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Friday, February 11, 2011

Photography Friday-a FuN way to get those colors to PoP!

Welcome to Photography Friday!! 

Thanks to all of you who participated in the editing fun photo of my daughter.  You guys did AWESOME!  I love every one of them...and also...thanks for the sweet comments about her  :)  How could  she be so stinkin' cute...but be sooo naughty at times :)!  She seriously knows how to work her magic with her eyes :) I thought I would  share one way that I like to make my colors pop in my photos.  To do this tutorial I used Photoshop Elements 7.  I have had quite a few e-mails regarding what program I use...and if I like it.  Well...I absolutely LOVE PSE7!!  There are a few things that you can't do that newer versions can...but  I think it is a great beginner program for anyone who wants to learn editing.  In the future I will probably upgrade to the newer versions...but for now this one is working for me. :)

Sooo....this is the photo I am going to work with today:
{Aren't my nieces beautiful!} 
I just wanted to add a little more of a pop to a few of the colors in this greens, yellows, and blues.  Here's how I did it:
First I opened my photo in PSE7...then I wanted to lighted it up a I went to:   Layer, New Adjustment Layer, Levels...and lighten your photo to your liking. Then hit OK. This is how I did mine:
Then make sure you have your background layer selected...and go to Layer, New Adjustment Layer, Hue/Saturation, and the box will pop up and you can name this layer if you'd like, then hit ok. Then you have this box:

Click the drop down arrow where it says master, and select the color you would like to make pop. If you don't select a certain color...when you go to make your adjustment it will effect your whole photo and that's not what i want to I am going to select green to bring out the tractor seat a little.   Sooo... move your saturation slider to the right and adjust to your liking. Then hit ok. Then repeat that step and do this to all of the colors you wish to make pop. I think I'm going to pop the yellow in the tractor wheel... and the blue sky a little.  

When I adjusted the made the jeans on the girls look tooo I am going to leave the blue saturation on the sky....and take it off of the girls jeans. To do this... make sure your blue layer is selected...and over to the bottom left...your black is your foreground color and you white is your background color...and I chose a soft round brush.  (check out the red arrows)
Then I brushed over the jeans to desaturate that blue. {Note:  You can see over on the blue layer "below" the black marks on the layer that shows where I took the blue saturation off}.

Then to finish the photo off...selected the background layer...then the burn tool, and I burned the edges at a  26% exposure.  Also... I added a little more "umph"...and bump up the contrast by clicking Layer, New Adjustment layer, Brightness/Contrast, then I moved only the contrast slider to about 73.  Here is my before and after:



Now it's your turn!!  Link up your before/after color pop photos!  
You are welcome to use the first image at the top of this post...or one of your own.  Also...if you'd like to share how you edited  yours{if it's different}...that would be great too...but it's not required.  Just Have FuN!

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  1. Wow!! That makes a big difference. I have a SLR camera and wish I knew how to use it. One thing I hate is the focus points. I don't know how to take a picture and get the whole thing in focus. If I took this picture with the tractor, I would only get one or two of them in focus. It looks like your got the whole thing. Any tips?

  2. @Jennifer, for focus, learns about aperture. A smaller number aperture gives you more bokeh (burry around the subject) and a larger number will give you more crispness throughout the picture (also called depth of field). The book Understanding Exposure (awesome book) talks about it. Mainly, put your camera in manual and play with it. Or put it on the A setting (for aperture) and it will adjust the shutter speed for you so the image comes out without you trying to figure that out too. See if your local library has that book. I learned more from that than a beginning class I took.

  3. Kari Jo, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will try the things you talked about. I have really enjoyed this photography Friday. I have learned so much; please keep it coming!!

  4. How funny! These girls are my hubbies cousins!!

  5. Haha..Lacey...that's awesome :) Such a small world :) Don't ya just love those girls :)


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