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A Matter of Perspective

It’s time for the September installment of {In the Picture}! This month’s theme (optional as always) is “New Perspective,” a suggestion to try something new, shake things up a little. I decided I’d try putting my camera down low and myself up high. The result is . . .

Second Childhood

You’re never too old to play!

This next image happened almost by accident. I was fresh from the shower, wet hair clipped up on top of my head, mascara and lipstick in place, when I suddenly noticed myself in the mirror. Do you ever do that? You’re just going through your routine, catch a glimpse of your reflection, and that oh-so-familiar reflection seems like a stranger, just for an instant. So of course I had to grab my camera and record the moment. I mean, doesn’t everybody? Here’s the “first draft,” just cropped and the exposure adjusted a bit.

Just Me

But for even more “new perspective,” I decided to play with it a bit. For the past few weeks, I’ve been taking some online Photoshop and Lightroom classes from Kim Klassen (see sidebar). This seemed like a good opportunity to practice. So I fiddled with various things in Lightroom, then went to Photoshop Elements to fiddle some more — added a texture layer, a layer of lace curtain shadows from another image, and various other tweaks. Here’s the result:

Me 2.0 – New and Improved?

So now you know what I’ve been doing instead of blogging lately. It will take a lot more practice before I’m good at it, but I’ve sure learned a lot.

Once again, thanks to Christy at Urban Muser for her continuing inspiration for this project. We’re three-quarters through the year now — hurray for all of us who have stuck with it! Speaking for myself, it’s definitely been a growing experience.

Check out the {In the Picture} September linky party here.


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Fun with Photoshop

I have been having the best time! The lovely Kim Klassen offered a free, 10-day mini-Photoshop class and I took her up on her generosity. It’s very, very basic — like how to use layers and layer masks and other such elementary things — but it’s been a revelation to me. And this despite my having used PS (self-taught) for nearly a dozen years at my work.

Somehow I always managed to get the job done, even though I knew I wasn’t really doing it “right.” I know this sounds like a shameless plug for Kim’s classes, but I have been truly impressed. I was learning new stuff from the very first lesson. It’s mostly the same things I was already doing in my own muddling way, but oh, so much easier now.

I’ve even tried textures. And while I still don’t totally get the texture thing, I have to admit it was fun and I can see its occasional usefulness. (I have a friend who’s probably laughing her head off right now. You know who you are.)

Here are a few samples of my “homework”:

I have so much more to learn. But I really enjoy Kim’s teaching style, so I’ve signed up for more. Her voice is calm and somehow comforting, and she makes it all seem so simple. She doesn’t even know me, but she tells me I can do this and I believe her.