Thursday, June 28, 2012

sponsor love {pt 1}

Over the next little while, I will be introducing my sponsors & their favorite photos.  They will be explaining why they love their photos & what they did to edit it to make it "just right."
These are women of various levels of photography experience, and they are here because they LOVE photography as much as I do... even if that means they just shoot with their camera phones and have fun with Instagram like Cassie of Two In Diapers!

I'm so excited to be a sponsor of Lena B Photography's blog!
This is one of my very favorite photos of all time! I'm definitely not much of a photographer, but once in a while I capture a wonderful moment such as this with my little ones.

I took this photo on my beloved iPhone using Instagram app, and the filter I chose was Amaro.

Up next is Colleen of Paisley Boulevard... I've probably mentioned her here before since SHE totally designed this space for me. Isn't it lovely?  {if you're on the lookout for a new look, get in touch with her! she's amazing!!}

Hi friends of Lena! I'm Colleen and I blog at Paisley Boulevard. I'm excited to blab a bit about photo editing with you today! I use Photoshop to do all of my photo editing. It's an amazing tool that gives you limitless photo editing creativity, and it's great for just simple tweaks as well.
This is one of my favorite shots of my son, before editing.

and here is the same photo after a bit of editing:

To edit this photo, I cropped it, used a spot healing tool to remove the shed (HUGE photoshop benefit!), perked up the greenery, added a blur, adjusted the levels for a softer effect, and added a sun flare for fun!
I know that Photoshop can be a bit intimidating, but I think it is so worth the learn! You can do so many amazing things with it, and I am always discovering fun and creative ways to use it.

 Stay tuned for more wonderful sponsors!
They'll be visiting the blog over the next few weeks!
Be sure to show them a little love!

Again, thank you for all your support ♥


Monday, June 25, 2012

ruby the ham

Ruby had so much posing for these pictures!
There are endless possibilities when it comes to editing...
just using picmonkey, this is what I've done so far!


Friday, June 22, 2012


Last week my photography teacher asked the class to bring in "something or someone" we'd like to photograph for this week's class.

Since I LOVE taking pics of the kids... I brought Ruby!

Our teacher brought in some studio lighting and we were able to read the light using a light meter reader.
She taught us how to set up a quick back drop {white sheet} and engage our subject {she was great with Ruby!}... it was neat!  For the past few weeks we've talked about "light" and last night we were able to manipulate it!

These are my "test" shots from last night's class shot at 
1/125  F8  ISO 100
completely undedited at this point, straight out of the camera!
{can you tell Ruby "hates" getting her photo taken? ha!}

First shot, above, was taken with the light off to the side...

This time the light was placed almost directly in front of her!

It was a really fun class, and I definitely learned a few tricks!
Now for the fun part... editing!!
Check back later to see how I chose to edit these!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

photoshop tutorial by Joanna

Hi everyone!  I'm Joanna from ModaMama and photobyJoH.  I've been taking pictures for a really long time, and I've been obsessing over Photoshop for almost as long too.  The reason I love photoshop is the endless possibilities.  I love that it lets me be the artist I never was with a paintbrush.  Today, I'll be showing you how I go from the RAW file to the finished product for my clients.
Disclaimer: this is for a more knowledgable user and someone who knows their way around the program fairly well.  I'll be using key/basic concepts and expecting you to understand them.  If Lena will have me, I'm happy to do a more basic beginner tutorial on what I do to my ModaMama pictures.  Those get minimal processing as they're a daily thing and I just don't have that kind of time.
I love actions, and use them all the time.  But I don't pay for actions.  When I stumble upon an action I really like, I usually try to painstakingly recreate it and save it - and I'll often call it the same as the action I found because then I know where I got that inspiration.  Since I'm doing it for myself, I don't feel bad about naming it the same thing because I'm not selling it - it's for my personal reference.
So yes, I rely heavily on my actions.
First off, I open up the image in Camera Raw and adjust the temperature of the light.  We usually don't notice the color temperature of the light, and when shooting using natural light - which is my favorite - conditions can change quickly.  So I always go into to adjust that first.  I often bump the exposure up or down a bit here as well - in this case I bumped it up.   Sometimes I play a little with the Hue/Saturation just a touch too.
At this point I click open image - and jump into the heart of Photoshop.

First thing, I zoom in and clone stamp "imperfections" away on a duplicate layer. If I'm 100% happy - I merge and move on. 

The very first action I run, and one I would recommend buying just because it's basic and time consuming to create, is a skin re-touch action.  Once I've run the action I just take the brush and paint over the face to smooth out skin.  Then I adjust the opacity of the layer to a level that looks good and believable - these aren't fashion models in a commercial magazine and to make real people look like that is fake and amateurish, I think.

Then I run a Hair and Eye Highlighter action and paint over the highlights in the hair to make them stand out a bit more, as well as the irises of the eyes. This is usually the time I would fix flyaways as well, but this picture didn't need any such hair touch-ups.

Next, I usually whiten the teeth using a pre-programmed action as well, but here's a really easy way to do it.  Zoom in really close and lasso the teeth.  Then, using Hue/Saturation > yellows - I de-saturate in order to whiten the them, and lighten them to add a bit of brightness.

Last but not least, I punch up the contrast a bit, boost the saturation a bit more, and maybe adjust the curves a touch.  Then save!

Thanks for having me.
Thanks Joanna!
I'd love for you to come back with a beginner' tutorial as well!!
p.s. don't forget to enter the giveaway here


Thursday, June 14, 2012

baby bump

My sister is due early next month, and she asked me to snap a few shots of her baby bump before the big day arrives!
These are my first edits.  Done with ... I just installed Lightroom so I hope to come back with even more funky shots soon!

don't forget to check out my very first giveaway to celebrate the launch of this new blog!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

first giveaway

You are all in for a little treat today!
To help celebrate the launch of this new page, a couple wonderful ladies are joining me to host Lena B Photography's very first giveaway!

Here are the wonderful prizes up for grabs!
{there will be 4 winners!}

2 camera straps with lens cap holders by Little Becky Homecky
1 $15 Shutterfly gift card from AbsoluteMommy
6 months feature ad space from Lena B Photography

Giveaway ends Sunday, June 17th at Midnight!
Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, June 8, 2012

dog day

My photography teacher brought her dog to class last night so we could practice shutter speed & "stopping action"... this little pup was too adorable not to share! 


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

birthday girl

It was my niece's third birthday last month...
it has taken me a while to get around to these photos (as my sister has pointed out numerous times!), but I am sharing a few of my favourites today.