For instance ... see this photo below that I am using for this year's Christmas card? Can you guess how many shots it took to get just this one semi-okay picture? No, not 1 ... not 5 .... not even 20 .... 33. Yes folks, I had to take 33 pictures to get even one that was remotely worth sharing. In this pic my oldest is making a funny face, and my youngest is not even looking ahead, but to me this was the best one .... the one that sort of captured their essence best. I take part of the blame ... I have a crappy camera, and am not a photographer .... but trying to be patient with 3 boys to take one photo is work I tell you ... work!
Then I worked some magic with picnik, and came up with this one ....
If you have a picnik account and are wondering what effects I used for the photo above here it goes: cropping, "auto-fix", sharpening, 1960's effect (withOUT rounded edges), and some slight cross-processing effect.
Then I made this version below also using picnik, pretty similar to the one above, but this one I am going to use to make my own cards using some kraft cardstock, distress ink and such .... Once again if you use picnik here are the effects I used on this photo: cropping, autofix, sharpness, winterize, and cross process. I also added in the black rectangular shape at the bottom, and then added the "Merry Christmas" using the cool cross stitch looking font.
All in all, I really like the way the pictures turned out, but let me remind you bah-humbuggers out there .... it takes several pictures to get just one good one, lots of patience on the part of the photographer, and hours spent deciding on which picture is best, then editing it, getting them printed, etc .... Why go to all this trouble? You got me there ... I have no idea.
Anyhow, how many tries does it take you to get a good picture of your kids all together?