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Newsletter April - Photo Editing

Hello Friends....I hope you and your family are keeping well.  As promised, in this newsletter, I will be mainly covering information about photo editing. I hope you will find the information helpful! Give me a shout if you need any further tips or direction and I will be happy to help. 












Here's an example of a quick shot I took of my daughter. It looks nice but could be better. Here is the same picture in black and white with a bit of cropping and  increased exposure and contrast Photo Editing - Let's get started!


Photo Editing - Let's get started!
As you know, I am in family homes every day with my work and I see the most gorgeous pictures on display that have been taken by parents.  I often think, with just a little photo editing, those pictures could shine even more. Usually all they need is a little brightening up or a boost to the contrast. It can make a world of difference.

I edit every picture I take. When I use the term 'edit' I don’t mean manipulating the picture. In fact I don’t even own Photoshop! I must be one of the few photographers that does not use Photoshop. Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazingly powerful tool but it’s almost too powerful for family photographs. It’s complicated and it’s an unnecessary beast to tackle. I use Adobe Lightroom and I could not recommend it highly enough. It is has enough photo editing tools to bring out the best in your pictures, plus it’s a photo management tool. It helps you organise and catalogue your pictures. It’s easy to use and there are so many Youtube tutorials online to get you started. It is a subscription based service but it’s really worth it if you have lots of pictures that you’d like to improve and organise. I find it quite addictive! Even if you increased the exposure, contrast and boosted the vibrancy of the pictures you will see your images come to life. They have beautiful colour and black and white presets/filters too that can you can play around with. I know I sound like I work for Adobe but believe me I don’t!  I’m just a super-fan of Lightroom. www.adobe.com 

If you are still interested in dabbling in Photoshop you could try the free trial and watch some Youtube tutorials to get you started. 

There are lots of free editing tools out there too. www.Pixlr.com is a web based free tool. It’s excellent too and worth a try. As far as I know, you don’t have to download software so it’s a good place to start . They have two options, one is very like Photoshop and uses layers (it can get complicated) and the other Pixlr Express which I would recommend as a starting point. 

Another free and very popular application is GIMP (don't be put off by the name!) It's been around for a long time and it's tried and tested www.gimp.org
To summarise… if you like photography and want to take it a little step further you must get in to editing. It is such a joy to see your pictures come to life. Try some free tools first. I would recommend Pixlr Express (free) or Lightroom (free trial) to get you started. Concentrate on adjusting the crop, exposure, contrast and vibrancy/saturation first and foremost. Don’t forget Youtube for your basic lessons too. Give me a shout if you have any questions.

For the full newsletter please email me and I will send it on! 

Sinéad 





Taking Better Pictures Yourself

Hello friends! I have been photographing families for five years now and I would love to share some tricks of the trade to help you get better pictures of your own kids. My plan is to send you an email every now and again with tips and advise that you can put in to practice straight away. I will also pass on useful information about products and services from the parents that I come in contact with everyday. I'd also love to share some of the techniques I use to get babies to sleep.  I have become very skilled in this area over the years - if only I knew these things when my kids were babies! 

So let's get started - photographing kids...my top tips! 
Those of you who've watched me work with young children will know that the first thing I bring is energy and enthusiasm. To get and keep kids' attention you MUST BE THE BIGGEST KID IN THE ROOM! Kids love love LOVE the anticipation of something happening. They love it so much that they don't even notice if nothing actually happens in the end. It's the build up, the promise, the anticipation of something that keeps their eyes glued to you. So when you want to take pictures of children -  natural, laughing, smiling pictures of children, you've got to bring some energy first and foremost. Use your best excited voice and do NOT MENTION THE CAMERA. You may have noticed that I never, ever, ever mention the word camera, photograph or cheese! "Reeeeeadddddddddyyyyyyyyyyyy?"


If safe to do so SIT THE KIDS UP ON SOMETHING. TAKE LITTLE FEET OFF THE FLOOR and you have their attention. Sit them up on a table and have someone on standby for safety (safety first. Always safety first!). 

Now, you've got to move fast. I MEAN FAST! You have their attention for a short time only. In that window you are not going to stop talking...let them think that the best thing ever is going to happen. Even if you are fiddling around with your camera KEEP THE EXCITEMENT GOING! 

Now that you have their attention...make them laugh. Kids love comedy. Think Laurel and Hardy,  rude noises, slapstick. Just be ridiculous and they will love it and whatever happens keep clicking the camera. If you have another person with you...ask them do bunny ears over your head and you react with outrage. They will laugh their hearts out. Keep taking loads of pictures. Snap snap snap.. sometimes you have to take 20 shots to get the perfect one. But you will get that shot - the picture that you will cherish forever. 

A really good tip is if you have a proper camera don't keep in stored away in it's bag in a closet somewhere. I know they are expensive but they are utterly worthless if not used! Leave it out within easy reach. Keep a memory card in it, keep the lense clean and the battery charged. Your SLR camera is so much faster than the phone and that's the trick. Take bursts of images and not just the one. Remember sometimes you need to take 20 pictures to get one amazing shot. 

I would also really encourage you to learn to use your proper camera. Learn the settings. The best and easiest way to do this is Youtube. There are ENDLESS tutorials on how to use your DSLR. If you can learn to use the settings you won't need to use the flash and that's where the really beautiful images begin. Even as a professional photographer I use Youtube to learn new camera skills and keep my techniques fresh. You don't need expensive courses..just a bit of time and interest. 

Information I have picked up along the way... recommendations from my customers. 
  • Good feedback from a customer about OptimalPrint.ie for printing baby cards. This is what she said to me in an email  "I used OptimalPrint.ie, very quick turnaround and super value. I didn't like the templates so used the "design your own" option in the wedding card section. Would defo recommend". 
  • For Breastfeeding Mums.. I keep hearing about Angel Cups https://www.earthmother.ie/breast-angels-silver-healing-cups-natural-breastfeeding-support.html . Apparently they are really great for those tricky early days and to prevent mastitis. They are expensive but worth it apparently.  

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost! More to come or send me an email to get on my newsletter list sineadfeeneyphotography@gmail.com 


You just gotta laugh....

Natural children photographyI love making kids laugh...it's one of the joys of my job. I have a few golden rules though....1) never ever ever ask a child to smile. 2. Never mention the camera 3. Don't be afraid to make a complete fool of yourself in the process! Here are a few examples. 
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Wonderful Hands - Old and New


My Hands

These little hands can wave Hello 
Or put smudges on the wall 
They can fold in prayer, throw a kiss 
Or reach up so very tall 
They'll clasp your hand for a little stroll 
Or shape a ball from clay 
But most of all, they'll stay with you 
When I'm grown up and far away

Hands and Feet

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"Someday I'll jump through puddles, take a stroll of run a race,
Someday I'll walk across the street, or maybe walk in space,
Someday I'll scale a mountain, or join a ballet corps,
Someday I'll walk a tightrope, or explore the ocean floor,
Someday these feet will do some things that only heaven knows,
But for today they're happy just to wiggle all their toes."
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I love to photograph the little details in the photography session. Little toes and fingers especially. I often wonder where their little feet will take them throughout their lives. Travel? Adventure? Who knows? I sometimes use a macro lens to get the best detail but more often than not, I don't have time to switch lenses with the fast moving feet of some of my customers! I just like to click away with as little distraction as possible. I daren't miss a moment. 
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Communion photography with a little difference maybe....

Just remembering my communion sessions from before the summer.....I intended to add these ages ago. Thanks girls for your permission! 


Some Recent Work

Just a few images from some two of my sessions over the past month...thank you for your permission Mums, Dads, kids!Family photographer Dublin
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The world welcomes...


The world welcomes you little guy :-) 







Happiness


Happiness is.....
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July 2014

July 2014
I had such a lovely time photographing this family. The girls were like chalk and cheese but there was endless love and kindness between them. I hope that they continue to cherish each other as friends and as sisters forever. 
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