Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
a brand new week......
Before I start to answer some more questions, here's a couple more of Miss G. I've been shooting a bunch of her lately, with my time off....it's been great! =)
I adore this last two....especially the last one, she was really working the camera! LOL!!
Ok...now onto some questions. =)
From Melissa: I too live in the dallas area (irving to be exact) and wanted to know where your favorite places to take pictures are? also, besides your own actions, what is your favorite photo enhancing tool in photoshop?
Thursday, July 26, 2007
flickr mixer photos
OK...on to more questions. =)
From Stacey: So, here are my questions...raw or jpeg? And, what about wb? Do you fix it later or custom wb before and with what? Thanks!
Stacey, I've done both but I actually prefer jpeg. I like the sooc from jpeg over raw a tad better. But if I'm shooting in very difficult light, I'll shoot raw so I can adjust exposure. And I leave my white balance usually on auto. The only time I change it is if I need a bit more red in the photos.....like when I'm outside with tons of green around me, I then change it to sunny and it works great. I learned that from shooting in Gracie's green room. =) If I need to add or take away some color....I work in color balance or curves in PS. =)
From Tiffany: Can we see the whole scene of the swing? =)
Ha Tiffany.....my hubby came home and said to take a photo of the swing because you wanted to see it....I promise I will or he will. =) Thanks sweetie!
From Becky: My question is do you ever get any pictures of your girls together? Do your girls fight a lot.... is there jealousy? My girls are 5 and 2 1/2 and I have trouble with all of the above
Becky, although many people think that Sam was mine since I plastered pictures of her all over my blog, she's not...she's my niece. I use to watch her 4 days a week but I don't have her anymore which explains why you don't see her on here very much. =( I did get a couple of her and Gracie together but it was getting harder and harder because Sam could get up and exit the room. LOL!!
From Teresa: I do have a question.... do you have a certain way you enhance the eyes. Also have you taken any classes on light or are you self taught?
Teresa.....with Gracie having dark eyes, I really have to watch to see if I get light in her eyes. Now, I'm going to say this because I know there are so many out there that are sticklers for catchlights.....it really makes no difference to me. Of course I like getting light in them, but if I have a photo that I love and there's no light in the eyes....who cares. It's art, it's subjective and if you love it, that's all that matter. =) When people ask me how I learned it all, I tell them that you need to learn it all and then you can toss some of the tech stuff out the window. Photos don't have to be perfect all the time....do what you like to do and that's all that matters.
I don't do anything other than run Rad's Protouch action and lighten the eyes. I don't do it all the time but it's really awesome how it brings little specs of light out that you don't see. =)
I'm all self-taught....well, not self-taught because I learned tons from boards and other photogs, but I didn't take any classes if that's what you're shooting at. LOL!! Honestly, if you just practice with light you can get it....front lighting, rembrandt lighting, backlighting.....it all takes some practice and honestly, I'm still hit or miss on it but each time you do it, you learn what and what not to do. =)
OK....until tomorrow girls! Thanks!!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
time for answers...
From Adrienne: "I have a question for you.... unsharp mask. Do you have 'settings' or do you play with it on each different picture? I just got a new computer and reinstalled photoshop, and lost the settings I had set for it, which i really liked. Now I can't figure it out again!! THX! :)...also..what was your inspiration to be a *natural light* photog?"
Adrienne, I play with the USM setting on each photo because sometimes SOOC they are sharp as a tack and other times, they are a bit soft. With full resolution photos I start with #'s of 100, 2, 3 and tweak from there. With web-size photos, I start with 50, .02, 0 and work from there. =) You'll be able to tell if you go to far by seeing halos and almost a double-vision look. =)
My inspiration for being a natural light photog was Amanda Keeys. LOVE her stuff. When I first saw her work, I knew what I wanted to do. Everything seems to come at ease for her and you can tell she just connects with little ones. =)
From Ellen: I'm curious what lenses you use. Thanks!
Ellen, I'm a prime junkie though I'm really eyeing the 24-70L lens. LOL!! My lens that I use are the Sigma 30mm 1.4, 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8. They work well for me because I've got a great portrait lens and a good wide lens and one in between. The f-stop number is what I look at first when buying a lens....because I work indoors, I've got to have a fast lens that works great in low-light conditions. =)
From Michelle: my question is what camera are you using and what is your favorite lens? thanks!
Michelle, I have a Canon 20d and honestly, I haven't taken the 50mm 1.8 off my camera in a while. I know some people hate that lens but for the money, it's awesome. =) I would probably have to say my fav lens out of all 3 of them is my 85mm. It's SWEEEET!! Plus it was my first lens I bought when I bought my camera so it's got some senimental value to me too. LOL!!
From Nancy: My question is how did you learn photoshop? Did you take a class or are you self-taught? Also, do you swtich lenses often or do you have one that seems to work best for your typical photo shoot?also, just a reminder that many of your fans are eagerly awaiting your actions in PSE 5.0-compatible form!
LOL Nancy, I know! If you guys haven't learned from me by now, I'm always behind! I need to take some time-management courses! LOL!! I did however learn today from a photog that my action does work in PSE5.0 up until the last stop and then it erases everything. So, it's just a matter of working it all out and stuff....I promise I will get them for you all though. =)
I learned basically on my own. I had PS 5.5 so I couldn't run any actions on it so I had to learn it all....well not it all but a workflow. It was a blessing and a curse at the same time....a blessing that I had to learn it, I had no choice and a curse because it was time-consuming to work on photos. LOL!! I do tell people not to be afraid of experimenting with PS, you CANNOT mess up your photo. =) Also, Scott Kelby has a wonderful book out that easy to understand and funny to boot. It gives you some wonderful starting points and then you can build from there. =)
With my lens, if I'm shooting family, I'll switch from my 30mm when shooting all of them together and then to my 50 or 85mm if I'm just shooting one or two of the kiddos. =) It can be such a pain in the rear to switch in the middle of a session but what I recommend is shooting the entire family first and then the kids and then candids. It will allow you to not have to switch lens in and out as much and the kiddos by the end they just want to play and they are pretty much tired of your camera. LOL!!
OK....oh and thanks Julie! What a small world! =)
I'm going to end this post and tomorrow I'll come back and answer a few more questions for ya. =) I'm leaving you guys with one of the sweetest pictures....I had the pleasure of meeting some fabulous photos on Monday. We got the kids together and had some fun. I'll put the links to their websites and blogs in tomorrow for you guys to check them out. These two were like 2 peas in a pod, they connected within minutes....plus they have the same name too. =)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
website sneak peek....
Here's a quick sneak peek of my new site....think Summer and Spring! Full of color and fun. =)
I'll keep the questions coming and I'll start answering them next week for you. =) Other than that, you all have a great weekend. =)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
just a swinging.....
This one, she was trying to kick me....little turd! See, she's not so nice and sweet as most of you guys think. =)
And one from yesterday...
The website is taking a bit longer than I thought...sorry guys. I'm trying to finish some other stuff up for clients but I promise I'll post a sneak peek tomorrow for you. =)
Also....I've been getting a bunch of emails with you all asking questions so I thought like I did a while back.....why don't you guys post your questions here and I'll answer them for you. That why we can share the Q and A with everyone. =)
Monday, July 16, 2007
a couple of things.....
"I would like to thank everyone for your concerns and prayers during my short stay in the hospital. When I was in the operating room, I did not know who the prayers were from, but I knew they were there."
Thank you again,
Richard (Brenda's dad)
And thanks again from me too....the outcome could not have been any better and I know it had something to do with all the well-wishes sent his way. =)
I know you guys are just dying too see Sam...be prepared, she's not a baby anymore....(sob, sob)
And check out those chucky legs! LOL!! With grass included....
We had so much fun at her party...it's funny because she's trying to hard to "hang with the BIG girls!" And YES....she has hair! It's almost a strawberry blonde too....totally from her daddy. =)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
it's a birthday palooza!!
It's Sam's birthday today!! Happy birthday little one!!
And also, a shout out to Leslie too.....today she turns.....LOL...I won't say your age Leslie though you don't look a day over 25! Leslie is my great friend and wonderful client that I take pictures of with the hats. Go check out her site....I think she has some new stuff up or she's getting it up soon. She's also revamping her site as well...it must be in the water! LOL!
I'm hoping (knocking on wood here) to have mine done at the end of the weekend. So keep checking...a bunch of new and exciting stuff coming. =)
Anywho....HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you two.....have a wonderful day and eat cake for breakfast! =)
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
splendor in the grass.....
Saturday, July 07, 2007
"always polish your toes..."
Say goodbye to the green walls....I'm thinking either robin's egg blue or a dark pink.
Oh and thanks for the heads up on the subscribe thing...I don't think I have it installed correctly so I'll work on that or either do a different one. =)
Friday, July 06, 2007
4th of July...
Thursday, July 05, 2007
checking to see....
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
changes coming soon!
Keep checking back for the revamp site to unveal. =)
And all you guys have a fantastic 4th of July! If it doesn't stop raining here, we are going to need an ark....we'll float away! I think we are going on day 9 of rain and still counting...it's crazy! LOL!! Hopefully it will gives us a break so we can watch the fireworks...Gracie is excited to see them this year. =)