effect to. I think that lit images [of people] with some shadows tend to look like those Nike adds you see around…. so that’s what I’ll be using here. But you can try using this effect on any image really… and just see what you get. Playing around with all your photos is really the best way to get a feel for photoshop anyway. IMHO. =)

So here’s my starting point:

Second step for me was to go in and get rid of any blemishes that I didn’t want in the photo with the heal brush. There wasn’t much for me to touch up really with this photo – mostly because I wanted that kind of look.

Third step was to do a levels tweak (command + L for mac users like me) to black out that background the rest of the way and to make the image a little more true to what I was looking for. I followed that up with using the burn tool set to shadows at around 20% strength with a good sized brush to go in and black out the remainder of the background to make it totally black. I have some pictures up on the wall behind Parvati and the couch behind her was still kinda visible – so that’s what I hit with the burn tool.

So now you end up with this:

Next you’ll want to create a duplicate layer (command + J) and then desaturate that layer (command + shift + U). So you end up with this:

Next step is actually going for that Nike look – Go up to Filters > Other > High Pass… This is where and what it looked like on my screen:

When the next little menu thingy opens up you should have a screen that looks something like this:

You’ll note on the screen that I have this set up pretty high…. around the 80 range is usually pretty good for that Nike-Ad look. Hit “OK”….

Next step is to go over to the bottom right of the screen and set that layer to “Overlay”.

So once you have done that you should have an image that looks something like this:

Looking good so far, right?! You could easily end the tutorial right here… but there’s one last thing that I did to this image involving Parvati’s eyes.

Create a new “fill or adjustment layer” with a mask. In the screen cap below on the bottom right hand side where you see all your layers and whatnot…… there are some little buttons down there at the very bottom. It’s the circle-looking icon down there. When you click on that you go up to Levels and click to create. Now you have a new layer where you will adjust the levels – PAYING ATTENTION TO THE EYES ONLY – adjust those levels until the eyes look the way you want them.

**I know this is adjusting your whole image, but don’t worry! We’ll about to fix that!!!!**

So once you have that adjusted… you see how there’s a white rectangle attached to that layers adjustment you just did? Click on that so that the next thing you do effects that rectangle… now color the whole thing black with you paint bucket. Now it should look something like the menu below:

Now you just select the paint brush tool and make sure it’s set to paint in white…. and choose the appropriately sized brush so as to only paint over the iris (eye color portion of the eye). You can do this with 100% opacity on the brush and go back on the whole layer (via that menu on the bottom right) and set the opacity to something you prefer.

I left it at 100% on this image. But it’s a personal preference.

My final image ended up looking like this:

The last bit there with the eye is really a pretty subtle difference…. and doing that step, again, is a matter of preference.  If you would like to see the finished product a bit larger, feel free to visit the flickr page! Also, if you liked this tutorial…. or if you have any questions… please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer you! =)

~Squeek!!!

 
 

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42-45

I’ll keep this as short as I am capable today because there are so many photos I need to post today to catch up on the blog 365. lol

So, here’s day 42 –

Story and whatnot on flickr HERE

Day 43 – info/story HERE

Day 44 – info/story HERE

Day 45 – info/story HERE

So that’s up to date now… =) The last one isn’t a photo…. but I made it for my hubby for Valentines Day and thought I would share. I don’t typically fool around with that part of photoshop – making something from scratch that’s not a photo. I know it’s not particularly elaborate or anything… but I’m a pretty big fan of the simplistic look. Hope you enjoy anyway! =) And Happy Valentines Day to all of you!!! =)

~Squeek!!!

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2010 in 365 Days, events, Photography, portraits, projects

 

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Nude Night Orlando – art show

Last year Chris and I attended a local art show (in Orlando, Fl) called Nude Nite. I took a few photos while we were there and posted them on my flickr page for the world to see. I thought they turned out pretty good so I contacted the people running the show to see if they wanted to use any of them for anything. Turns out, they loved them and wanted to use them in a few publications about the event, (411 Magazine and the Tampa Tribune specifically). This year, they invited me to come out and photograph the event again… and this time I didn’t have to pay admission! That’s pretty cool… ’cause I wanted to go anyway this year, and now I didn’t have to pay $20/night to get in. lol!

So I went last night for the opening night. I photographed everything I could… and ended up with even better photos than last year! There are some truly amazing artists in Orlando! All different mediums… photography, painting, sculpting, live performance art and many other forms. I stayed up pretty late last night so today I’ve been exhausted! But I did manage to get a few photos edited and even a video that I took of one of the burlesque shows edited and posted on vimeo. I have no idea if it’s too racy… or even if it’ll stay up on vimeo or not. But it’s up now… so you can check it out!

Here’s the video:

Nude Nite 2010 – show on skates from Kristen Gillett on Vimeo.

I’ve posted a few images up on flickr already from the event, but here’s one of my favs so far:

Hope you drop by the flickr set for the Nude Nite 2010 photos and let me know what you think! =) Hope you enjoy the video too! [taken with my flip]

~Squeek!!!

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2010 in events, Photography, Videos

 

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40-41

Day 40

Hunter

No, that’s not his name. But that is what he fancies himself I think. Our great indoor hunter. His name is Jack, and he’s been in my photostream a couple times.

I actually snapped this shot yesterday – I had noticed the light coming in while he was hunting some bugs on the back porch through the window. The light was quite nice and you could see his reflection in the glass doors, which I really liked… though the reflection wasn’t a part of this particular shot. So I grabbed the camera and started snapping away. He noticed and came to visit me – thus ending my photo taking – for a bit.

I waited patiently on the floor by the door, waiting for him to resume what he was doing before he noticed me, and that’s when I snapped this shot. The whole time I was thinking of that blog post Zack posted on his 365 stream a few days ago about everyone being creatures of habit – “We are creatures of habit and routine and if we do something once, we will probably do it again.”

I’ve never really thought about that before; being creatures of habit… but I have been thinking about that all this week actually. So, I’ve been quietly observing things around the house looking for those moments. Capturing the simple moments isn’t something I do a whole lot of these days… but there are so many to see. I’ve been so wrapped up in learning the technical side of things, that I’ve gotten away from that – and enjoying the natural light too. I think I might concentrate on that for a while….

Instead of creating a photograph [or art], I’ll just capture moments as they happen. No staging things for a while.

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/320 second, f/2.5, 50mm, ISO=100 – hand held, nifty 50mm (f/1.8) lens.
*no flash… natural light was just perfect.

Day 41

Snagged this shot last night (kinda late) after walking the dog in the backyard. I kinda liked how it came out, so I thought I would use it as my 365 today. I have an alternate image – I had a hard time deciding which image I liked more – which I’m going to post below as well… Let me know what you think? Thanks!

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/5 second, f/1.8, 50mm, ISO=800 – hand held, nifty 50mm (f/1.8) lens.

*no flash… natural light was just perfect.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in 365 Days, long exposures, Photography, projects

 

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days 38/39

Day 38

“I miss you when you’re gone!”

That’s what Makayla says all the time. I have no idea when or where she picked that up… but I think it kinda fits today….

I’m really bummed. Why? Well… because I’ve been spoiled these last few months that Chris has been working at this new job.

He’s always (as long as I’ve known him which is around 10 years now) had a job where he traveled. -Often and for long lengths at a time.- And since he’s been working at his newest job, he’s not really had to travel very much at all. And I LOVE it! And the girls LOVE it too! We’ve all been quite spoiled by his lack of travel, honestly.

But today he had to fly out to California. It’s totally bummin’ my flow today.

I’m tired, depressed and feeling genuinely uncreative and unmotivated today. Hope tomorrow is better.

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/30 second, f/4.5, 50mm, ISO=630 – hand held, nifty 50 (f/1.8) lens.

Flash: SB800 at 1/16 power @70mm about 5 feet high – on manfroto nano stand – with my diy snoot straw grid – pointed down to subject from camera front/left. Triggered with PWplusII.

Day 39

bench monday

We don’t have a bench in the house… and since Chris is still traveling, I decided to improvise with stuff here in the house. But we do have a table. So I grabbed the pledge and dusted it off… effectively making it VERY slippery in the process. So I grabbed our ladder and used that to climb up on the table – as many of you know I’m not a very coordinated person, and I was trying to not injure myself today. lol.

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/60 second, f/2.5, 50mm, ISO=250 – on tripod, shutter triggered remotely, nifty 50mm (f/1.8) lens.

Flash: SB800 at 1/128 power @24mm about 2.5 feet high and 2-3 feet away from subject – on manfroto nano stand – with my diy snoot straw grid – pointed slightly up to – though nearly even with subject from camera front/left. Triggered with PWplusII.

Squeek!!!

 

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Days 36 & 37

Day 36

“No Daddy!!! those birds are mean!!!”

I know I didn’t get around to posting a photo last night, but I’m posting two photos today. Chris and I headed down to one of the lakes here in Lakeland to feed all the birds. When we all got down there we were almost immediately swarmed by the large swans. At first, Makayla thought that was pretty cool… but after a few of the swans nipped at her in an effort to get her bread, she was DONE. She was fine taking small pieces of bread and throwing it out to the birds in the water, but the birds that were on land she wanted no part of.

Honestly, they weren’t biting that hard at first… but they got more and more aggressive the longer we were there. I was standing amongst all the swans (nearly ten of them on the land) just taking photos, and they were nipping at my pants and hands – and I didn’t have bread. Crazy.

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/800 second, f/3.5, roughly 18mm, ISO=100 – hand held, 18-70mm 3.5 (kit) lens.
no flash – natural light. cloudy day.

Day 37

“The Hog Whisperer”

After heading over today to pick up MiCTLaN (and after our fun with the birds), we headed over to “Smoke on the Water” – a BBQ contest for the Winter Haven Boys and Girls club. The temp was dropping and the wind was really blowing by the time we made it over there. We stayed for a bit and enjoyed a bit of BBQ and cornbread too. While walking around, I saw this beast! And the name made me chuckle. =)

Also, the BBQ from this was ok. Not what I expected to look at this beast. Chris has always told me that when they look this “dirty” they put out better food. lol. Oh, well.

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/60 second, f/4.5, roughly 70mm, ISO=100 – hand held, 18-70mm 3.5 (kit) lens.
no flash – natural light. cloudy/windy day.

~Squeek!!!

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2010 in 365 Days, events, general, Photography, projects

 

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