My wife is always chiding me for not taking people pictures. We go places on vacation with family and I somehow come home with a few thousand pictures of scenery and not a single picture with people in them. In fact, when we went to the Great Sand Dunes National Park with my family in Colorado, I got several good people pictures (at the behest of my wife) and then accidentally deleted them…..twice. The first time, my wife caught it and we were able to save them, but then I deleted them again. I felt bad about that.

This time, I made sure to get a few good people pictures and actually keep them. It was a lot of fun hanging out with my nieces and nephews at my wife’s family’s lake house in Oregon, though I did get dunked a few times. Editing them was a blast in a nerdy I-like-playing-with-Adobe-software kind of way. I decided to try a few new things like composite photos. It was a lot of fun to take a series of photos and put them on one canvas to show the progression of movement or action, but two of my favorites are the panorama and layered dock jump photos. For the panorama, I stood on the dock out in front of the lake house and took several pictures covering a little more than 180 degrees. I then stitched them together using Adobe Photoshop. The layered dock jump photo featuring my wife and our nephew, I took four different pictures and combined them into one. I’m sure there’s an easier way to do this, but I used the photo of the splash as the background photo and then edited the other photos until only the people were left (using nothing but the eraser tool). Once I save those as .png files, I placed them on top of the background photo so you could see every step of the dock jump in one photo. It took me hours, but it was a lot of fun.