Simplicity

I’m not sure if I could tell when was the last time I did an update, here. Well, at least not without looking at the lastest post. Today, I spent an entire day with my family, it was a Sunday as it’s supposed to be. Family, friends and no work. It was a beautiful, sunny (yet cold) Sunday. Some of you might remember my sister (first cousin) who I was taking photos of all the time, like, 5-9 years ago. Then, I stopped. Somehow, I didn’t want to blast her photos all over Internet. She is almost 15 now and grown into a beautiful young woman. I couldn’t resist but to take a few snaps, as the light was beautiful and the hair wreath was a perfect touch. Young people sport everything so much better.

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Along with the Photoshop CS6, I purchased VSCO Film (pack 1) and have been playing with it ever since. I really love the filmy effect it gives. I know the packs are the new it thing among digital photographers these days but, I genuinely like them, not just because everyone is using it. I remember, back in the 2006/7., my processing work was so crazy blown out. Not to mention fake blurs, hyper contrasts, textures, over saturation, … You name it, I’ve done it. I’m not saying these are all bad processing ways to go but I really was misusing them. I am glad my post processing has become more clean and simple. Over the years, thankfully, I think I have finally found my processing niche. Don’t get me wrong, even the best presets may look terrible, including the VSCO ones, if you use them incorrectly. Haha, I hope I’m using them right. Please, comment bellow what were your worst processing mistakes. Let’s share a laugh together as mine were pretty serious, hehe.  See you later and God bless.

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    Andrea

    March 8, 2015

    She’s so pretty, Ines!! ^_^ And what an amazing hair she has!!! I’m jealous right here, hahaha.
    I use VSCO 05 and I love them!! I tried VSCO 01 once, when I was using a friend’s computer, but, maybe because my photos weren’t that good, I didn’t like them at all :/. But then, this same friend gave me VSCO 05 telling that I’d love them, and how right she was!! They are my all time favourite presets, but I’m pretty sure that I still need to improve what I really want to see in photos.
    But, better than in 2008, when I used to edit stock photos with strong colours and crazy ideas, ops…
    http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tathysam/media/stock01.jpg.html
    http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tathysam/media/stock11.jpg.html

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      Ines

      March 9, 2015

      Hahah, these photos are priceless! I’m telling you, back in the 2008. I would genuinely be mesmerized with the processing and would ask you how you did it :D
      Because, who wouldn’t want a polaroid effect to their photo :D

      Thanks!

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    Monica Galvan

    March 8, 2015

    Beautiful portraits! :) I use VSCO Film and love it too.

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      Ines

      March 9, 2015

      Thanks! I like it too even though I’m still experimenting with it and figuring out how to make it more me.

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    Pierre

    March 9, 2015

    Hello Ines,

    your pictures are simple yet effective. I didn’t noticed that you used VSCO presets for your pictures which means that you know how to use them right. I follow your work since years and with every new picture you post, I can see progress…maybe not just in the way you edit the photos but in the way you take them.

    Not sure when I began to take and edit photos, maybe around 2009 or so. The heavy editing started when I recognized Siebe Warmoeskerken and his pictures. They looked so outstanding with all the Bookeh and smooth color transitions that I decided to buy his presets. I made the big mistake to apply these presets whenever I could.

    Now it’s not all about the processing of the pictures. I’m more focused while taking photos and conscious about how the way they should look in the end.

    I’m using VSCO presets for a while now and at first I was really disappointed with the results because I had to learn that not all presets could make a photograph look better. In my opinion, the picture content makes 80% and the editing 20% but with a bad editing, you can ruin even a good shot. It’s kinda tricky and for me, editing is a pain in the neck and a blessing at once. In the last time, I became a little bit addicted to film photography even though it’s expensive and old-fashioned. During my last trip to Rome, I just had one camera with me, an Olympus Mju-2 which weights around 150 gramm and fits in each jacket pocket. A fixed 35mm 2.8 focal length and a point and shoot autofocus where everything I had and waiting for the 4 roles to develop was exciting because I never tried to shoot with the camera. After I got the pictures back, I was really surprised by the quality. Out religion teacher made it possible for the whole class to get out of school for a week and visit Rome. The best “class trip” I’ve ever had. All of my friends who were with me all the time in Italy were kinda envy as they saw my pictures. I was the only one who shot on film and all sad “these pictures have like a soul or something” while their pictures (around 2000 in total) looked very flat and…well digital.

    So I really want to encourage you to get a working film camera and take her out. Don’t care about the processing on your PC and just take photos and when you are done, release a blog post showing all 36 frames of the film you shot with.

    Greetings from Germany,

    Pierre

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      Ines

      March 9, 2015

      Hi Pierre,

      I totally get what you’re saying. Being this long in photography world has made me see a fair share of good, bad and the ugly photos. But film, film really is beautiful and I can see why people are starting to shoot analogue, again. Only, that business is expensive. Seeing the power of a good Hassy or Contax makes me only want to shoot with those cameras. Toy cameras such as Holga/Lomo are out of the question. The money is probably the only obstacle. In Croatia, people mostly shoot digital, we don’t even have much of a good photo developing places. It’s still not easily accessible. My dream is to shoot film, maybe someday. I guess it’s a process, from digital to digital looking like film to actual film, the main goal.

      Hehe, I am guilty of buying ps actions and presets, as well. Maybe not from Siebe but from many others which I’ve used, up to a few months ago. Mainly, the light correction actions. But, yes, I just had to make it work on every photo and maybe, overdo it. In the end, it all depends on the light. Well lit photos are a dream to work with, no matter of the preset/action.

      When it comes to VSCO, I’ve only been using it for about a month. I’m still figuring it out, how to make it more me. That is kind of a struggle right now as I’ve been in this weird phase where I don’t have too many interesting things to shoot, to experiment with VSCO more. But, regardless of the VSCO and many other actions, I hope to end up with a legit film camera.

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    Jessica C

    April 1, 2015

    Hi Ines,

    You know I’ve always adored your work. What initially drew me to your work was the striking, bold, colorful, zinging contrast. I remember when I came across your first flickr, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the colors. It was like an ocean of greens and blues and watercolor pigments. Whatever blur effect you used, sooc or post, it was so pretty. And upon further looking, I remember thinking to myself “how does she make ordinary objects look so good?” and just not being able to tell where you got such good light in your own home, how it was so clutter free, so neat and it was like you had a new display table, window or plant for each photo! And I would look around my own humble abode and think “nope, nothing good for photos here”. So yeah, I loved the contrast, the rich blacks and shadows and never did I think it was overdone or cheesy or anything, or else I would never have scrolled through your work countless times! haha.
    But yeah, I do like the look you have now too. I can’t figure out how to use VSCO film though… I’ve tried it and got confused with having to install certain “camera model” presets… and they come out very inconsistent and frequently change my color profile in Lightroom… couldn’t figure out how to remove the “default vsco” setting on ALL my photos… so yeah, it took some getting used to but from what I see, I honestly think finding your own formula is the best. Like for VSCO, it’s a great tool to start off with and get a better understanding of what film emulation should and could look like, and does save time and IS fun indeed, but I’ve always end up tweaking it too much and going back to my old ways :)
    So… yes I’ve made some very embarrassing processing mistakes before… yikes. I’ll never forget the time I had tried to smooth out a background and ended up erasing the natural shadow of my subject (it was low lighting at dusk), and someone commented saying “where’s the shadow?” and oh man, wowwww.

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