Well, we survived the hurricane!! The eye came right over my city. We never lost power and the house is fine. We are still sending prayers to the ones that weren't so lucky.
My web site is starting to really look like a web site, so I can relax a little there. I still have some wording to add about session and fees. www.kimboustany.com But it will come together eventually.
So it is time to try and get back to normal. :)
First let me say... you may not see me again because my daughter will kill me when she sees I posted this picture of her on my blog. ARK!! I have been having issues with my images having way too much digital noise. I was reading on a blog about the differences of raw and jpeg images. One of the statements that were made said, raw image have way more digital noise than jpegs. I started thinking and the two coincided. I started shooting in raw and that is when I started dealing with the noise. So the day after the hurricane when we were all rung out and looking at our worse I bribed Holly outside to let me take 2 images. One is raw and the same in jpeg. Looking at both images. They both had noise, with the raw image having way more!! Which brings me to believe I do need to send my camera in for a Nikon check-up. Now I promised her that both images would be deleted right away. And I did! But... the jpeg image found its way into the Elements Organizer. (opps) So last night I started playing with it. =)
Lets look at the wonderful things our software can change in an image. Here is Holly's SOOC shot. (straight out of the camera) Which I plan to fully deny that I ever posted.
Now if you look closely, you can see the noise really shows on the shadowed right side. You can use a free noise removal software. Here is the link to Imagenomic Noiseware. I have a free stand alone version from them. To be honest, I am not sure if it is still offered. But do check them out. What a difference it can make in your images!! Now I have another tip that I used on Holly's image. Jodi posted a fantastic video on the [b] school. It is about smoothing skin tones. It is a MUST see!! She even shows you how to add a little blush to your blah images. Here is a link to her blog site. MCP Actions blog
The other link I want to share with you regarding Holly's image is, I used Stephanie's eyelash brushes. Obsidiandawn.com
(she has wonderful free brushes that she kindly shares!)
Now I am still working on this image of Holly. I have plans to do strange things with it. LOL! But here is where I am so far. Really easy to see the difference in the two images!
I missed everyone and hope you are all well!!
Check back tomorrow. I have a grunge frame to share.