Life Thru the Lens 22/52... A few of my favorite PHOTOGRAPHY things....

Jill from Daily Bread mentioned the editing process I used on the wildflower photos that I shared in a recent post. So, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things. 

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

GTG Preset Elegant, GTG Stone Soup Matte from Innocence Workflow, Hand Edits

GTG Preset Elegant, GTG Stone Soup Matte from Innocence Workflow, Hand Edits

These are A Few of my Favorite (photography) Things.... 

  • Although, I strongly believe in capturing a photo that is nearly perfect straight out of the camera (SOOC), I also believe that my artistic style comes from my particular editing techniques. One of my very favorite editing supplies are the Greater Than Gatsby Preset/Action sets. I own them all, and I use them all on a regular basis. They have a terrific deal on their Collaborative Set right now. 
  • Design supplies have become an integral part of my editing and Creative Market is my go to place to find fabulous graphic design items. 
  • I believe that all artists, no matter if their medium is photography or paints, have something new to learning. To further my knowledge in the photography and design industry I have been taking classes through CreativeLive
  • Although I have a wish list a mile long, my camera bag is not full.... Nikon D7000 with the 18-55mm 3.5 lens, Nikon 55-200mm 4.6 lens, Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens lens,  Nikon 105mm 2.8 Macro lens, Fuji XT1, Fuji 18-55mm 2.8 lens, MeFOTO RoadTrip tri-monopod, LowPro Flipside Sport backpack for hiking, Vanguard Kinray 43 Sling backpack for travel, various Tiffin Filters, a 5 in 1 reflector set, and, other miscellaneous items.
  • Cell Phone Apps are an amazing thing. I do not always have my camera on me, but I always have my cell phone, and apps are an integral part of the process. I own and use VSCO with all the filters, Instagram, PhotoDirector, HyperFocal, and Photo Tools. When I head back to an iPhone the first app I will purchase will be the Camera+ app. 
  • Of course, I would be setting you up for failure if I did not mention my backup system. I have 3 external hard drives... yes three. After losing all my photos I am determined not to have that happen again, so basically I have backups for my backups. I would also be backing up my photos online but our internet is limited so I am not currently using an cloud service. 
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The Good, The Fun and The Random....

It was our anniversary last weekend. One of the nicest things about it was planning a little getaway and not having to worry about it being interrupted by "work".... ah, retirement from the military is grand. I'll be sharing more of our weekend adventure next week. 



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the power of Lightroom and Photoshop... a little show and tell.

I am not a fan of trying to save a photo because the settings where not correct when it was taken. Nowadays, I aim to maintain a SOOC level when taking pictures. But, when I was learning my camera there was a ton I did not know... like that little bar below your photos, in your viewfinder, with the lines and the plus sign on one side, and a minus sign on the opposite side. If I would have known what that was, then I would have known that this photo was underexposed. Generally, extremely underexposed (and overexposed) photos are not "savable". But, with the power of Lightroom and Photoshop, and plenty of time and patience, it can be done. 

This shot was exposed for the sky pretty well, which is what I was trying to capture. So, overall the photo is not a complete mistake. However, I could have worked with my settings to correctly expose for both the clouds and the landscape.  But, this is where the power of Lightroom and Photoshop come in handy. 

This is the same underexposed photo with some hand edits from Lightroom. I was able to bring up the exposure of the landscape, while maintaining the integrity of the clouds. To do this I had to use several adjustment brushes; it is much easier to perfect a photo straight out of the camera (SOOC). 

From Lightroom, I sent my photo to Photoshop and began working with the photo using Greater Than Gatsby Actions. The first Action I used was from their Clean Workflow; my first step was to apply a noise reduction. Usually, when you "save" a photo you are going to have a fair amount of noise. The adjustment is not screaming at you, but it is there. 

{DISCLAIMER: You'll notice a link to GTG on the right hand bar... although the company has not asked me to directly represent them with this post, I love them and wanted to share what their Actions can do. If you click through that affiliate link I will receive compensation from GTG for what you purchase.}

The next step I took was to apply the Ameliabedilia Action (from the Innocence workflow) to the photo at 25% opacity. This set yields a nice sunlight essence that I use often in my editing. You can see, by comparing the above shot, that this Action gives the clouds a moodier look, along with accenting the sunlight in the overall photo. 

My next step was to address the fields, which were screaming oversaturation. I could have just used a saturation mask, but I like the effect of Madeline (from the Innocence workflow). I did brush the Action off of the sky by using a mask because the Action also toned down the sky, which I did not want. 

Next, I used the Moody Earthtone Brush to add some dimension to the horizon of my photo because I felt like the hilltop just dropped off in this photo, and I wanted distinction between the clouds and the landscape.  I also used this brush to enhance the clouds as well. 

When I am working on a fine art piece, the littlest details are important to me. When you compare the two above images you will not notice a huge difference, but I felt like the rock path needed some enhancement. To do this I used the Stone Earthtone Brush to paint some color back into the path. 

When I stepped back to look at my photo, I felt like it still needed something. Because the top of my clouds, right above the sun rays, were already blown out and there was no way to save that portion of my photo I decided to go with the flow and add some Moveable Color. I used the Pastel:Citrine light from the Innocence workflow. And, voila, completion.

And finally, I almost always use an Action on the entire piece to tie each step together. Whether it be a matte, or a simple Action set, it gives the entire piece cohesion. For this photo, I used Paddington from the Innocence workflow set.  


~ Every aspect of a GTG workflow is able to be tweaked, and adjusted, to your personal preference.

~The Action and Presets are extremely easy to instal. 

~ If you do not like an Action deleting them is painless because they are all stacked in folders. No more deleting each individual step that makes up an Action, now you simply delete the entire group. 

~ In my opinion, they are more cost effective than other Action and Preset Companies, but you still receive phenomenal products.

This piece was a collaborative Easter submission for Outside The City Gate