Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Couple of Random Pictures . . .

I didn't have much time to play with new photoshoots last week (and if you noticed, didn't post on Friday due to being away from my computer), but here are a couple of pictures that I took in the beginning of December that I just got around to editing. With these pictures, I played around with cropping - because sometimes a fun crop makes the picture pop.

For example, the picture of us friends . . .

This was taken with a wide-angle lens so you see the whole angle of sky and ground. And it gives it a neat look as a 4x6. However, crop it as a 4x3 and you see:

Your eyes are instantly drawn to the people and not the surroundings (after all, if I wanted a picture of the ground, field, and sky, I could have easily done so without the people). I personally like this crop better (or perhaps I have just "discovered" my new favorite crop and like it in many different pictures :)).

And the picture of my sisters (credit my friend Julia for the cute pose idea - I just sneaked beside her and snapped my own picture ;)) . . .

When cropped to a square, you again are less distracted by the excess of trees and ground.

Have you played around with cropping recently? What has been your favorite experiment? 

And for those of you who have been bugging me about more photoshoots, I took another sister out on a photoshoot this afternoon. Come back Friday to see who my newest captive was. ;)

"Remember that thou magnify His work, which men behold." (Job 36:24)


Julia Rogers said...

Hey Manda!
I love the pictures!! I've kinda been hoping you might post some of those pictures : ) even the ones you didn't take ; )(the ones of us four;))
I have really been trying a lot more square crop..most of mine won't work with the the 4X3 crop..but I just tried out my new telephoto lens and it is amazing!!!! I'm hoping to post some pictures with it pretty soon..along with a certain senior shoot that I need to did..that I need to work on : )
have a blessed week!!

Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

Amanda T. said...

@ Julia,

Yes, I finally sorted through the pictures. There were a lot of them. :) I put aside a few more to edit, but obviously haven't edited yet. :) Maybe you'll see them on here in the future . . .

Yeah, you kinda need a wide-angle for the panorama crop. :)

I'm so looking forward to seeing some of your new pictures!!! :)


"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:26

Salinn said...

Beautiful Pictures! You do such a great job editing pictures. I'm horrible at editing and I should edit more often but I don't.

Amanda T. said...

@ Salinn,

Thank you! It does take practice and I've blundered a lot with photo editing. Of course, the absolute best is to capture the picture well on the camera - editing should just enhance it (my favorite "editing" technique is to simply raise the contrast and add a vignette - sometimes I have to do more). What editing software do you use?


"Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established." (Proverbs 16:3)

Rebekah @ Heritage of Grace said...

Yes, I do use the crop tool. Sometimes its my lifesaver really! :D

Amanda T. said...

@ Rebekah,

Yep! Love the crop tool! :)


"But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." James 1:22

HisPrincessWarrior said...

wow!! O.O These are probably the best. yet!!! I agree with you-- I wouldn't have been able to pick my "favorites"-- they are all so great! She is SUPER photogenic!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) So cute, too! And is it okay that, even at 22, I really like her dress?? lol
AMAZING JOB, Amanda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amanda T. said...

@ Katie,

(assuming you meant to comment on Naomi's photoshoot :))

Thanks! This has been one of my favorites so far as well. It just . . . worked. :)

Naomi LOVES that dress! We've had to keep her from wearing it mid-summer! :)


"Casting all your care upon Him, because he careth for you." 1 Peter 5:7

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