As I was editing my shots I realized I was actually fairly happy with their colors and exposure. I believe my edits did add color and depth, but I would have been content with the before if I didn't know how to edit yet. The disappointment in my shots was composition and my inability to capture the shot my head envisioned. This might sound like I'm sad, but I am actually very encouraged by it since I bought my DSLR in March and started shooting in full Manual mode (except focus) in April. I have been spending my picture taking time focusing on getting the settings right. Going over the almost 400 pictures I have of the children and the chalk I realized I got the settings right more often than not. Since they moved in and out of the shade I had to change the settings frequently to do so. Now that changing and understanding my settings is easier it means I can start focusing my energy on composition again. I am not the photographer I want to be (and I actually have my dream set fairly low) but I actually feel like I might get there.
That said I did finally have a chance to edit my pictures this morning, and I'm actually pretty happy with them, too. If you have advice/criticism to give me, today would be a good day to give your 2 cents because I feel happy and optimistic, but I really do have some things I need to learn--starting with what exactly don't I know yet? Oh, and by the way I'm trying that whole mouseover thing, so to see the before shot, put your mouse on the picture and see if it works.
I basically ran mini-fusion on all of these with a few adjustments and added the pink layer. I'm not sure that makes them simple edits since it is simple to run the action, but it does a lot of different things to the pictures. On this last one I also added a gradient map of burgundy to blue on soft-light blending mode which really added color to the pavement and bricks.
That's it. I'm hoping I copied and pasted correctly for the mouse over affect to work so I can go look at everyone else's edits. Be sure to check them out over a Ramblings and Photos. Have a Happy Thursday!