It’s written on her face

This one wears her emotions on her sleeve, so to speak. Take a look at her face, her body, her demeanor, and you’ll know exactly how she’s feeling. I know God will use her passionate personality for amazing things, but right now we’re just getting her to understand how to respond properly to her angry and frustrated emotions. She has a very sweet heart, though, which is the perfect complement to the thin skin.

Girl makes funny pose sitting on a park bench. Photo by Not So SAHM

It’s written on her face – ProjectEdit365 – 18 Jan

It’s great when a quick edit will work for a photo. Head over to the blog I made specifically for this project: Project Edit 365 to see the quick edits that I made and the original photo. Thanks!

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Secret Woods

There’s a really cool park in Broward County called Secret Woods Nature Center. There are several walks through the woods and marsh with lots of cool flora and fauna. One of the paths leads out to the river where we were hoping to see manatees, which are “in season” right now to view.

We didn’t see any manatees, but we had great luck finding awesome trees like the one below to pose with.

Girl kneels in tree with cool, exposed roots. Not So SAHM

Secret Woods – ProjectEdit365 – 12 Jan

 

I did so much editing to this photo. You’re going to want to see the original and what steps I took! Head over to Project Edit 365, the blog I created just for my year-long editing project. Thanks!

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December in Florida

If you’re tired of the cold, make your way down to the sunshine state.

We visited Disney World a few years ago in December. Normally the weather is very mild at this time of year, but that year — it was cold! We didn’t let that stop us from pretending though. . .

December in Florida – ProjectEdit365 – 02 Dec


The original was darker. I cropped in and lightened it. I also used a graduated filter to Warm the sunlight. I think I also used a radial filter to brighten the exposure around my daughter. Here’s the original:

Lightroom Presets and Wynwood Walls

I love Lightroom, and I love the presets that you can use with Lightroom. The program already comes with a ton installed, but there are so many out in the internet that you can download. (My favorites are the free ones).

In the Develop Module you can run your cursor over the different presets you have loaded and it will show a preview of what the picture will look like if you have the Navigator tab open.

I’ll show you the difference two of my fave presets on a picture I took of my daughter at the Wynwood Walls in Miami.

The first preset is an HDR look by Matt Kloskowski.

Teen walks by one of the graffiti walls in the Wynwood Walls neighborhood of Miami. Not So SAHM

Walking in Wynwood – ProjectEdit365 – 28 Oct

I found it back in the day on his Lightroom Killer Tips blog, but it looks like it’s no longer available. To replicate the HDR look quickly you can increase your contrast a lot, your clarity a little, and lighten your shadows. I *know* it’s more detailed than that and you can google it if you want to get a technical play by play on creating it. HDR really brings out a lot of depth and dimension.

The second preset is Velvet Butter by the Coffeeshop Blog (I love her stuff!). You can still download this so I’m not going to attempt to explain how to replicate it (because I haven’t figured it out).

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I love the grittiness of the first picture, especially since it’s urban and it’s graffiti, and she looks like she may be full of angst. But I also love the second picture because it’s bright and cheerful, and that matches the sentiment of the colors on the wall.

Which one do you prefer? Oh, here’s the original for comparison (darkish and flat):

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Plantburst

Sort of like a sunburst, but with a plant. This one happens to be spiky: agave angustifolia.

Looking down into the center of a spikey plant. Not So SAHM

Plantburst – ProjectEdit365 – 28 Sep

Taking away the color helps to see the texture better. I didn’t do too much with this photo: decreased the saturation; increased the contrast and clarity; and lightened the shadows a bit. Here’s the original:

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Magical Stroll

Walk with the future in mind. Full of promise and mystery.

Girl walks along a wooden walkway through lush landscape. NotSoSAHM

Magical Stroll – ProjectEdit365 – 22 Sep

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that a terrible shot can be salvaged. This is why I love Lightroom. I greatly increased the exposure and contrast and decreased clarity. I also lightened the shadows, blacks, and increased the vibrance. I ran a preset and then cooled the temperature just a bit. I increased the preset’s vignette. The original:

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