Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday's Photolife--Let it be easy

Wednesday's answer and winners: Great job this week. The first to answer correctly was Carolyn V with water lily, but in my head I was thinking lotus because of things like Lotus Rising and Lotusgirl, so, since Yat-Yee was the first to give that answer, she also gets a nod.

On to the Photolife:

Recently I watched the videos that go along with my Aperture program (like Photoshop but for Mac). Now I've been using it for quite a while--trial and erroring my way through tweaking my pictures. While trying to adjust the lighting on the picture below (for a stinking long time) and not getting what I wanted, I finally decided to watch the videos. All of them together took maybe 20 minutes (probably more like 10). And voilĂ :
the picture the way I wanted it. I learned how to use the presets. I thought I knew how to use them before. I didn't, and I wasted tons of time trying to recreate what I could do with them in seconds. SECONDS! Seriously. Seconds.
By learning the tools I have at my disposal, I made my life a lot easier.

I can just slide my curser down the presets and choose various options.
It even shows me what the picture will look like in a thumbnail image.
Here's a look I wouldn't have thought of for this shot, but I loved it when I saw the thumbnail, so...

Application to writing? 1. Learn the tools of the trade and use them. My writing life has become so much easier since I learned how to use things like "track changes" and "Find..." in Word (one of my tools). AND 2. Listen to those who know what they're talking about and learn from them. I've been reading a book the last few days that has had some excellent advice. I wish I'd read it a year ago. There's some amazing advice online for free. Here's an excellent post from Georgia McBride for newbies.


Kimberly Franklin said...

Great photos! And great analogy when applying the photos to your writing! I'm definitely going to check out that link. Right now! :)

Have a great weekend!

Alyssa said...

Pretty pictures. And I love how you always apply it to writing. Such great ideas! :)

Jude said...

water lily?! But the hint was "warm place in my heart"! *grumpy*

L.T. Elliot said...

It's so true that the tools of writing can really make your job easier. =]

Congrats to Carolyn V. and Yat-Yee!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've got to see if I can do that in Photoshop elements. Probably not.

I know what you mean about track changes and Find. I love using track changes for critting. I haven't used it yet for revisions, though.

Yat-Yee said...

Isn't it strange how often we end up learning things the long way? Although these can be a waste of time, I'd like to think that along those detours, I often gather up experiences I wouldn't otherwise.

Re: flowers.
I realize only when I read this post that I never distinguished between water lilies and lotus flowers in my mind. They were just pretty, serene-making flowers floating on water. Thanks for the education.

(Here's a link to one explanation if you and your readers are inclined to find out more:

Crimey said...

I depend on "track changes" and "find and replace" features like they are food sources. I'm glad you learned how to use them.

Kasie West said...

It's so true. Often times I resist reading manuals and such because I think it's such a waste of time when in reality it would save me time. I love your pics and the subtle but striking changes in each.

ali said...

That is a super cool analogy! I used to have my own photography business and Photoshop was my friend! But I've never considered what you wrote about. Thanks for opening my mind!

(gorgeous pictures too!)

Terresa said...

Learn the tools of the trade & use them. Love how that pertains to writing. You make some excellent points here!

Heidi Willis said...

Wow!! Great photo development!! I need to learn how to use my program too. The difference in your first to last grass photo is impressive!!

I love the analogy to writing, too. Perfectly drawn analogy!