Thursday, June 14, 2012

Save the Date

Super cute save the date ideas!
Found on Pinterest HERE

Found on Pinterest HERE

Found on Pinterest HERE

Friday, June 8, 2012

Wedding Planner

Planning your own wedding can be very stressful, so I have put together a few sites for you that will help you get organized and hopefully get rid of some of that stress!

On line wedding planner:
This site is really cool! It will help you organize your thoughts, time, and money all while letting you put all of your ideas and inspirations in one place. Check it out HERE.

Wedding Checklists:
Free printable wedding checklist
Checklist organized by time
Budget Worksheet
Guest list Worksheet
Wedding Party Contact Sheet
Wedding Vendor Contact Sheet

Tips on how to save money:
30 Ways to Save

DIY Wedding:
Martha Stewart DIY Favors
DIY Network - Lots of tutorials
DIY Wedding projects
DIY Wedding Tips and Instructions

Tutorial HERE

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Reducing Noise in Photoshop

When shooting a wedding we are often forced to shoot in low lighting conditions which means having to increase the ISO, lower the shutter speed, and lower the aperture settings in order to compensate for the low lighting. However, this can cause quite a lot of noise in your photos. Fortunately, noise is fairly easy to correct in photoshop.
Here are a few good video tutorials on how to decrease noise in Photoshop and PSE. However, the results are much better for photoshop users than PSE users! (Sad PSE user here!) :(



My only problem with this one is on some of my photos the "median" step and the "surface blur" step made my photo look like it was a painting. :(
You have to play around with some of the settings to see what is best for your photo. Also, what I like to use in addition to or sometimes instead of these steps is use the "Reduce Noise" option in the filter tab under "noise" and also the "Despeckle" option in the filter tab under "niose". I like to use "Reduce Noise" because it has an option to "Reduce JPEG Artifact" and a "Reduce Color Noise" option as well. Which was mentioned in the CS2 video above.

Here is an example using ONLY the steps from the PSE9 video



Here is an after shot 
Using only "Despeckle" and "Reduce Noise"
This was shot in RAW then converted to JPEG with no additional edits.