Accelerated {motion blur}

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magazine: Photographic Elements Techniques

issue: March – April 2014

article: Photos In Motion

author: Lesa Snider

steps: 6

time: 44 minutes my first time – 2 minutes per photo after that

I would suggest using a photo with a very simple background like the one I used. My first photo (you can see it below) is what took the 44 minutes. My time was spent trying to figure out how to turn the vertical instructions into the horizontal ones I needed for my photo, and figuring out why my son seemed to become transparent. It was driving me nuts until I realized it was from dragging too many pixels to blur. It would drag the lines of the netting from behind him to over him making him seem transparent. I would prefer more blur to the left of him so it looks more like a fast motion than just a blurry photo but to get that look, he would have to also become slightly invisible which is not the look I wanted.  After trying the technique with another flag football photo and then moving on to a water slide, I finally found this shot of my dog running in the grass. Smore’s photo only took about 2 minutes from start to finish now that I had all of that practice.  Unlike tilt-shift photography, I don’t see myself using this technique often (or ever).

FYI: Elements 12 apparently has a zoom blur preset effect

flag football – motion blur fail

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The Book Lovers – photo assignment 1

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assignment: gather visual ideas, choose a subject and use different compositions and lighting

I have a rather large visual idea gallery and after looking through it, I chose books for my subject.

When my mom was a girl, she loved reading and her favorites were The Bobsey Twins and Nancy Drew. I am now the proud owner of this collection, which is almost a full collection of the original 1940’s – 1960’s books with their original paper covers and some have my mom’s childish handwriting ticking off the ones she has. I made a scrapbook page with photos of the books to capture the love for reading she passed down to me. At the time of this scrapbook page, I had absolutely no photography skills and simply stacked them up in front of the huge blue Tupperware crate they are stored in. Needless to say it was a horrible photo. I took this opportunity to try to take a better photo to go with the story and even if I do say so myself, I think I accomplished that.


The Mean (mini) Streets of NYC {tilt-shift}

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New York City, NY

magazine: Adobe Photoshop Elements Techniques

issue: July / August 2012

article: It’s a Small World

author: Matt Kloskowski

steps: 8

time: 11 minutes

Tilt-shift photography is designed to give the appearance of miniature models by selectively blurring portions of the photo. This works best with photos taken from an elevated position looking over streets with cars and people. Finding the right photo is the hardest thing about this technique.

FYI: Elements 11 has a tilt-shift effect built in with easy to follow directions.

A Little Encouragement (introduction)

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Sunrise over Topsail, NC

I have decided I am finally ready. I am ready to learn photography. I want to learn photography. I have taken classes over the years at but I have never really finished any. It is time for me to get my money’s worth out of those classes. The kids are grown, the volunteering at school has gone and now it is time for me again. I have printed the materials and noted when to watch the accompanying videos. No excuses. I can and will do this!

Speaking of “I can”, I used the photo above because I consider it one of my better ones. I thought it was appropriate to show that I can and have produced a good photo. I read the introduction (which I skipped the first time I took this class) and realized that I don’t need to have the best equipment or know all the technical terms. A few simple tips can start to give me better photos now. I need to be patient and learn and most of all, practice. For the first time in a long time I am looking forward to re-reading chapter one and completing the assignment.

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

-See you next Tuesday!

Hello! (again)

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Yes, that’s right I said again. For the few of you that actually follow My Little Padded Room, I apologize for the OCD moment. I have taken the time to wipe it clean and get a fresh start. (I warned you that the title doesn’t only refer to my love of pads and list making but my eventual destination of a little padded room of my own.)

For those of you just joining me, welcome. I am using this blog as a place to organize (better than I did before) my journey into photography. I am taking online classes through, I am a subscriber to Photoshop Elements magazine, and I have tons of sticky notes hanging out of photography books for things I would love to try.

I am clearly not a professional and do not aspire to be one. As a matter of fact, I am probably a step below amateur at this point but, I hope to entertain thru my photos and what I am sure will be an adventure for me.

Thanks for stopping by this crazy little space of mine.


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