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I don’t know why it’s so incredibly difficult for me to figure out how to edit my pictures well.  I’ve been playing around with being more daring with the sharpening, contrast, and tone curve lately, and I think it’s helping.  But again, I’m not really sure.  I honestly feel like I can’t tell when I make a picture better or worse.  Je suis frustree!  Anyway, I added a lot of contrast, sharpening, lighting, and warming up of Phila’s pics…can someone give me some feedback?  Does it look over edited now?  Is this a hopeless cause?  These pics were really hard to work with for some reason…

Camera: Canon t2i

Lens: Canon 24-70mmL

Postprocessing:  Lightroom 3


Ack!  Blog neglect!  School has gotten the best of me yet again, but the busiest part is over, and now I just need to stay strong until the end of the semester.  I was more or less offered an internship that I really want last week, so I’m looking forward to getting into the practice side of this work soon!  I’ll be taking the summer off to work and travel, and then will do the internship fall-spring to complete my MSW.  Woohoo!

In other news, it’s getting nice outside, finally, and you know what that means–back to taking pictures again!  Hannah officially graduated from high school, and her party is this weekend, so we had to do another shoot and finalize some portraits to give out at the party.  It was really rushed at the end, so I didn’t get the shots just the way I wanted them, but I’m satisfied enough with them that I don’t feel horribly embarrassed about local people seeing them as the final product.  I’m such a perfectionist, it’s hard to accept my work.  Well, here are a few for you!



I took these pictures last fall on a whim when I stopped by my friend Lonnell’s house to drop off something. He was home with his son and asked if I’d shoot a few pics of the two of them together. I had about 10 minutes before having to be somewhere, so we ran into the yard and took a few quick shots. This spontaneous photo shoot turned out to be my most memorable shoot thus far. Capturing the beautiful interactions between Lonnell and his son, London, was such an incredible moment to be a part of. I felt like I was a part of capturing something that was far deeper than aesthetic beauty–something invisible and intangible, yet nonetheless capturable in a photograph.  This is the kind of photography I hope to be able to continue doing, and get better at.






Camera: Canon t2i

Lens: 24-70 2.8L

Postprocessing: None

Since I’m not out and about taking many pictures in this cold weather, I’m trying to devote my small amounts of free time to learning more about postprocessing.  I finally got CS5, but I have no clue how to use it, so for now I’m stuck in Lightroom.  I still feel like I spent endless amounts of time editing, when, in the end, my picture doesn’t look much better, and maybe even worse. But, my photos are not turning out as horrendously ugly as they were when I first started, so I must be getting somewhere…

Anyway, these are some shots of my friend, Julia, that I took soon after I bought my camera less than a year ago.  Nothing fancy, we were just having a fun time out in the rainy streets enjoying Logan Square, my old neighborhood in Chicago.

Camera: Canon t2i

Lens: 24-70 2.4L

Postprocessing: Lightroom 3

I’ve been playing around some with portrait/family type photography lately, and it’s been fun.  I love working with people one-on-one or two-on-one.  I know it’s kind of a generic genre of photography to get into, but I am in this for the relationships and collaboration, after all.  Here are some that turned out nicely of a girl named Adrienne.  She has a beautiful smile and was super fun to shoot.








I haven’t edited them at all yet, and I’m trying to figure out if there’s a way I can take out that pole in the background of some of them.  Any ideas?


Camera: Canon t2i; 24-70L

When it comes to photography, people are definitely my favorite subject because, well, I love people!  This is my very first “model,” Hannah.  I used to babysit her back in the day, but now she’s all grown up!  She’s growing into such a beautiful young lady, isn’t she?




Keep your eye out for more of Hannah, because I’ve officially hired her as my model. (I’ll be paying her in awesome senior pictures.)


Camera: Canon t2i; 24-70mm L



I GOT THE JOB!  Woke up to a call this morning (well, afternoon) from Eric at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America saying they wanted to hire me! Very exciting. I will be working with them through the Americorps VISTA program, so I guess that means I will officially be serving my country.  🙂

And of course, as you can probably assume, I’ve been playing around w/ my new camera a bit.  I was out running errands most of the day, so I didn’t get to take any pictures while it was nice out, but here are some evening shots from around the house.

Bag that my Korean grandmother bought me in Japan

My awesome $5 Walmart shoes

Haha, yes, that is a daily to do list in the background…and yes, I AM that nerdy.  To make matters even nerdier, it’s actually a productivity competition w/ my friend Amanda.

Feather pretty

Baked some wheat bread in the bread maker

Eating now and leaving traces of honey fingers on my keyboard

Cooked more Korean beef and radish soup tonight (again didn’t read the directions, oh well)–can you see the steam rising out of the pot?


Blind shots

In other news, today, Holly put up pics from our camera date a while back.  I thought it was interesting to see how our pictures differed from each other despite using the same cameras and lenses at the same time and in the same location.  You can make comparisons to my post here.  Perspective is incredible, and it’s crazy to think of all the bazillions of people in the world and how each one of them has their own unique perspective based on their personal experiences and genetic makeup.  Being human is surely an incredible thing.

Song of the day: Santana-Oye Como Va

Website of the day: My darling little cousin’s school homepage!

Article of the day:  I love people who do things like this

I am SO stoked right now because after waiting months for the Canon t2i to release and not be backordered, mine has finally come. Yeeahhh!!!  Here are my very first pictures with it.  NO EDITS!  (Thank God, I still hate photo editing…)  ㅠㅠ  You can click the images to see them in full size.

The images could be clearer, because I do not yet have a steady hand, but the quality is absolutely amazing.  I want to say it’s cuz I’m awesome, but it’s more like because I’m broke.  I bought a 24-70mm 2.8L lens w/ the camera, and if you don’t understand what all those numbers and letters mean, they basically mean AWESOMENESS (at a high price).  I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that I bought it because I’m an amateur, but I made a conscious decision to INVEST in myself because I BELIEVE in Stephanie Lee’s abilities as a photographer!  ::Ohh!  *Sniffles*  You believe in me, Stephanie!  Oh my gosh, thank you, thank you!  I’m so touched!::

Hey, someone has to believe in me…

Apart from getting my camera today, a lot of other very exciting and big life events took place:

1)  I interviewed for a summer position through Americorps VISTA working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and I think it went well.

2)  I picked out a car at the local lot that I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy this week.  Isn’t it uglishly amazing???  (Don’t hate, I LIKE ugly cars.)

3)  I upgraded to an unlimited talk and text cell phone plan through t-mobile.  (Ever since I’ve had a phone, I’ve only had 300 minutes a month, which if you know me at all you will know that is NOT ENOUGH, so this is a pretty big deal.)

So basically, my entire life savings has been pretty much wiped out, and will be entirely wiped out after I make my summer tuition payment next month.  But it’s all good because apparently in the near future cash won’t be worth anything anyway…

Song of the day: Laura Marling- Cross Your Fingers

Photograph(s) of the day:  Ken Wu in Tokyo (I esp like the first 3)

Blog post of the day: “Imagine if the Tea Party was Black”

Article of the day: Testimony of North Korean Refugee

This past weekend was absolutely fabulous.  I took a trip to my alma matter for a bridal shower and to catch up w/ old friends, and my, was it a splendid time.  I made some super cool new friends, which I didn’t expect to happen, and caught up with a bunch of old ones, including this one:

This is the ever so lovely Holly.  Not on purpose, we happen to have TWO matching cameras!  So we had a little camera date at my old hang out spot, a cafe close to campus. Holly has these sweet holga lenses, and we discovered that if you hold the lens up to our point and shoots, it makes pictures look super cool!  Check it out:

Pretty nice, eh?  It gets even better.  Here is a picture of my Canon SD780 taking a picture of Holly’s Canon SD780 taking a picture of our twin Holga 135BCs!

Talk about the most fantastically nerdy camera date ever. I’m pretty sure we win.  (^-^)  Hurray for good times w/ old friends!

What did you do last weekend?

Camera: Canon SD780 IS

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