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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'll Never...

I'm the type of girl that sometimes eats her words. What can I say? I live for the moment. I love hard, I'm passionate and more often than not, my feelings change from minute to minute. So it's no surprise that I've taken back many bold statements on a daily basis. Hey, at least I can admit it!

"I'll never be an Uggs-wearing type of girl" My parents bought me a pair for my birthday two weeks ago and I can't take them off. I'll admit, I haven't worn them out of the house just yet, in fear of someone running up and pointing at me saying "Ooooh you're wearing Uggs! You said you'd never wear Uggs!" But as each day goes on, I'm getting over it.

"I'll never own a pet. Ever." Growing up, we never had pets. I never understood people who sent out holiday cards with a picture of their dog in a Santa hat. I never understood people who let their pet lick their face. Picking up poop and scratching and whining sounded more like a chore than fun. Then I met Steven. The world's biggest animal lover. And he bought me a kitten. Oh hell, I've been eating my stupid little words ever since. I love my Zoe!

"I'll never, under any circumstance, blog a photograph straight-out-of-camera (SOOC)." Yet, here I am. About to expose myself. I kinda feel like I'm standing here naked. Cover your eyes or something people! But in all seriousness, I've received some emails asking how I created my style so I figured I'd touch on the subject a little. I'm not a genius at photoshop but I definitely utilize it to make my photos pop.

On all my photos, I use a combination of Curves, Yin/Yang, Clare-ify and Sharpen for Web from the TRA mix. Sometimes, if an image is too warm, Cool as a Cucumber comes to the rescue. It's taken me what feels like a billion years to be comfortable with photoshop so I urge you to purchase a set of actions. Using actions is what helped me learn how to manipulate my photos. I run an action, and then backtrack in the history tab to see how exactly things are happening. Happy action-ing!










24 comments:

Tiffany said...

wow I still don't have the guts to post SOOC. you're so brave.. and amazing!!

Tiffany said...

wow I still don't have the guts to post SOOC. you're so brave.. and amazing!!

Jasmine said...

Okay, so is it weird that I hope the next thing you'll say is:
"I'll never take Jasmine Star out for frozen yogurt"

Ha! I crack myself up! :)

Elisabeth Carol said...

Love this post! Always fun to see SOOC although I could never do it myself! lol

Celesa Felix said...

Thank you so much. It is always so neat to see amazing photographers like yourself post sooc shots. Thank you so much and I love your work. It is truly amazing.

Tira J said...

Great post Alicia! Love all the I'll never(s) that just turned into, I can't believe this.... ha ha! You are so cute!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing! Looks like I really need to start enforcing Clare-ify way more often than I do :) It really makes an impact!

Erin O'Neil said...

Love this post! Clarify is my fave action out of all of the TRA's. One question, do you use any of the other sharpening actions for non blog pictures? I hear so many other photogs refer to magic sharp from Kubota so I'm wondering if any of the TRA sharpening actions are comparable.

Btw - I found you when Jasmine blogged about your wedding and have been following you ever since. :)

Nina {Love and Lemonade} said...

hi! i really like your work and i appreciate you posting your sooc shots. it's always nice to see the "before & after".

Molly Marie Williams said...

Your editing is beautiful- not too much but I also really love you SOOC photos too. Why would you ever been afraid to show them. They are pretty flippin phenomenal. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Wow...that gives me so much more confidence seeing your SOOC shots. It also shows me the importance of buying some actions! You rock!

Lucia Photography said...

this are good. Im glad you posted the differance ;)

Alejandro said...

Well you can't photoshop a really great eye. And you definitely can't photoshop confidence, both in your clients and yourself. Great post.

Diandra Ann said...

Ala this scares me to death too! I do it occasionally but I always think, man this is NOT good! Your photos are gorgeous! When do I get to see you???

be11agirl said...

Thank you, thank you for this! :)
p.s. I never wanted to wear Uggs either...haven't taken mine off in 4 months now, oops!

Anonymous said...

Great post. I'll be greedy for one minute. I would like to have seen your recipes for each...

stephanie said...

I AM LOVING CHECKING OUT YOUR BLOG, YOU REALLY AMAZE ME! AND THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME YOUR EDITING PROCESS. THANKS SO AWESOME OF YOU!

Evelyn Perez said...

Ala,
These are awesome!!! Girl, don't be scurred, flaunt what you have without fear!!!

carrie said...

thanks for sharing! more, more!!

Christina said...

Loves it!

Kimberly said...

My parents got me the exact same Uggs for Christmas, and I adore them. I said I'd never wear Uggs, and now I can't take them off. Love your post.

Molly said...

Thanks so much for posting this!!!

Christine Newhook said...

These are awesome! I love TRA. I only have the first action set. I need to purchase the second soon I think. :)

Michelle Guzman said...

I think that your SOOC images look REALLY good. They are beautiful. But yeah, that extra detail of PS is amazing.