Sunday, November 10, 2013

Chartreuse & Purple

Do you ever get somewhere to take pictures and realize you just can't find any good light? Or you're just not feeling the location in general once you get there? It happens every now and then, and this day was one of them. The foliage was beautiful, but the sunlight and shadows were really making it hard to take some decent outfit shots. Instead of continuing to get frustrated, I usually just end up moving locations.





Photography can get frustrating, as can editing pictures. It's frustrating when things don't go right, such as lighting or weather not cooperating. For me, wind is one of the top things that will ruin a shoot for me. If it's raining or snowing, then I can just deal with not trekking out somewhere for a photoshoot. But it's such a bummer when you make the trip and are all ready to take pictures, and then the wind won't stop blowing your hair, sweater, skirt, etc. around.




Editing pictures is a whole other story. Usually, the thing that frustrates me is colors, particularly skin colors. White balance is a hard thing to get right straight from the camera, so about 80-90% of the time, I have to adjust some of the colors to make them closer to how they look in life. My skin has a tendency to come out either too yellow or too red, so I have to adjust that a lot too.


Dress: H&M//Shoes: GoMax via ModCloth//Sweater: Mossimo via Target//Tights: Unknown//Belt: Forever 21
Editing used to take me a lot longer because I went through this phase where I'd edit a whole shoot in Photoshop, and THEN take those edited pictures and put them into Lightroom to do a few minor things since they have better controls for certain aspects. I've given up on Lightroom for a couple of months or so, now. It just took too long, and the pictures really are fine the way they are in Photoshop. I was just being overly perfectionistic. I don't really do any drastic editing. Usually, I just do basic things like adjust levels, saturation, contrast, and colors if I need to. When I used Photoshop and Lightroom, it could take me a couple of days to finish editing a shoot. Now that I'm back to just Photoshop, it usually takes me about a few hours, but it depends on how many pictures there are.


I'm curious as to what everyone else's photo-editing techniques are. What programs do you use? What tools do you use in those programs? Do you use any presets/filters? Please leave me some comments. I'm really interested!


  1. Yeah I definitely get that where I go somewhere and can't find any good light. Or the wind is blowing so much my bangs are all over the place. These pictures still look good though! I really like this outfit too. Your dotted dress is adorable with the chartreuse cardigan and purple shoes.

  2. I love the colour of your cardigan it suits the little black and white polka dot dress nicely :) I'm a sucker for all these vintage patterns! xx

  3. I'm actually pretty novice at Photoshop and taking pictures in general. I normally just bumble my way around in Photoshop, but I really find it hard to 'see any difference' between the photos. Most of the time I don't bother to edit anything and just chose the pictures that I like. I think if I had the time I would probably put more effort into that area, doing my blog as a hobby I just don't have that time :(

  4. I definitely hear you on the lighting/locale annoyances. I usually end up taking all my photos in my backyard, unless there's something special going on, but it's so dependent on the time of day!! I love this outfit you're wearing. Do you always have someone take photos of you, or do you use a tripod? I'm definitely jonesing for a DSLR (I have a point and shoot and take my photos myself), and since I think your photos are always so lovely, I'd love to know what you do.

    xox Sammi

    1. 99% of the time, I have someone helping me, but when I first started I was doing it all myself with a point and shoot. I got the DSLR last Christmas. I have a tripod, but it's just so bulky and large that it's hard to carry around. I may try to look into getting a smaller one that will still be sturdy and tall enough for what I need.