Transformation

As well as doing photo restorations, I also do digital enhancing – for instance, for those who had a friend take their wedding photos and they look like it – I can do photoshop magic and make them look more professional. I recently had a friend ask me to clean up the background of a photo she had taken of her little girl because she loved her daughter’s picture. Here is the result.

Kaylee before after

If you have one or more photos that you would like to have “fixed up” you can contact me at donna@donnajohnsonphotography.com for an estimate.

Challenging Photo Restoration

Here is my latest photo restoration. This was the only picture someone had of her grandmother. Part of the photo was stuck to the glass. I had to scan the photo first, then the two pieces of the photo that were stuck to the glass, which caused aberrations because of the thickness of the glass. I then pieced the sections together and then had to patch up the splotches and discolorations. The original is in the middle. If you have a precious photo or photos that you want restored, you can contact me at donna@donnajohnsonphotography.com. You can see other examples in my gallery at http://thedonjon.zenfolio.com

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photo restoration

My latest restoration. If you have some photos that are of sentimental value and need restoration, you can give or send me the photos which I will then scan and work on and create a digital image file that you have prints made from, unless you want me to have the prints made for you. The image files will always be there if you need more prints made, and you can share them with others.

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Capturing Clouds in California

A cloudy day around here for a photographer is like a ufo sighting – we have to run out and see if we can capture a shot! So on 2-28-15 I took off on my trusty steed down Hwy. 41 E. Perfect time of year because the grasses are still green, and that doesn’t last long around here. A sky full of puffy clouds can turn a mundane country road view into something a bit magical.

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Cloudy day in San Luis Obispo County, Feb. 2015

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Cloudy Day in San Luis Obispo County, 2-2015

love . . . and, who really said that?

“When I saw you I fell in love. And you smiled because you knew.   Arrigo Boito

IMG_3991 webThe first time I saw this quote, it was attributed to Shakespeare. To me it was obviously not in his style, so I did some research and sure enough, the actual author was someone else. I wrote about this problem of inaccurate  types of info being spread on my other blog, http://thedonjon.wordpress.com. So next time you re-post something, try to be sure that it is authentic.

I took this picture of a Chinese bell flower (abutilon) in my yard and had fun with it in photoshop.

why I’m a happy mother – Happy Mother’s Day!

My daughter Carly used to hate me taking pictures of her. She finally accepted the inevitable and willingly models for me. We went out recently on a spring day. I had sort of a vision of what I wanted to do, which includes a lot of work in photoshop – going for a very arts look.

I glanced up the hill and caught Zoe watching and got this shot – she’s turned to be a pretty good model too . . .

Two of the shots were taken at Justin Winery in Adelaide – the rest we shot on our property in Atascadero, Ca.

more photoshop phun

My friend . . . well, he’s like a son . . . Nathan is making a new cd.  He asked if I could help with the album cover. With all this rain, it was perfect timing. The name of the album is supernova, and his group is called Naffty. He found a graffiti font he really liked, sent me a photo he wanted to use (he lives across the country from me) — I found an image from space — and then put it all together. I can’t wait till his cd comes out soon. Look for him on YouTube under TheNaffty.

The background. I could have placed a star in his hand, but I decided to flip the image (#2) so that the lighter part would be behind his head and I could use the star in the photo to look like it is in his hand. I just had to stretch the bottom out for more space (# 3).

I took the photo he sent me and put it as a layer under the space photo. I used a blending mode and did some erasing until his body showed through the way I wanted it to.

I then used his font to write out “supernova”. I played around with effects until it stood out from against the background enough. Then I added “Naffty” and used control T and warped it after also using some effects on the text. Sorry about my terminology – I’m not a ps guru . . . I just like to play around until I get a look that I want. Here is the final result.

Here is a preview from the new album!