Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Chanuka!

In celebration of Chanuka, I present a picture I took of my husband lighting the menora last year.

I desperately want to learn how to a) take better pictures and b) how to use PhotoShop. I probably know about 1% of what PhotoShop can do, and am very jealous of people who know how to use even 20% more than I know. I am trying to learn from people such as Pioneer Woman (warning: addictive website. It's like crack, but for people who like horses). I've downloaded her Action sets (Set 1 and Set 2), and tried a few of them on this photograph. Still not "quite there", but it's an improvement.

This is the SOOC (straight-out-of-the-camera) shot:

This is the same picture with PW's Dim The Lights action. Pretty dramatic, but maybe a little too much.

Fresh and Colorful action:

Define and Sharpen action. Good detail.

Define and Sharpen plus Quick Edge Burn. Helps get rid of the distraction of the white window frame.

I guess the last one is the best one. I *did* upload the image to Kodak*Gallery last year, did a little bit of editing, and added a dark border. I then printed it on glossy paper in an 8x10 and put it in a matte black frame. Looks pretty good...but I feel it can look better. What do you think?

Anyways, Happy Chanuka everyone!


Chuck Tanowitz said...

Shooting flames is very difficult simply because it throws off your lighting so much. It's a lot to ask of yourself to come up with a good shot like that.

That said, it's a nice image.

Rhonda said...

Happy Chanukkah!

Kennedy said...

HI there,

I know the wait is tough..but hang in there.My mom and Dad went crazy too when waiting for my brothers and sisters but it does happen..6 times in our house. : )

Kennedy-13 yrs old, adopted from China