10 months, 20,000+ pics, 2 cameras later { Part 2 }

Every day I would pick up my camera and shoot.  Everyday I would learn something new.  I quickly got bored of shooting objects and scenery.  People became my favorite subjects.  Unfortunately my kids got tired of being my subjects very fast.

April 23, 2011

By the end of March I upgraded my Photoshop Elements 2 to Photoshop Elements 8 and put it on Matt’s Macbookpro.  Every night when he got home from school I would grab his computer and learn how to edit pictures in Photoshop.  I mostly learned from online forums and by doing google searches.  I downloaded a bunch of actions* and went nuts with them.

April 24, 2011

I switched over to RAW files when I started using Matt’s computer.  At this point I was just using Bridge to process them.  It was a lot of trial and error because I didn’t really know what exactly RAW was all about.

March 31, 2011

The above picture was my first attempt at backlighting.  I would find something specific like that to learn and practice it until I got it.

I took pictures of the kids every chance they would let me. 

April 24, 2011

When they wouldn’t let me I borrowed other people’s kids.  I loved shooting other kids because it really challenged me to try my best.  I would pick these shoots apart and learn from them.  The more photo sessions I did the more hooked on them I got.  I loved it!  It was at this point that I began to start thinking about where this photography thing was going to lead me.  I didn’t have any plans or goals but was beginning to wonder if someday it might become more than just a hobby.

April 28, 2011

May 3, 2011

May 9, 2011

By mid April Matt must have gotten tired of sharing his laptop with me because he surprised me with my very own imac!  It was a little scary though because it meant he thought I could potentially do something with this photography stuff.

I loved editing pictures just as much as I loved taking them early on.  It was fun to learn more and more about Photoshop.  I started learning as much as I could about colors, color castes and the color channels in Photoshop.  I learned how to read histograms.  I learned about clipped pixels and how to prevent them on the skin.

I took notes as I learned.  I memorized the color wheel so I would know how to fix color issues.  As nerdy as it may be I was having so much fun learning something new!

 The weather was finally nice enough in May to take Kirsten out for an official shoot

May 6, 2011

Also in May, I took my twin sisters out for a shoot.  I would come home from these shoots and analyze everything I did wrong and then research how I could improve.  Editing was a slow process because I was still learning Photoshop and trying so many different things.  I was developing a style and trying to figure out what I liked.  Turns out I like a clean pure edit so editing doesn’t take me nearly as long today as it used to.

May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011

In May a friend suggested I take some pictures of her daughter and friends before prom for some practice.  I almost said no because I lacked confidence.  But then I figured I had nothing to lose and even though I couldn’t promise anything would turn out I did the pictures anyways. 

The pictures I did for these kids was the turning point.  I was thrilled with how they turned out and this shoot alone gave me the confidence to pursue photography as more than a hobby.

To be continued….   Part 3 will be the prom shoot 🙂 

*A favorite site for free actions that I found early on was The Coffeeshop Blog.  I downloaded her perfect portait action and it’s the one and only action I still use today.



One Reply to “10 months, 20,000+ pics, 2 cameras later { Part 2 }”

  1. It has been fun watching you grow in your photography talent, Emily! Also, such a smile-inducer to see your excitement for learning this wonderful gift that blesses so many with lifelong memories! Keep it up, girly!!

    Cyndi H. 🙂

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