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Sarah in VA

Member Since 22 Jul 2007
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Reflections From Eye Glasses

17 May 2010 - 05:07 PM

I took some photos again today of my husband's parents for their 65th wedding anniversary. I took some last month when we saw them and they turned out really quite good. I took them, totally unplanned, in a hotel lobby, wonderful natural light, uncluttered backgrounds, easy going mood - they were natural and at ease. I posted one of my MIL in the Photo Focus Club last week when the challenge was "Mothers". Well, after thinking about it, they decided they wanted a retake! Today was the day.

Anyway, today they were in their apartment all dressed up, suits, ties, scarves, etc, and wound up very tight! And their apartment, while not tiny is chocked full of collections of practically 65 years. And not the best of light.

The best light/best background combination I could find was setting them up in front of a west facing window with a china cabinet as a partial background - and I was squashed up against a wall. This was around noon and the sky was cloudy. I was using my 50mm 1.8 lens, so I had plenty of light and I got the white balance pretty good too. But I had a heck of a time avoiding the reflections on their eye glasses. And neither one wanted to take them off - understandable.

I thought, well, let's go outside and I'll put them on varying step heights (to equalize the difference in their heights and get their faces closer together) outside their front door - good background, good light. BUT, they wear those glasses that turn dark immediately upon stepping outside! The shots out there were terrible!

What could I have done? How do you avoid reflections in glasses? I read a very intense book on lighting recently that talked about the family of angles; it gave me a severe headache and I didn't learn a thing. Please tell me it's something easier than this.

Charleston, South Carolina

26 February 2010 - 06:36 PM

I've just found out that I'll be in the Charleston, SC area for the middle weeks of March - going on a business trip with DH. Any Scrap Girls nearby that would like to get together for lunch, coffee, visiting, anything?

Flickr Users

09 February 2010 - 06:55 PM

What with the Photo Focus Club and the Understanding Exposure class, and just general photo-taking, I've got lots of photos I'd like to share with family and friends. Knowing that the gallery here at Scrap Girls is not the place for uploading all these photos (except for those allowed for specific classes or forums) I've ventured into the world of Flickr! Actually, it seems I have two Flickr accounts...when I made this new one, I forgot I already had one...Can I combine them?

Help! Can anyone explain how they use Flickr to me? I uploaded several (I think 6) photos today and it tells me I've already used 25% of my limit for the calendar month. I see I can have unlimited upload capabilities for a certain yearly fee. Is that what everyone does? How do I let my family and friends know how to search for my photos? How do I share? And what about all the privacy things? What is important and what isn't? Anyone want to give me a heads up?


Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 Just Released

29 January 2010 - 03:18 PM

In case you haven't heard, just wanted to let you know that Corel has released a new PSP X3 version. I just watched a Webinar on the new product and there are some interesting and impressive new extraction tools - a Smart Carver and an Object Extractor, an updated and more integrated Organizer, faster and better workflow, an improved RAW Lab, improvements to the Express Lab (batch processing), text improvements, a new project/sharing area which handles photos and videos for Facebook, Flickr, You Tube, etc.. All the prior version tools are there, some which have been updated to work more intuitively.

Upgrade price until Feb 7 is $59.99, afterwards, $69.99 (these prices are available from Webinar page - PM me for details - the Corel web site does't have these prices). Purchase price without an upgrade is $99.99. It's available for download now, and will be available in a box by mail on Feb 8.

Since Corel didn't offer an updated version last year - just a few added products for X2 Ultimate - their current version is 2 years old - I'm excited about upgrading to this version.

Quick Select Tool/brush

04 January 2010 - 05:25 PM

Being fairly new to PSE, I have lots of questions, but most concern the selection tools. What is the difference between the Quick Selection Tool and the Quick Selection Brush. In which situations would you use one over the other, and for that matter, why choose one of those rather than the magic wand or other selection tools?

In order to better use my PSE 7, I'm taking the opportunity of Jumpstart January game to make myself use it and learn to love it. No, I haven't uninstalled my beloved PSPX2 and I won't, but I'm committed to using only PSE 7 this month.

Thanks for your help!