2 Lil' Owls Studio http://2lilowls.com Textures, Actions, Presets and more for creative Photographers! Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:22:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Using Lightroom With Topaz Products http://2lilowls.com/using-lightrootopaz-products/ Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:46:21 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=19897 The post Using Lightroom With Topaz Products appeared first on 2 Lil' Owls Studio.

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Using Lightroom with Topaz Impressions and Texture Effects

Topaz has released a brand new program to work with your textures!!  In this video I take you through how to use the Topaz programs Impressions and Texture Effects with Lightroom.  This is a really great addition to your tool box for working with photos in Lightroom since you can add some layers with this new plug in!

 

Want to check out and purchase any of the Topaz products for yourself? You can check them out here:  http://bit.ly/1PPvEKI


 

 

Here is the link again where you can check out these programs here:  http://bit.ly/1PPvEKI

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Topaz Texture Effects http://2lilowls.com/topaz-texture-effects/ Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:01:03 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=19887 The post Topaz Texture Effects appeared first on 2 Lil' Owls Studio.

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Topaz Texture Effects

Topaz has released a brand new program to work with your textures!!  This is a fantastic tool to add to your workflow.  You can use it as a stand alone program or as a plug-in to use with Photoshop or Lightroom! I was so excited when I saw it come out since it is so easy to use. Check out the video below on using this fantastic program.

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Featured on Lensbaby Love http://2lilowls.com/featured-on-lensbaby-love/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:38:42 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=19276 The post Featured on Lensbaby Love appeared first on 2 Lil' Owls Studio.

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I am so very honored to be the featured Photographer this week on the Lensbaby Love website. I talk a little bit about my love of Lensbaby, tips on growing a business, and a little background on how I started my business.  Check out the full interview: HERE

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Sunflower – Photo Recipe http://2lilowls.com/sunflower-photo-recipe/ Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:54:28 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=19243 The post Sunflower – Photo Recipe appeared first on 2 Lil' Owls Studio.

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This is one of my sunflower photos from a recent trip to a farm with a beautiful sunflower field planted.


Here is a view of the finished photo with the Photoshop layers pallet. You can see on each texture layer where I masked off the texture from the center of the flower.


This is the original photo with no edits out of camera.


I edited the photo using the Beautiful Spring actions: Spring Clean base, Raindrops, Petals, Lavender and some Extra Matte.


Then I added the Beautiful Bokeh texture 16 at 100% softlight.


Lastly I added the Mercury Glass textures at 88% Softlight to finish off the photo.

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A Little Bit Of Shrimp Boat Love http://2lilowls.com/a-little-bit-of-shrimp-boat-love/ Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:11:04 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=19227 The post A Little Bit Of Shrimp Boat Love appeared first on 2 Lil' Owls Studio.

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This year I went on Vacation to the Golden Isles – St Simons Island. We happened to go in July – Whoa – was it HOT! I went with my best friend. She and I like to shoot and talk photography constantly, so we thought a photography focused trip was perfect.

After sweating out all of our will power the first two days we were there – we came up with another game plan for shooting. We decided to get up really early (like 5am early) to get out and catch the sunrise and go out late in the afternoon to catch the sunset – and NAP in the middle part of the day when it was so hot and the light was too harsh anyway. Man, did that make all the difference! Everyday I dreaded that wakeup call, but now that I am home working on some of the photos I got – totally worth it.

I have always wanted to have some boat photos to work with, so finding the shrimp boats off the docks was perfect for me. Some of these were taken in Darien, Ga and the others were taken when we took a drive down to St. Mary’s one evening.

The first 3 boat photos were taken when we were in Darien out a little earlier in the day – not quite sunset, the next 3 were taken at sunset in Darien and the final 3 were taken at the Marina at St Mary’s during the rain near sunset (those aren’t shrimp boats – but I still loved them… lol!).  I am so very pleased to be able to have caught such a variety in different light settings. Really changes the mood of each set.

I also discovered the secret to getting the reflections in the water. This only occurs in the last 20 minutes of light when the sun is setting (I’m sure this is true for sunrise also). We were getting tired one night and about to pack up our things and go when they just appeared. I got a sudden burst of energy from the excitement and went right back to shooting til it was so dark we couldn’t see.

*All of these photos were taken with the Lensbaby Edge80 and processed with the Beautiful Spring Actions – Subtle base, petals and extra matte.

 

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Visiting The Water Gardens http://2lilowls.com/visiting-the-water-gardens/ Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:18:11 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=19174 The post Visiting The Water Gardens appeared first on 2 Lil' Owls Studio.

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I was lucky this year that I got to visit Perry’s Water Gardens again with one of my local photography clubs. I have been a few times over the last several years.  We heard there might not be any waterlilies blooming up that way this year because they had been in a slight drought and the fields were dry. The day before the trip someone let us all know that there were flowers blooming and the trip was still on.

When we got there I was almost in despair looking around because I thought it had been an hour and a half drive for a fruitless visit – most of the fields were not blooming after all. After walking around and exploring a bit, I came across a little jewel. They had a small hand picked pond of waterlilies blooming up near their office buildings.

I immediately jumped in and started taking pics of all the wonderful blooming flowers. I thought I had found my own little secret garden. Turned out to be a beautiful day.

*All of these photos were taken with the Lensbaby Edge80 and processed with the Beautiful Spring Actions – Subtle base, petals and extra matte.

 

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Lotus blossom http://2lilowls.com/lotus-blossom/ Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:41:24 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=18579 The post Lotus blossom appeared first on 2 Lil' Owls Studio.

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Lotus blossom from the Water Garden I got to visit this past week.

This is the before photo after applying Wonderland preset 1. I then added Relic texture 20 at 100% softlight with the color desaturated out.

Finished photo

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Dreamy Field of Flowers http://2lilowls.com/dreamy-field-of-flowers/ Sun, 17 May 2015 19:46:11 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=17741 The other day a friend of mine and I were out exploring and came across a random field of purple and yellow flowers. It was mid day and the sun was a tad too bright for what I usually like to shoot in – but the field was kinda amazing. Since the light was bright […]

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The other day a friend of mine and I were out exploring and came across a random field of purple and yellow flowers. It was mid day and the sun was a tad too bright for what I usually like to shoot in – but the field was kinda amazing. Since the light was bright – I went with it and used the Dreamy Lights Lightroom Preset 16 on this to make it even lighter and a little dreamy. I adjusted the curve in this preset to fit the photo like I show in the Dreamy Lights video.

 

Original photo from camera

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Then I cropped the photo and added Lightroom preset – Dreamy Lights preset 16 to give it a pastel dreamy quality.

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A few more Processed with the same preset from this shoot <3

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Soft Roses http://2lilowls.com/soft-roses/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:24:09 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=16477 Nothing like some pretty roses to ring in the spring.  I spotted these pretty little ones while out on the hunt for the Iris’.  Most roses are not out yet – so it was with delight that I stumbled upon this pretty little bush.   Original photo straight out of camera   I took the […]

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Nothing like some pretty roses to ring in the spring.  I spotted these pretty little ones while out on the hunt for the Iris’.  Most roses are not out yet – so it was with delight that I stumbled upon this pretty little bush.

 

Original photo straight out of camera

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I took the photo into Lightroom and used Dreamy Matte preset 4 and cropped the photo.

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Then I took the photo into Photoshop and added Cahoots texture 25. Making it off slightly from the flower.

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Beautiful Iris 5 http://2lilowls.com/beautiful-iris-5/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:15:36 +0000 http://2lilowls.com/?p=16468 Decided to go a little different with the coloring in this beautiful Iris. Wanted a more vintage feel so I kept that in mind as I was choosing the Lightroom preset and texture. Original photo straight out of camera       I took the photo into Lightroom and cropped it a little bit and […]

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Decided to go a little different with the coloring in this beautiful Iris. Wanted a more vintage feel so I kept that in mind as I was choosing the Lightroom preset and texture.

Original photo straight out of camera

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I took the photo into Lightroom and cropped it a little bit and added Dreamy Matte preset 23.

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I then took it into Photoshop and added Spring Paints texture 19 at 100% Softlight. I desaturated the color in the texture slightly also.

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