Ever since I took the pictures of my neighbor’s daughter a few weeks ago, and my discovery/learning of Photoshop actions, I’ve been obsessed with portraits and adding that “human element” to my pictures. Problem is, its hard to find willing subjects- so I’ve been finding myself digging through old pictures to find some to apply actions to. Unfortunately, I didn’t really know much “back then” (aka- 6 months ago…lol), and some of these pictures I’m digging up are beyond salvageable…
I found I had some free hours this afternoon, and with a perfect spring day (albeit a bit windy) happening outside, I figured why not practice on myself in the privacy of my own backyard?
I set up my (new!) tripod, grabbed my portrait lens, remote and a brush and headed outside to stake out a spot. I snapped a few pictures, then realized I probably needed some (gasp!) makeup to make myself appear not so washed out.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been a makeup kinda girl, but I’ve been trying to improve and just got my first tube of mascara…
This is where we get to the “I Learned” for the week….
“I learned” that while I may have good hand-eye coordination when it comes to doing things like playing softball or knitting, I severely lack the literal hand-to-eye coordination it takes to apply mascara and any other eye gunk that women need. And the eyelash curler I found in my sisters drawer? Forget about it…I’m pretty sure blood was drawn as I pinched my cheek with it…
I finally wiped away stray mascara, covered up what was left with some eyeshadow I’m pretty sure I bought when I was in middle school and headed back outside.
Seriously- I don’t know how you people take these “selfies”– getting the focusing right is next to impossible! *And* I was using a remote!
Oh well….nearly 250 pictures later, and I got a few that could pass as acceptable. More importantly though, I got to play with these pictures in Photoshop! (Geez- I feel so vain….lol)
Since I’m fairly new at this, I really appreciate any critiques or tips you can offer! Thank you 🙂