Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Photo Retouching Photoshop Tutorials

Sometimes the right place at the right time happens, your camera and you are ready when the moment is there.

Such was the case when my granddaughter broke the pinata with help from Papa at her baby brother's Cinco de Mayo-themed birthday party.  Recovering from the initial surprise, her face was instantly transformed. You could hear the giggle and see the delight in her enchanting blue eyes.

The resulting photo had captured it all, but also for that reason what should have been the perfect picture of pigtails, sugar and spice, unfortunately had my little moppet looking more like snips, snails and puppy dog tails. The face was charmingly alive and full of wonderful innocence; the hands and face had taken a turn to the dark side, covered in filth after a carefree day of playing outside.

When looking for a picture for a competition recently, my daughter just couldn't get that shot out of her mind and wondered what could be done in Photoshop. My experience with the software is limited. There is no way I could achieve the kind of results required (she was pretty dirty),  so sent her on to her more experienced sister to complete the task.

However, I intend to practise. The ability to retouch pictures well, is probably one of the most useful tools to have. And besides,  when it comes to little ones, being in the right place at the right time to capture the perfect look or mood isn't always enough.

Here are some tutorials I'll be studying to show me how to clean them up:

Retouch Photos With Realistic Perfect Skin

Photo Retouching

Beauty Retouching Photoshop Tutorials

Retouch Skin Professionally

Use Photoshop to Retouch Facial Photos

Remove Blemishes With the Spot Healing Tool

Monday, May 25, 2015

Calming Photos for Your Monday

Like it or not it's Monday. The weekend is behind us and a five-day work week stretches ahead. While we're all aware that time is marching far too quickly and Friday will be here before we know it, waking up Monday it sure doesn't feel that way.

Settling myself down in front of the computer for a quick check of email and social media as the day dawned, I noticed a post for "The World's most relaxing film", "especially welcome on a Monday". This at first seemed a bit contrary to my way of thinking as Saturday and Sunday should have left us feeling fairly soothed already, right?

But then I remembered that jarring alarm clock that rattled my nerves awake at dawn,  the dash to get ready and the mental tally of all that needed to be done, and realized that something to remind me to take a few moments and breathe probably wasn't a bad idea for getting the week started.

It prompted me too, after arriving at work and beginning my contemplation regarding the topic for today's blog, to centre my thoughts on what type of images tend to calm and soothe us — body, mind and soul. Typically, it's nature, but what in particular depends on each person and what appeals  to them. A quick search of the internet came up with a diverse collection that should make Monday easier for everyone:

iPHOTOS.com

27 Photos to Refresh Your Mind

Nature and Calming Music

Calming Beach Photographs

Peace and Quiet Water Photography

Calm.com

Kick Back and Relax With Water Photos

Calming Nature Loops Background