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mandalee65

Member Since May 2003, 6781 forum posts, 548 public projects

Location: Tennessee

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And of course there's my need to take pictures of everything I see. Maybe someday I'll be good enough to "go pro."

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Tutorial

Turning Digital Patterned Paper into Overlays (PSE)

In this layout, I wanted a pink sunburst paper - but I had every color under the rainbow except for pink. There are a zillion ways to recolor an image, but in this case, I wanted to blend it with another background. Here's how to turn paper into an overlay that can be used in other applications:

Open the desired file.

Go to Filter > Gradient Map

Choose the black and white option. You now have a black-and-white version.

Now you can combine the paper with other papers, with a solid color, or with another overlay. Different blending modes will give you different looks. Soft light, overlay, and vivid light are some of my favorites.

If you like, do a "Save As" to keep the altered image for later use - just be sure you don't save over the original!

 

9/15/2008 9:48:10 AM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Tutorial

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Blog Post

Blog - or Random Bits of Miscellany?

I already have 3 blogs - count 'em, three - so this "blog" will serve solely as a dumping ground for the random tips, tricks, tutorials, and other excess that's floating around in my brain. Hope you enjoy!

6/4/2008 11:08:22 AM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Tips & Tricks

Photographing Fireworks

For those of you who have a nicer point & shoot camera, you might be lucky enough to have a fireworks setting built in. For the rest of us, here are a few tips to getting that perfect fireworks photo.

The process is a bit counterintuitive. If you follow your gut reaction, chances are you'll seriously overexpose the shot. Not everyone will have the ability to make all the changes listed below, but make as many as you can and don't be afraid to take a lot of shots!

1) Tripod - although I have gotten lucky a few without one, it's really a crucial piece of equipment. At the very least, set the camera on the hood of a car or something else equally stable.

2) ISO - In most nighttime settings, you want to turn the ISO up as high as you can. Firework shooting is different. Because of the bright blasts of light, you will actually overexpose the shot severely, and lose most of the color in the process. Turn your ISO down as far as you possibly can. I set mine on 200 because it's the lowest my camera goes - 100 is better.

3) Aperture - Because it's hard to determine exactly where in the sky the blazes occur, use a small aperture so that depth of field is less of an issue. I usually shoot on f/8 or f/11.

4) Shutter speed - Start with a 2-second shutter speed. You might have to adjust up or down, depending on the weather and surrounding light. The longer the speed, the softer the "trails" of the lights become. This is worth playing around with. I will run from 1-5 seconds in any given show. Keep in mind that the shorter the speed, the more likely you are to take a picture of black sky.

5) Focus - Turn off the autofocus. As best you can, set manual focus on the first couple of blasts, and then leave it at that setting. You might have to adjust as the show wears on, but that's much less frustrating than waiting on the focusing mechanism to try to work.

6) Timer - This will help reduce camera shake. I usually set it for the shortest possible delay so I don't miss too many opportunities. Press the button, get back, and let the camera do the work.

7) Quantity! - I will take hundreds of shots during a show, and I might get a dozen good ones. If you have a remote for your camera, this will help reduce camera shake and let you enjoy the show - just keep hitting the button continuously. You are going to have pictures of black sky, but that's okay. It's well worth it to capture even a few gorgeous bursts of light.

Enjoy the show!

Here are some sample shots.

 

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PeaSoup

Proverbs 17:22a

A cheerful heart is good medicine.

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Tips & Tricks

Cutting Ghost Shapes with a Cricut

You can make your own ghost letters and shapes! Use a transparency of any kind. If you choose inkjet, you could print on it before you cut it. You could also use the kind meant for copy machines. They are heavier and smoother.

Set the Cricut blade to 2. This gives a clean cut, and surprisingly, the transparency doesn't tear at all. I used the spatula to pull up the pieces.

I experimented a bit with the cut shapes. Try using alcohol inks, stickles, rub-ons or Staz-On ink. With SCAL, the possibilities really are endless. (Note to self: save money for SCAL!)

Here's a link to a project I did using this techinque: twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp

5/4/2008 1:51:37 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Tips & Tricks

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PeaSoup

The Symbolism of Fireworks

Original Author: Amanda

Tonight I watched the fireworks with the eyes of someone who has seen her country deliberately attacked by terrorists, and who has stood by as friends and loved ones answered the call of duty to their country. As I listened to the echoing booms, I thought of the similarity of the sound to the crack of a cannon in battle. It is a poignant thing that we celebrate our country’s independence with something that sounds very much like a war, but in fact is one of the most beautiful displays imaginable. It is such a beautiful tribute to those who have fought for what we value the most, and yet there are still soldiers fighting for this freedom that we celebrated tonight. As long as we wish to remain free, there will always be men and women sacrificing their lives to preserve that freedom. There is such a beautiful symbolism in the firework. As long as I can remember, I’ve been called the Firecracker Kid – and as someone who loves her country and is immensely grateful for the gift of freedom, that suits me just fine!

User Comments:
My birthday is the 4th of July, so that explains the last paragraph. You can omit that, of course.

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