Last week I promised I’d post a tutorial on how to make a custom watermark for your photos without the need of using expensive photo-editing software like Photoshop or Lightroom, and here it is! Before I had access to Photoshop, I used PicMonkey as my go-to source for all my basic photo-editing needs and to design my old FeetfromShore button and header. I didn’t want to pay someone to make that for me, so I used this online photo editor to make my blog more personal. It’s very intuitive and easy to use – you’ll be a pro in no time! Ok then, let’s get started.
Go to PicMonkey and select “Create a collage” from the main screen.
The Collage editing screen opens up. Remove two cells to have just one single cell. Select the Background option on the bottom left side of the screen and check the “transparent background” option.
One of my biggest mistakes when starting out in my photographic journey was leaving after I thought the best light had passed. I now make sure I stay a little longer, because like this morning, a dull grey sunrise can quickly throw a splash of colour out for a moment and make things a little more interesting.
Here’s the photo of the day. I saw this spider yesterday while I was on a walk. I don’t like spiders at all. I had a hard time looking at this photo to do some minor editing tweaks. I literally guessed on the sharpening because I couldn’t look at the photo whist it was zoomed in on the spider. I think I’ll stick to photographing people and landscapes and nice stuff.
Hello again! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about anything. Hopefully I’ll have some free time to blog again in the future, but for now here’s some random photography that I’ve been working on! :)
Dorothea Lange is known for her compassionate and thought provoking photographs of people. She is best known for her documentary style photographs of extremely poor people during the Depression. She was able to capture their stories and feelings in a single back and white photograph. She was one of the pioneers of this documentary style of photography.
Penniless family, 1936, shows a family traveling between Dallas and Austin, Texas. These people left their home and all of their connections in order to possibly find work somewhere else. They have little food and their car has broken down. Dorothea Lange is able to capture this entire story through one picture. She shows this family all alone in an open field. They are all looking past Lange to something on the horizon, in the direction of their home. These people look like they still have a little hope left. The man repairing the car shows that they are resourceful and hard working. The parents will do what needs to be done for their family. This is a classic Dorothea Lange photo where it documents the rural poor’s lives during the Depression. The reason that I like Lange’s photographs so much is that they tell a story. They also tell the truth. Lange is able to look at a situation and know exactly how to photograph it to show what is happening and how the people feel. She always focuses the photograph where the people’s faces are. The rest of the photograph is out of focus. I can’t think of anything that I would do differently.
Migrant Mother, 1936, shows a destitute rural family living in tent in migrant camp. This is a mother of several children. Like the first photograph that I chose, this one also has a small depth of field. Lange chose to focus on this mother’s face and capture to desperate look. This woman is not looking at the photographer. She is staring off at something past the photographer in a pose that looks like she is deep in thought. The children look tired. This photograph is also framed in a way that is reminiscent of paintings of Mary and baby Jesus. We can see that this woman is a good mother because the children are wrapped around her. Like all of Lange’s photographs, this one tells the whole story of this woman and her family. Again I can’t think of anything that I would have done differently. Dorothea Lange’s photographs had a very big impact on society of that time. They were able to quickly show the country what was happening in the Dust Bowl and how dire the situation really was.