The Beauty Around Us

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PIP Camera

Late last month I discovered a iPhone/iPad app that adds new life to photographs that I have taken.  The app is called PIP Camera-Selfie Cam&PIP Collage&Photo Editor.  This app provides the ability to quickly and easily be creative with your photographs.  The app includes an abundance of templates that allow you to do fun things with your photographs.  My favorite template by far is the snow globe template.  Here is a collection of some of my snow globe creations, using the PIP Camera app.

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Do you have an Android device?  PIP Camera is also available for Android devices.  What are you waiting for?  Install the app and have some fun!

Decisions, Decisions.

My head is full of thoughts related to photography editing choices.

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A few days ago I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements 15. The software caught my eye, when I saw a video on Facebook of one of its editing features — changing a frown into a smile.  Adobe Photoshop Elements contains many more “fun” editing choices as well. When I first began to edit my images, I used Adobe Photoshop Elements. At that time Adobe Photoshop Elements was a much pared-down version of Adobe Photoshop. I recently read that Adobe Photoshop Elements now contains approximately 80% of the features found in Adobe Photoshop, including Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). The software sells for $89.99, but was on sale for $39.99 on Amazon. I pressed the buy button, without hesitation. Sitting on the back burner (and forming some of my justification for purchasing Adobe Photoshop Elements 15) is the thought that someday I would like to delete Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe CC), which I subscribe to on a monthly basis at a cost of $9.99/month.

Yesterday I received and installed Adobe Photoshop Elements 15. I used the software for a few minutes. Adobe Camera RAW doesn’t have near the bells and whistles that ACR has in Adobe CC. I was aware that ACR was a pared-down version, when I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements. I used the “turn a frown into a smile” feature. That is a very cool editing feature! There is so much new about Adobe Photoshop Elements since I last used it. The last version I owned was Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. I placed two Adobe Photoshop Elements instructional books on my Amazon wish list. Neither book is available until January 2017.

Speaking of sitting on the back burner …

I reinstalled Adobe Photoshop CS5 yesterday morning and determined it is unusable to me, with my current photo editing workflow. Since September 2009, I photograph almost exclusively in the RAW format and use ACR to convert my RAW images. The highest ACR version available for Adobe Photoshop CS5 does not recognize my Olympus OM-D E-M1 digital camera. I could install the DNG converter and convert my RAW image to a Digital Negative (DNG), which would be recognized by Photoshop CS5. I choose not to add this conversion step to my workflow. I uninstalled Photoshop CS5.

Adobe no longer offers Photoshop as a stand-alone photo editor. Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the last stand-alone version of Photoshop, one version newer than what I own.   Adobe Photoshop CS6 DOES support my camera; however, it lacks some of the features that I use currently while editing images in Adobe CC. It is a possibility that I will purchase Photoshop CS6 sometime in the future. The software is currently available on Ebay, new in the box, at a reasonable price.

RAW image conversion is available in two other photo editing programs that I have used: Olympus Viewer 3 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. I have not used either program extensively. Therefore, I cannot determine at the present time if either program would meet my RAW image conversion needs. The same is true for Adobe Photoshop Elements 15. I do not know, at the present time, if that program would meet my RAW image conversion needs.

Currently, I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mainly for its organizer capabilities. I have tried other programs to organize my photographs and prefer Lightroom’s organizer. Therefore, I do not foresee eliminating Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from my photo editing tools. In addition to being part of Adobe CC, Adobe continues to offer Lightroom as a stand-alone photo editor (current release is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6). It is a possibility that I will purchase Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, as a stand-alone program, sometime in the future. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers ACR most similar to what is contained in Adobe CC.

I will continue to use Adobe CC for the time being. Adobe CC is updated frequently with new features. I subscribe to Adobe CC’s Photography Plan, which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom. At some point in time I expect to feel comfortable using Adobe Photoshop Elements, Olympus Viewer or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to convert RAW images. When that day comes, I will delete Adobe CC.

Monumental Publication

A new booklet, which was published by the General Joseph Warren Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) of Warren, PA, contains photographs that I took.

I thank the local DAR chapter for asking for my participation in this project of documenting monuments that the General Joseph Warren Chapter DAR of Warren, PA have established over the years.

 

New Camera Accessory

I purchased a new accessory for my camera, a RPS Studio Mini Soft Box.

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a RPS Studio Mini Soft Box

I purchased the mini soft box from Amazon.com.  I was going to build a do-it-yourself diffuser but thought for the price I would try the RPS Studio Mini Soft Box.

Example of Use of RPS Studio Mini Soft BoxI took a self portrait, without the mini soft box (left) and with the mini soft box.  I used the exact same camera / flash settings and post processing edits for both photographs.  What a difference!  The RPS Studio Mini Soft Box is an excellent addition in my camera bag.

Ava and Macy

This past Sunday afternoon I photographed two adorable girls. Ava and Macy are 6-year-old identical twins. Ava and Macy’s mother and I met on a Facebook garage sale site. Anissa’s garage sale items are of interest to me, as I have twin granddaughters who are 4 years younger than Ava and Macy.

Ava and Macy’s photo session took place at my house, both indoors and outside. I took the indoor pictures in front of a green screen backdrop. It was the first time that I used the green screen backdrop (or any backdrop for that matter) during a photo session. I replaced the green backdrop with a variety of digital backdrops, using Adobe Photoshop as an editing tool. I was very pleased with the results, as was Anissa!

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The Beauty Around Us

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I have been busy.  For the past few weeks I have been working on the creation of a new website.  “The Beauty Around Us” is that new website.  It went live last night.  “The Beauty Around Us” will showcase scenic photographs taken during my travels.  In addition, my website will showcase nature photographs.  My goal is to display these photographs in an organized manner via photo galleries.  “The Beauty Around Us” includes a blog, which I plan to utilize on a weekly basis.  I envision my blog posts taking the shape of one photograph accompanied by a pertinent quotation, saying or poem.

Whenever a new blog website is announced, the question always comes up whether or not the blogger will maintain two blogs.  I intend to continue the “Days to Remember” blog, which I began in March 2009.  “Days to Remember” is a photo journal blog that provides a glimpse into my life both at home and on the road.   “Days to Remember” is a much more verbose blog website than “The Beauty Around Us”.  I hope that each of you will follow both of my blog websites.

UPDATE:  When I wrote this blog post, I did intend to maintain two blogs.  Somewhere along the way that intent changed because maintaining two blogs just wasn’t working.  I moved the “Days to Remember” blog, as an integral part of the “The Beauty Around Us” website. 

My Stepdaughter and Her Family

Yesterday I took photographs of my stepdaughter and her family at a park in our hometown.

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Do you want to see photographs of Harper and June from birth through present time?

Yes?  I thought you might 🙂

E5210968 4x6June (on left) and Harper were 3 days old in this picture.

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This collage contains three family photographs.  The top left photograph was taken in November 2012.  Harper is being held by her daddy.  The girls were 6 months old in this photograph.  The bottom left photograph was taken in September 2013.  Once again Harper is being held by her daddy.  The girls were 16 months old in this photograph.  The photograph on the right was taken during yesterday’s photo session.  June is in the back, next to her daddy.  The girls are now 29 months old.

I am so very happy that our granddaughters live close by so that we are able to see them in person, as they grow up!

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