Thursday, February 4, 2010

You Capture – Faces, My First Link Up

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There is a great weekly photography challenge at I Should Be Folding Laundry called You Capture. It’s a fun way to work on my skills, get new ideas and have fun with photography.

Each week she hosts a linky party for a specific photo assignment and gives the assignment for next week. Great idea, huh? Like homework for your hobby. But the fun kind of homework.


I’ve been stalking the weekly post for about a month and FINALLY, I’m posting and linking up there today.

This week’s challenge was FACES.

This is baby Evan, the newest son of our friends. God bless them, they have 3 kids under the age of 3! IMG_4919 (2)-3

They make pretty babies and I loved casually snapping pics of them. This next one is their daughter, Grace. Such a sweetie. IMG_4981-1

Played around with the black and white on Picassa.IMG_4981-2

Next up, my current favorites of our boys. Blue-eyed Braden the thumb sucker.IMG_5277-1

And his big brother Lanham, deep in thought. I’d love to figure out how to make his chocolate eyes pop better in this one without buying Photoshop. Ideas?IMG_3999

I’m hoping to participate in this weekly gathering more often and not make too big of a fool of myself. There is some awesome talent out there! If you have any interest in photography, definitely check out You Capture on Thursdays. Tons of inspiration!

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  1. No worries of making a fool of yourself with these shots, they're all great!

  2. I love close-ups, especially of kids. These are great shots! If you are willing to spring for Photoshop Elements, there are some free actions at Coffee Shop photography that can help make those brown eyes pop. They are still beautiful though.

  3. McMom - I've been avoiding the Elements purchase since I got my "fancy" camera...that's what we call it around here. 1) to keep the kiddos clear of it and 2) because it was a special splurge for mama. :) Pioneer Woman also has amazing actions that you can download for free. We'll see. Maybe a bday present??

    Thank you both for the encouraging feedback....I never know if what I think is purty is universally purty. Have a great day!

  4. ohmygosh, i WANT those blue eyes! these are beautiful shots, thanks for sharing them!

  5. Great photos all around. I think the second pic turned out really well in black and white! BTW... I use picnic too, even though I own PSE. Picnic is easier, but I know that photoshop has more possibilities. I just need to work harder at it.

  6. Great shots of the faces. I succumbed to the allure of Elements and now am finally beginning to use it. Right now, though, I use picnik through flickr. That's just so easy and free. =)

  7. What beautiful captures! I love how you emphasized each of their eyes. Blue and innocent, brown and soulful... just lovely!

  8. Really great shots. I use Picnik, I love it. Photoshop is confusing. :)

  9. Nicely done! I think portraits are the funnest pictures to take and you captured them so well. That little Grace is the cutest!

  10. Once again, thanks for all of the lovely feedback and I hope to continue with these little assignments!

    I've also used picnik but find that picasa is easier to use because its actually ON my computer. Or does picnik have a downloadable program too??

    I've also used GIMP, which is a free downloadable program with TONS of features. A bit more complicated though.

    Hope to see you all again next week!

  11. What great close ups! Your boys are so adroable!

  12. Sabrina, beautiful photos (I'm a sucker for close-ups). Your shot of Braden is ADORABLE! I have a little thumb sucker too.

    Your photos are lovely. I just saw your "work" You Capture and went looking to see if you had done any others.

    I use GIMP and after months and months of hating it finally gotten to the place where I love it. I feel like I climbed a mountain! If you have time and patience to play around with it, I would suggest giving it another try. But you're right, it is complicated and a royal pain in the behind with a very steep learning curve. Google is my friend! ;)

    Also (for what it's worth) I think to really pop the brown eyes in that particular photo, you might have needed to get your lighting a bit different (they seem shadowed?).


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