Friday, July 31, 2009

Almost Finished...

I'm almost finished with my Photoshop class! I have two more lessons to do and then hopefully I can find the time to play around with the different techniques. I should have been done a week and a half ago, but I haven't even had a chance to work on anything. I will be starting a photo editing class, as soon as I finish this one and then I will start a 6 week intensive photography class in September, then after that I will take a 4 week intensive Portrait Photography class, so I think I will be pretty busy, to say the least! I will be sharing my work on my blog as I go. Just to warn all of you......I probably won't be doing a lot of my regular blogging for awhile because I really want to focus on my classes, but I will be sure to blog, once in awhile. I am so excited to learn as much about photography as I can and in the meantime, you can be sure that I'll be taking tons of pictures!

Lesson 11: Selective/Spot Recoloring

This is one of my favorite hummingbird pics, but I prefer the whole pic in color, so I think I will do this technique with a pic I took of a yellow rose bud. I know it will look better! This was the easiest lesson so far.....seriously, I couldn't believe how easy it was!

Lesson 12: Storyboards
Ok, I didn't think about changing the background to a different color until it was too late, so I'm stuck with white, unless I redo it. To make it look better I added a border around the pictures, as well as the whole storyboard. I resized it for the web and now it looks so small that you can't see the pictures very well.......but you get the idea, I guess. This would look really cool framed and on the wall! (actually, I just remembered, you can click on the picture to see a closeup!)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Check Out These Online Photoshop Classes...

Just want to let everyone know about a couple of online photoshop classes that will start pretty soon. Go to jessicasprague.com to check them out. The Photoshop Brush Abilities class is very reasonably priced, at only $ 25.00 and it is self paced, which is really great for me. If you're wanting to learn how to create your own header for your blog, this is the class for you.

Another class that I am interested in taking is the Photo editing: Good-to-Great Workflow. Check out all of the other classes that are available too because there are some great ones to choose from.

Once you register for the class, you will have access to the forum, where you can ask questions if you need help with a lesson. You will also be able to upload your pictures to the gallery where you can receive feedback on your work.

Oh and one more thing.....check out the Free tutorials!
This is an awesome website and Jessica is an awesome teacher, so I just had to share! (I'd like to say a big thank you to my niece, Maryanne for sharing it with me)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More Photoshop Fun!

Lesson 6: TTV "Through the Viewfinder"
Before

This is an old photo of mother with her catch of the day!
After
Lesson 8: Type
Before Timber jumping off a hill!
After
Lesson 9: Edge Burn
Before
Tucker picking up sticks!
After

I think I should have made the edges a little bit darker, but I still think this looks good! I'm really enjoying these lessons, but I can't wait until the two weeks are up, so I can just play with the different techniques.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Oh My Goodness...I'm Hooked On Photoshop!

Lesson 5: Textures

I love this picture! I just finished today's lesson and the techniques were so cool! This was my favorite lesson so far.
I like this pic too....it really looks old and worn.

Ok, this one is boring, but I just wanted to see what flowers would look like and now I know! I can't wait to see what we will be doing tomorrow!!!

Photoshop Progress

Just thought I would post some of my progress from my online Adobe Photoshop class that I'm taking. This has been so fun and yet frustrating sometimes, when I can't figure something simple out. You won't see my project from lesson 2 because I didn't like it and will have to redo it.


Lesson 1: PNG Frames and Word Art (Ryah and Kaylie)


Lesson 3: Create a Vintage, Hand Tinted Look (This is my daughter Kasey)

(Kasey)

I had a hard time with this because I kept feeling like I was taking too much color out of the photo and making her skin too white, so I did it over 3 or 4 times. (Kasey)
In this one I didn't take quite as much color out, so she doesn't look as pale, but I think I tinted her cheeks a little too dark. Ugh!

I used the techniques from lesson 3 for this adorable pic of (Owen Hillard)! I took this pic of him while we were out at the beach with our church family.

Lesson 4: Clipping Masks

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! I took these pics off of my back deck tonight......the neighbors put on a good show for us! These pics aren't the greatest quality because I wasn't prepared and I had no idea what setting to use, but that's ok, I had fun taking them anyway. Hopefully by next year I will be a better photographer and I can take some awesome photos of the spectacular fireworks!





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