I always feel a special connection to my Norwegian side of the family at Christmastime, when my family makes lefse together.
I grew up very close to my paternal grandmother and her sister, and their mother Palma was 100% Norwegian. Palma’s grandmother Signe came to America when she was 9 years old with her parents Tone & Olav from Telemark, Norway. (p.s. “Tone” is pronounced “Too-na”, & “Signe” is “Seeg-na”. Looked it up here because I like to pronounce their names properly when I think of them ;)
Over the summer I discovered some old photos of their Norwegian families (thanks ancestry.com!), & used them to put together this little pedigree.
I feel lefse making in our family has been something of a maternal heritage, passed on through the mothers, and to me by my grandmother and great aunt. It’s nice to have a connection to these women and families from our past, even a small one.
Last year I wrote this post about the difference shooting in manual mode has made in my photography. It was one of those things I tried to learn on my own with a lot of frustration until I came across Photography Concentrate. Photography Concentrate’s “Extremely Essential Camera Skills” made manual photography understandable and easy. After months of trying to figure it out, I learned everything I needed to know in a single afternoon.
Today I want to share about why I love editing in Lightroom, and that Photography Concentrate’s “Super Photo Editing Skills” is the way to learn it.
I put in a handful of the before & after edits I’ve made since switching to Lightroom.
A year ago I edited in Aperture (& used iPhoto prior to that) & was happy with my results most of the time, but didn’t really know what I was doing. I’d use preset filters and hope they’d make my images look the way I wanted, which sometimes turned out great, and sometimes terribly.
I knew that eventually I’d have to switch over to Lightroom to reach the quality of photography I wanted to (every good hobby and professional photographer I know of uses it), but learning a new program seemed overwhelming in a I seriously do not have time for that sort of way.
Photography Concentrate had a Lightroom tutorial though, and that gave me confidence that I could do it. Spending about a week’s worth of afternoon naptime with their Super Photo Editing Skills (presented in video format with some reference PDFs) taught me all I needed to have total creative control in processing every image. Now that I know how to use the tools Lightroom offers I don’t have to leave my images to chance anymore, and I love that.
My basic edit usually involves correcting the white balance, boosting exposure, a little increase in contrast, as well as adjusting highlights & shadows as needed. Super Photo Editing Skills explains how to do all that and a lot more.
Besides the powerful editing tools in Lightroom, I absolutely LOVE the organization it has brought to my photography. Through using tags, ratings, and collections it’s made organizing the multitude of pictures I take manageable and easy.
When I import pictures from my camera I give videos 1 star, good pictures 3 stars, the best pictures 4 stars, and I “flag” anything I want to work on right away. Pictures that don’t get any stars I delete. I usually keep about 60% of what I import, and deleting the extra 40% really helps free up hard drive space.
I really love “tags” too. When I import an especially good picture of someone I give it a Keyword “tag” with their name and when I’m looking for a photo of them later for a birthday card, Christmas gift, or whatever it’s easy to look through and choose one.
Super Photo Editing Skills also includes a pack of custom made presets that can be really fun to use. This “black & white crunched” preset is my favorite.
From importing, exporting, basic edits, fine tweaks, organization, and everything else I could have wanted to know, I was really happy with the way it was clearly and understandably presented in Super Photo Editing Skills.
This year I plan to get their “Incredibly Important Composition Skills“.
AND Photography Concentrate even offers a series of free tutorials too! Their “Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence” was really great for me.
They are a husband & wife photographer team, offer high quality products, everything I’ve taken from from them has exceeded my expectations, and I really can’t say enough good things about them. They even have a 60-day money back guarantee if you’re on the fence.
Happy photographing :)
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it comes early here, but you know, that’s how we like it.
We went downtown to Oktoberfest last weekend. The weather was perfect, and the kids loved the falling “leaves”. Alia eating an ice cube…Ready for another one.The German band was very good.And like all great fall evenings, we ended it with pumpkin pie & “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at Mimi’s house :-)