Thursday, October 28, 2010

My New Addiction


Remember a few posts back when I said something about not knowing if I would like using actions and textures...umm well I had a nice breakfast this morning as I ate those words!  It's only been a week since I've been using actions and textures and I'm completely addicted!




It's not that I don't like the photos I take straight out of the camera (or in photography lingo SOOC), it's just that actions and textures can enhance a photo and take it to a whole new level.




Take the photo above for example.  SOOC it was great, good color, nice contrast and I focused the image on the tiny patch of fog through the trees in the field beyond the woods.  Then I applied Pioneer Woman's free action called Boost (lowering the opacity by quite a bit) and then used another one of her actions called Soft Faded just to make it a little more ethereal.  Finally I used Edge Burn and again, lowered it considerably to help darken the edges and draw the eye toward the center of the photo even more.

If I had tried to do this by myself, and with my limited PS knowledge it would have taken awhile.  I would have figured it out eventually, but let's just say that this is WAY faster and much easier!



Actions can make life for people like me who haven't studied photography, or taken a class in how to use Photo Shop, so much nicer.  So to the people or peoples who thought these things up...Thank You!...you're a genius and if you're ever in my neck of the woods I'll make you dinner, take your picture, and make you look fabulous! ;-)




This photo looks almost exactly like the SOOC version, except the lowered Boost action gave it just a hint more light, and the Soft Faded action made it a tiny bit softer.  It was foggy here this morning, so even the SOOC shots had a soft feel to them, but I liked how Soft Faded accentuated that quality in the photo above.




Now, I'm no expert on any of this, I've been feeling my way around in the dark and just trying whatever strikes my fancy at the moment.

The photo of my vinca above benefited from Flora Bella's Vintage Summer action and a Flora Bella Texture...I forgot to write down what it was called...but it began with an "A"!




The picture above is such a great example of how actions and textures can take a photo and give it almost any look you want.  This is SOOC.  The sun was hitting my front yard so that hardly any color showed up in this photo, something I didn't really notice while I was taking the shot, because the camera sometimes sees things I don't...smart camera, since I love this picture!  I love the way the lack of color really gives you a sense of what it was like here this morning...misty and foggy.




But look at it here after applying the Vintage Summer action and a texture with color burn...be still my heart!  

So, see what a decent night's sleep, some wonderful actions and textures, plus getting a new puppy can do for you?!  

For those of you who already have textures or plan to get them, here is a nifty free little tool Mr. Tide found that makes applying a texture SO much easier.  It's a texture applicator action...I'm telling you, these people are geniuses, well that and Mr. Tide was tired of me buying things I didn't know how to use...hehe!

Until next time my friends.

16 comments:

  1. Hello Kat,
    These images are beautiful!
    I just love what you are doing to your pictures.
    I can hardly wait to check out the link you sent me....
    Thank you for the email!!!
    Have a great day!
    TAke Care,
    Maria

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  2. Mr Tide is wise. And you, oh addicted one, are doing so well with these actions!

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  3. Kat, what absolutely stunning photos!! I always love to come to your blog! Your pictures are just always so beautiful!!

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  5. Aren't Actions just the best?
    Changed my life, that's for sure.

    I absolutely love what you've done here, magnificent!

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  6. Kat, your photos would be gorgeous without those actions, too. I have only used Picasa. Do you have to have photoshop to add these from her site?

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  7. Your pics are all stunning. Love them. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Your photos are fabulous....as always but today they actually look 3 D on my computer! Especially the third one! My husband sat down and looked them and read what you wrote! Wow! We would love to be able to do this to some of ours! I've always wanted Photo Shop or some good program! What a great post! ♥

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  9. I am loving what you are doing with your pictures. You could frame some of them!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. All Greek to me Kat, but I love your pictures.

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  11. Uh oh. Just when I thought I had blogging under control. I may have to wait for some holidays to start with this.

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  12. Gorgeous Photos Kat! I'm also wondering how you talked the hubs into getting a new puppy? Would you come to NY and work your magic on mine? Our beloved Lady...Springer Spaniel/Collie mix passed away a couple of years ago. I still miss her terribly. But hubsters thinks being petless is like the complete empty nest and doesn't want to go there again. I miss the furkid and really do want to do it again. In fact I fell in love with a cockapoo. Just adorable! whine whine!

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  13. Wait a minute, I missed something. You got a new PUPPY!? Oh dear, I must have missed a post, going to look right now. ~Lili

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  14. I am in love with that first picture! Kat, these are amazing! You are doing a wonderful job with all these actions and textures! I am so happy that you are enjoying this! Are these only for use with PhotoShop? I was trying to look and see if I could use them but I don't have PS.

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  15. well i had no frieken idea what you were talking bout but your pictures are as lovely as ever.....i always look forward to see what you have taken and put on your blog....and ty for that!! o0o you talked him into a new puppy?!?! well i be darn how did ya do it?

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