April 14, 2011

Playing With Photos

I would love to tell you that when you see photos on my blog that they are SOOC (straight out of the camera) and have not been through any photo processing what-so-ever. I mean I love taking photos with good composition, great color and great lighting. That is what I try to do on every photo I take.

Truth is that about 75% of the time I use my photos SOOC and the rest of the time I adjust the contrast or saturation if the lighting wasn't the best. Occasionally I get a little wild and use a texture.

For example, this is the original photo. Sort of washed out looking. The dining room has dark golden yellow walls (Waverly Honeypot) and it gives everything a weird, unnatural cast.

Using Photoshop Elements 9, I removed the thin green leaf in the upper left hand corner of the photo. Even though I knew what it was, I thought it looked like a slit in the photo and I didn't want to crop out that portion of the photo altogether.

I can say out of all the photos I have ever used on my blog, I think this may be the only one I ever "photoshopped" in the traditional sense of the word. Usually, if it has something weird in it I just choose another photo, but every single one of the photos of this vignette that I took all had the weird leaf in them.

Gotta wear my glasses next time I take photos.

So now to adjust for the washed out look, I adjusted the contrast by +20 and adjusted the saturation by +20. Sharpens the photo a little and gives it a tiny punch of color.

Finally I added Shadowhouse Creation's Midas Touch texture as an Overlay at 75% Opacity. Just to be a little artsy fartsy.

So do you prefer your photos SOOC or do you tweak them a little?

I am linking with A Rosy Note's Photo Feature Friday.


  1. Most of my photos are sooc, but sometimes you have to fix things.
    Most of mine in cropping. Now, when I save images, I am always fixing them. I love all the photos on here.
    Hugs- Tete

  2. Great picture!! I am a sooc gal too....the fanciest I get is auto fix on picnik....thanks for sharing!!

  3. Very pretty, Pam! Usually I adjust the contrast and brightness with my color photos...they almost always look better!

  4. I always tweak every one. I think it's because I don't use my camera to full capacity, so I compensate once I can edit in Picasa. Sometimes I don't even know what's there until I fool around with the editing. It might be crooked, too dark, poorly framed or low contrast. I can usually correct that on the computer.

    I love what you did with the green bunny plate and the planter. I found you through A Rosy Note.

  5. Your photos look great!!!I can barely manage to TAKE a picture let alone tweak it! I really do need to get better at picture taking! xxoo Diana

  6. Your post and your photos are wonderful Pam! I love how you tweaked your photo. The color just pops out and it looks more textured...very nice. I've never looked at Shadowhouse Creations, I'll have to check that out.

    I NEVER put photos on my blog without doing something to them. I'm too much of a control freak I guess.

    Thank you for sharing at my very first Photo Feature Friday!

    Tricia ♥

  7. I do usually do something to every photo...even if it just means adding a frame. I am trying to learn to use textures but for me it is a struggle...your pictures are lovely.

  8. I would love to learn more about Photoshop, but it just seems so timeconsuming and intimidating. I'm afraid I'm rather basic, as I only use Picassa and Picnik. Perhaps someday you can tutor me! :)

  9. Great photo, Pam.

    I've never worked with layers/textures. I keep telling myself I am going to invest in Photoshop, but I never seem to get around to it.

  10. Great post! I play around a little with photoshop but I'm not very savvy at it. Thanks for the tips!

  11. I'm a tweaker! I always bring them into Photoshop to at least resize them. Otherwise they slow things down. Then I will do a levels check or brightness adjustment. Those are the basics. I like to play around with textures too or I'll remove people that get into my beach shots :)

    This was a great explanation on how you can take a good shot and make it a great one!

  12. Tweak yes, but what you just said was genius and I must learn how to do it!


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