ABOUT CUT and DRY

                                                                     Betty Manousos

"Trying to embark on creative adventures each day."

CUT and DRY is Betty Manousos' personal blog, where she's been sharing for more than eight years about life, photography, and food.
In August 2009, Betty created CUT and DRY as a way to document the things she loved.
CUT and DRY is a blog on lifestyle, photography, creative living, and food.

CUT and DRY has been featured on:
The SITS Girls  Massive Sway Website, in Home and Garden Magazine.

The goal of CUT and DRY is to encourage and inspire readers through photography, food, and creative lifestyle.

My Relationship With Photography

I've been interested in taken photographs for much of my life, but until one year ago I have never really indulged this interest. 

Photography has been the home for my spirit in the past couple of years. I started shooting with a Canon EOS Rebel T4i (Canon 650D), with a lot of nice lenses.
I've been using my Canon 50mm f1.8 lens almost exclusively since I got it. I really love this 50mm fixed lens. It's very versatile, lightweight and gives a really great Depth of Field (DoF).

I recently purchased a Fujifilm X-T20. The Fujifim X-T20 will always be my go-to camera for Street Photography.

Street Photography

I've always loved this genre, but it was only recently that I actually got dedicated to Street Photography. Here's my My Street Photography Approach, if you'd like to see...

I always try (read: strive) to let my photographs tell a story, as composition is a powerful element within any image.
My photographic view boils down to two main factors: Composition and Perspective - two vital aspects of Creative Photography, in my opinion. It just makes me happy if I managed to tell a story with my images.
I shoot in RAW. Why? RAW files capture the most amount of info - there's no doubt that I can end up with richer, more detailed images as a result.

I don't edit my photos much, not even close. Some tone tweaks, I might adjust the brightness on the computer, or bump up the contrast but I do try to keep my edits to a minimum.
When I find myself editing a lot, it's because I didn't manage to take a good photo to begin with. The better the image is the less you have to do. Because I strongly believe that neither can make a bad photograph a good one. Trust me.

I let people use my photographs and simply ask for a link back to my blog's or a credit in return.

Sometimes I look back at my older images and cringe. Back then, I obviously knew nothing about post-processing so my attempts to edit my photographs were just playing action after action till I thought it looked great! ;)

Photography has literally changed the way I see things; it has opened up a whole new world for me.
I love taking photos. Capturing a moment, a feeling, the essence of a person, and have it forever. In fact, I'm really passionate about the value of a memory captured.