Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I Love You, Pioneer Woman!

Not in that way...but in a way that you have taught me free photography lessons and lessons on editing in PhotoShop Elements (PSE) which I had no clue how to use. I still don't reeeeeeally know how to use it, but in all honesty I learned the basics and then just stopped! With all the new blogs I've been following, I have learned so much more, and am so thankful. It's no secret how much I love photography and capturing memories. Because that's what pictures are - captured memories.

Today a fellow mommy blogger Becky posted on her blog about "Actions", meaning how she edits her pictures. I love photography-related blog posts and preeeetty much only follow blogs who focus in on photography (meaning that they care what their pictures look like) on their blogs. It inspires me to take better pictures and it sure did today.

Back to The Pioneer Woman. My Mom introduced me to her and her blog back when I first got my DSLR camera, as PW has a lot of easy-to-follow tutorials. Not only that, but she cooks, bakes...is a country mom and wife - a big inspiration to me! Well, Becky posted about PW "actions" that you can download and install right onto your PSE! No fiddling with settings and using masks and layers and all that confusing stuff! And the best part...it's FREE! So, unless you want to know more about the editing process specifically...I'll just show you what I've done today. Please leave some comments and let me know what you think of the effects!

(Note: "SOOC" stands for "straight out of camera" as in the picture right out of the camera, unedited and the other names written on the photos is the 'action' that I used)
Braden & Gus
Picnik collage
Picnik collage
Picnik collage

Soft faded:
Picnik collage

Seventies:
Picnik collage
And just some more lovely shots!
On the Couch
Enjoying the Sun
Braden & Gus
Braden & Gus
Braden & Gus
Let me, Mommy!
Ahhh! Aren't Braden & Gus just too much!? If you have PSE or PhotoShop click here to download your own PW actions! I hope Becky doesn't mind that I used her idea for this post...she probably doesn't even know I exist! :)
sarah

5 comments:

  1. Haha, I'm so glad you felt inspired, your pictures look awesome! I love how soft and sunshiny they all look.

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  2. Thanks so much for this post. I can't wait to check it out and try it out!
    Your pictures are lovely. They are very soft, friendly, inviting....excellent job.

    Lyla's mommy!

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  3. One more question. How do you layout your pictures like that on your blog? side by side, etc?

    Thanks.

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  4. Thanks, Amanda!

    I use Picnik to do the collages to put them side-by-side. They have a lot of great free services, some collages included, but I pay the $25/year for their premium services - well worth it to me!

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