Hi everyone and welcome to Day 2 of our week devoted to learning new techniques!
I'm Amy Kingsford and today I have a fun photo technique to share with you that I learned recently and I'm looking forward to playing around with in my Autumn photos.
I've always loved the look of lens flare, but am rarely able to capture this effect with the lens in my Nikon P520. So I've often turned to premade flare and actions to create this effect in my photos.
But did you know that there is a filter available in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements that will create lens flare for you?
Let me introduce you to this tool if you are not already familiar and show you a simple trick that will give you more control over the size, color and opacity of the flares you create with this tool.
NOTE:For the best results, you may want to pair this effect with photos that are back lit or have a visible source of light.
1. First you'll open your photo in Photoshop, duplicate it and make any basic edits you wish to make.
2. Next you'll go to Filter--> Render--> Lens Flare. Here you can control the position, brightness and the type of lens flare you want to recreate.
3. Play around with these settings until you are happy with the result you see in the preview and click ok.
4. Now you should see the lens flare effect applied to your photo, but you might also notice that the effect is now locked to your photo. If you are happy with the effect then you are good to go, but if you want to be able to customize the effect a bit more go ahead and undo the effect.
IMPORTANT:Even if you know from the start that you want to be able to customize your results, you'll still want to apply the effect directly to your photo and then undo it--read on to find out why.
5. Next create a new layer above your photo and fill it with black.
6. Now go to Filter and at the very top of the list of filters you should see the last filter you applied Lens Flare. Click on it to apply the exact same settings you just applied to your photo to your new fill layer.
7. Now apply the Screen blending mode to this layer and you should see the same result that you saw earlier when the effect was applied directly to your photo, only now you are able to customize your results.
8. Maybe you'd like your lens flare to be a different color, or perhaps more vibrant. You can now adjust the Hue and Saturation of your lens flare.
9. Or maybe you'd like to tone down the effect by changing the opacity or by adding a bit more blur to your flare. I changed my opacity to 65% and added a Gaussian Blur to my lens flare layer.
10. Or maybe you'd even like to reposition or remove part of your flare to better suit your photo. I ended up using a soft brush with my foreground color set to black to paint directly on my flare layer to remove parts of the flare that I felt were distracting.
And there are countless other changes you could make if you wanted to.
Here are my final results. Though the changes may seem subtle, having the ability to tweak things here and there with your lens flare really can make a huge difference!
I hope you have as much fun playing around with this effect as I have. And don't forget to join Lisa tomorrow to learn another new technique!
Hi everyone, Amy here and welcome back for another day of Back to School reflection!
I have a printable photo checklist for you, as well as some helpful tips, but first, let’s consider for a moment the role that we want photos to play in our Back to School memory keeping.
For me photos play a pretty big role in documenting our “Back-to-School Story.” And as a result I typically plan an extra half hour into our first day and have a small list of planned photos that I like to take each year.
Certain photographs I aim to take in the same spot so that I can effectively capture physical changes that occur from year to year.
These photos of my son were taken by our front door--the first one in 2012, then in 2013 and again this year. With a similar background in each photo, I think the differences really pop!
There are specific things I like to capture each year to show how my boys’ interests change over the years.
And I feel like my son's choice in shoes from year to year say a lot about his changing personality:
I've also tried to make a habit of documenting his first activity in class each year.
In 2012 my son's class did a quick art project together on Back to School Night and in 2013 my son's first activity as a Kindergartner was to write his name:
These are just a few of the photos that I take each year, but they've become an important part of capturing our "Back-to-School Story."
A Back-to-School Photo Checklist
Below is a photo checklist that you can download with plenty of ideas to help you visually record your “Back-to-School Story”. This is an all-encompassing list of which some of the photo ideas may not interest or apply to you, but this way there are enough ideas for everyone to find one or two to try out this year!
In conclusion I'd like to leave with some final bits of advice to help you prepare for capturing those back to school memories.
Think about getting haircuts and/or selecting outfits beforehand.
To avoid showing up late for the first day, remember to plan time into your routine for photos or consider taking some of the photos on another day or possibly even after your kids return from their first day at school.
Think outside of the box and try out different angles and perspectives.
Get in close to record the details.
Take time to sit back and capture the emotions associated with going back to school.
Consider adjusting your camera’s ISO for indoor photos, this should help you to combat the unflattering effects of florescent lighting present in many schools.
If the thought of dragging out your “big girl camera” and all of your equipment feels like too much of a hassle, consider using your trusty point and shoot or even your phone to capture a few back-to-school shots.
Join me tomorrow for lots of ideas and inspiration for piecing together your Back-to-School stories and photos on your scrapbook pages, I look forward to seeing you!
Laura here today talking about photos. Do you like black and white photos? I love them! Well, I love other people's. My digital conversions never seem to come out quite right. They're just a little... pfft.
But good news, I found a great way to do conversions and I bet a bunch of you already have it. The PicTapGo app.
I think their conversions are fabulous!
The recipe: Salt and Pepper with (reduced 50%) High Fives
Here is the "before"
Not bad as-is, but we go to this park all the time and I take a lot of pictures here. After awhile you get tired of looking for scrapbooking products with blue, orange, and brown. It's fun to get a different look and change things up!
Here is the "after"
PicTapGo is an IPhone app that costs $1.99. They have a great blog full of photo inspiration and editing tips. In fact, I read about this recipe here and up until that point I'd had PicTapGo for awhile and never tried a black and white with it. Doh!
Hi! Lisa here with a super quick tip on how to crop your photos in different shapes right in your iPhone!
I have used an app called PicFrame that I found in the app store and have used for a long time to make collages etc.
So, when you click on the app this is what you´ll see. For this project you will want to choose the square frame.
Click in the frame to choose your photo.
The when you click your photo again this menu will appear. Click shape.
Now you can choose whatever shape you´d like to crop your photo into. I choose the circle option.
Tada! Now, just save your photo, transfer it to your printer and you can either print one bigger circle on one photopaper sized 6x4 or more smaller ones if you have the option to print multiple images on one paper. This way you save ink since you don´t have to print the whole images and the just punch/cut one portion of it.
Do you take more pictures with your smart phone camera than your "big girl" camera? With the excellent quality of the camera on my phone I find I take 90% of my pictures using my iPhone. At first this bothered me. I mean, I have an amazing DSLR camera but typically only use it on vacation, for special events and to take photos of my layouts for assignments and posting to galleries. Sad, right?! Well, at first I thought so, but after thinking about it I decided I'm happy I have a phone that takes great photos. It allows me to capture real life everyday moments that I would otherwise miss and also when I travel for work and it isn't possible to take my big DSLR.
With my recent return to flying I'm happy I have my iPhone to capture the fun things I do on layovers. On my first layover in Honolulu I took over 120 photos with my iPhone. I narrowed them down to 18 of my favorite photos, did some quick edits, and put them into a folder I titled "Aloha"! Since I'm laying over there all month, I'll continue to add my favorite shots from each trip to the folder.
Here's a look at some of the albums I've created on my iPhone. So far I have 3 albums for my work travels, I'll continue to add more when I layover in other places.
Another fun thing I like to do with my iPhone when traveling is take a screen of where I am in comparison to where I live. On an iPhone this is easy to do with the Find iPhone app. Since my kiddos are on my account, it shows them at home and me where I'm laying over. Fun, right?! This will be a good picture to use in my travel journal.
I recently purchased the Fujifilm instax SHARE which allows me to print small polaroid prints while on the road or from anywhere I choose! All that is needed is the small printer, which fits easily in my suitcase, film and the instax SHARE app. The advantage to this versus an instant camera is that you not only see how your picture turns out before it is printed but you can edit it before printing too!
The film can be a little pricey so I select just my favorites that help me tell my story. Here is an assortment of what I chose to print.
Look how cute these pictures look printed on the instax SHARE!
If you use your phone for memory keeping, I'm here to tell you to not feel bad about neglecting your big DSLR or other fancy camera that you may have. The important thing is that you are taking photos and documenting your story!
Do you participate in Throwback Thursday (#tbt) on Facebook? I bet if you are like me you have a ton of old photos that need scanning. I have my mother's box of photos. It's more like a really large Tupperware tub. About fifteen years ago, I promised my siblings I'd scan them in. Well, that hasn't happened! I really do not enjoy the process of scanning the photos in. So just this week, I've challenged myself to use Throwback Thursday as an excuse to get some of my photos scanned in. Five every Wednesday or Thursday evening. Not too many to be daunting and enough that over a year I will have been able to get through a chunk of old photos. I have tons!
Here are quick five tips for making the process of scanning in photos a little less painful.
Less it more. Sort through that box of photos and pare it down. I know there are photos in my stack that just aren't worth the time or are so badly damaged that the amount of work isn't justified.
Experiment with your scanner settings. Most scanners come with automatic settings, if your goal is just to preserve your photos, a minimum of 300 dpi should be fine. If your final picture is going to be bigger than the original or you need a higher resolution to create a more professional looking product, go for 600 or higher dpi.
Choose color. If the photo is in black and white, you can either scan it in grayscale or color. The color scan option will give you a greater ability to manipulate the image. You can change it back to grayscale once it's been scanned. If it's sepia, scan it in color.
Clean the platen. Before you start scanning clean off the platen (or glass) by wiping it down with a little bit of glass cleaner sprayed on a cloth. Clean the platen again from time to time as you're scanning those old, dusty photos. I also sometimes notice a little glue residue on mine from scanning layouts, best to get that off before you start too!
Scan multiple images at once. Then learn how to cut them apart using photo editing software. This will save time!
Here are a couple I scanned in last night!
My Maternal Grandparents...
And here is my Papa in a shop class. He's the one with the high ladder chair.
I'm so glad to be preserving these photos for my family!
Our June gallery is such a treat as we get to see not only new layouts, but also their evolution. As we look through the layouts one last time, let's think of one thing that we could do based upon each layout. One way in which we could be inspired by the inspired.
City Kid | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Cocoa Daisy) + brads (October Afternoon) + letters (Jillibean Soup) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + stickers (Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye) + stamp (Cocoa Daisy) + fonts (Burst My Bubble)
WRITE about how your children belong in their environment. Good fit? Square peg, round hole? Or how about you. Were you born into your environmental element, or did you have to find it as an adult?
Happy Smile | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned papers (Glitz) + elements (Glitz) + fonts (2Peas Graham Cracker)
CLICK your camera at a subject lying down. Stand over top for a fun perspective.
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Lawn Fawn) + stickers (American Crafts, Heidi Swapp) + diecuts (Elle's Studio, American Crafts) + label (Chic tags)
SCRAPBOOK with layers. At least four!
Finals | Laura O'Donnell
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Light Bulb Moment by JustJaimee and Stolen Moments) + font (Remington Noiseless)
CLICK a picture of your child in their natural element.
Lunch This Week | Carey Bridges
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Celeste Knight's Honeysuckle) + journal cards (Celeste Knight's Honeysuckle Journal Cards) + digital elements (Pixels & Company's Bermuda Triangle Collab, Gennifer Bursett's Miss Molly Elements) + washi tape (Scotty Girl Design's This Year 2014 Summer Washi Tape) + word strips (Scotty Girl Design's In the Kitchen Word Art) + font (1942 Report)
CLICKa photo of the menu board at your favorite restaurant.
SCRAPBOOKusing a color scheme from your favorite decade.
Keep Calm | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials digital kit (Shine On by Lauren Grier & Erica Zane)
CLICKa profile picture.
Sweet & Spicy | Kate Christensen
8.5 x 11 | materials digital kits (Adiamo by Scotty Girl Design; Boardwalk: Wood Grain by Laura Passage of Wishing Well Designs; Every Little Bit: Neutral Paper Pack by Deena Rutter) + frame (Summerific Frames by Creashens) + alpha (Endless Summer by Sugarplum Paperie) + mist (Mess it Up V.3 by Dawn by Design) + fonts (Pea Lex Valentine, CK Mama O, Century Gothic)
SCRAPBOOKwith washi tape AND a number. It's a twofer challenge!
Sprinkler Dog | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (One Little Bird, Troublemaker) + twine (Splendid Finns) + journaling blocks (Creativity by Crystal) + fonts (Bondoluo, Century Gothic)
CLICKa photo of your pet doing something seasonal.
Thank you for the increased number of comments! It is so lovely to hear from you and to better develop our relationships. It's so fun to check as the day goes on and see that our hard work is appreciated! Thank you so much.
Before we go, we wanted to take a minute to say goodbye and thank you to Two Peas In a Bucket. We read the sad news this week that they are closing up shop. And we are so sad. So very sad. For years they were an industry leader. Ahead of their time, they created message boards that allowed us, as scrapbookers and people, to connect with one another. Their galleries allowed us all to improve as we could study and learn from those more talented. Their store helped launch companies as their Garden Girls showed what could be done with them. And their Garden Girls have been some of the most incredibly talented. Kristina and Jeffrey had vision and talent and used it to alter the face and the landscape of the scrapbooking world. Thank you, to both of them for creating a community for us and for forging an online scrapbooking home for so very many of us. We will miss you!