I'll be honest, editing photos is not my favourite thing and I like things to be fairly "true to life" but at the same time I can see what basic adjustments can do to a photo and I even like it sometimes when major adjustments are done to photos. Part of my dislike is because I don't think I have the time - or rather I don't want to spend the time. I've been getting Photoshop via "subscription" for the past year and it took the sting out of buying a big expensive program that I wasn't sure if I would use. It has definitely been useful when I had to keep a dog on a long line (editing out that leash was a BREEZE!) and it has been fun for the few composite photos I've done (I've been meaning to do more but haven't had a chance). But I haven't done a whole lot with it that I couldn't do in Lightroom.
I recently bought some actions (basically they are editing short cuts that someone else has created to give a photo a certain look). I know I can get some for Lightroom as well but I wanted to play with Photoshop. I've done some playing around and even when I use the action at a pretty weak opacity (or strength shall we say) I find it a bit much. But then when I go back and look at my original edit, the original looks kind of dull. LOL. I need to figure out how to find a better balance and obviously more play time is needed.
|Before and After - I realize the white balance isn't quite the same but it seemed like too much effort to fix. See - told you I'm lazy. :)|
|I caught this "from the hip" with my 70-200. I'm thrilled her face is actually the part in focus. :)|
|My car was getting a new windshield installed so we borrowed Marlin's vehicle so the girls got to ride loose in the back.|
Lacey will be smiling at everyone going by on the passenger side.
While Coulee will be grinning at everyone passing me on the driver side.
I've had this idea for a long time, but I originally wanted them facing towards the front of the car with the wind in their fur. I imagined taking the photos on a windy day so that the car would be stationary (and they wouldn't be driving with their heads out the window) but I needed a windy day, with the light in the right place (in relation to the wind) and then someone to help me so I could turn their heads. After taking Micah's photo in the car a few weeks ago, I figured that while this wasn't my original plan, it would still be cute. I'm getting them on the car on Tuesday. I can't wait.