"Capturing Life"

Hot Cocoa on a Cold Day

We’ve had a foot of snow in the past few days.  It’s beautiful to look at, fun for the kids and conjures up fond memories of hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies.  I had this idea that it would be fun to photograph a steaming mug of hot chocolate.  Great idea however the steam was not so easy to capture.  After several failed attempts, I decided to do the next best thing.  I added steam in Photoshop Elements 10.

I searched around online, tried several different ways of adding steam to a photo and landed upon this method from TutorialSite.  It was the easiest one to follow and I think it produced the most convincing replica of steam compared to all the different methods I tried.  Note:  if you follow the link, be sure to look towards the bottom of the web page for the part that shows how to add steam.

It was a fun lesson for a snowy day.   Plus, the hot chocolate tasted fantastic after standing out in the snow taking pictures!

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One response

  1. Beth

    I love these hot chocolate photos.. you used your snow day time wisely. 🙂

    January 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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