Macy’s Parade – Spider Man

Spider Man, weaving his way through the city streets. And all the people are watching to see which bad guy he’ll fight off!


Spider Man – ProjectEdit365 – 07 Nov

Like pretty much all of my parade pics, this one was dark and lacking contrast. I increased the contrast, clarity, and lightened the shadows. I increased the grain on this one just a little. Here’s the original:


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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).


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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Crazy Portrait

My youngest has a silly personality that will come out once she’s spent time with you and is comfortable. Fortunately, my camera is well-known and she’s pretty comfortable acting herself.

Plus, how cool is this wall. It was just begging to be posed in front of. I believe it’s in Winchester, VA.

Girl stands in a silly pose in front of brick wall. Not So SAHM

Crazy Portrait – ProjectEdit365 – 22 Oct

I intended to shoot this picture at an interesting angle, but then when I looked at it in the computer, it was just too much. So, I cropped to make the bricks straight, but that ended up cutting off her toes. WAAHHH! I increased the clarity and contrast and lightened the shadows. Also, the picture was super orange so I cooled it down a bit. I also decreased the saturation of the orange color with the orange slider.I used several adjustment brushes: to sharpen her eyes, to lighten the coat and leggings; to decrease the contrast of her face and clothes (since they were too contrasty from increasing the contrast of the whole photo) and on the whitish bricks to tone down the yellowness. I then used a radial filter to darken her surroundings but keep her lighter. Here’s the original:


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U.S. Mail

Bills. Love letters. Dear John letters. Applications. Notices. Junk. Life.

This box has held all the secrets.

Well worn.


U.S. Mail – ProjectEdit365 – 04 Oct

The original was lopsided and flat. I increased the contrast and clarity and lightened the shadows. I decreased the saturation of the red tail light. I used an adjustment brush around the background to decrease the clarity and put more focus on the mailbox. I finished by giving the picture some grain and a little vignette. The original:



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The Bean

If you’ve been to Chicago you’ve been to the Cloud Gate, otherwise known as The Bean.

Cloud Gate also known as The Bean in Chicago Not So SAHM

The Bean – ProjectEdit365 – 26 June

I made several quick edits to the original. The lens distortion was making the steps of the sidewalk bow, so I used the Lens Correction tool in Lightroom to straighten everything out. I increased the clarity and contrast. I then turned it black and white and adjusted each color in that slider to get the look I liked. Here’s the original:


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Modes of transport

Bikes and pedestrians fill the sidewalks of Adams Morgan in Washington D.C. Not So SAHM

Modes of transport – ProjectEdit365 – 22 June

When a picture is busy I like turning it into black and white. It simplifies. Although it’s fun to look at the picture and study everything. I increased the clarity and contrast (which I also like to do on urban shots, it seems), and lightened the shadows and blacks (which upping the contrast tends to intensify). The original:


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