One Photo Saves 2016 Helping Rescue Animals get Adopted

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The data is in: Kelly’s Program, One Photo Saves, photographed over 300 cats and kittens in 2016 to help them get adopted. Kelly works with local, non-profit, no-kill private animal rescue organizations in Orlando Florida that do not have a shelter. These rescues rely on volunteers to foster the kittens and cats in their homes. The fosters take the foster kittens/cats to pets stores where they jhold adoption events on weekends with the hopes of getting the animals adopted. Kelly volunteers at least two saturdays a month to go on location to the adoption events to photograph the cats and kittens. Each cat/kitten has their own web page with photos and a description. Kelly’s professional photos have helped hundreds of foster animals get adopted by online shoppers looking for a pet. It has been a very successful year helping the rescue animals get adopted!

Here is a list of over 300 names of the cats and kittens that Kelly/One Photo Saves Program photographed at Petsmart and other pet rescue centers this year 2016. To give you an idea of the work involved, Kelly volunteers several hours Saturday photographing each pet at the adoption events, then many more hours in Photoshop editing, cropping, saving, labeling and uploading at least 2 complimentary images of each of the following pets to the rescues and/or directly to their webpages, at no charge whatsoever to the rescues.

Ashton, Aza, Bandit, Benzie and Shenzie, Ginny, Chewy, Truffle, Bru, Angelica, Grey, Vader, mach, Barracuda, Skye, Bandit, Cassie, Fudge, Knox, Marianne, Marlie, Misty, Pepper, Peridot, Pepper, Sophie, Toby, Trooper, Cooper, Frank, Gracie, Smokey, Juno, Gizmo, Vixen, Prancer, Winston, Jana, Jules, Kovu, Midnight, Olive, pepper, Oliver, Patch, Twitch, Keller, Paulsey, Duncan, Candy, Carson, Daisy, Hiro, marlo, Smokey, Winston, Winter, Bette, Elenor, Gizmo, Juno, Basil, Davina, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Whitestripe, Audrey, Bobby, Earl, Elizabeth, Jenny, Jackie, Juda, Lance, Liz, Lucky, Miko, Nala, Sanford, Shadow, Snoopy, Thomas, Alex, Andres, Art, Bertha, Fiona, Lucy, Mickey, Mr. Ollie, Rose, Tando,Teddy, Tom, Zena, Aidan, Alvin, Frosite, Ginger, Minnie Mo, Willow, Nutmeg, Paint, Pepper, Socks, Pepper, Stach, Star, Bertha, Figaro, Jade, Pinkie, Skye, Sinatra, Simba, Sweetie, Tinker, Zach, Muffin, Tigger, Abby, Blue, Cassie, Cheddar, Chloe, Cupcake, Gipper, Lena, Leopold, McGhee, Mittens, Nora, Penelope, Zipper, Malt, Boop, Chloe, Dominoe, Gipper, Jellicat, June, Monroe, Oreo, Robin, Salem, Tabitha, Thor, Thunder, Tiffy, Tripp, Spookie, Boop, Robin, Merry, Pebbles, Pippen, George, Articus, Aidan, Trinity, Torrie, Dipstick, Rudy, Kirk, Uhura, Sunchaser, Captain, Danny, Opal, Daffy, Kaa, Cinder, Ember, Trooper, Billie, Celeste, Cotton, Gibbie, GooGoo, Gypsy, Kirk, McCoy, Millie, Scotttie, Tiffy, Teddy, Cutie, Gibbie, Gidget, Gypsy, Huxley, Lavender, Leonarda, Rose, Sunchaser, Cheddar, Danny, Faith, Noir, Noisy, Chevy, Cheddar, Cheeto, Billy, Milly, Aurora, Balloo, Dori, Heidi, Kingsley, Opal, Panther, Charlotte, Chiller, Cinder, Ember, Jeeli, Josie, Juda, Piper, Moses, Tiffy, Truffle, Dema, Detya, Celmentine, Adrian, Kit, Aspen, Red, Cassidy, Joey, Noir, Bossy, Calvin, Garfield, Oliver, Royal, Chase, Winston, eo, Miney, Fennel, Karaoke, Kabuki, Chaos, Mistletoes, Oreo, Boris, Eden, Bart, Ashton, Calum, Cady, Cookie, Cameron, Jupiter, Mars, Bo, Buffy, Peaches, Bree, Bailey, Maverick, Molly, Lars, Loralei, Grayson, Bishop, Blake, Butter, Almond, Boone, Apple, Tetra, Tonks, Milowe, Brody, Bryce, Bowie, Kelso, Koda, Krissy,Abby Hemingway, Albie, Alfie, Andi, Anna, Baxter, Becca, Berkley, Bette, Bowie, Bryce, Britta, Callie, Cammie, CeCe, Chance, Cheyenne, Cienna, Kelso, Kodak, Lanie, Minnie, Meadow, Molly,Felix, Oscar, Ziggy, Zoey, Peaches.

To learn more about Kelly’s One Photo Saves Program for rescue animals, check out Kelly’s website for more information: www.kellyrichardsonimages.com. If you have any questions about how to help the rescues in your community and photograph pets, please contact kelly. She is always happy to help give advice to fellow volunteers.

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How to Make Bokeh in Photoshop

li_2286backgroundHow to Make Bokeh in Photoshop using CS6

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Making background BOKEH in Photoshop CS6 Tutorial from Kelly Richardson www.kellyrichardsonimages.com

treepatternTREE BACKGROUND If you have a large tree available you can skip this step. Just take a photo of the center of it. If all you can find is a small little tree follow these steps to fill the page with the tree branches.

  • STEP 1: Take a photo of tree on white background. isolate the image using the refine edge tool. Save as a PSD file.
  • STEP 2: Create a new document: File>new white background, as large as you want it.
  • STEP 3: Drag the isolated tree psd file to your new document
  • STEP 4: Make duplicate layers of the tree by clicking on the tree layer and then ctrl-j. Randomly move the tree layers to fill up page. Save as PSD file.
  • STEP 5: Flatten image go to layer>flatten image.

 

blurscreenshotFIELD BLUR

  • Use the flattened tree image. Go to filter>Blur>Field Blur. **note: if image is not flattened, you will not be able to use the field blur tool.
  • Check the field blur box, blur to your liking. I blurred mine to approx 140 px.
  • Check the bokeh box, settings: light bokeh: 50%, color bokeh 50% light range between 160 and 255. Adjust to your liking.
  • Click ok when done.

img_backgroundlightssatPhoto to left is a section of the tree bokeh paper that was made. I changed the colors by using the Image>new adjustment layer>saturation, and also image>new adjustment layer> color balance. Play with the sliders until you see a color you like that will match the subject you are going to place in front of it. Now you are ready to use your background and get creative!

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Natural Bokeh in a Photo

_ri_5239Bokeh in a photograph is determined by the lens and aperature settings used to create the photograph.  To achieve bokeh, you need a fast lens with at least an aperature of f2.8, f2, f1.8, f1.2.  Prime lenses work great for bokeh. Shoot in Manual or Aperature Priority, wide open – meaning at your largest f stop (which is the smallest number)

If you do not have a lens with a large aperature as described above, you can also achieve bokeh by increasing the distance between the background and your subject, and increase the distance between your subject and the camera. To achieve highlights hitting the background, shoot with backlighting, or sidelighting.

Bokeh – Wikipedia In photography, bokeh (originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

 

 

 

 

The Power of an Isolated Image – Christmas Design 4926

What a capture! It can't get much cuter than that! isolated image petstockimages_img_4926
What a capture! It can’t get much cuter than that! isolated image petstockimages_img_4926

The Power of an Isolated Image – Christmas Design  PetstockImages_IMG_4926 tiny chihuahua peeking out of red gift, isolated image – a designer’s dream – how to make this card.

This adorable isolated image of a chihuahua puppy peeking out of a red gift box can certainly stand alone on a white background to get attention and a big SMILE.

Isolated images never cease to lose their popularity in the consumer market. There is a great demand in the consumer marketplace for this simple, high key look. Many consumers like a “clean”, uncluttered look. The idea of simplification appeals to many who live a busy lifestyle.

Isolated Images are LOVED by Designers, Advertisers and Publishers TOO. There are many advantages of an isolated image for their purposes. There is no competing for space for copy in the image,  additional background images and any color can be easily added to suit product needs. Any text, any objects, any color, and any pattern, all can be popped right in the background if the image has been isolated properly, with little or no work.  This makes for a very attractive purchase with an image that has so much versatility.

petstockimages_img_4926 What a CAPTURE! It can’t get much cuter than that!

This one image can be used for a variety of purposes: Birthday, Christmas,  Valentine’s Day and more. Click to buy the image.

Isolated images have endless possibilities – if you can imagine it, you can create it!

Stay Tuned for a free Photoshop Tutorial with step by step directions to make background bokeh.

Christmas Greeting Card 4926: Make this card: Photograph your Christmas Tree, then use Photoshop to run blur filter to make bokeh background.
Christmas Greeting Card with isolated image 4926: Make this card: Photograph your Christmas Tree, then use Photoshop to run blur filter to make bokeh background.