Friday, July 15, 2016

WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE 2016--MY HOME PHOTO STUDIO TOUR

Putting your best foot/photo forward - leading off with a beautiful unedited image. A simple home photo studio is all I need to produce some great fine art photography.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/07/kiss-keeping-things-super-simplehome.html 
This image is straight out of the camera with no post processing/editing. I take my iPhoneography images with an iPhone 6. 

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This is the staging setup I use for my photos of flowers in my house. I have a black paper backdrop but lately I've been using grey paper. I live alone and can put things where I want them and how I want to put them out. I use fat push pins to keep the paper up on the wall. Yes, that is an old and rusted portable typewriter spray painted turquoise. It doesn't work at all except as a prop in photos. Got it for $5 at a garage sale a few years ago.

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 Most of the time, I use an iPhone 6. But for this blog post, I thought I would take some selfies while I shoot with the Canon 50D DSLR. I use a hot pink tripod adapter that holds the iPhone 6 below. Got this on Ebay. The tripod is a standard size - meaning it is way, way, way bigger than the iPhone requires.
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 Here is what I was using to take my selfies. Equipment: iPhone 6 in the image using the Camera+ app that has a delayed timer. Also, the DaVoice Tripod Adapter.
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This is the gadget I found on Ebay mfg. by DaVoice. If you go to the link, there will be many more options. And they are cheap but easy to use. Love the pink, don't you? The little gadget with the grey circles is a remote trigger so I can trigger the shutter from a distance. And it's a Bluetooth REMOTE. It is marvelous.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/07/kiss-keeping-things-super-simplehome.html
After I take photos with my iPhone 6, I usually use my 3rd Generation iPad for editing the images. And that's so much fun. Below, please take a gander at some of my edited images. All of these were edited in the #iColorama app.
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I started listing my photos in my Etsy shop as fine art prints. I also print notecards and small prints. My next step is to get some of these beauties framed and put up on my walls.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

ETSY SHOP REDO - UPDATED & LOVELIER THAN EVER

It's another day in paradise. Oh, I mean Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. But it's my paradise and I love it. Anyway, I just looked at the date of my last post and thought, oops, I really gotta get on this or everybody, all 57 of my followers, will think I died and went to Heaven. I haven't, yet, and I'm still here. I just forget about blogging most of the time. I think that says something about my dedication to blogging, don't you?
I redid my Etsy shop this week. Yup, I deleted all the previous photo notecards and added new photos to be sold as prints. Notecards are still available upon request but the larger photos fit my new style.  I'm including a few of the original notecard images followed by some of the new ones. I think you will be able to detect when the new images start within this post.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/07/etsy-shop-redo-updated-lovely.html

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My one and only kitty - a Jim Shore wooden collectible. And I don't need to hire a pet sitter when I leave town.

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The changes I've made in my photo editing process has changed the finished product so drastically that I decided to put my best foot/photo forward. Tell me what you think, please. During the updating process and progression of my photo editing skills, I learned how to add the copyright symbol in front of my name. I've also requested a change in my Etsy shop name to my name. We will still be able to link to it from anywhere on the web. However, I think my name for the shop name better reflects who is doing the art making.
 


Monday, June 20, 2016

ICOLORAMA EDITS - IPHONE 6 AND 3RD GENERATION IPAD

Introducing new edits with iColorama. I think I've written about this before but I'll say it again: the app for the iPhone is iColoramaS. The app for the iPad is iColorama. The app works faster on my iPhone 6 which is only a year old. The 3rd Generation iPad is over 3 years old. It still works great but is much slower during processing. Anyway, the images are fun no mater how they get edited.
First up is the unedited image of pink and yellow gerbera daisies.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/icolorama-edits-iphone-6-and-3rd.html  
Equipment: iPhone 6. Original image, no editing
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Equipment: iPhone 6. Edited with iColorama app enhancing the colors
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Equipment: iPhone 6. Edited with iColorama app and then there's the fun way of waffling swirls

http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/icolorama-edits-iphone-6-and-3rd.html
Equipment: iPhone 6. Edited with iColorama app. Edited for the waffling waves.
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Equipment: iPhone 6. Edited with iColorama app. So hard to figure out this was done. But all the images were edited in iColorama.
 


Saturday, June 18, 2016

WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE 2016 PARTY IS ON

Karen Valentine, My Desert Cottage, is again hosting her wonderful WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE 2016 blog hop on again in 2016. Mark your calendars for July 15.
http://www.mydesertcottage.com/2016/06/where-bloggers-create-2016-will-be-in.html

I'll be joining - this always gets me motivated to clean up my photo space and take new photographs for this fun event. Anyone can join. Karen has the instructions posted on her blog: MY DESERT COTTAGE. Karen is also offering a 15% discount on her Valentine Designs blog design services should you be interested in an update. Karen designed my blog and has often made beautiful changes when I decide I want a change.
 


Monday, June 6, 2016

IOS UPGRADE - OS X EL CAPITAN +++ iCOLORAMA EDITS

Playtime again.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
I don't know how many of you use Apple computers but I have a fun story to share. Sometime in 2015, I read that Apple would no longer support iPhoto because the company was setting up the PHOTOS app for iCloud storage that we see on our iPhones and other IOS devices. I had forgotten to check that the update had indeed happened but it did. Not a problem so far, right?
Well, last week, it became a problem.
As you know, I take loads of photos and edit those photos in various apps on my iPhone or my iPad (3rd generation and still working like a charm, thank you very much). Anyway, in my continuing effort to save photos in a logical place where I can find them easily, I've been setting up various iCloud photo sharing folders. So far, so good. I can easily find them on my iPhone and iPad. However, when I tried to find those same iCloud folders on my MacBook Pro, I couldn't find them. Yikes?
I researched everything I could find online and the only thing I learned was that I would need the new PHOTOS app on my computer. And the only way to get the PHOTOS app on my computer was to upgrade to the newer OS X EL CAPITAN operating system. I was skeptical about upgrading but finally decided to give it a try. I read the reviews first, though, just to see what others were saying. Well, yesterday, I did the upgrade. It took FOREVER to download and then install. Maybe not forever but it did take a few hours.
When I got to the photos, at first I couldn't find the folders or any photos in the app. YIKES again. And then suddenly they appeared. Oh, thank you, Lord for saving everything and having it all working! That was late yesterday afternoon.
Before I quit working on the computer yesterday, I decided that if the new operating system made everything work slower on my laptop, I would make the supreme sacrifice and get a new laptop at Best Buy. But good news folks. I opened up the computer this morning and everything is working better than before. Yea!!!
I decided to open and resize some edited rose images in PhotoShop. Again, everything worked like a charm and faster than before. I still have not discovered how to keep track of all the edits I do on any given image other than to write everything down. Which I didn't do for these images today. But since I love to share my work, I'm sharing them anyway. If you have any questions on them, please leave me a comment and I'll answer as best as I can.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
While I love the soft image, the shadow in the top left is VERY distracting. Next time, I'll make sure there are no shadows. Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
While I love the soft image, the shadow in the top left is VERY distracting. Next time, I'll make sure there are no shadows. Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
While I love the soft image, the shadow in the top left is VERY distracting. Next time, I'll make sure there are no shadows. Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
While I love the soft image, the shadow in the top left is VERY distracting. Next time, I'll make sure there are no shadows. Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/ios-upgrade-os-x-el-capitan-it-works.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 and 3rd Generation iPad. iColorama app editing. Distracting shadow cropped out. It helps.

 


Thursday, June 2, 2016

IMPRESSIONISM - THE DIGITAL VERSION - IMPRESSO APP on IOS

I'm back with a new iPhone app: IMPRESSO.
I am a strong proponent that my best work comes from "happy accidents" and this app lets me play until I get one, or two, or more. First up is the original image, unedited, taken with my iPhone 6. I edited the other images in the app on my 3rd Generation iPad. You don't need an iPad but since I have one AND since the screen is bigger, I use it for most of my edits. I'm sorry to say that I didn't write down which filters I used for these edits. Next time.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & iPad 3rd generation for edits. Unedited image.
The app comes with 2 sets of filters: Alla Prima and En Plein Air. Here's are little descriptions of the terms:
Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. (via Google)
En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), orplein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". (via Google)

I've heard the term "plein air" before and knew it meant painting outside in nature.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
 Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & iPad 3rd generation for edits. Impresso edited.
 I recently watched a BBC miniseries that I got from our library: THE IMPRESSIONISTS. One of my favorite British actors, Richard Armitage, starred as the young Claude Monet. Besides enjoying Armitage, I was even more pleasantly entertained the by the great art history lessons on impressionism. Who knew? If you like BBC dramas and like history, this is a great miniseries. Your local library probably has it on DVD. It is not a documentary. Try it, you'll love it.
This is what it says on the IMDB site about the movie: "Three hour mini-series tells the intimate history of a most illustrious brotherhood of Impressionist artists - Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Manet..."
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
 Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & 3rd generation iPad for edits. Impresso edited.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
 Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & 3rd generation iPad for edits. Impresso edited.
 There's a great scene in the movie where Monet has two easels set up so he can capture the changing light during his painting session. His second wife, Alice, helps to set up a 3rd easel because he is moving so quickly from one to the next.
http://www.reddancerstudio.com/2016/06/the-impressionists-iphone-version.html
 Equipment: iPhone 6 for image & 3rd generation iPad for edits. Impresso edited.
What impressed me so much about this app is the robust filter editing capability. As I said, I love happy accidents. I'm no Claude Monet but some of these edits are reminiscent of his impressionistic style. Would have loved to watch him paint. I would also love to see one of his original paintings. His life story is interesting to say the least. I looked him up online to find the Cliff Notes version.
Unedited. Equipment: iPhone 6
This is a powerful app and for $2.99 USD, I feel it is well worth the money. It's an experrience and a tool. If you decide you want this app, I highly recommend it. I don't know if there is a free version or not. I'm an app geek ever since I started taking Susan Tuttle's online photography courses. The current course I'm enrolled in is fabulous: MOBILE ART MASTERY.
 


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