After Before Friday week 44 — 23 Comments

  1. Oh Mary, WOW! I have to admit that editing, whether a poem or a photo, has to be my favorite process in both arts. WONDERFUL RESULTS! Now, when you say that you opened the photo in Photoshop with camera raw, are you referring to the setting on your camera to take photos in RAW? I have just heard of this setting from another blogger friend who sent me some photos she took for her food blog. I was SO impressed and excited to try this RAW setting. As you describe it, I too found that her photos had a certain vibrancy and clarity that was a few notches above the normal type of “snapshot” I usually have to put through Photoshop to get a smoother, less cluttered look!

    The white, rusty old truck is DIVINE and looks fabulous having gone through the process. I am not sure which one I love best; they are BOTH great!

    HAVE FUN! Anita

    • Anita, if your camera has a RAW setting, use it. I’m sure you can find tons of info, but here is what I know. RAW files are just a digital file, where jpeg are developed in your camera. Meaning, that the raw digital file is much easier and better to edit or manipulate. A jpeg can be edited, but not to the extent a RAW file can. RAW files are quite large though. But the quality is so much better. Camera RAW is part of photoshop. If you have a RAW file on your computer, and you open it in photoshop, then by default camera raw will be the first thing you see. From there you can do basic edits, then close that, and the photo will be in Photoshop for additional editing. Also, in Photoshop, if you look in the top under filters, you will see camera raw filter in the drop down. You can use this with a jpeg, but you get better results with a RAW file. I hope that helps.

      • Hi Mary! Thank you so much for all this information. I am going to check out my Photoshop and see where all this is. Like I said, the RAW photo I saw from my blogger friend really impressed me and I felt I struck GOLD because that look she got (and also the look you got here on this truck) is what I’m looking for. I will check it out! BIG HUGS and thanks! Anita

  2. The edited photo really does bring out the color features so much more. It makes the picture so much more dramatic. Your beadwork is beautiful – I know your focus was Native American crafts, but the beadwork on the black background reminds me of a lot of some gorgeous Victorian stitchwork I’ve seen. So are you giving up beading in favor of photography? Do you miss doing it?

    • I have given up beadwork for photography. It’s so hard to make any money with beadwork, no one realizes the time involved, nor do they want to pay what they should. I haven’t missed it yet. I did one small commision project a month ago, and that was OK.

  3. I love what you did with that. You took what looks like just a rusty old vehicle, and made it far more interesting. I think editing is fun, though I haven’t played around with it as much as I’d like to. I just got some good software, but now I need to learn how to use it!

  4. I love what you did with that photo!!! The original was sort of blah but you made it shine with your editing!!!!

  5. There is absolutely no reason to not play around with creative options. Both versions are fun and cool, but in the end I think I like the more natural looking version.

  6. Your final image might be able to be used as a terrific example of impressionistic photo processing. It has the feel of an Andy Warhol print – in a good sense. Mayybe we could call the technique “heightened realism”! Great job!

  7. I must admit, I don’t too often play around with the abundance of filters that are in the programs I use. Perhaps I need to do a little more of that ;) A fun find in the mine with an equally fun final edit, Mary!

  8. I actually like the photo better AFTER you modified it. Takes away a lot of the harshness and mutes the sharpness. Great job.

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