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Spinning Spring Flowers 2

Not much to add to this that wasn’t on the post a few days ago (similar photo). I desaturated this one a bit, but otherwise the editing was similar… this one was a bit more straightforward Photoshop work, if you know what I mean.

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Unconventional Kid’s Portrait & How to Get Good Children’s Portraits

This boy seemed like he didn’t quite want to be in his family’s photo shoot. He kept making faces and refusing to smile. I thought that having some fun with him might be the key, so I arranged for a kids shoot at the playground. He isn’t smiling here, but he got much happier and easier to photograph once I tried a few photos like this one!

Plus, after this one, I was able to get some of the photos that I thought might be more appreciated by his family. But, they did want a photo book of fun, candid images… can’t get much more casual than this!

I’m still learning tools in how to get kids to open up to me. Before photography, I had about a 2/3 success rate with hitting it off with children. But now, I’ve got to have a 100% rate. So I talk to the kids, show them the photos in camera, play with them and with their families… I’m learning but these seem to be consistently good. I’ve also had them take a photo or two of me with my camera before we really get going… that’s a bit scary if you don’t know the kid, or their “caring for stuff” level, though. 🙂

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Spinning Spring Flowers

And now for something completely different…

Really, the whole idea of a daily photo blog is to force you into more creativity and finding opportunities for photographs beyond the usual. This was a good example of it. I set my camera for a relatively long exposure (1/8th of a second) and spun the camera (handheld) while I took the picture. I tried it a lot, and came out with a few decent, interesting images. I then processed it in photoshop with some fun tricks- OnOne PhotoTools to get some glowy blur, and Topaz Adjust to get some color “pop”. Like I said, it was an experiment. But one I like the results of! Maybe next I’ll try spinning it on the tripod…

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Child Portrait Close Up W, L

After 2 photo shoots with this family (second one to round out the photo book I’m creating for them) I feel pretty close to this kid. I’ve been trying to get him to smile for days! This was the closest that we came in a portrait setting (this shoot was at a playground, and there were several impromptu giggles and smiles while playing). Still, it’s sweet. I tend to like these types of contented looks better than the silly grins most kids give as smiles, anyways. This is more real.

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Enjoy! And Happy Easter!


More OnOne Pics: Delicate Blossoms Zoom

Original Image

Final Image

I liked this image but knew that it had some distracting elements and needed some oomph added. I don’t usually play with blur filters but I thought that a slight bit of zoom blur would be nice with this… so I applied that in Photoshop (after, I might add, removing some of the distracting blue tones in lightroom). I masked the blur off the blooms and then moved to OnOne PhotoTools, because I just didn’t think that Topaz Adjust had the look that I wanted. I do like a lot of what Topaz Adjust has to offer, but PhotoTools has so many filters that it’s just a completely different deal. Anyways, a few different filters added in brought out the slight glow and the bit of vignetting (another look I don’t usually do nowadays but it seemed good here). Back to Photoshop for a deep red filter (masked off the flowers again) and a trip through Topaz DeNoise to clean up the nasty noise… et voila!

I could have probably reproduced this look in Photoshop. But it was fun to find and use the filters in PhotoTools, and it comes out great… better than my fumbling fingers sometimes. I still haven’t tried to figure out the masking deal in PhotoTools, once I have that understood it will be a much more valuable tool (in my opinion). But even without that it’s still pretty damn nice to have.

I think it’s an improvement… maybe not the best flower pic in the world but one that makes me happier now. And right now I’m all about Spring, so any spring flowers will make me smile big!

I’ll put this plus other OnOne created images together soon in a comprehensive review.

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Enjoy!


OnOne Comparison… of 1 shot, Spring Bulbs

Here is the original image, taken last year (a bit later in the year, but the idea of spring is making my mouth water I’m so hungry for it!):

I like the spring-like colors, but the touch of yellow was distracting and I didn’t want to toss the whole thing just due to the burnt out section on the main flower, so I went into Photoshop and OnOne PhotoTools and created this:

I really, really liked the dreamy look and glow to it, as that is exactly how I feel about Spring right now- very dreamy and hoping. I added a few glow type filters in PhotoTools, plus one (called Deep Forest, I think) that deepened the green and made it more of a blue tone. I removed the yellow in photoshop and played with the curves to get the blacks just on the edge of black, and the rest of the image staying darkish except for the glow on the flowers.

To me, this is an improvement. I’m not sure if I could have figured out a way to do this just in Photoshop, but it was a delight to have the PhotoTools option available. It makes it so much easier and can get me the exact look I want. Also, I saw last night that I could make some filters “favorites”, which should make it much easier for me to find a specific look for an image (that was one of my main complaints/concerns about PhotoTools, that there are just too many filters to find what you want). I need to figure out if I can do masking there without a Wacom tablet… that is another problem but I’ll let you know if I’ve figured it out!

This is posted to www.kelleybard.com, my website. I also have photos posted to flickr and facebook (links are on this home page). Enjoy and have fun with my work!