Preschool Photos at Home

November 1, 2009

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My daughter was all dressed and curled for preschool pictures, so I tried taking a few at home. My goal was to catch her sparkly eyes, and I think I accomplished that, even though the background leaves something to be desired. Above is a photo that I played with in photoshop elements before Scott Kelby’s PS Elements 7 book arrived from Amazon.com.

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Here is a similar shot that was edited using Kelby’s 3-step portrait finishing technique. I like the ‘glowing’ effect it gave to the photo.

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Looks like I caught those pretty brown eyes here!

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And here’s the same shot in sepia.

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November 1, 2009

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My husband took these photos next to an old shed in Iowa when our oldest son was still a baby. I love the texture of the peeling paint in the background. The original photo is at the top. I applied Scott Kelby’s ‘trendy high-contrast’ effect on the second version, and used his ‘3-step portrait finishing’ effect on the third image. I also wamed up the color a bit on that last one. I think the last one is my favorite; it seems like a mother-baby picture should be warm and soft.