Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Case of the Curious Mourning Dove!
Last weekend the mourning doves came to my feeder. Isn’t this one just the cutest? I love the way he is checking me out. Not afraid at all. Just curious I’d say!
Most of my photos of the birds are not that great really. I get the interesting shot but the color and textures are all wrong. They are always too dark or too something (my balcony is on the non-sunny side of the building). Plus with all the snow and gloomy weather it makes it that much darker and harder to get a great shot.
Kim Klassen to the rescue! I recently discovered her blog called “Kim Klassen Cafe.” Kim has some wonderful textures that she creates for Photoshop and they make all the difference in the world. Would it be better to be able to do this with the camera alone. Sure. But I am no Steiglitz or Steichen.
I have been a graphic designer for over 20 years. But I design textbooks and let’s face it, there is not much opportunity for enhancing photos for textbooks. Other than the occasional silhouetting or removing of logos, (logos are not allowed in textbooks) and sometimes covering up areas of the body that can’t be exposed (we can't have cleavage in textbooks either). That is about it. We rarely add texture to photos. So I hadn't worked too much with texture overlays before.
But lately as I get more and more comfortable with my digital camera, I see so many areas for improvement. I love Kim’s textures for helping me improve my digital images!
Kim has some wonderful free ones for you to try out here.
She also has some easy-to-understand tutorials to get you started using them!
Thank you Kim!