Dec 13, 2009

Sunday Stills ~ Technology


Sunday Stills is a place to hone your photography skills. Each Week Ed issues a new “Challenge” that gives us the opportunity to pick up what ever kind of camera we own and try and meet it. This week's challenge is technology!

I take a lot of pictures. For every thousand or so, I might get one good one. Truly, it is not skill on my part, but luck! But sometimes there are those that, with a little help, can be improved on. So I'll open them in Photoshop Elements or Picaso or MS Image Pro in hopes of finding a quick fix.



Now let me state for the record, when it comes to photography, I ain't no Pioneer Woman. I don't really know my way around a camera at all and although I use three photo programs, I never have mastered even one! I know I can do certain things in Photoshop and other things in the other two programs, so it is truly a team effort!



I liked the look Windy seemed to be giving that barrel that had blown into the pasture, but I really didn't like the barrel in the picture. It kind of gave it a trashy look.


So, in Photoshop, I was able to erase it. I know there are ways I could fine tune the erase, but haven't figured that out yet.


Recently, I started using Picaso, a free program from Google. And I've had a lot of fun with this program so far.



I can add a soft focus to the picture.


Or change the tint.


Or try a lot of other fun features.






And finally, using Microsoft Digital Image Pro, I can do flipbooks and captions as well as making frames and albums.

Now I know if I really tried, Photoshop would probably be able to do all of these features since it is one of the most common programs. Although I love all the fun that technology offers, the learning curve is steep. Someday, in my spare time, perhaps I'll figure it all out. Until then, I continue to hunt and peck to salvage a few shots that were just on the cusp of being halfway decent. So technology in itself, is a challenge!

12 comments:

  1. That was a great post on Technology.. loved all the wonderful examples you used.. now I better go open up my Photoshop, and play with it some more!

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  2. i enjoyed looking through your post and your post this week :)

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  3. I hear you about PS. I am so intimidated by it. There's a lot to learn - and a lot to forget and have to relearn. That pic of Windy turned out great though!

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  4. The wonder of internet and the computer.

    Is it too cold for the horse? Here in mild Auckland, I see people putting a blanket on the horses in winter.

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  5. I've got a few photoshop programs too and haven't mastered any of them either. Just too lazy to really sit down and read each direction which I seldom understand either. I like Picassa and use it a lot. Pretty pictures.

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  6. You know more than I do! I have to figure out some stuff...like the way you erased the barrel. Love the shots below of your son and his horse.

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  7. I definately need to come over and spend the day with you learning! That is so neat what you can do with pictures!

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  8. I think Photoshop would be lots of fun. I'm like you and take tons of pictures, and have most of my adult life. I received my first camera from my grandmother over fifty years ago,and have been shooting ever since. It's a real blast to be able to manipulate photos I've taken. :)

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  9. I only play with Picnik now because it's so quick and easy to lean and edit photos with, but I must say it's addictive and so much fun!

    Excellent photos...excellent subject! I love what you did, especially the black and white photo.


    ~Lisa

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  10. That is a great picture!
    I am also not a very good photographer! My sister helps me alot. I use Picassa all the time. I love it! And it is very easy to use. When it comes to technology, the easier the better for me!

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  11. Great post! You should try Picnik.com too. Lots of fun effects and the basic account is free.

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  12. Great post! I downloaded Picassa from your link. Let's see how easy it really is for me!

    Oh, and I really do like that photo of Ginger and how you edited it.

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