This blog captures my journey to take a break from jewelry designing to learn something new. Join me as I learn the art of photography and Photoshop Elements and watch me create through my lens. ~ Dee

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cleaning up Colonial Williamsburg

I had the pleasure of visiting Colonial Williamsburg this weekend.  I've lived in Virginia all my life and I'm ashamed to admit that I've never toured this popular place.  Unfortunately, I didn't get the opportunity to take as many photos as I would have liked, but what I learned this weekend is that if I want to take photos, travel alone or find a great opportunity to leave the kid behind and go out on my own.  Below is one photo that I've been playing around with in Photoshop Elements. I was using one of the tools to recompose a photo, and take some of the distracting elements out.  It's not perfect, but it was just my first attempt. 

The first photo is the original and as you can see there were many pedestrians walking about that morning, and the color was a little bland....

To clean things up a bit, I removed the extra people from the scene, fixed the color and cropped in tighter on the gentleman walking by.  It's not the most perfectly composed shot, but it was very helpul to see how this neat little tool works.  

Lessons Learned:
Kids are not great partners on a photo walk.  There are a lot of great photo opportunities in this quaint little town, I must return for a weekend alone soon.

Unveiling in History,


  1. I LOVE how you manipulated the photo from just a snapped picture to an artistic photograph :)

    I enjoy altering my pictures like this to make them look a little more artistic and eye-capturing.

    Even though it's your first time, I think you did great! :)

    1. Thanks Kayla, now Im looking back at other shots that could use some major overhaul.

  2. Wow Dee I can't believe how much better that looks. You've learned so much from your class. What kind of camera are you using?

    1. Thanks Vicki, I'm using a Nikon d5000



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