Sweet P turned 1 {RadLab giveaway}

Recently I got to take some family pictures for my sister in honor of my niece turning one. I am so glad there was a breeze on the evening we took these…it helps highlight her awesome hair. As I write this, FireCracker is sitting next to me. She is squealing in delight at the sight of her cousin. Poor Sweet P, I think my daughter’s infatuation with you is only growing.

I took all of these with my 85mm lens.

ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.8…..on both

ISO 125, 1/320, f/4.0

ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.8…………..ISO 100, 1/400, f/2.8

ISO 200, 1/320, f/4.0

ISO 100, 1/320, f/2.8

The photos above were all processed with Photoshop CS4, using Totally Rad Actions – the one action set I use more than any other. I’ve used these actions for several years. I will say, VERY RARELY do I use an action at 100% (I know that makes no sense for some of you). I usually use 2-4 actions, but just a little bit of each.

My favorite Totally Rad Actions are:

Oh, Snap!

Warm it up, Kris!

Pool Party

Grandma’s Tap Shoes

Sadly, that is only 4 of what seems like a 100 in the 2 action sets I own. Even with Totally Rad, at times I get overwhelmed with all the possible combos. As a result, I have those 4 favorites that I stick to using most of the time. About a month ago, I got an email from Totally Rad highlighting their new product, RadLab. It looked amazing…almost instantly I sent off an email their way asking to try it and share it with you….and now one of you will get to win your own!

I LOVED using RadLab! It was a bit addicting to see the variations of my image instantly. It really is a genius product and I am happy to recommend it. After editing Sweet P’s pictures using the traditional Totally Rad Actions, I loaded RadLab to test it out for the first time. I picked one of my favorite images to use. RadLab is not another action set, but is a Photoshop Plugin. All of my favorite Totally Rad Actions are included in RadLab. If you are considering purchasing Totally Rad Actions, I would suggest starting with RadLab instead. If you have ever used Lightroom, it feels like a combination of Lightroom & Photoshop. Love.

When you open an image in RadLab, you also see visuals of the different editing options available….and a billion ways to customize those. This is just one screen shot from a small section of the possible options.


I could have continued to play with just one image for way too long. You can see below, there are tons of ways to create very different looks.

I found an old picture I took in Hawaii…not amazing, but not too bad either. It was taken with timer set on the ground in front of us. Here is the camera version:


We were in a shady area and the picture feel a little bluish to me. When I have photos with a blue tint, I tweak them using the Warm it up, Kris action….which is included in RadLab. Here is a look at the screen when I opened it with RadLab. There is an option to split your screen to see the changes you make in comparison to the original. I’ve mentioned before that I rarely use an action at 100%. I like to run it just a little bit. With RadLab I can still do everything I did before with Photoshop, but now I can see my options instantly.


Here is the “after” using RadLab.

My priority during the days is my kids…not having amazingly edited images on my blog. I loved using actions because I have not had the time to truly learn Photoshop. The downside of all the actions I own, is I don’t have time to really see how they all work. It takes too long to open and run each action in an attempt to decide the look I want for a photo. As a mom, I am a big fan of RadLab…as a photographer, I am a big fan of RadLab. (no, I am not getting paid to say that!)

Now if there was a way to combine RadLab with Pinterest, so I could see different decorating options play out in my home….that would be very dangerous. And Chris would have to keep my computer under lock & key to keep me productive in life!

So, like I said, one of you can win your own version of RadLab!

(You will need to own Photoshop CS3 or later OR Photoshop Elements 7 of later to run RadLab)

Here are the details:

Giveaway now closed (Deanna’s is the last counting comment)

Prize: RadLab ($150.00 value)

One winner, chosen at random

One entry, per person

Contest ends Friday, September 2, 2011 9:00pm US Central

To enter: leave a comment telling me what type of photography you enjoy the most…or telling me the most rad thing about your week


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  • Sara - My favorite kind of photography is taking pictures of my kids, I’m still not very good at it, but i’m trying to learn. And the most rad part of my week? I had a baby on Tuesday, my 3rd, a baby girl. SO. IN. LOVE. Life has never been so good. :)

  • Susan - My favorite type of photography is trying to capture a persons natural movement and emotion so that you can feel the story behind the picture.

  • Jill - i like candid, not-so-posey, lifestyle photography the best… such as your blog :)

  • Jenny Lawson - I can’t stop taking pictures of my two girls. Everyday they make me laugh. I work full time and my husband works mostly out of town so I stay busy and taking pictures reminds me to slow down and enjoy those special moments. Rad moment of the day is introducing cheerios to my 8 month old. It has opened a whole new world for her. She is currently screaming at me to stop typing and give her more!

  • Jacquelyn Smith - I love taking pictures of my dog or projects that I’m working on at the moment, but pretty much I basically love shooting everything in a low aperture to get the blurred out background! Love the effects you get with the RadLab actions!

  • Paola Luciano - I really would love to win this giveaway and start playing with the actions.


  • Hollis - My favourite thing to photograph is my family doing everyday normal things, enjoying life – those things I want to treasure and moments I never want to forget. Rad thing this week – taking my husband on a surprise trip for his birthday!

  • Grace Tolman - what a great giveaway. I love photographing people especially my family. The different facial expressions you can get with kids are precious for me.

  • Stacey - The most rad thing about my week is probably my 2 1/2yr-old asking, “Is this God’s?” (We’ve been having trouble with ‘mine’). Oh how I’d LOVE to get my hands on those actions!!

  • Stacey - The most rad thing about my week is probably my 2 1/2 yr-old asking me “Is this God’s?” (We’ve been having trouble with ‘mine’). I’d LOVE to get my hands on those actions!!

  • Carola - I love photographing my family. Sadly one of my brothers is already gone but this made me realize even more just how important it is to take as many beautiful pictures as I possibly can. And with a new little baby it is harder to put the camera away then ever!

  • allison - i love photographing my 10 month old daughter. thanks to your snapshop, my camera is used daily.

  • Carolina - Most rad thing about my week: I left work today and there was a hint of fall in the air. Finally.

  • Kate B - My favorite photography is defintely children’s in particular my daughter. I also love food photography and really working to get better at it.

  • Patti Robertson - Love taking pictures of my family. Ohh those cherished moments.

  • Kelly L - love taking photos of all those little details of the daily life, capturing those moments that are so easy to forget!
    thanks for the great giveaway! :)

  • Maegan - I love photographing friends and family. I don’t think I will ever tire of photographing my children.

  • Jill L. - would love to give these a try. Thanks for the opportunity

  • Amber Scurlock - I love taking pictures of my cutie patootie nieces! They are the sweeeeetest! :)

  • Autumn - I love pictures of kids in action.

  • Amanda Pyle - I L.O.V.E. taking pictures of my little girl – probably a little too much:)

  • Gina - With a toddler grandson and a new granddaughter, I love capturing their everyday moments. Just finished the first SnapShot Class so the most Rad thing about my week was I finally got my notes and class material in my three ring binder that I can go back and refer to. Loved the class by the way!

  • Gina - Typo Correction-previous post should be SnapShop not shot

  • ASHLEY - Love taking photos of my bright and blue eyed boys the most… Especially in the fall… I can get lost in the colors of the bokeh then…

  • Sherri - I love taking photos of everyday life…even the food we eat at mealtimes! I’m now officially in love with RadLab!

  • Jennifer - I love taking pictures of my kiddos and other peoples kiddos. My favorite is taking pictures at my kids preschools. The kids are so great!

  • Mia - I love taking photos of my son, he makes the best expressions!

  • Donna - The most Exciting part of my week is Thursday because I get pictures of my grandkids who live overseas.  Our daughter took your class before they left and I would love to win it for her.  Thanks for being such an inspiration.

  • stevie - i love taking photos of my boys, they not so much.

  • Christy - Ack, I almost missed this! Sick kids have put me behind on the blog. My favorite type of photography is natural. I think my favorite pictures of my kids are from the back or side.

    My rad thing for the week was applying to be a photographer’s editing assistant, so this would be a HUGE help! One of my friends just told me last week about Totally Rad and I’d love to try them. I don’t have any purchased actions yet.

  • Deanna Correll - I love taking pictures of my Grandaughter — If I can keep up with her — Little Miss Busy Pants is her nickname :)

  • Brittany - i love photography that captures the emotions in ones mind.
    like when a baby smiles, you can see their eyes twinkle, and capturing that is priceless.

  • Erin - This looks awesome. I’d love to try it out!

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