So if you aren't on a spending freeze for kid's clothes please purchase some of these---I need to live vicariously LOL. But if I buy one more item my children will need to start changing their clothes mid day to wear them all ;-)
This is Gymboree's new nautical collection. I lovve the whale outfit for Raya (it's kid girl size) and then the kite outfit and the swimsuit are baby girl, and I love them for Brielle! Too bad Brielle has 1000 swimsuits already lol.
Now, switching gears completely from my fashion "picks" to my camera "pics" hehe. After my post yesterday I thought I'd give a couple photo tips for anyone interested.
I should first clarify that when I refer to my pics as "pro" I simply mean they looks less like a ordinary snapshot....I am no "pro" photographer though! But if you want to take your photos to the next level here are a couple pointers!
First, you have to shoot in manual mode with your DSLR! If you shoot in auto you are letting the camera pick the shutter speed, f, ISO, etc. and the camera rarely gets it right in less than ideal conditions. Shooting in manual really isn't that hard---just try it!
Now the more pro you are, the better your straight outta the camera photos will look...because you'll get better at adjusting your settings for the lighting conditions. (And just as a blanket FYI, if you use your camera flash you likely erase any chance of your pic looking like more than a snapshot. Flash equals big no no in most cases! Natural light only :-) The better your straight outta the camera photos are, the less editing you have to do later, and the less editing you have to do then the better your pics! (Because the more you have to edit for things like lighting, etc. the more "noise" your photos will end up having.)
Here is an example from yesterday. First, this picture of Raya is what mine looked like straight out of the camera, with zero editing. ...And before I had adjusted my camera settings for the conditions.
You can see that the lighting is way off. (I should have done things like increase my ISO and lower my f and shutter speed to let more light into the camera, and therefore brighten the pic. You don't want to lower your shutter speed *too* much though because then you get photo blur).
Then right below Raya is the pic I took of Brielle straight outta the camera---after I had adjust all my settings. See how much better the one of Brielle looks?
Photoshop is a pretty "pro" editing software. I use Lightroom, which is also very good but less bells and whistles and better (in my opinion) for just starting out. There are a lot of fancy edits Lightroom can't do though. However if you use a lot of the free photo editing programs your edits will often come out looking like high school scrapbook rather than "pro"....at least that's been my experience. It really does make a difference to use a good editing program. Often times you can download a free 30 day trial of Lightroom.
So here is a comparison then to show you how Lightroom can help to "save" even the bad photos. Here is that photo of Raya where all my settings were wrong, and how Lightroom was able to help me save it some.
And obviously everyone has their own style of editing, so that is something you have to play around with. I tend to like bright edits with lots of contrast.
And here is my edit with Brielle---I had to do a lot less editing on this one, since I had my camera settings (more) right to begin with.
So I hope that helped someone perhaps! I continue working all the time on my manual settings and trying to understand how they need to be adjusted for different settings/conditions. It's just trial and error, but it really makes a difference in the end!