This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, March 23, 2009

photographing a snow drop

Microsoft PowerPoint - Presentation2

I found a new button on PhotoShop today - "Variations". It was already hard enough to choose what photo looks best. Now 10 to choose between. But I'll have fun playing.

Variations gives a bunch of different light and color settings all next to each other on the same screen. I think I prefer the lighter version of this snow drop. And the greener shades. Of course, it'll look different on its own or with my green blog background. And still not the same as it looked when I took the photo - out in the crisp spring morning air.

When I take pictures, I usually use PhotoShop to edit. I don't like to use a flash. So I often brighten photos and reduce the shadows. I play with the "shadows/highlights" feature for this. Then the auto settings. Then the color adjusts.

And, late on a Sunday evening, I even try the artistic filters....

snow drop
snow drop pencil snow drop watercolor


Blogger JMS said...

Oooh, I would love the side-by-side-by-side comparisons. I've always heard that Photoshop is a bear to learn - how tough is it?

March 23, 2009 9:11 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I've been using it for ever (20 years or so). And still I'm figuring it out. I'd say yes, its tough. And expensive.

March 23, 2009 9:16 PM

Blogger Dan said...

I will have to look for the variations button. I have the program and just learned how to crop a few months ago which is pretty bad. I do single image tone mapping with photoshop. It is particularly good at bringing out depth in the sky. I will find the tutorial link and e-mail it to you. Here is a link to a photo I used the procedure on and the photo below is the original:

March 23, 2009 11:56 PM

Blogger Urban Environmentalist said...

which photoshop are you using? The pictures are gorgeous!

March 24, 2009 11:15 AM

Blogger kathy said...

thanks. its CS3

March 24, 2009 11:37 AM

Anonymous Andrew said...

Delurking to say nice work, Kathy, and yes, I'd agree with you on Photoshop -- 10+ years, and there's still a lot I don't know. A friend keeps asking me to "teach" her Photoshop, as if it's something we could do in an afternoon. :)

Enjoy your blog!

March 25, 2009 9:04 AM

Anonymous Kate said...

Love the picture and great blog!!!

March 25, 2009 9:09 AM

Anonymous littlem said...

Thanks for the cool tip.

March 29, 2009 11:28 PM


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