March 28, 2011

It's Great to have Professional Photog Friends!!

My friend Maxine, owner of Grace Photography, is amazing!  But, she lives super far away.  Even though she can't take beautiful pictures of Kate, she is helping me make sure I have great pictures!

She took time out of her day today to talk me through using my 50mm lens.  I have this one:



It is a great lens but it doesn't "talk" to my camera body (a Nikon D60) at all.  So, I am usually left frustrated, with blurry pictures as shooting in manual mode AND manual focus is hard for a mom like me.  Maxine gave me a few tips today and Kate was in a great mood so I ended up with about 6 decent pictures (ignore the fact that I took 176 - no joke).
 
I also branched out and shot in RAW so Maxine could have fun editing a few of my images!
 
Here's one I took SOOC (straight out of the camera - no editing at all):
 

And after a few touch ups!

My favorite SOOC

Black & White (this will be framed ASAP)

I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with my SOOC images!  My persistence paid off and I ma actually stunned that I took these pictures!  And thank you Maxine for the touch ups!

13 comments:

Max said...

You have an eye for it! You shot all these with manual focus in manual mode! You rock, they were beautiful!!!

Christie said...

Those look great! I love Kate's eyelashes in the last picture. Max is such a talented photographer/editor!

Megan and David said...

Those are great! I really want a new lens, but have zero time to learn : (

Her eye lashes are to die for!

Paulsen Mommy said...

The last picture is just amazing!! Those lashes!! What a lucky girl Kate is!

KariBeth and Josh Gentry said...

I have that lens! Do share your secrets!! Great pictures!!

Jessica said...

Great shots! That black & white is amazing! Such a pretty subject, too :)

drewiekc said...

Try playing with picnik.com. It's like online Photoshop for Dummies, you can get some really amazing edits! And the best part is, it's free! Or you can pay for a subscription and get access to more editing tools for like $25/year.

Lindsey said...

I usually edit in Picasa. But, Max was able to do some things that I just cannot!

~Brit said...

Love, Love, LOVE the second pic in b&w! She's beautiful and it's my kind of photo.

Abra said...

WOWWWWWWW You can come take pics of B any time you want!!! Awesome pics of a BEAUTIFUL little girl!

nikinikinine said...

L, the pics came out stunning!!! nice job :)

slwhatley said...

Love, Love, Love that black & white photo, it's so dreamy! Her lashes are gorgeous!

Momma Wilson said...

WOW, love love love the pics!!!

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