Mother’s Day 2010

For mother’s day, we went the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  The kids had a really good time.  I had fun editing the pictures too.  I really like the sepia look and the vintage look of old pictures.  Here are a few of my attempts to create those looks:

I had one picture that was terribly under exposed, but I was able to save it using Adobe Bridge by correcting the exposure and converting it to a BW picture.

I have found editing to be a very fun part of photography.  I switched to taking all of my pictures in RAW format in early March.  I was a little hesitant, so I started out taking them in RAW+JPEG.  That really eats up a lot of space.  I purchased a book by Scott Kelby titled “The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for digital Photographers”.  Since I’ve been reading and practicing what is in the book, I have become a lot more confident in editing pictures with Adobe.   It is a great book and I would highly recommend it.

Fun at the Park

The other week, I went to the park with my girls and practiced some of the things I’m learning in the Understanding Exposure book.  I was working on setting the correct exposure by setting my desired aperture and then adjusting my shutter speed until my camera’s light meter indicated correct exposure.  I’ve found that with my camera, when I’m in bright sunlight the exposure indicated by the camera’s light meter is too bright and I have to change the shutter speed by a stop or two.  Here are two of my favorite pictures from that day:

Both pictures were taken with the following values:

focal length – 96;  aperture 5.6; shutter speed 1/200; ISO 200; auto white balance (which I corrected before posting)