I headed down to the pool on Fathers Day to try and snap a couple shots of my husband, Dadding. Throwing kids around in the pool is definitely a Dad thing. These moments are fleeting, which is why I am grateful to be a photographer. One day she is going to be way too cool to be thrown around the pool, it's going to be embarrassing for Dad to even be there. While the children won't keep, the photographs will.
I used one of our Free Actions, Photo Refresh on this image. Here is the before and after:
Photo Refresh is everything you need to clean up an image, plus there is an optional warmth layer, to warm things up. The hazy sunlight in the left of the image is something new I have up my sleeve for you. More on that later this week/next week.
If you are a Dad, I hope you had a wonderful Fathers Day. I hope you did all the Dad things, and I hope that someone snapped a few pics for you to remember this fleeting time.
P.S. I know it's weird that my husbands face is hidden. It's what we have to do. Thank you for understanding.
Four months ago, our littlest farm boy made his arrival. He was smaller than we imagined he would be, but so so so cute.
He has a beautiful disposition, and is already giving us glimpses of his little personality. I took a couple of weeks off but have gotten back to work in the last few days. He was born just after Valentine's Day and everything got put on hold these last few weeks. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself but I promised myself this time that I wouldn't slow down and so far I have been able to strap him into a carrier and carry on with my responsibilities. It helps that he is such a good baby, he is up for anything as long as he is snuggled up to me.
I'm not saying that I'm getting things done quickly, it took me 5 weeks to take these pictures, and another week to sit down and edit them. For me, these are the perfect newborn photos. While posed newborn photos are beautiful to look at, and seem fun to style- I prefer real life, real moments...real memories.
I love the way he sleeps. It's the best to me. I just want to remember those little things, because it's easy to forget. Really easy.
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I am definitely an outdoor, roll-around-in-the-grass lifestyle photographer.
Virginia winters are just too cold for me, and this winter was especially rainy. I mean rain. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Who would rather take pictures of dogs getting a bath next to the pool...
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Getting back on track, I thought it would be a good idea to reacquaint you to the Free Photoshop Actions and Free Photoshop Elements Actions we offer.
Warmth turned off
FRESHLY PICKED SPRING PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS
As our time in the Middle East is coming to an end, we are struggling with a decision. Whether to stay in our comfort zone, or buy a farm upon our return to the USA. We are thinking, and praying, about what the right decision is for our family. In my heart I think I know the decision we need to make, but I also think it will be hard.
MLC PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS USED
Spring Clean Base (Spring I), Peony (Spring Tones), Lilac (Spring Tones)
BEFORE & AFTER
By the way, I always look for images in my Bridge that are dramatic and I usually only edit those. I feel like I have to get away from that because I am missing a lot of everyday-experience type shots in favor of only perfect shots. This one for example, is far from perfect. I mean, I don't think Nat Geo is going to call me on this one. The man isn't looking at the camera, the hawk isn't looking at the camera, his tank top is weirdly pulled to the left of the picture. Gents, please don't wear tank tops under cotton shirts, or any other kind of shirts. Short sleeve undershirts look much less "my cousin Vinny"-ish.
Undershirts aside, this is definitely a RAW image, and it's slightly underexposed. The first thing I did, was look to my Actions palette to see what I had that might help me brighten the image. I went straight for the Spring sets of Actions (5 for $5.00) that we released last year.
Five Winter Toning Actions:
2. Icy Blast- includes four layers to shift, boost, add a touch of winter, and and includes a velvety smooth matte finish.
3. Sweet Winter- includes four layers to shift, boost, add sweet winter contrast, and pop with added richness.
4. Lost & Found- is a deep moody edit that includes 3 layers to give gorgeous contrast, deep mood, and a moody low finish.
5. Vintage Winter- includes four layers to boost, shift your image to a vintage film look, and finally give a subtle vignette.
These Actions play very smoothly on all of our test images, with minimal layer masking. The option exists on each layer of each Action to use a layer mask. This makes each Action fully customizable enabling you to achieve the greatest results!
Five Tones Of Winter
For Use With Adobe Photoshop CS 4-6 & Creative Cloud
For Use With Adobe Photoshop Elements 7+
I bought a wide angle lens and started pounding the pavement for business. Soon, I had booked a dozen sessions a week (with agents around town) for around $100.00 each. Then, the builders got word of what I was doing. One large builder hired me to photograph every single house they built and soon, I had a full-time job doing what I loved.
The key to starting a successful Real Estate Photography business is just to do a great job. Make contact with a couple of Real Estate Agents/Brokers, gain their business, do a good job, and they will tell their friends about you.
One of the greatest things for me was hearing clients tell me that their listings were selling faster because of my great images.
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Next, I used "Evening Shift", and finished with Pumpkin Boost (brushed off 30% over the flowers).
Moody Edit gives the final image a nice velvety matte finish with rich browns and deep colors.
These Actions are part of the Harvest Collection of Photoshop Actions we offer each fall. This is a mini-set of Actions, offered at a great price. They are tailored especially for the fall season and all of the beautiful colors and textures we see each year. If you haven't checked them out you can find them on this page. They will only be available until December 6th!
Going forward, I am going to share more of myself and my personal photography. I never want anyone to think that I am absent from this or that they sent their money out into the internet, never to get something in return.
With all of that said...check out my sweet 15 year old Cocker Spaniel, Copper! My baby boy!
He is attached to my three year old, they are best friends. She was in the pool swimming with her Dad and it was pretty hot outside (try 125°). Copper doesn't enjoy the hot weather anymore but he still needs to keep an eye on his baby. This is him, literally on the edge of his seat, waiting for anything to happen that might require his immediate attention.
I noticed the amazing backlighting and knew I had to run and grab my camera. Backlighting is everything to me these days. I can't tell you what Actions I used on this image because it was a month or so ago.
That's a little glimpse into what I am shooting these days. I still dream of being at National Geographic photographer, but for now family life will do.
I'm here y'all, working hard for MLC- whatever you need, I'm here to help.
The Harvest Collection is a small set of Actions designed especially for the Fall months to enhance your seasonal pictures. Whether you are shooting in a pumpkin patch, middle of the woods, or a crazy corn maze, The Harvest Collection has you covered.
Before And After: The Harvest Collection
Before And After: The Harvest Collection
ABOVE: I used the free Photoshop watercolor texture in Seafoam on an image to give it a little nostalgia. It is pictured using the Multiply Blending Mode, brushed off the subjects, with a lowered opacity.
The texture is sized to 4286 pixels x 2744 pixels at 300 dpi. (13MB)
Have fun with it! Post your after's on our Facebook page!
Free Photoshop Watercolor Texture in Seafoam
Spring Script Overlays
AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOSHOP AND ELEMENTS ALL VERSIONS
Spring Dreams (Spring I), Pastell-erator (Spring II), Vintage Bluebelles (Spring III)
+ free Watercolor overlay being released tomorrow!
What is interesting is that, so far, Wordpress is winning the battle for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Switching to Wordpress means a lot of work on our end and that has taken some time away from MLC. The good news is, that we will likely be switching MLC over to Wordpress as well in the coming months and we will undoubtedly reach more MLC friends, customers, and contributors.
But today, I have five script overlays for you! There are three black script overlays and two white. Each is sized to 12"x12" at 300dpi and set on a transparent background. These are great for making cards, nostalgic prints, scrapbook pages, and so much more.
All you need to do is place them on your image and choose a blending mode that is right for your image.
WOULDN'T THIS BE THE CUTEST POSTER?!?
Also used: Pastell-erator & Brush On Color (Spring I) & Sweet Teal (Sweet Skies)
TIPS ON USING THIS SET:
Watch our video on How To Use Layer Masks (below) so that you can brush off the script where needed.
Change the blending mode as needed.
Raise and lower the opacity to effect the strength.
"Ask yourself, where the light is coming from, where it is falling, how strong it is, and what colors can you see"
This year I really want to focus on mastering perspective, it truly makes images much more interesting and ultimately better quality.
In the image above of my 14 year old cocker spaniel, I got down really low and photographed him on his level, head on, and centered. You can see how I achieved the dark, moody, edit below in the video tutorial using the Absence Collection and Moveable Haze from Spring IV.
I thought it would be fun to take a look at some before and afters from the last couple months of using this new set.
Rose Cosmopolitan Recipe by FoodieFoodster.com
Fresh Thai Spring Rolls with Sweet and Spicy Cashew Dipping Sauce Recipe by FoodieFoodster.com
Not Yo' Mommas Tuna Casserole Recipe by FoodieFoodster.com
You can find more specific information about this set, including all of the Actions included, by clicking on the button below!
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We're Celebrating 4 Years Of Magic!
Our first customer from that sale was Steph Barber from Steph Bee Photography. The only product we had available at that time was the Gypsy Collection. From then on, Steph and I have been great friends. She has offered so much encouragement to me in times where I was ready to give up on MLC. The greatest thing about Magic And Light Collection is that I have had the opportunity to meet customers that have turned into friends. Did I tell you she lives in Hawaii? Did I tell you her florals are amazing!?!
Another example of this is Hayley Warren of Hayley Warren Photography. We met through MLC and became instant friends. She is always around to talk, not only about photography, but about life in general. She has done testing for me, contributed images when I needed new material, given me feedback, and generally been awesome.
That is what I love the most about MLC. The people. Hearing from customers, helping, and getting to know you all has been the most rewarding experience for me.
Going forward, in the years to come, I would love nothing more than to get to know more of you. We of course offer products, but also friendly advice. Please don't hesitate to post on our Facebook page, send us a message, or send us an email. It makes my day to hear from you.
Going forward, we are considering a few new things like bringing on additional designers and offering an affiliate program (where you post our products on your website and get a large percentage of the sale). Please keep an eye out for these new programs this year.
In honor of how much I have loved the last four years, we are offering all of our products at 30% off! When you checkout, use the discount code BIRTHDAY4. This includes all of our 5 for $5.00 products (which end up being only $3.50 each)!!!!! Grab them all up for that price y'all!
Here's to another great year!
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Today I have a video for you on how to remove a common lens distortion called vignetting. We all know about vignetting because at times we add it to our images to draw focus toward our subject. While this kind of vignetting is a creative license we all take from time to time, there is a darker side (no pun intended...hardy har har) to vignetting.
Generally this kind of distortion occurs with lower level lenses, but that isn't always the case. Take my image for example, it was taken using a Canon 5d Mark III and a mid-range 85mm prime lens. You can see the edges are considerably darkened.
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MLC Correct Camera Distortion: Vignette
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a former commercial photographer turned Mom-tographer. I started Magic And Light Collection 8 years ago and have loved watching it grow over the years! I am currently working hard on raising those littles, and sharing all the Photoshop shortcuts that help me work smarter, and not harder!
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