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Adjustments. Saturday May 21, 2016

When the word photoshopped is mentioned people think of great transformations in a photo, making someone much younger or much thinner or adding people or buildings to a photo.

My partner who is a photographer, sees photoshop as just a modern dark room. Of course photoshop can be used for big changes but it is mostly used for small changes or adjustments.

Really it is about making the best of what one has so I started to think there may be tools used in photoshop that we can apply to life.

Blur and Sharpen are two tools that are used in photoshop. The blur tool makes images obscure and softens an image making it look out of focus with a blur effect. Sometimes I can give too much focus to things in my life and they need to be blurred not eliminated, just given less prominence. I used to worry too much about what other people thought of me so I have decided not to focus on it as much. I used my blur tool.

The sharpen tool makes an image clearer as it sharpens the image. It concentrates on the best part of a photograph so that the strengths are highlighted. Instead of focusing on our weaknesses this allows us to enhance our strengths. On days when things are not going as well it is helpful to remember to concentrate on our strengths and not dwell on our weaknesses.

The Healing Brush Tool chooses an area that is unblemished then you transfer that to the area that needs repairing, great for getting rid of wrinkles in photographs, I am told. There are times when we need to dig deep to find hope, to remember better times to help us get through when we need repairing.

Maybe sometimes we need a few adjustments to help us to cope better...

Would you use any of these tools to help you?

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Hopeful One Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:14am

Hi Leah- what a fantastic analogy! I would certainly think of including some of the tools you mention.Unfortunately my tool box is getting cluttered like the tool box in the Squadron's Hangar.But the Squadron knows from bitter experience that as soon as a tool is deemed obsolete then mysteriously it is needed the next day. Does anyone have a strategy to prevent that happening?

The one tool the Squadron will never think obsolete, as it is classed a universal tool, is simply labelled "LAUGH".

Two magistrates are having a drink at a pub. They over indulge and come out ,arms around each other's shoulders, singing bawdy songs. One magistrate says to the other'Do you realise we are drunk and disorderly.". The other says "Yes. You will attend my court tomorrow" After you have been tried I will take to the dock".The next day the first magistrate stands in the dock and pleads "guilty" to the charge of being drunk and disorderly. He is fined £10. They swop places.The second magistrate pleads "Guilty " and is fined £50. He protests. The the first magistrate says"I am afraid this type of offence is becoming too common and needs to be punished accordingly"

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:48am

Hopeful, get a bigger toolbox and never ever throw anything out. In fact by more tools!! You can see I am retailer. Thanks for your comments. Smiled at the joke!!

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:48am

buy more tools- can someone stop the typo fairy who likes reposting comments as well. !!

A View from the Far Side Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 9:46am

LOL. Thanks for that.

Hopeful One Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 11:41am

Hi Leah - unfortunately space is tight in the hanger so I have to be choosy. I think I will go for the healing brush tool as it has the potential to become a future Universal Tool.

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:47pm

Hopeful One, The healing tool is a good choice and on special this week!! I also think a Laugh tool is essential and actually should be an accessory for every tool. Thanks.

Orangeblossom Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:23am

Thanks for your very thought-provoking blog Leah. I enjoyed reading about the techniques to help improve my day & may try out them.

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:49am

Orangeblossom what a lovely name and thanks for your kind words.

Orangeblossom Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:23am

Thanks for your very thought-provoking blog Leah. I enjoyed reading about the techniques to help improve my day & may try out them.

Anonymous Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 8:11am

Hi Leah. I am reading a book called Corrections (by Jonathan Franzen). Adjustmenst is a much more subtle word. I love your analogies, blurring, focus and the healing brush tool which we can apply to or lives. It's a good way to look at a current worry, to blur it a little and get it out of our intense focus. I am currently obsessing about a particular problem in my life right now and today will try not to focus on it and blur it round the edges. I think it might actually work. Hurrah! Thank you Leah. Julxx

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 8:14am

Jul, thanks for your kind words. I hope the blur tool works but remember it requires practice and patience. I hope it helps and try to find something to focus on that makes you smile and calm.xx

Angela Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 8:46am

Definitely going to try these strategies out! Anything to fight this evil disease is worth trying. Thank you xx

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:01am

Thats the spirit Angela. I think the fact you are trying different strategies is a good sign.

The Gardener Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 8:59am

A sad post for me - the techniques were Mr G's 'forte' producing history of our town and using the 'tools' to remnove old notices, wires, publicity from the pictures of lovely buildings. Youngest daughter had all her wedding photos air-brushed - she looked good already, cost a fortune and marriage did not last, needed to 'brush over' her intolerance,still do

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:02am

Sorry Gardener, I suppose the trick is how we use tools we have either in photography or life. Thanks for your comment.

A View from the Far Side Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 9:51am

What a fabulous analogy. The thing about blurring reminds me of something someone once said to me. He was talking about a third person who had suffered from mental illness, always stressing about what was going on in his head. He saw him after a while and he was a different person, much happier. He still had the same mental processes in his head, but he had learnt to minimise them and run in the background while he got on with his life. That was the gist of the message I got, even if not the actuality. It's something I've been thinking of this week actually so your blog was very prescient - as Moodscope blogs often are.

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:04am

A View, Thanks for your reply. I suppose there are certian things we have to deal with but we don't have to focus on them. Thanks for sharing your story.

The Gardener Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:26am

No criticism Leah! Just what Mr G has lost. Some moodscopers have seen photos of my garden in its perfect manicured state - now its on its own. No air-brushing. Golden nasturtiums, arriving from nowhere, have colonised a wall. Fighting for their 'place in the sun' are roses, clematis, lilies, hydrangeass, fuschias and lots of things with latin names. If left uncurbed, and the house unsold, who will win out next year?

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:31am

I love the description of your garden. My mum's garden was a Heinz- 57 varieties and things just grew and it was rambling and wonderful to play hide and seek in. I'd like to see a photo of your shop displays.

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:49pm

I know it was not a criticism Gardner, just don't like you being sad. You know I like saying sorry a lot! Cheers.

The Gardener Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 1:05pm

Window nutty - hideous 60's, can't get it clean, can't work camera. Theme 'Voyages voyages' (song printed in window) with our artefacts from round the world - centre photo, little Indian girl, abandoned, holding a tennis ball. Lovely sari from Goa, red and gold, cat nests in it - it moves, and terrifies passers by. Stuff from Syria, Qatar, Bali, India, Sicily,Turkey, all most unprofessional - destined to be museum of needlework (one of these days).

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:32pm

Gardener, I can picture it in my mind by using your words and no need for any toools. Thanks

Rose Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 6:11pm

That was very useful - thank you Leah

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:32pm

Thanks Rose, glad it helped a bit.

Rose Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 6:11pm

That was very useful - thank you Leah

Still picking figs Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:37pm

I'd like an obliterate tool. Not that I would use it on anyone other than myself. I've hated most of the photos I've appeared in since my late thirties, which is awfully sad really. I just can't connect with that person in the frame. She looks like she has forgotten how to smile or pose naturally, and is possession of the truth that the camera tells terrible lies and can't do a thing about it. It's complicated and has something to do with being too self-critical - oh when did it start? I wonder what the cure is.

I was chatting to a friend outside my house a few months ago, and a Google camera drove by; now I am part of a permanent map. They blurred my face as a matter of procedure, but I am unable to request a photoshop 'out of there.' What an intrusion. The kids are forever snapping me unawares and posting me into the universe. How I wish it wasn't so. Can't I just exist in a miniature watercolour in a bureau somewhere...or appear to all as the perfectly preserved picture in my head.

I want to stick 'say cheese' where the sun never shines.

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:40pm

Figs, Thanks for your thoughtful and detailed response.I can relate to much of what you have written. My partner is always wanting to take my picture and I tend to run away or put my hands over my face which frustrates him. I think people think a photograph is a real reflection when it is just an interpretaion of a single moment in time.Often a photograph is extremely unflattering it is not reality. I don't think I have ever met a woman who has liked being photographed even models are critical of how they look. I suppose know with photoshop we can make adjustments as we can in our lives. I am extremely self critical too, but I try to find at least one thing I like about myself in a photo and am gradually learning not to hide when I see a camera! I really like the way you express yourself, you have a real talent and I hope you appreciate that.

The Gardener Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:52pm

With you on photos, SPF - an intrusion. A warm evening, swifts screaming, went to mass, read 2nd lesson, went out to a meal among cheerful people. Lesson was St Paul, think I would have got on well with him - message, perseverance! Aiming to get office, piano and TV moved this week. Best organist played lovely music by an unkwown (to me) compuser - music within my capablities - so, perseverance word of the day.

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:42pm

Gardener, so glad you are doing things you enjoy. Perserverance is a great word of the day and week and year. Thanks for reminding me.I would say you have it in bucket loads.

The Gardener Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:56pm

Back to photos, and their 'treatment'. I wrote a lot, just a name, then the Ed's wanted the 'mug shot'. I got a professional - spent two hours - talking - getting me animated - different hairstyles, hats - only photos I've ever liked. I was scared stiff of my few appearances on TV - completely different - animated, answering questions, gesticulating, different emotions, a far cry from the 'mug shot'. Face Book? No thanks

Leah Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 10:46pm

Gardener, I think if you get a good professional photographer it makes all the difference. As I wrote before it is about using what you have and presenting in the best possible way. The first time I saw myself on video when that was a new medium, I thought I sounded and looked like a patronising compere of one of those children's educational shows!! It was a huge surprise that I appeared like that to others when i saw my self as relaxed and chatty!! Thanks so much for all your contributions today/tonoght.

the room above the garage Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 11:32pm

So true Leah! I didn't realise I had control over it until the last few years. the same way a photographer can see how a photograph captures something better by moving position slightly, if we emulate that in tough times it can make all the difference. You're on a roll my love :-). Love ratg x.

Leah Sun, May 22nd 2016 @ 1:47am

tratg, Thanks ratg for your insight. Trouble with being on a roll one can always roll of it just as easily. My hope is if just one person finds something helpful in my words, I feel I have achieved something.

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