It must be noted that one of my guilty pleasures is reading Photography Blogs. The common theme with the particular blogs I read is that the photographers are all, for the most part, mothers, who have chosen photography as a career path. I am in awe of the photography they produce and wish that my photographs would come out looking anywhere in the vaguest region of that good. I realize that photography is a career for them, and that they have mastered the fine art of it, but oh, how I wish I could make my photographs come even just a little bit close to the superbness that they are creating.
But, alas, I just do not have any particular interest in learning photography. I just want the seemingly countless photographs that I take of the children to look great. At least some of them. I know that is like saying: "I want my meals to look and taste like Julia Child's, but I don't want to follow a recipe." My husband has tried to show me how to shoot on manuel and adjust the ISO and some other things, the names of which I can never remember, but I admit that I am just a lost cause. And so whenever I pick up the camera I just flip the switch to Program Mode and hope for the best.
So I was excited when I came across this post on the "new to me" blog - Beyond Snapshots. While I understand that you have to start with a technically correct and basically good photograph in order to get to an even better photograph in post production, and that it is pretty impossible to transform a bad photograph into anything other than possibly a minimally less bad photograph - I decided to snap a quick pic of my Bub and go through the steps listed in the post to see if I could at least add the slightest of improvements.
Although it is far from anything I see on my favorite photo blogs, I was happy with the results and I think it is as much as I can hope for unless I step it up a notch and actually listen to my husband's words of wisdom.
Hopefully this will help out some other moms out there that like to snap a hundred photos of their kids every second and are hoping to be able to tweak some of their fav's before printing and framing.
As a side note: it must be noted that my computer is quite old (as is my version of photoshop) - so this might actually look quite terrible on anyone else's computer screen (!) but I hope it provides you with the same inspiration I got from reading the post over at Beyond Snapshots and that you have fun playing around with different settings until you find something you are happy with!
Whenever I whip out the camera, Bubs always goes into super ham mode and pulls the funniest of faces - usually he scrunched up his nose, squeezes his eyes shut and lifts up his chin! Here I caught him in the middle of doing all three...
So my day turned out to be just perfect, even if I didn't accomplish anything I was hoping to, and learning some new things is always a good thing. My next step might even be ACTIONS!