Before & After #5

May 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Happy Memorial Day, friends. My last blog post (Before & After #4) brings up a couple of good questions: How far should one go with photomanipulation? Does photomanipulation violate photographic integrity and sincerity? Yes, and no. I believe that there needs to be a balance between sincerity and faithfulness to one's artistic vision. One's sense...
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Before & After #4

May 22, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Before & After #4: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan). This photo is from 2016, when Matthew and Kate were practically still babies. We were traveling to northern lower Michigan with their cousins, and I was hoping that in mid-August we might possibly have the whole dune to ourselves. Yeah, right.:) So, when we got home, I decided...
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Before & After #3

May 18, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Before & After #3. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite family photos I've taken. I exposed this shot for the highlights (the sky), knowing that the superduper sensor on my Sony mirrorless camera can dial up the shadows with minimal penalty. All I did to the original file here was toy around with basic settings in Adobe Lightroom: White...
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Before & After #2

May 17, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Before & After #2. Color is a wonderful element of photography, but sometimes it can detract from the essence of a photo. Matthew's shirt here has green sleeves, which is cute in real life, but since the eye is drawn to vivid colors, I found the green somewhat distracting. His facial expression is the heart of this photo -- bored, maybe ambivalent...
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Before & After #1

May 17, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Before & After #1. Hi, and welcome to a new thing that I'm trying! I'm hoping to inspire y'all to snap some photos and try your hand at editing! As you can see, the original SOOC (straight-out-of-camera) shot is pretty flat and dull, but has potential to become much better with a few easy adjustments. The Pros of this photo: strongly romantic mome...
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