Coolgirlsar Photos

Welcome to my blog, here I'll discuss goodness knows what but mostly I hope to discuss my photos that I've taken and in some cases played around with. I hope you all like what you see and please feel free to leave any comments which as always are very much appreciated and big thanks for all those kind enough to leave them.

Thank You.

Sarah. xxx

Monday, 21 April 2008

One True Media

My previous entry was about Photo Books, this one is about using your photos and making videos out of them. There's a wonderful site called One True Media that lets you do this. You can upload the photos you want to use, arrange them in any order you like and then upload and use a song you like from your computer or one from their own library. At the end you have a wonderful little video to your liking that you can share with family and friends and you can order on dvd too. I created one last year of my son and his cousins on a day out we had in the summer. For those interested here it is.

Photo Books

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to those of you who have been kind enough to come visit and leave comments, they are very much appreciated.

Now onto Photo Books!

At Blurb they deal in helping you turn your photos into a Photo book. You can keep it private and have it ordered just for you or you can have it public and others can view and I assume buy it too, although I don't know if you earn commission or anything. Sounds like a fun way to store some of your favourite photos and you can add text and make you own cover and back cover too. Also they come in Hard Cover or Soft Cover. I think they are a very nice idea to have as maybe a keepsake of your child's life or that once in a lifetime holiday or just something that you like.

I've been toying with the idea of doing one for my son Callum and choosing certain photos at times of his life from birth to present day.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Fun With Photos

In this day and age there are so many sites on the old web that you can just upload a photo of yours to and they can change it into anything!! Yep anything! From a jigsaw puzzle to a business card to a poster or a movie magazine cover. Some of the ones I've used that I've found fun and easy are:

Big Huge Labs




There are lots more out there but these are the ones I tend to play around with the most, plus they are all linked to flickr which is where I host most of my photos.

Big Huge Labs gave me and some friends an afternoon of fun on the net with the Motivational Poster Toy where you could create masterpieces like this:

Or there is the Hockneyizer Toy where you can do this creations:

With Dumpr I was granted creations such as these with the effects:

Amazing Circles:

Alien Vision

Moo I used to print up and have delivered the Minicards which I have so far used as tags on presents, to quickly write down my contact details on and I'm in the middle of creating a small mosaic with some. There are countless uses for them and the service and quality provided are top notch.

Qoop I haven't used and awful lot, I did use at Chrismtas time to play around with a Calendar but I never ordered it but it was an easy site to use.

Like I said there are lots more of these sites out there. If there are any that you use and would recommend feel free to let me know and I'll go check them out, I'm always up for a spot of photo playing.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Snow In April

Today really makes you think about global warming. Did we get snow at Christmas? No! Did we get snow earlier this year? Not really. Did we get snow this April? Yes!! The great thing that did come out of it snowing today was that Callum (now 4.5 years old) got to build his first ever snowman. The three of us were out just before 10am in the garden, building snowmen and having snowball fights. Here are some photos. It's still snowing and a certain young man is hoping it settles some more so we can go out again. The wonders and coolness of snow!

Shandy The Cat

For just over two weeks we've been catsitting. Said cat is 17 years old Shandy, she belongs to one of my sisters (Emma) but lives at my parents house. They went on holiday and asked if we could have her to stay. At the time we didn't think it would be a problem but between Callum constantly hassling her, Shandy's long white hairs everywhere and lots more it's been a bit of a nightmare. Today my parents get back and so tomorrow she'll be back home... and I'll be cathairless. Anyway on Friday night I realised I hadn't had the chance to experiment taking photos of Shandy so in my tipsy state I decided then and there to do so. Lesson learned? Best to use a tripod as your hands are nowhere near as steady once you've had a few drinks. LOL. Anyhow here are a few of the end results, not too bad but I think if I'd been sober I would have got a lot better.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Selective Colouring

You know that little thing where you have a black and white photo with a splash of colour, well that's selective colouring. Until last year I didn't know what it was called or how to do it but thanks to some wonderful people at Photography Blog I learned how to. There are many ways in which to do this but I've found a free software programme called GIMP which allows you to do so and then a talk through guide at Create Blog which is easy to follow.

Here are some examples of what I've done. I've posted the original photo and then afterwards with the selective colouring.

This photo I did using a trial version of photoshop, it involves layers and you cutting out from the original colour photo the areas you wanted (in this case my nieces red top, the Union Jack on my nephew's trousers and the orange in the back of my son's shoe), then changing the photo to B&W, creating a new layer, pasting over the colouring bits and merging together, well I think that's how I did it, was so long ago. Very long winded and you need a very very very steady hand. Still I like how this turned out and to me gives an age old effect to the photo that makes it feel timeless.

Another photo I did (this time using GIMP) was this one.

The GIMP way was a lot lot lot easier to use and if you made a mistake easier to rectify.

I have other photos I've done, all can be seen in my flickr account which is linked to at the side. I just need to find other colours other than red to selective colour.