Some people are great at snapping self-portraits and group photos with their smart phones.
Sadly, my friends, I am not one of them. I’d like to offer up as an excuse that I’m used to the heft of my Nikon digital SLR, but that’s weak. I simply don’t have the necessary skill set . . . and it doesn’t look like I’m developing it any time soon, unfortunately.
The evidence? Last Saturday night’s Sugar Land Skeeters game.
My older son and I attended the minor-league contest, mostly to see good baseball (we won 8-0!) but partly to score free Skeeters’ caps, which was the giveaway. Once we were in our seats, I figured I’d snap a pic or two on my iPhone 4S of our smiling, hatted heads so we always could remember the occasion.
Easy peasy, right?
Not at all! Even though the iPhone lets you see what you’re shooting, I kept goofing up. The shutter wouldn’t snap when I wanted it to. So frustrating . . . with such woeful results.
I finally managed a halfway-decent shot before my #1 son lost his wonderful smile and patience. But as you can see, I have part of my hand in the pic, the backlighting makes us too dark, and the background is distracting.
Enter Photoshop! The first step is to crop. The second is to lighten. And the third is to select the background and blur the heck out of it.
While it’s not quite suitable for framing, it is a nice memento of mom and son together.
Too bad you can’t really see much of those darn caps!