Editing with an Artist’s Eye

To edit, or not to edit. To crop, or not to crop.

The answer to these questions are your decisions to make. For you are “the creator” or, as I like to call myself, “the capturer.”

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How do you decide which photos to adjust and which ones to leave alone?

Well, the best way is to trust your own eyes. To learn to do that, you have to try editing, to try cropping and to try making adjustments. It’s okay to try things, not like them, and revert back to the original. Just keep trying until you get the feeling you’re happy with it or as happy as you’re going to get.

Always have the original separate from the version you are working on, just in case you change your mind later. I tend to back up my files first and then choose which images I want to keep as “best” and then edit those ones specifically.

Here is one such image – a smiling, happy swimmer wearing a blue and white pair of goggles and a bright bathing suit.

And here it is three different ways.

Cropped.

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Adjusted here by slightly changing the exposure, shadows, contrast and sharpness.

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Now here is it with a temperature adjustment.

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Is this necessary? No. Do I use all of these options on every photograph? No.

I try to take the best shot I possibly can in the moment and adjust only when I feel it’s absolutely necessary (this does not include fun filters which I will chat about in a future blog post!)

Scroll up and down and decide which version of this smiling, happy swimmer you like best.

Try it with your own photographs. Learn to develop your artist’s eye by doing and don’t be afraid to make it wild, just for fun, but remember to have your original backed up in a separate folder or device.

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I know which version I like best and although it may be different than yours, I trust my artist’s eye and save it under my favourites. I add the year is was taken, so I would name this one something like – happy swimmer with blue and white goggles, 2019.

These pictures are all edited using the basic toolkit in Apple preview however there are many editing programs and Apps available to choose from and many websites online offering tutorials on how best to use them.

Look into PhotoFunia, Photo Editor Pro or Lightroom depending on the computer system you use or SnapSeed, Lens Distortion or Instagram for iPhones.

Have fun when and if you choose to edit. It is often the final step before printing or sharing your art.

Remember, you are the artist, the capturer, and get the final say so on each and every photograph you take. In no time at all, you will be confident to edit your photographs with your Artist’s Eye.

 

 

What does Water mean to You?

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What does water mean to you?

Our life is so connected to water it’s hard to answer this question but luckily, there’s no wrong answer.

For me, I think about how much of our bodies are made up water – at birth we register about 70-75 percent of water!

And it always blows my mind the Earth’s surface is covered by roughly 70 percent of water.

I think about the fun games of Marco Polo with my cousins and when I finally won the  “who can make the biggest splash” contest with my friends.

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I remember jumping off the dock with family and floating on my back looking up at the clouds and sun.

I remember learning to dive in and dive under.

I remember getting super dizzy trying to do as many somersaults in a row as I could.

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I love listening to the sound of falling rain and I love how water reflects the sky, whether it’s a puddle or a lake.

IMG_6407I love watching the ripples of water twinkle in the sun on a hot summer’s afternoon and I love how water can be so many different colours including the bluest of blues.

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If you were taking photographs of how much you love water and what water means to you, what type of photographs would you take?

I’d love to see them!

 

 

 

Underwater Photography on Holiday

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Underwater photography is a fun activity to do whether swimming, taking pictures of where you are or snapping family portraits. These vibrant, candid photos instantly zip you back to those sunny, funny days.

PICT0016PICT0032The photos taken in this blog post were all taken on a V-tech Kidizoom camera by mr. T. (pictured above) or his sisters (pictured below) while on holiday over the years. You might recognize Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Pop Century Resort pool or the Disney Fantasy, one of their fabulous cruise ships.

PICT0008PICT0010Have fun with your camera in and around the water!

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The silly graphics of the V-tech camera allow for a lot of creative freedom and artistic expression.

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So get ready, get set and get going taking underwater and pool-side photographs on holiday!

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Wow – Water Displacement!!

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Why does it look like the water opens up around him as he jumps into the water?

The answer is water displacement.

Let’s have a closer look.

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When you jump into water, you are taking the place of the water. The pressure (and force) displaces it.

The bigger surface area of water you take the place of, the bigger the displacement and the bigger the splash.

Since the pressure of your body goes into the water at different directions, the displacement (and splash) comes up and out of the water in different directions.

Check out this water displacement – doesn’t it seem as if a hole is swallowing him up?

image1Another way of thinking about it would be to compare a dive and a cannonball.

A dive, done properly, disturbs a small surface area, displaces little water and has a small splash while a cannonball disturbs a bigger surface area, displaces a lot more water and has a big splash.

.jpgimage5Use your imagination and picture how much water would be displaced by this crazy jump!

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Lots of splash and water displacement or a tiny splash and little water displacement?

How about this one?

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I’ve always found water and science fascinating – how about you?

Here’s another question – do you think the speed of entry affects water displacement too?

Watery Photo Fun

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Taking friends and family pictures pool-side can be a great summer tradition.

Ask them to show you their newest tricks and get ready for some fun!

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Whether it’s swimming with snorkels and fins, jumping in or floating, they will love to see the photos you take year after year.

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Don’t forget to take pictures above the water and around the pool when the summer sun is shining and both the smiles and the blues of the water are bright.

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Oops! I Flooded my Camera Housing!

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I broke my own rule and didn’t check my equipment before getting in.

I put my camera in the housing, put my goggles, turned on the camera and swam underwater into the deep end.

And then my housing started filling up with water.

OOPS!

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I swam up to the surface and lifted my underwater housing out of the water, treading water and watching in horror as water pooled inside.

While I was watching the camera flickered off.

AGH!

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I frog kicked to the side of the pool, climbed out and removed the camera from the underwater camera housing.

Water came pouring out of the battery compartment.

AGH!

This is where I was lucky because even though I was in a panic, I remembered not to try turning on the camera.

Instead, I removed the battery, went into the house and quickly put the camera into a huge bag of rice. I put it back into my pantry, closed the door and left it there for four days.

It was hard not to try turning it on before then but the theory is that dry rice sucks the moisture out of your equipment.

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I was very lucky again because when I put a freshly charged battery inside and turned it on, it did turn on.

Whoo-hoo!!

I didn’t even lose the memory card which was also lucky since I hadn’t downloaded it yet.

Afterwards, I figured out it was my fault my camera housing had failed. I had taken out the O-ring to give it a light lubrication and forgotten to put it back on.

Please learn from my mistake and always make sure you check all the O-rings are in and the latches are sealed before getting in and submerging your photography equipment.

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And yes – this is a magnifying glass – don’t you just love the effects that it created!

The Sun & Silohouettes

Instead of using the sun’s natural light indirectly, try including the sun in your photographs.

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You can also use the sun as a back light by angling your camera up.

Try posing your friends in the shot with straight legs, arms or both to create a strong image.

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The closer to blocking out the sun entirely will result in these types of shots. You will typically see less detail.

 

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Angle the sun a bit further to the side for these types of shots so you can see more detail and colour.

Bear in mind, none of the shots were taken with an underwater flash.

Don’t forget to try a selfie!

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