If you ever find yourself in S. Africa, I know Kruger National Park will be at the top of your to do list. Bookmark my 9 safari tips over at Petit Elefant so you can be prepared!
Stand back and capture the panoramic view. Find this photography tip and more on my Tommy Nelson post over at Faith Gateway!
Have a great Monday, friends!
I already have different sizes and styles of black frames. I started looking at the prints and thought, “Surely I can make my own.” So I got started, and I’m so excited with what I have so far. The left is the photo I used and the right is the finished result that I will have printed.
In case you’re interested in my method, here’s how I did it using Photoshop CS5.
1. Pick an image. It doesn’t really matter if it’s edited or not.
2. After you’ve opened it in Photoshop, set your foreground color to black and your background color to white.
3. Go to Filter -> Sketch -> Stamp. You can play around with your Light/Dark Balance and Smoothness settings, but 25 for Light/Dark Balance and 5 for Smoothness is pretty good.
4. You might need to “clean up” some areas from stamping. Select the paintbrush and paint the areas you don’t want in the print, white. You might need to fine tune some of the black with a small brush.
5. You can crop to get the desired effect and then you’re done!
Linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday.
So yes my “studio” has been very practical. I did do something new this time and took the kid’s passport photos myself. A friend was very helpful in pointing me in the right direction. You can find passport photo requirements as well as a photographer’s guide on the travel.gov website. After you’ve taken your very interesting looking passport photos, you can go either to EPassportPhoto.Com or use the Photo Tool on travel.gov to turn them into the right size you need. I opted with the Photo Tool because I liked how it made it easy to fit the head into the dimensions.
It all seems a bit complicated so we’ll see if they accept these when we go this afternoon. I figure if I have to pay $20 for new passport photos, then I have to pay it, but if these fly, then I’ll have saved $20! I’m hoping for the latter. Don’t they look so happy? I told them they couldn’t smile big, so this is what I got!
UPDATE: So we went to the passport office this afternoon, and they did not accept our photos. I took the opportunity to ask the nice lady what I should have done differently so they would accept them next time. It was the textured background that didn’t fly. I had wondered about that. I asked her if next time I could use Photoshop to fill in the background with a solid white. She said that would be fine (just no editing on their faces). I guess I got points for trying because she didn’t charge us to take their photos! Yea! Still saved $20! Oh, and for those who mentioned something in the comments about the ears showing, in the U.S. you do not have to have the ears showing. Just some FYI. 🙂
Linking up my oh, so fun practical “studio” time up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday. I’m sure the rest of the creatives linking up are full of much more fun than passport photos. 🙂
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