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Our Days Lately

Our days have looked a lot like this lately.  Simple.  Messy.  Mundane.  

I spend almost all day, every day with my kids.  And if I'm honest, sometimes it's really hard.  I'm asked constantly for snacks, drinks, books to be read, help with a craft.  I sweep our floor at least twice a day and load and unload the dishwasher just as often.  It can become very monotonous, boring even.  In the past, I've made a few feeble attempts at documenting our days, whether by a 365 days or 52 week project or the like but can never seem to keep on track with them.  So I've taken up just keeping my camera out, ready for the mundane moments when my heart tends towards complaint.  In those moments, I snap a picture.  Then, I'm able to look at these photographs a few days later and realize that yes,

Our days have looked a lot like this lately.  Long. Lovely. Worth it.

A Quick Before and After | 2012 Yearbook Project | Life at Home

I want to share a quick before and after of an image I took of Eisley a few days ago.  The first image seen below is the SOOC {straight out of camera} image with no adjustments made.  I had my camera set to JPEG, though I typically shoot in RAW, so my camera made some slight adjustments to the image for me in-camera.  I may talk more about that in an upcoming post, but for now let's keep it simple.

I didn't really need my ISO set so high because I had ample window light in the room, but I was a bit too excited about my new room arrangement so I didn't really look at my ISO before I started shooting.  Anyway, here is my SOOC image; camera settings were: ISO 1250, 50mm 1.2, 1/5000.



I started by using the spot healing brush in Photoshop to remove the scratch on Eisley's nose.  My general rule in editing is to remove or alter only non-permanent blemishes, unless for some reason that's a part of the character of the image.  Since Eisley doesn't always have a scratch on her face and because I don't want that to be distracting, I went ahead and removed it.  I then ran two different actions in Photoshop, the first is a film-like shift and the second is a Black and White conversion.  An "action" is simply a series of recorded steps in Photoshop that can be repeated on any given image.  There are several talented PS Action creators out there and if you'd like more information about the actions I used here, simply leave a comment below or send me an email.

So, here are my two finished images:



 

And if you're wondering what some of the photography jargon used in this post means, you might consider attending one of my upcoming CLICK: Photography Basics Classes.  Email me for more info!