365 Days of Tricia
A Year-Long Photographic Project in 2010
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She's quite complex.

The goals

1) To celebrate my own uniqueness and to show others that it's okay to be who you are.

2) To become more familiar with the capabilities of my cameras/lenses and Photoshop Elements.

3) To exercise greater creativity with my photos.

The task

Take photos of myself every day for a year.  Keep retouching to a minimum, but use any other Photoshop Elements features (including special effects) to enhance the photo as necessary.

The procedure

Each day, I set up and took a series of photos of myself, primarily using a Canon SLR (EOS Digital Rebel Xsi or EOS 60D), although I sometimes used a more compact camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX10IS when traveling.  I could use flash and wired or wireless remote controls, but I tried to use only items at hand to hold the camera steady (e.g., tables, books, car dashboard, etc. were used instead of a tripod).  Taking the photos wasn't always as easy as it sounds; for example, the Rebel has no flip-out LCD monitor, so I was often guessing about the photo composition until I could get back behind the camera to see how the photo came out.  Once it looked like I had several decent shots, I uploaded the photos to my computer, picked one, and processed it using Photoshop Elements.  The entire daily process took 1-2 hours, depending on how many shots I had to take and how much experimenting I did in post-processing.  (For some photos, I set up the shot and had Mike take the picture, since there wasn't always a good place to set up the camera without a tripod, especially outdoors.)
With her partner in crime.

Questions about the camera settings, post-processing effects, and/or how the shot was set up?
  Contact me at photos@lowhorn.org.  Oh, and all these photos are copyright © 2010 by Patricia Lowhorn and can't be used elsewhere without written permission.  Just so you know.

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