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  1. I like Sonic Youth's version better. Much better.me too. I also like Sonic Youth's version of Ca Plane Pour Moi over Plastic Bertrand's.
  2. Awesome! This was one of those effects that I've seen everywhere and always wanted to learn but just never got to digging into it.And I totally understand what you mean about cleaning up residuals One of my daughters is still dealing with constant eczema in one spot on her cheek so I'm always trying to touch that up. Thanks for sharing! No problem. Every time I get a little bored with photography I find something new to play around with and it makes it all the more interesting. If you want a simpler, cheaper way of getting a similar effect, the Lomo and 70's effects included in the latest version of Picasa does this, but you have a little less control on the fine tuning.
  3. Hallelujah - Jeff BuckleyTiny City Made of Ashes - Sun Kil Moon (almost every song on here I like better than Modest Mouse)
  4. I think the idea of post processing with software is a must and is worth investing some time trying to learn one. While it's pretty hard to take a crappy picture and make it great, it's pretty easy to take a good picture and make it awesome with minimal effort. there are a number of different options to manipulate your pictures, with Photoshop, Lightroom and Picasa being the most ubiquitious.Picasa is the most basic and it's free. Despite it being free, there's a lot of editing you can do with it and they are adding functions to it all the time. I used to use the full Photoshop but it was dated so I bought an earlier version of Photoshop Elements for about $40. It has 95% of the stuff I used in the full Photoshop. There is a learning curve to it, but they also include a lot of beginner fixes too. I've recently been messing around with some free Photoshop actions and getting some interesting results, like here. I haven't used Lightbox but most that do seem to like it too. Can you share with us the before photo? I love that effect. Would you mind sharing what tools you used to get there? TIA. I'll scare up the 'before' photo tonight from my home PC. I am still interested in how you created that effect in PS as well oh yeah. here's the before picture. All the adjustments were done in Photoshop Elements 8. The steps were: 1. clean up Cheetos residuals around her mouth with lasso, then healing tool. This kid has gotten me good at this. 2. make the eyes pop via the instructions here. I set the exposure much lower than what this tutorial suggests. Some refinement is needed to avoid making it look too fake, but I like this trick for tweaking portrait pictures. I've also learned that you need a good sharp image of the eyes for this to be worthwhile. 3. the last effect is a Photoshops Action called Florabella Mademoiselle. I'm not sure what is more embarrassing: that I sought out and found this feminine effect or that I was excited to find a copy of it via torrent. On the last point, I've been messing around with a few different Photoshop actions that are available online free (mostly legitimate). The only other one that I've really liked for my purposes is MCP Touch of Light action. A good way to make a portrait pop is to lighten everything but the face. I'm just beginning and experimenting with these, so I'm not an expert on these. This all started by seeing some nice pictures that friends had gotten done with professional photographers and then trying to reverse engineer what they did.
  5. I think the idea of post processing with software is a must and is worth investing some time trying to learn one. While it's pretty hard to take a crappy picture and make it great, it's pretty easy to take a good picture and make it awesome with minimal effort. there are a number of different options to manipulate your pictures, with Photoshop, Lightroom and Picasa being the most ubiquitious.Picasa is the most basic and it's free. Despite it being free, there's a lot of editing you can do with it and they are adding functions to it all the time. I used to use the full Photoshop but it was dated so I bought an earlier version of Photoshop Elements for about $40. It has 95% of the stuff I used in the full Photoshop. There is a learning curve to it, but they also include a lot of beginner fixes too. I've recently been messing around with some free Photoshop actions and getting some interesting results, like here. I haven't used Lightbox but most that do seem to like it too. Can you share with us the before photo? I love that effect. Would you mind sharing what tools you used to get there? TIA. I'll scare up the 'before' photo tonight from my home PC.
  6. I think the idea of post processing with software is a must and is worth investing some time trying to learn one. While it's pretty hard to take a crappy picture and make it great, it's pretty easy to take a good picture and make it awesome with minimal effort. there are a number of different options to manipulate your pictures, with Photoshop, Lightroom and Picasa being the most ubiquitious.Picasa is the most basic and it's free. Despite it being free, there's a lot of editing you can do with it and they are adding functions to it all the time. I used to use the full Photoshop but it was dated so I bought an earlier version of Photoshop Elements for about $40. It has 95% of the stuff I used in the full Photoshop. There is a learning curve to it, but they also include a lot of beginner fixes too. I've recently been messing around with some free Photoshop actions and getting some interesting results, like here. I haven't used Lightbox but most that do seem to like it too.
  7. I thought the Mexican soap opera was actually a bigger, stranger departure for the show than the pregnancy news. Very few sitcoms keep the quality going for this long, so I'm curious what they will do next with the show.
  8. I hope they come up with some clever twist on the gameplay that all but eliminates any strategy and makes the game random.
  9. Congrats...that is a great finish... enjoyed following this event. Would love to make it there some day.
  10. Didn't realize they had a new one out - loved their previous albums. I'm checking it out now. Really like: Polica, Jack WhiteOK: Ramona Falls
  11. I'm not planning on watching all of them, but which number video is Diff'rent Strokes episode with the bike repairman. That makes me cry every time.
  12. I think a good name would be Wally.My kid already has a Water Buffalo named Wally at my parent's ranch. My kid sister is going to try to break it to ride for him.I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.I know what you mean, a roadside zoo by my house was running a 25% sale on rhino's. You just can't say no to those little buggers esp. at those prices.
  13. I split a Amazon Prime membership with my sister, so it works to $20/year but I don't get free video on demand or Kindle. That said, really like the free shipping and free bologna sandwiches every January.
  14. look up some of the bands that are recommended here - that should keep you busy for a while I've been doing that and it's been good. I wasn't sure if there was some feature in Spotify I was missing, like subscribing to a Pitchfork or some other indie reviewer.
  15. I've finally got Spotify. Now how do I find the good new stuff? Using the Indie Radio Station isn't netting much.
  16. I think it's pretty easy. The directions are easier explained through pictures, so I'm going to give a couple of links instead of me typing.The easy but results will vary way longer but get better results way On the second link above, you'll have to play with selection feather and some other adjustments, but I can generally fool anyone if I have 2 pictures shot within seconds of each other.
  17. Besides the RAW editing...If I have 2 pictures taken in quick succession and one kid is only smiling or blinking in one, I will copy/paste the face from one picture to another in Elements. (I learned this trick just to put friends' pictures in pron images).I have a few filters in Photoshop that I like that I can't do in Picasa.Elements is good for reducing noise in some pictures, but I rarely use this. If I want to make one part of a picture pop or remove some unwanted stuff from a picture (like overhead wires or stragglers in a background), Elements lets you selectively pick part of the image and remove it or deemphasize it. Most of the stuff above I don't do that often - usually a picture is either good or crap right out of the camera. If it's good, I can generally make it a lot better with editing the RAW file, but I think most of this improvement is in my eyes - I doubt my family notices the change.
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