My photo school – Lightroom Lesson 3

Running a little late, but happily playing catch up – Week 3 of the lightroom course. This week we have been learning about a variety of tools in the develop section of lightroom. The terminology is beyond my photographic knowledge, but this doesn’t matter because it is a visual course. As the course is taught through video you can see how images are transformed using the different tools

This weeks course covers:

  • How to use the lens correction panel to counteract lens related problems such as converging verticals, vignetted edges and chromatic aberration.
  • How the detail panel helps us to sharpen our shots and remove nasty noise.
  • Use the black and white panel to lighten or darken particular parts of a monochrome conversion and use the effects panel to add character building artefacts such as vignettes and grain.
  • Use the adjustment brush to make selected adjustments.
  • Show how to split tone and monoconversion to change atmosphere, use the hsl panel to create target and a suit of colours to create a retro filming look.

I thought I would share with you images for my assignment. This week we were provided with images to practice on. So the assignment is to correct levels using the lens correction, transform an image into black and white, use split tone, and cross processing.

church 1

Unedited you can see how the photograph shows the church walls at angles. Using the lens correction tool you can edit the image to straighten the church walls.

church 2

Next up black and white – I’ve changed the image to monochrome and altered the levels for blue to add a higher contrast to the sky..

church black & white

And then the assignment became harder, in my opinion. Thank goodness you can pause the lessons, rewind, watch again!

Split tone – this tool enable you to alter the exposure on particular parts of the image, for instance on a face. This is my original image:

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Then tweaked with last weeks lesson, generally altering exposure and shadows for the whole image. However when I have the image printed I was disappointed with the baby being slightly overexposed, as a result of lightening my daughters face.

IMG_0076

So this is my spilt tone tweaking, subtle, but I think both faces are now correctly exposed.

Amy and Flo

I am learning so much from this course, and loving the capabilities of the software.

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Reloved garden bench

Reloved garden bench


Our garden is a spring garden, currently full of tulips – beautiful.

tulips

The spring weather is encouraging us all out into the garden. My husband is working hard, on Wednesday he trimmed back part of the garden to reveal a rather collapsed bench. I didn’t quite capture the moment before it was dismantled but you can tell from these pictures the condition it was in.

Garden bench

White hammerite paint was found in the shed:)

Metal bench revamp

My husband replaced the wood, with the tot choosing the paint colour. I love the colour:) A trip to a DIY store provided wood, screws and paint for £18.

Reloved garden bench

I am delighted with the result of this revamp – a fabulous transformation.

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World Earth Day 2015 – a day late

World Earth Day 2015 – a day late

With the best of intentions I am a little late to the party. This years theme for world earth day is to plant a tree… our garden is somewhat full of trees so instead here’s some inspiration for growing your own fruit and vegetables.

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We are blessed with a large spring garden full of bushes, trees, several lawns and raised beds thanks to my husbands hard work.

This year for the first time we are growing new potatoes in our Greenhouse. Hopefully they will be ready for harvesting soon so we can  plant out tomatoes.

Potatoes are an easy vegetable to grow, and can be grown in a small space such as an old dustbin. They need depth for the potatoes to grow on the roots.

Potatoes

Another easy crop is mixed salad leaves – our seedlings are beginning to show, as yet I cannot quite tell which is weed and which is salad! You can grow salad leaves in window boxes:)

Salad leaves

You can feed your soil with homemade compost, or the ash from a wood burner.

wood ash

You do not need a big garden to start growing your own. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is fun, rewarding and tasty. There are so many benefits including reducing food miles, gaining fresh air and exercise, and teaching children how food is produced. Plus the taste difference – freshly picked corn on the cob is my favourite, there’s nothing like it:)

But one of the biggest rewards is the fact we are giving a little back to our wonderful earth. Let me finish with these inspiring words –

“2015 – Earth Day’s 45th anniversary – could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. The year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty. The year in which citizens and organizations divest from fossil fuels and put their money into renewable energy solutions. These are tough issues but we know what’s at stake is the future of our planet and the survival of life on earth. On Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example.

In 2015, let’s redefine what progress looks like. It’s Our Turn to Lead.”

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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