As usual, I've got questions stacking up in my inbox an comments that I keep forgetting to answer. So, I'll attempt to do that this morning, punctuating the questions and answers with photos of my children sewing. Got it? Good.
Keri asked what exactly I mean by "processing" my photos. I thought about doing a blog entry on this topic, but I have been extremely busy lately (imagine that!) and then I remembered an entry I did a few months ago. If you're interested click on this post where I show a SOOC (straight out of camera) image an describe what I've done to process it. A common misconception for beginners (this was me, too) is that Photoshop will turn your snapshots into portraits. It won't. I promise. Even three hours of editing in Photoshop will not do that for you. If you're interested in improving your photos, get some books and practice. Work on nailing the focus and getting the right exposure in camera. If you click over to the post linked above, you will see the photo I processed was in focus and had great exposure. I simply gave it a bit of pizzaz by bumping the contrast, cropping it, etc.
Judah, age 11
Q: Do you own a TV? How do you feel about media and children?
A: We don't own a TV. We never have and never will. Well, until we're really old. And we live in a condo. With a pool. In Florida. It will give me something to do while I knit tiny sweaters and hats for my dozens of grandbabies. Whew, stay focused Renee. When we watch movies (not more than a couple times a month) we watch it on our computer in our playroom. When we watch a movie, we make a big deal out of it. It is an event. I think studies clearly show that early and prolonged exposure to any type of media (TV, movies, video games) affects the structure of growing brains. In the interest of growing big healthy brains, we limit that exposure.
Enoch, age 8
Q: How often do you use a tripod?
A: Never. I have one, but haven't yet figured out how to attach my camera to it.
Q: Would you please link to the tutorial you used for the pencil rolls.
A: Um....I realized I actually used the pattern out of the book The Creative Family, but Amanda Blake Soule. I love, love, love this book. And I think you should buy it. Right now.