Friday, June 26, 2009

Basic Photo Editing Class

I signed up this week to take a basic photo editing class from Jessica Sprague. And so far, I've had a lot of fun learning how to use the Photoshop Elements 7 program. I wanted to show you some of the straight-out-of-the-camera shots compared to my edited versions and get some feedback. The unedited shot is first, followed by, hopefully, the new and improved version.

The first one is a photo I showed you yesterday. I edited it after the 2nd lesson when I was learning how to adjust exposure, brightness, and color cast. My favorite part is how her skin warmed up and her hair color was more golden, which is more true to life.

 And this is a picture of Charlotte when she was just 3 weeks old. I was camera happy back then but had no idea I would ever be taking a photo editing class! I edited this one during the black and white lesson. The increased contrast and the way the colors aren't an issue (since she was laying on a jungle themed pillow) make this one an improvement in black and white, in my opinion.

I've played with some other pictures, but they didn't turn out so well. Some pictures just don't convert well to black and white. Want to see an example? I knew you would. No one can resist a train wreck!
I'll share some more images when I finish the class. I have lessons on cropping, and sharpening left.
Oh, and you can sign up for a free course to learn about frame ups and special effects at when you visit her website and use Gift Code FREECLASS062009. I'm signed up for that one too!
This post not sponsored by anyone. I just liked the class and wanted to show off my photos.


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  2. I love the passport photo even in black and white! Way to go on photo editing. I'd really like to do more of this, but don't have editing software and haven't found any free stuff I really like yet - plus it takes tons of time!

  3. I want a hard copy of the passport photo...can you send one to the store for me to pick up please :)


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