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PhotoShop, CameraBag and Picnik!

The majority of you know how much I love photography and now with digital photography I am loving all the different programs available for photo editing. My three favorites are Adobe PhotoShop, iPhone’s CameraBag for Windows and Picnik. I use all three quite frequently and sometimes even all three on one photo. The most expensive of the three is PhotoShop which I currently do not have as I only had a 30 day trial but it was well worth it. I had a trial version of PhotoShop CS4 and loved it! The best thing about it is all the different things you can do with PhotoShop and I hope to soon be in possession of the program to expand my photo-editing horizons. Here’s an example of one of my edits with this most expensive but amazing software: 

Washington Square Park, Manhattan, NY

Now here is the original 

Washington Square Park Original

See how much more enhanced the edit is? I think I used some kind of light action on that one, don’t quite remember what it was that I used but I know that I loved the way it looked! 

On to CameraBag! At $19 for a direct download I could not pass this lovely editing tool up! I fell in love with the application while perusing photos on Flickr. So many people use it to edit their iPhone photos and I googled it to find out that they had recently made it available for Windows and Mac! It’s got some really great “filters” and I’ve enjoyed it very much. Here’s a photo edited using just CameraBag: 

Daniela and Carlos on the rooftop

Here is the original photo: 

Daniela and Carlos on the rooftop original

The original is great but I loved the vintage feel the CameraBag tool gave it! CameraBag is a bit limited but used with other editing tools it is absolutely wonderful and you can also apply multiple filters within CameraBag to come up with some amazing edits! It is worth buying. 

Picnik…oh Picnik! I love this editing software a lot! It has so many different features and is used to touch up and edit photos on Flickr which is how I first discovered it. You can use the free edition on their website but I think it is well worth paying the $24.95 for a year to get all the great tools they offer (the free edition has some great stuff but is a bit limited). I love the collage tools best and of course the effects are great as well! Here are a couple of edits I created using Picnik: 

Princeton Dinky, 1960s style edit from Picnik

"Winter", edited with Picnik soft focus filter

Aren’t those beautiful? I love using all three programs together and soon I will post more photos of that kind. I hope you’ve enjoyed these and will consider these three programs when deciding to purchase photo editing software. 


All Things Emma…

I am very much enjoying this latest BBC version of Jane Austen’s Emma. Tomorrow, the last installment of the PBS Masterpiece Classics showing of the mini-series will air. In celebration of the final installment, using my new found love of Photoshop, I have tweaked a few screenshots of the film. I will start with my favorite:

I added a couple of textures and some text to the photo and voila! It was a little attempt at romantic creativity. I am still learning but there it is! Next:

Miss Woodhouse in vintage. The original shot is bright and cheery but I love it in this style. I also added the edge which was pretty fancy I think. Next:


Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller are so wonderful as Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley! These are two of my favorite screenshots of the two of them, tweaked a bit by yours truly! I hope you enjoy these tweaky pics! I enjoyed playing with Photoshop and remembering the great two previous episodes of this latest version of Emma. I can’t wait for tomorrow evening!


Still Looking…

After receiving two job position rejections I am still looking and trying to be as optomistic as possible. It’s not easy. I know what I would love to be doing but am not certain how to go about getting that. I love to write, as is evidenced by the three blogs I try to keep up to date, and love photography but I am not really sure what I can do with either of those. I am by all accounts an amateur when it comes to both arts but I have been told by numerous people that I have talent in both. So, the thing for me is to know what exactly is the next step. I want to know whether anyone would actually ever pay to read what I write and to see or use my photos.

I am not giving up on my dream of living in NYC. I will get in there one way or another. I do, however, think that trying to get a nanny job over there is more difficult than trying to get into Juilliard was (and that is a pretty hard task–I didn’t get in but there are those who will audition 3 or 4 times before they finally get in). Some people seem interested and then just drop you without warning, others turn out to be scammers and others just decide to go in a direction they originally thought not possible but ended up being a definite possibility (those are usually the good people who at least are communicative enough to let you know things sincerely and frankly).

I just wonder how some people with no experience before whatsoever get great nanny jobs starting out and I, having had more than ten years experience with children, can’t seem to find even a simple job. I just don’t get it…it’s very frustrating. So, I don’t know whether I should keep looking or whether I should go in a different direction and try for something other than childcare. I have some thinking to do and really need to focus this week. I’m not bitter though, I see this as a light on a new path.

Since I’ve got so many talents that I believe I should exploit in some way, shape or form I decided today to download a free trial of CS4 and play around with it. I did and boy did I have fun. Some of my creations came out a bit weird looking since this is the first time I actually ever use PhotoShop. I was experimenting with “textures” and “actions” which you can’t really do with the online photo editing tool that I’d been using. So, without further ado, here are the photos I worked on:

I used a texture on this one, however subtle, since it was the first time I was experimenting with textures. I still have not found any photos that I want to apply that many textures on but I am going to keep trying. I found some really interesting textures on www.deviantart.com which was fun to look through. There are so many different texture and actions on there. I need to go back to see if there are any fun layers to add to PhotoShop as well!

On this one I used an artsy texture for my self-portrait. I’m not sure I really like it, I think I may work on this one a bit more. I’d like to explore some more textures. The following photos are the ones I edited using different actions. I found the majority on a webpage called Vision Widget which had many actions to choose from. I was having a ton of fun with those!

I really like the effect this action gives the photo above. It looks like a magazine photo now. The action is called “darkness” and I think it will work best for those city photos that are very bright. The original photo is below:

The difference is spectacular! They look like two different shots. I really enjoyed that action. On to the next:

Here is a set of the same photo edited with an action called “POP” which had three different settings. The above results were satisfactory and I think that I will definitely use this action more often. Please note that the above photo is part of my year long photo project and the original can be found on my Flickr page (in order to view it you must be added as a friend or family contact).

This sweet photo of my littlest niece, Gianna, was edited with an action called “Wedding Enhancers” using one of the black and white conversions. I really like the tone of this particular action. The remaining photos are in these two collages:

The above were a few of my favorite shots from 3 different places. The first is the Flatiron Building, second some pumpkins in Princeton, and last a seagull in Florida. All edited with different actions on PhotoShop and collaged via Picnik!

This last one also contains photos edited with PhotoShop and softened with Picnik. I love photo editing tools! Well, that’s what I’ve done so far. Tomorrow is another day!


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