Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Photography link up


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Texture is from Life-n-Reflection

So what have you been up to? As you can probably tell, I haven't been on the blog much lately.

I'm finishing up my February product photography class - which was one of my favorite classes to write so far! Next month I'll be teaching a childhood photography class. You can register for it at a special discount here until the end of the week. You don't have to have special/specific equipment to participate.

If I haven't left a comment on your blog in awhile it is not for lack of desire... I love seeing your photos! Thank you so much for linking up!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Poetic Winter Photography Challenge Week 4 "Calm"


Instagrams taken w my iPhone 4s of a few calm moments lately

Lately life has been anything but calm - Eli has turned into a holy little terror. It's hard to believe, I know. He's keeping me busy during his every waking moment, trying to crawl, buzzing around in his walker pulling things down and crashing into his big brother. I think he's set some kind of family record with how active he's become at only 7 months. 

But then there are those calm moments... nap times especially.  I've been trying to take the time to read to my boys every afternoon. Josiah usually falls asleep, Eli usually wakes up as soon as Josiah falls asleep! We're working on it it... those moments are some of my favorite.

My plan for this challenge was to photograph Eli napping but he woke up as soon as I got my camera out and didn't go back down until I'd lost my light. So here is one I took of Josiah... I just adore these sweet moments with my sleeping boy. It reminds me how quickly these years are going by and how dearly I treasure these little lives.



DSC_2705 copypeeling an orange I am going to add this photo as well since it's one of my favorites this month... another sweet moment having a snack - when I didn't have to constantly remind my little man to calm down :)

check out the other blogs hosting this challenge Rebecca of Bumbles and Light, Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi of live and love... out loud 

Be sure to check out Alicia's blog - her post this week is AMAZING plus she will be hosting the (possibly life-altering) tutorial & freebie this week.

Just a few details:
All are welcome regardless of skill level, time commitment and geographic location.
Each Friday, we'll have freebies, discounts to some of the hottest photography resources, photography tips and inspirational quotes or poems to get your creative photography juices flowing.
Share your favorite images inspired by the weekly prompt. The linky will remain open from 9am Friday – 9am Thursday CST. Link directly to your Poetic Winter blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog’s home page or Flickr Photostream.
Feel free to share your photos in our Poetic Winter Flickr Group as well and don’t forget to visit and comment on the previous entry in the linky list.
This time around, we'll be pinning our favorite photos to the Poetic Winter Pinterest Board. Not on Pinterest and need an invite? Let me know in the comments section and I'll be more than happy to send you one.
And last, but not least, don't forget to grab our lovely button.




Thanks to the following sponsors for partnering with us to bring you these fabulous deals; created exclusively for Poetic Winter Photo Challenge participants and valid throughout the month of February. Click on the images to be taken directly to their sites. Don't wait to take advantage of these discounts before they expire!!







Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Photography link-up



Yesterday my girls had the day off of school, we spent the day making paper chains to hang on door frames, riding scooters in the sunshine and I spent all freaking day making a red velvet cheesecake as a belated Valentines Day present to my hubs - since I was a sick zombie last week. So today I'm playing catch-up, you know - all of the fall out from a really fun three day weekend. yeah, big mess. But I wanted to bop in here and put up this week's photography link-up, because I really do look forward to seeing your photos. If you'd like to have a theme for this week - it's "the weather at my house" I know some of y'all have had big snow storms lately, here we're experiencing one of the mildest winters I can remember. It's beautiful here right now - this photo is one that I took from my cell phone the other night. This is the weather at my house - what does it look like at your house?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Poetic Winter week 3: Passion

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I'm not feeling very "poetic" lately - I'm still trying to get over my cold and have a bad cough still - but I really enjoyed picking up my camera today for this challenge!

One of my passions is photography!! I took a new photo of my grandfather's camera. I took some photos with it recently, I just need to have the film developed. I'm really excited about that.

My hubs gave me a beautiful potted plant for Valentines Day! I photographed it here:

storyboard BnW2 I used the awesome black and white action Rebecca shared last week on this collage of photos. (You can see them all in color here.) I liked these photos in color and really just ran the action because I felt it needed some sort of pop - wowzers - so very glad I did! I also used the texture (from Kristy of Life n Reflections) Kristi shared for the first week  of the photography challenge in the first and last images for this post.

The Freebie
As I mentioned yesterday this week I get the privilege of hosting  this week's freebies. A couple of these templates have been tweaked from a previously available download - once I started making these I just couldn't stop! They are so insanely cute. I tested them out in CS5 and they worked equally well in both Photoshop & Photoshop Elements. 



sweet violet storyboard nine square copy
click here to download template file


sweet violet storyboard four large copy
click here to download template file
simply violet storyboard 1 vert plus 3 horiz copy
click here to download template file


sweet violet storyboard blog post copy  sweet violet storyboard blog post color
blog post template with spaces between images
click here to download template file
sweet violet storyboard blog post no spaces copy   sweet violet storyboard blog post no spaces BnW
blog post template without spaces between images
click here to download template file

sweet violet storyboard 13 square copy
click here to download template file
sweet violet storyboard square pane with verticals copy
click here to download template file
How to use a template in Photoshop Elements
To be honest, the first few times I used a template it literally took me hours to figure it out. I read some helpful tutorials, but I still struggled. I hope that this tutorial clears up any confusion you might have about how to use templates in Photoshop Elements.

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The most important thing to remember about templates is layers and especially the order of those layers. 
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You must put the image you want to use above the shape that acts as the frame. 
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The next thing you need to understand is called grouping - it is by grouping your photo with the previous layer or the shape in your template you are using that your photo is cut into the shape you need.
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To "Group" a layer with the previous layer press ctrl+G 
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Make sure you layer the images on top of the numbers (or click the little eye to turn visibility of each number layer off)

How to create your own template
Sometimes you can't find exactly the right template, or you want to modify one that you've downloaded. Here is how I make my own templates using PSE:

Start a new image with a white background. This one is 750x600px
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Use the rectangle tool
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if you are going to make identical shapes in your template choose the "duplicate layer" by right clicking on the layer you want to copy
(sorry about the weirdness of this screen capture - I re-did it twice! I don't know why this happened)
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once you have all your layers in place make sure to use the align tool (click the move icon in the main toolbar)
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I like to add color. I get a design palette & drag it into my design area. I choose the paint tool.
change template color
use the waterdrop tool on the design palette
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copy the color from the design palette onto the template
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when you're done delete the palatte
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use the text tool to add numbers on each of your layers
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re-arrange the order of the numbers so that each number is on top of each corresponding shape. Choose the move tool again select the shape and the number (using ctl+click) and use the align tool - choose horizontal centers
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then choose vertical centers and your number will be perfectly centered within the template shape
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select each number 1 press ctrl+ G to create a group with the shape in the previous layer. Repeat until all of the numbers are grouped with their shape.


Can't wait to see your photos!! Don't forget - the link opens at 9am CST

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check out the other blogs hosting this challenge Rebecca of Bumbles and Light, Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi of live and love... out loud

Just a few details:
All are welcome regardless of skill level, time commitment and geographic location.
Each Friday, we'll have freebies, discounts to some of the hottest photography resources, photography tips and inspirational quotes or poems to get your creative photography juices flowing.
Share your favorite images inspired by the weekly prompt. The linky will remain open from 9am Friday – 9am Thursday CST. Link directly to your Poetic Winter blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog’s home page or Flickr Photostream.
Feel free to share your photos in our Poetic Winter Flickr Group as well and don’t forget to visit and comment on the previous entry in the linky list.
This time around, we'll be pinning our favorite photos to the Poetic Winter Pinterest Board. Not on Pinterest and need an invite? Let me know in the comments section and I'll be more than happy to send you one.
And last, but not least, don't forget to grab our lovely button.





Next week’s prompt will be calm. For a complete list of upcoming prompts, head on over to the Photography Challenge page. I have no idea what I'm going to photograph for next week's challenge but I am loving the challenge - just because it is that - so challenging. I hope you're enjoying this challenge as well.

Thanks to the following sponsors for partnering with us to bring you these fabulous deals; created exclusively for Poetic Winter Photo Challenge participants and valid throughout the month of February. Click on the images to be taken directly to their sites. Don't wait to take advantage of these discounts before they expire!!



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