Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lazy Hazy Days...

Don't you just love the lazy hazy days of summer? I know I do... but how do you capture that feeling in a photo?

I took this photo of some peaches I had peeled and it reminded me of being a kid when we would sit outside in the summer eating peaches with all their juices dripping down our faces.

This photo is taken straight from my camera using the AV mode with no editing. I actually really like the picture...

Here is the photo edited with Florabella Actions.
Another example... a photo of my brother and sister in law... lots of shadowing on Bev's face... Again, straight from my camera with manual mode.

The edited version...
Bev's face is brighter and the overall photo is warmer.

I have been able to utilize the Pioneer Woman's photo actions for some time now and still think they are a good choice not to mention they are free! However, I really wanted to expand my photo editing. These actions are addicting and I am certainly having fun playing with them, but the results are endless with so many options to choose.

I know some of you play with RadLab and are very happy with the results as well. I think either option is a good bet, and I cannot explain my decision to go with Florabella other than I was completely mesmerized. Florabella does offer bundles, or you can try smaller sets if you like. I ended up purchasing the "Classic Workflow + Hazy Skies"  (an early birthday gift from hubby)! It also gives some textures with the bundle, so I am all set!

What about you, do you use actions on your photos?

21 comments:

  1. I don't use actions but do sometimes play around with photo editing with GIMP [a downloaded editing programme] or on some of the free sites like Picmonkey....I find it quite useful in some cases...and just fun in others.
    I actually prefer your unedited peach photo...and I definately think it captures a summer feeling.

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    1. Thanks Jacky :) I have heard of both those editing software programs, but have never tried them.

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  2. I use some of the PW actions - especially "define sharp". But like Jacky, I prefer the unedited peach photo. You lose that juicy bit in the editing.

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    1. "Define sharp" was always my "go to" action :)

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  3. I like the edited peach photo...it's so soft. I tend to use photos straight out of the camera....purely because i don't ever seem to have the time to work out how to use editing programs. I have photoshop elements and struggle to use it. I work out how to do something and then have forgotten by the next time i use it :)I'll be sure to check out the ones you've mentioned though x

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    1. Thanks Louise :) I hear what you are saying, sometimes I don't have time for it all either. I think there are so many cool things out there now for photos - the photo apps are a good example of how you really don't even need to purchase fancy software to get some of these looks but still have fun with it. That's mainly what this is for me, a kind of artistic way of looking at photos :)

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  4. I also use Picmonkey when I feel the need to do something extra or different with my photos (which is pretty rarely) - I do love your peach photo, it totally made my mouth water! If I could reach through the screen....!

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    1. Thank you Nathalie! There are lots of things I'd like to grab through my computer screen! LOL!

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  5. I think I am the opposite to the other commenters today - I edit every photo I use. well, there is the exception I suppose, but it is not often an unedited photo makes it on to the blog or a scrap page.

    I have used RadLab and I like their presets, they suit a lot of my photos, but, I too am drawn to Florabella ... the truth is, I would buy them both!

    After buying Clean and Clear colour from Erin Cobb, I have been working on improving my editing process. My favourite way to edit is to have the end result not look as though it has been edited - and that is hard!

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more Amy! I think both have enough variety and interest to keep one entertained! Like I said to someone else today... I am sure I will soon be coveting RadLab (if not already)!

      I think you do an amazing job with your photos and it's always a pleasure to see them on your blog :)

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  6. I edit about half of my photos - mostly using the levels tool in PSE if I want to keep it so it does not look editied. When I want to add an effect then I use Pioneer Woman and I've been using the artistic filters in PSE a lot recently

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    1. Helena you have some of the most intersting AND artistic photos I've seen! I took a photo editing class through Jessica Spague some time ago, and initially I did edit my photos with levels and other tools and I even tried raw, but I found the process to be very lengthy and my old arm cannot take that anymore :)

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  7. Funny, I prefer the unedited versions, guess I am a raw kinda gal lol About the only thing I do is crop and autofix color, which often I undo. Have fun playing with the programs!

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  8. I haven't used actions, but I have played with textures a little. I'd like to do more with photography, but this just hasn't turned out to the year for that. I'm enjoying our new camera & want to learn more shooting photos & editing the, so maybe soon I'll find a class to spark that interest.

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    1. There are plenty of classes out there. I did sign up for Candace Stringham's "Oh Shoot" thru Jessica Sprague, and although I have not finished the class I found it was very easy to follow. She is easy to understand and repeats things for people like me who have to hear it more than once to get it! LOL!

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  9. These are lovely both edited and unedited. :) I have a number of actions but don't often use them. It's as much as I can do to get my photos actually downloaded from my camera and onto the computer!

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  10. Beautiful! You know how much I enjoy the effects these actions offer. Given the choice, i'd buy them all. Have lots more fun with your gift!

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  11. Love your photos! The peaches look so juicy and fresh. I have not used actions much. I have figured out a good flow for my editing my photos myself so I stick with it, but if I ever want to get fancy, I'll check this out! :)

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  12. I have just recently started feeling comfortable in PhotoShop - after several years! I need to read up on actions and I think Pioneer Woman is probably the best place to start. I learned all about aperture from her in the beginning. Your photos are lovely before and after, Ginger. Thanks for the inspiration and also the gentle push...

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  13. I'm really liking the unedited peach one. I haven't used actions in a long time it seems. I need to get back to that.

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