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Shelly in MN
09-30-2011, 11:44 AM
I know Senior pictures have been discussed here before, so forgive me if this has been addressed. :)

For those of you who have taken your own Senior's picture and are not necessarily adept at using all the "bells and whistles" on your camera (think Nikon D40 SLR, here, which the owner has never managed to bring beyond the "automatic" setting :blush: ), is it possible to take a picture and edit it into a reasonably nice Senior picture?

NB: I am old and just about as technologically non-informed as a person can be, but if you have any recommendations for specific sites you've used and had good experiences with, I think I could manage to get some pictures on them and experiment a bit.:lol:

Thanks! :)

Shelly in MN
10-01-2011, 12:53 PM
Not one person here has taken their own child's Senior pictures? I must be awfully cheap.:lol::eek:

CINDY LB OH
10-01-2011, 06:32 PM
Sure it's possible. Just take tons of shots and you should come out with something you like.

I don't have any experience with photoshop or anything, but maybe if you ask around with friends and such, there might be someone who can help.

Shelly in MN
10-01-2011, 09:38 PM
I don't have any experience with photoshop or anything, but maybe if you ask around with friends and such, there might be someone who can help.

Great idea! That's exactly why I posted here. :)

AmyinWI
10-01-2011, 11:49 PM
Not one person here has taken their own child's Senior pictures? I must be awfully cheap.:lol::eek:

I took a few pictures for my dd's graduation invitation , but I dont' have a fancy camera at all.

If I had a nice camera like you, I'd definitely try it!
check out Pioneer womans' blog, there are a few tutorials on using aperture, etc. for great photos! I am saving up for a nice canon DSLR, can't wait!

Leslie Nelsen
10-02-2011, 12:52 PM
I took my son's senior photos and I didn't do any editing at all. I just took a bunch (to him) and then picked the ones I liked best. I loved how it turned out - nothing fancy or professional looking - but still good. I'm happy to share if you want to see them.

Susan Seaman
10-02-2011, 01:49 PM
Sorry I am just now seeing this. I did make senior photos of my daughter, and I was pleased with them. I used Picasa (free online) and Piknic (it's free within Picasa) to do the editing.

Some of the photos I made are here (https://picasaweb.google.com/106680165472319420873/SeniorPictures#).

And here are a few blog posts that have some more:

http://susanseaman.blogspot.com/2011_02_05_archive.html

http://susanseaman.blogspot.com/2011_02_13_archive.html

And the invitation I printed is here (https://picasaweb.google.com/106680165472319420873/PhotoAnnouncements#5606278638225467682) (front and back).

Let me know if the links don't work. I think these are public albums.

I think the trick for me was going out several times to several locations. We ended up with about 100 photos. I liked so many of them that I really couldn't choose a favorite.

I used the automatic setting on most of these. I used Picasa to crop and sometimes adjust the color or shadows. Nothing fancy really. These were mostly made with our Panasonic G1 with a single focus, low aperture lens. You might not get results quite the same with your camera, but you could get close. For us, we certainly couldn't justify the extra money.

CINDY LB OH
10-02-2011, 04:52 PM
Susan, you took some wonderful pictures of your daughter.

Amy, I'm saving up for a DSLR too. I used to have a regular Canon SLR before everything went digital, and loved it. I can't wait to get a digital one.

I have taken some pretty good shots with my fugi point and shoot though. I've come to realize that composition and lighting are everything, no matter what kind of camera you have.

Shelly in MN
10-03-2011, 11:54 AM
Thanks, all! :)

Amy~PW! Why didn't I think of that?!:clap:

Leslie~I would love to see your son's pictures. :)

Susan~Beautiful pictures of a lovely young lady! Checking out Picasa now. I have a belligerent man-cub who would rather take cod liver oil than have his picture taken, so I'll have to make the few I know I'll get count. And, yes, we can't justify the cost of an elaborate professional photo shoot at this time, either.

Thanks again. :group:

Robin in KS
10-04-2011, 11:12 PM
I took my daughters senior pics and used Creative Memories Memory Manager to edit along with Picnik and paint.net.
I have a Canon Rebel digital but just used the automatic setting. Haven't learned manual yet.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1370472555410.49666.1639626110&l=09f12a8304&type=1

Shelly in MN
10-05-2011, 04:21 PM
Just lovely, Robin! :clap:

molly in cr
10-07-2011, 09:48 PM
I did our senior pictures last year. I did have some cheats within photoshop that I used because I wasn't thrilled with the way they turned out SOOTC. Maybe your senior is into photo editing and can take a swing at it. That's the wonderful thing about digital. As long as you save your original file you can try many things with your pictures. :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/boulterfamily/sets/72157626907382490/

Shelly in MN
10-08-2011, 03:33 PM
Molly, thank you for sharing~~~for whatever reason, I can't get the pictures to show up. :unsure:

molly in cr
10-08-2011, 10:33 PM
hmmm, works for me but I can try again Here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/boulterfamily/sets/72157626907382490/).

Shelly in MN
10-09-2011, 01:53 PM
I think it must be me, because the pictures are just showing up as white blocks with littel red X's in them. Sorry, Molly. :blush:

Rachael
10-11-2011, 12:23 PM
I don't have a senior yet, but I swore off portrait studios about 7 years ago. I decided I could do just as well, if not better, without upsetting my kids. For some reason, don't touch the sensory challenged one just never clicked for them.

One of the girls in our homeschool group is launching a photography business, so we're going to have her take a family picture (that's not in my or my mother's home, LOL). You might look around for a teen trying to start their own photography business. They tend to be inexpensive, enthusiastic, and have a unique perspective that your child will like.

Otherwise, just go out there and think young!

Leslie Nelsen
10-11-2011, 02:23 PM
Shelley,

Here are some of the pictures I took here.

http://joyfulmotherofsixchildren.blogspot.com/2011/06/graduate.html

Here are a couple more.

http://joyfulmotherofsixchildren.blogspot.com/2011/05/one-month.html

I would have liked to have taken more, but we had about 5 minutes before it started POURING! He wasn't interested in going out again to take photos. :eyes: I was happy with what we got.

Now, my next one in line to graduate is happy to have her photo taken and I'm sure we'll start months in advance and have way too many to choose from. :lol:

Shelly in MN
10-12-2011, 12:42 PM
I don't have a senior yet, but I swore off portrait studios about 7 years ago. I decided I could do just as well, if not better, without upsetting my kids. For some reason, don't touch the sensory challenged one just never clicked for them. It is so hard when people don't "get" that, isn't it? :sad:


One of the girls in our homeschool group is launching a photography business, so we're going to have her take a family picture (that's not in my or my mother's home, LOL). You might look around for a teen trying to start their own photography business. They tend to be inexpensive, enthusiastic, and have a unique perspective that your child will like.

Otherwise, just go out there and think young!

lol! It's been more than a few years since I've thought young, but this is good advice. :cool:

Shelly in MN
10-12-2011, 12:47 PM
Shelley,

Here are some of the pictures I took here.

http://joyfulmotherofsixchildren.blogspot.com/2011/06/graduate.html

Here are a couple more.

http://joyfulmotherofsixchildren.blogspot.com/2011/05/one-month.html

I would have liked to have taken more, but we had about 5 minutes before it started POURING! He wasn't interested in going out again to take photos. :eyes: I was happy with what we got. Leslie, these are just terrific! This is basically what I'm looking for. I'll be very fortunate with a 5 minute photo shoot. He likes to be behind the camera rather than in front of it. :eyes:


Now, my next one in line to graduate is happy to have her photo taken and I'm sure we'll start months in advance and have way too many to choose from. :lol:

:lol:

Thanks for sharing. :group:

Leslie Nelsen
10-12-2011, 01:18 PM
Shelley,

Not sure if this would help, but thought I'd share a few more things.

1. I looked at some "senior photos" online. You can google search OR go to a place that prints graduation cards and you will see examples there. I used tinyprints.com

There are way more "poses" and ideas for girls which makes it really easy for shooting a guy! ;)

2. If you are going to be taking photos outdoors, the late afternoon sunlight is better than middle of the day. You will still get good lighting but it won't be bright or in their faces. For us here, that would be after 4:30 or 5 in the spring when I took them.

3. Play with the settings on your camera. I took photos in regular color setting and also the sepia setting. I ended up using some of both.

Now, all of that coming from someone that isn't a professional but just likes to take pictures.

Shelly in MN
10-12-2011, 01:32 PM
Thank you for the good info, Leslie! :group:

ETA: Praying for you and your dear family as requested in prayer forum. :group:

Heather (WI)
06-05-2012, 05:03 PM
Shelley,

Here are some of the pictures I took here.

http://joyfulmotherofsixchildren.blogspot.com/2011/06/graduate.html

Here are a couple more.

http://joyfulmotherofsixchildren.blogspot.com/2011/05/one-month.html


Great pictures, Leslie!

AmyinWI
06-06-2012, 12:15 AM
haha- just seeing this,and thought it was a new thread!!!

I DO have an update!!!

I bought a (used ) Canon DSLR on ebay a few months ago. After reading TONS of photography blogs, I figured out how to use a few of the settings,and did some photos of my son for his 16th bday.

I also did some portraits of my 18yo ,since I wasnt' that thrilled with her senior pics from last year. they turned out much better!!

My friend saw them and asked me to do her dd's senior portaits, so I did and they turned out awesome!! I am not THAT great of a photographer, but from what I have seen of some local professional photographer work ,my photos looked better,imho.

Heather (WI)
06-06-2012, 12:44 AM
Amy, that's great!

I know what you mean, too, about your photos looking better. Our "photography-obsessed" dd bought an SLR camera last year, and then I went to Walmart photo (not the best standard, I'm sure) to get her 14yo pictures done, and I realized afterwards that the pictures with her camera are a lot better than the ones I bought from Walmart! I decided then that next year we are taking her pictures ourselves with her camera. :)

Leslie Nelsen
06-08-2012, 12:00 AM
Thank you for the good info, Leslie! :group:

ETA: Praying for you and your dear family as requested in prayer forum. :group:

Thank you! Prayers are a wonderful thing and I'm so very thankful to have friends praying for us!!! :group:


Great pictures, Leslie!

Thank you Heather. :)

Becky in CA
06-08-2012, 11:33 AM
My dd graduated last year, too. One of my oldest son's friends is trying to start up her own photography business. In exchange for the photos, we took her out to lunch the same day. She did a GREAT job! :thumb: After using several editing techniques, we wound up with over 400 pics! :eek:

CJ
06-09-2012, 04:24 PM
I would cry for an SLR camera, but still we did okay on grad portraits with our little Casio. I have Photoshop Elements and I found that adding the Omni spot helped make it look more professional as well as tints and texturing and other techniques like playing with brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. Just experimenting and saving what we liked helped a lot to spruce them up! It cost me a total of $28 for all the prints and a friend took them for free on our trip to NY.

You can see how they turned out here:
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/7948/2012bh.jpg

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/2170/2012cg.jpg

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/4272/2012ad.jpg

Heather (WI)
06-09-2012, 06:26 PM
Nice pictures, CJ!!!!! I especially like the middle one. Your dd is pretty, and I love her name, too. :)