It's Day 18 already! Have you been enjoying our 31 days together?
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I wanted to change it up a little today, so I decided to make today's project a photo shoot with editing. It was an absolutely gorgeous day with amazing lighting and a brisk temperature. We don't have very many days like this left before winter sets in on us here in Bavaria, so I wanted to take advantage of such a perfect day.
I grabbed my camera and The Bee herself, and headed out into the fields surrounding our house. I wanted to get some cute pictures of her in the grass and I also wanted to play with editing them to see what I could come up with.
I use Picnik.com to edit all of my photos for this blog. They offer free registration and use of their website. They also have a premium membership for only about $25 a year. You get more storage and more editing options with the premium package so if you're going to be using the site a lot, I would recommend an upgrade.
I never get overly creative with any of my pictures, so I thought today it would be fun to experiment! There's no denying we live in an incredibly gorgeous place. This photo has only basic edits.
Here I decided to make the photo Black and White.
I love how you can soften and darken the edges to frame your picture.
She was having a blast picking grass, so I just kept shooting! Here I made the colors more vibrant...
In this photo, I made the entire photo Black and White but then added color back into the grass.
Here I made the photo Black and White but added the color back to Maia's fleece.
This is really cool. The effect is called 1960's. It fades the photo and rounds the edges to make it look like it was developed in the sixties.
I added a frame to this photo. You can choose the width of both the black and white portions.
And here I added not only a border, but a place for a caption. I added the words "Mommy's Little Bee" as the title.
I had so much fun taking these pictures. We were in the field less than ten minutes to get a ton of shots. The hardest part was deciding which photos I was going to edit! I have so many photos of Maia, but I never take the time to sit and play with any editing features. It was really fun to play a little and see what I could come up with.
Today's project is to get out your camera, pick a scenic location, and snap away! Don't have kids to photograph? Use your pets! Before we had Maia, we took a zillion pictures of the dogs. They haven't been the focus of a photo shoot for almost a year now, but they always made really great subjects!
You don't need a super fancy camera to get great photos. These were all captured using a point-and-shoot camera! Just take lots of photos so you can have a variety to choose from, even after all of the blinks and blurs that are bound to happen.