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This is Part III in a 3 part series on photo editing for moms. Need to catch up? You can read Part I right HERE or Part II HERE.

Not too long ago, our little family made a trek to Pennsylvania for a family reunion on my husband’s side. It was one of those sweltering summer days where the sun is blazing hot, you’re dripping sweat, and  you squint even with sunglasses on.

The kids were able to beat the heat with a good ‘ol fashioned baby pool, water table, bubble machine, and slip and slide.

It was the perfect recipe for photos of fun in the sun.DSC_1042edit650However the sun also made photo taking a bit of a challenge, but probably not for the reason you may expect.

You may have hear the the photography tip somewhere before “Don’t take photos in the mid day sun”

It’s true that direct daytime light can be tricky to shoot in, but there are still ways to position yourself to keep harsh light and shadows in check.

I think more than this, it’s difficult to shoot in sunlight because it’s hard to review your work on your playback screen to decide if the shots you just snapped were good or not!

DSC_1099edit650On this particularly sweaty summer day I found myself squinting at the camera looking at my photo thumbnails wondering if anything I just shot was worthwhile or if I was going to have to throw away every single image.

You’ve been in this place before too, yes?

The place where every one of your thumbnails looks dark. So you keep fiddling with settings to get something you think will be brighter.

Then you get home, load the images onto the computer, only to discover that those shots you THOUGHT were amazing are indeed over exposed, blown out, and otherwise terrible snapshots.

DSC_1106edit650Fortunately with time and experience I’ve learned to work in the mid day light and know that if the photo looks dark in playback, it’s more that likely perfectly exposed.

However, you might not be so fortunate and are instead looking at a folder of over exposed images.

What if I told you that you could edit your way out of this mishap and others as well?!

The secret?

Black and White Processing

DSC_1044edit650A solid edit in black and white can sometimes make the difference between a shot you want to keep vs. one you want to throw away.

Today I’m sharing 3 scenarios that will have you keeping more photos by simply converting them to black and white:

1) When your image is too bright or overexposed

bw_overexposedPhotos that are WAY overexposed unfortunately hard to edit and typically need to be tossed. However, slight overexposure (as seen here on her hair, skin, and shirt) will often be able to be salvaged with a black and white conversion. I aimed for more of a matte black and white here to try to eliminate some of the glow you get from the overexposed areas. Looking for a simple matte black and white tutorial? Click HERE.

2) When your white balance is off

bw_light_whitebalanceWhite balance is the color tone in your image. Oftentimes when you’re shooting indoors at night and/or you have many competing light sources (window light mixed with bulb lights for example) your photos can turn out looking too orange or yellow. Or sometimes if we’re standing next to a wall that’s green or blue (or any other color for that matter) we can get photos with strange color casts. Color casts and white balance issues can oftentimes be fixed (just give this tutorial HERE a watch). But, for a quicker fix, black and white is always an option!

3) When you have too many competing colors in your image

bw_colorSometimes there are just too many competing colors in our photos. Take this image for example. We were shopping at one of the mega big box retailers and you can see all the clashing oranges, pinks, blues, reds. My eyes don’t know where to focus! By converting to a bold black and white, my eyes are immediately drawn in to Brielle’s striped dress which is exactly where they should be. If you want tips on getting your own bold black and white edits check out this tutorial HERE.

Love today’s tips? Want to learn even more? Come join me for Radiate, the 12 week class where self care through photography meets concrete photo editing lessons. Let’s get you loving your photos and your life even more this fall. Class begins August 11th and I’d love to have you! Details and registration HERE.

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This is Part II in a 3 part series on photo editing for moms. Need to catch up? You can read Part I right HERE or Part III HERE.

DSC_0980edit650You may have heard me say before that photo editing (in my world at least) is a form of self-care. It’s an art, and the process of taking a photo from camera to beautiful masterpiece is something I enjoy. Especially when there’s that photo we expect to to be amazing straight out of the camera, but later on discover that once it’s on our computer it was dull, dark, lifeless, or otherwise lacking.

Most photos of our kids will not be professional looking right out the docket.

Unfortunately that’s a reality us moms have to come to terms with. Our lives are not set up like professional photography studios, and we can’t expect all the elements of light, posing, and camera settings to collide into perfect works of art each time we click the shutter.

We have to give our photos a little love after they’re taken to make them have that extra bit of oomf.  And fortunately, it won’t take much to make them a bit more bold, vibrant, and natural looking.

bubbles_editing_JulySo many moms want to skip photo editing all together or want a set system for their editing, because learning to go with the flow and create art can be a scary process of letting go and experimenting.  But, unfortunately it’s hard to boil down the process of artistic expression into a set of steps that will work for every photo, every time.

However, I have developed what I like to think is the closest thing to it: The 3 C’s To Clean Edits

Which is precisely what you’re going to learn about in today’s video lesson. Click play below here’s what you’re going to learn:

  • My favorite online photo editing site for moms (it’s super inexpensive and easy to use!)
  • What the 3 C’s are and how they can be applied to your photos in 5 minutes or less
  • The surprising tip that will change how you edit your photos from now on

Want to edit even more with me? Come sign up for my completely free photo class ‘Shades of Me’.  We’re pairing one of my most asked about photo editing techniques with a unique self-care exercise from behind the lens of your camera (any type of camera will do). Click HERE to register and let’s get started!

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