I grew up in a Yankee family.Â We save everything.Â Hallways are decorated with age old photos and documents; scrapbooks and yearbooks and Cradle Roll Sunday School certificates fill bookshelves.Â I spent hours and hours pouring over those old photos and scrapbooks growing up, wanting toÂ soak up everything I could.Â My grandma’s house was as close to a time machine that I could get.Â I loved how the photos were discolored with age.Â Long dried-up adhesive left its tell-tale amber marks on the the backs of photos and the corners were faded where photo corners once heldÂ them inside memory books.Â I loved how they had been folded over time, wrinkled andÂ cracked.Â
Recently weÂ were taking a late afternoon drive on some country roads nearby and I started thinking about settlers, the Arizona terrain, and how the area looked decades ago.Â Granted we were on a paved road lined with power lines, but I couldn’t help by wonder how I could “age”Â my photos .Â How could I make it look like something I would find in my grandma’s house?Â That’s when I started poking around my texture files.Â Like most photo-editing projects it took a lot of experimentation and reverting, but I was able to get the look I was going for with Misti’s “Avignon” texture.
How do you edit your photos?Â Do you simply adjust levels to give them a little boost?Â Do you go for vintage or retro looks?Â Do you useÂ textures and veils to add something special?Â Do you have a signature look to your photos?Â All of the above?Â For the longest time I was not one to edit much about my photos.Â For several reasons…a) I didn’t really know what I was doingÂ Â b) It was soÂ time consuming for an indecisive person likeÂ me (actions?Â textures? color adjustments? etc…)Â c) I had this idea that a photograph was a static piece of art and that it was somehow wrong to alter it.Â Boy was IÂ wrong.Â Â Â It is amazing how you can transform a photo by experimenting with editing.Â Â
If you’re interested in discussion and tips about all aspects of photography take a look around Love That Shot.Â You’ll find a wonderfulÂ communityÂ of people, extensive and user-friendly tutorials from Michelle, and of course Misti’s beautiful textures to transform your photos.Â Hope to see you there!
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