Reusing the pic of Violet I took a couple or so week's back on our first shoot of the year for this prompt.
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
I thought it was time I did something constructive and posted a quick 'how-to'. You see a lot of images with a matt edit on them - some people love them, some hate them. I think it looks great on the right image. Like most edits it's very quick and easy to achieve in LightRoom - so here goes.
So here's my original image of Pepper being a diva under a blanket,
and this is how the histogram looks.
NB You don't have to take any notice
of your histogram if you don't want to, I'm only
showing it to illustrate what I'm doing and why.
What we want to do is lessen the contrast and squash the tones together toward the centre of the histogram.
So here's the first edit.
On the Tone Curve in RGB mode I've brought the shadow point up (left side)
and the highlight down (right side).
Note what it's done to the histogram.
I used the contrast slider to add slightly more contrast than I had...
The Tone Curve is great for working with different
colour channels too. I wanted a more 'vintage' feel to the image so
I used the Red channel and took
the shadows very slightly up and the highlights down.
I then used the same technique with the Blue.
To show you can play around with the Tone Curve
to get the effect that best suits your image and the effect you want,
here I've taken the original photo and moved only the
shadows pointer, but also brought the curve down slightly.
The whole thing is now 'punchier' with brighter light tones.
Here's the same image with the saturation
slider taken right down to the light.
I think the matt effect particularly
suits black and white.
So play around with it and have fun.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Saturday, 11 January 2014
Friday, 10 January 2014
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
In which the cats did sod all really!
Pepper watched the rain...
Charlie watched the rain...
(and me getting wet!!!)
Mrs P thought about watching the rain...
... and Ralph didn't care
as he'd found another Christmas
decoration to kill.
Charlie and I tried out
my new infa-red remote for my camera :-)
Finally, Charlie enjoyed himself thinking
up threats for anyone who might try to
use his images illegally...
More kitties at Gattina's Cats on Tuesday.
Monday, 6 January 2014
Sunday, 5 January 2014
New day, new month, new year... There's always this terrible kind of pressure in January to CREATE THE NEW YOU, or MAKE THIS YOUR BEST YEAR EVER! I'm not into new year resolutions for precisely that reason - you end up feeling like a complete failure when you get to February and you haven't been to the gym every day, got your finances in pristine order, or you've failed in your attempt to give up chocolate. Instead I try to remember to be very grateful for what I have now, to enjoy every day for what it is and to take whatever opportunities come my way. As for past mistakes, well, whatever decisions we've made in the past, we don't have to keep letting them affect us. Every cell in our bodies has changed countless times since this time last year, none of us are the same people we were, and we have the chance to start again from day to day, minute to minute, to keep on being 'unwritten'.
New day, new opportunities...
Red sky in the morning may mean shepherd's warning,
but it also means make sure you have
your camera at the ready :-)
For my 365...
Out with the macro filters
and a rather blingy belt buckle.
and a rather blingy belt buckle.
More entries over at Kathy's blog.
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Friday, 3 January 2014
Thursday, 2 January 2014
Christmas is officially over - the decorations are being packed away today (no way do they get left up until Twelfth Night). Ralph is now experiencing gloom because all of the shiny toys he liked to trash are disappearing. I do enjoy the build-up to Christmas, I love seeing the Christmas lights in the streets, and carol concerts, and the house looking festive. I don't enjoy the hype, the insane consumerism and the forced jollity of it all, and right about now I'm ready to move on. David won't want to admit this but we've grown very fond of having fairy-lights on the banisters, so we may have to keep them out (if Ralph doesn't decide to visit the curse of the claw on them and/or electrocute himself that is.
Settings: 1/30, f/4, ISO250, 35mm
Processed in LR5, texture and text added in Elements.