Somebody posted this “Photo Editing Tutorial” on pinterest. I use that phrase “photo editing” incredibly lightly.
STOP.
Seriously. Just stop. There is absolutely NO good reason to do this. The top photo looks significantly better. You can see the definition in the baby’s face (why would you want to get rid of those adorable cheeks??) and his skin tone doesn’t blend right into the color of the background.
Editing like this is primarily used to cover up shoddy photography, but it doesn’t improve the photo. The people doing this are the ones who believe that all it takes to be a photographer is a camera.
Let me just be clear — you don’t need to spend a lot of money to hire a good photographer, but you do need to find someone who knows how to use his or her camera correctly. You might even find a willing college student studying photography who will work for cheap. But please, I beg you, please don’t pay for this.

And please, don’t come at me and tell me some people “just like that style” — I reject the premise. This is not a style. This is a band-aid covering a wound.

Somebody posted this “Photo Editing Tutorial” on pinterest. I use that phrase “photo editing” incredibly lightly.

STOP.

Seriously. Just stop. There is absolutely NO good reason to do this. The top photo looks significantly better. You can see the definition in the baby’s face (why would you want to get rid of those adorable cheeks??) and his skin tone doesn’t blend right into the color of the background.

Editing like this is primarily used to cover up shoddy photography, but it doesn’t improve the photo. The people doing this are the ones who believe that all it takes to be a photographer is a camera.

Let me just be clear — you don’t need to spend a lot of money to hire a good photographer, but you do need to find someone who knows how to use his or her camera correctly. You might even find a willing college student studying photography who will work for cheap. But please, I beg you, please don’t pay for this.

And please, don’t come at me and tell me some people “just like that style” — I reject the premise. This is not a style. This is a band-aid covering a wound.

Allow me to geek out for a second…

How does three quarters of the internet not know the difference between a meme and a macro?

Putting words written with Impact font over a photograph does not a meme make! That is simply a macro. Once that image and/or phrase and or both spreads around the internet and gives rise to other related sayings and/or images and/or both, then it becomes a meme. (And yes, macros are often a component of a meme…)

So, please stop cluttering my google reader with the promise of apps that will turn my photos into memes! I just do not believe your app is going to take a shitty decade old graduation photo of me, put some stupid words on it and change the course of internet history.

/geeking

Hipster imagery at its finest! While I’ll admit, part of me secretly wants that handset (FINE - part of me wants to get pulled over while using that handset to see the cop’s reaction…) other parts of me are repulsed/amused/perplexed/put off by how SERIOUS this photo is.
He’s posing really really hard.

Hipster imagery at its finest! While I’ll admit, part of me secretly wants that handset (FINE - part of me wants to get pulled over while using that handset to see the cop’s reaction…) other parts of me are repulsed/amused/perplexed/put off by how SERIOUS this photo is.

He’s posing really really hard.

Why I love Fall, Reason #2
…an ongoing series…
New Fall Traditions!
A few weeks ago, Elise, at a Beautiful Mess, encouraged readers to start an Autumn tradition. It seemed like a kind of fun idea, but nothing really jumped out at me. Until…this past weekend when I attended the Big Apple Circus with some wonderful people.
This is definitely among the new Fall traditions! While it’s definitely targeted at families and not really the Cirque du Soleil crowd, I was still incredibly entertained (the rope and trapeze acts were my favorites)! Plus, you can get your fix of childhood-memory-inducing circus snacks!
I think it’s worth mentioning, the decision to see the Big Apple Circus came after viewing the PBS miniseries Circus which is streaming on Netflix and TOTALLY worth the watch.
(Photo credit - yours truly. Although I very stupidly left my zoom lens at home. I’m still annoyed about it. Anyway, apologies for the wide and blurry shot…)

Why I love Fall, Reason #2

…an ongoing series…

New Fall Traditions!

A few weeks ago, Elise, at a Beautiful Mess, encouraged readers to start an Autumn tradition. It seemed like a kind of fun idea, but nothing really jumped out at me. Until…this past weekend when I attended the Big Apple Circus with some wonderful people.

This is definitely among the new Fall traditions! While it’s definitely targeted at families and not really the Cirque du Soleil crowd, I was still incredibly entertained (the rope and trapeze acts were my favorites)! Plus, you can get your fix of childhood-memory-inducing circus snacks!

I think it’s worth mentioning, the decision to see the Big Apple Circus came after viewing the PBS miniseries Circus which is streaming on Netflix and TOTALLY worth the watch.

(Photo credit - yours truly. Although I very stupidly left my zoom lens at home. I’m still annoyed about it. Anyway, apologies for the wide and blurry shot…)

This pretty much made my day. “Model poses” are pretty ridiculous to begin with. This little series, by Rion Sabean, highlights exactly how ridiculous they are.

(VIA.)

This pretty much made my day. “Model poses” are pretty ridiculous to begin with. This little series, by Rion Sabean, highlights exactly how ridiculous they are.

(VIA.)