guest blogger - Vicki from Simply Hue:

October 6, 2010

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Vicki from Simply Hue is here with us today, talking about photos. Her photos are amazing, and she doesn't even have photoshop! That's legit :) Stop by her print shop and follow her at flickr, facebook, and twitter Enjoy!
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I'm so honored to be posting on Danni's blog today....especially since I know it's relieving her of some responsibility so she can enjoy her wedding without thinking about blog posts. Congratulations, Danni!!! We are all so happy for you!

Anyways, I struggled a little in trying to decide what to share with you. I'm not the best at putting my thoughts on "paper" so I was relieved when Danni mentioned that I could just share a few of my photos with you. I've been into photography for a little over a year now and have found such fulfillment in it. It's an added bonus when I hear that my images make someone happy. Seriously, what greater joy is there?

From time to time I get asked how I get the vintage feel and colors to my photos. I don't own Photoshop (I use the program Picnik.com) and have a very simple camera so it can be a bit challenging at times. Here's the process that I go through if you would like to give it a try:

* Choose the action "Cross Process". It will bring your average blues to a turquoise/aqua tone.
* Play with the saturation option. I usually lessen the saturation so the colors aren't quite as bold.
* Lessen the contrast to make your final images a little softer.

I'm not one that keeps my processes a "secret". I'm more than happy to share with you if you have any more questions! Feel free to send me an email at matissecolor@gmail.com And, if you're looking for some weekly motivation, I would love it if you joined our Creative Challenge Group on Flickr.

Before I close, here's a question for you. How do you stay motivated to be creative? Life can be crazy and I'm sure many of us could use a few helpful hints....I know I could. :)


24 hello's:

  1. these are lovely and super fabulous awesome. thanks for sharing your tricks.

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  2. What a great guest blogger today, thanks for sharing!

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  3. thanks for sharing... I am loving the last photo....

    xxx
    CEO

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  4. Aw, Vicky, you're wonderful! Thanks for sharing your photos + tips with us!!
    I may be contacting you soon ;) I'm getting much more into photography lately, and it'd be fun to chat! :)
    Wonderful guest post :)

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  5. the colors in these are lovely. thanks for sharing! i can't wait to see what the other guest posts are. i've been loving them all so far!

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  6. Hello my sweet friend, I was so happy when I found out that you were the guest blogger for Vicki! It is like someone close being the guest here! Now, I feel more at home! You are a great talent with no doubt, I love your pictures and find you a very sweet-hearted lady! Thank you also for sharing these tips! (no photoshop and you get these? oh my, more talent credits for you, little missy!)
    Hugs, Twiggs

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  7. Beautiful pictures! I'm a point-and-shoot picnik-er and it's nice to know that people can make money from pretty simple things.
    ~Libby

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  8. I've loved Vicki's work for awhile now, always inspiring!!

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  9. Those are such a great tips and the photos are beautiful:)
    Have a great day

    ps: I am hosting a really sweet GIVEAWAY, so please join in:) ...I bet you will love it!!!

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  10. These are great tips! Thank you!
    And I get those creative juices flowing by seeing other's creations. It just happens naturally!

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  12. I love Vicki's photos, her blog and her! She is such an amazing artist and person. Thanks for sharing your photo tips.

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  14. These are lovely. I have to try it. I use Picnik, but I've never been able to get anything this nice.

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  15. Vicki these are lovely photos and you inspire us all to keep challenging ourselves and our photography in new ways. Thank you! Love your work!

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  16. wow all of the umbrellas are sooo soo beautiful!!!

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  17. you are so inspiring!! what lovely photos and thanks for all the tips!!

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  18. Thanks so much for your comments everyone! :)

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  19. Gotta love the umbrellas!
    I just recently did a post about umbrellas.


    Pearl

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  20. Hi Vicki! What a lovely treat to find this post via Twiggs via Etsy this morning. I recently made a Picnik tutorial for my blog and Cross Process is my main "trick" too, but I never do it at full power. Yet another thread between us. :)

    Gorgeous images, as always!

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  21. Thanks, Jessica. :) You're a sweetheart. Glad we have so much in common! xo

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  22. Wow...this are so gorgeous!!

    You do AMAZING work!! :D

    Thank you so much for letting us get to know you.

    Smiles,
    Jenipher

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  23. Those pictures are so lovely!! I had never hear of Picknik before this post, but I'm so glad I have now. I just have a basic point and shoot camera, and a lot of the food I'd like to shoot for my blog just comes out looking blah... but I tried your suggestions today and my pictures came out looking delicious!

    xThanks!

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  24. these are SO FUN & SPUNKY! i use photoshop on a daily basis...kinda doing all of that on my own...but that seems so easy & a fun little get-away from the norm. i can't wait to play around with picnik now! :)

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Friends, Thank you so much for reading + supporting my blog, and for taking the time to leave me a comment. Your comment support truly means so much to me. Have a lovely day! xo, danni