Photography Journal

  1. 10 Personal Photo Projects Ideas

    04 Nov 2022
    “Self-assigning photography work is the healthiest thing any photographer can do for themselves. ” Have you ever assigned yourself a photo project? Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional photographer taking time to execute a photo project for yourself is enriching and essential. I learned about this concept from…

  2. Try these creative techniques on your next fall or winter photo walk!

    04 Nov 2022
    What is your favorite season of the year? It is hard for me to choose between spring and fall. Capturing the beauty of each season is one reason I love photography. Each new season brings fresh colors, tones, and subjects to explore. While I always love playing with creative shooting…

  3. Photographing Beauty in the Winter Garden #lovelydeadcrap

    02 Nov 2022
    It’s that time of year on the east coast when everything is primarily brown. The garden is filled with stems, dried leaves, seedpods, and all things crunchy! It may seem like the worst time of year to photograph in the garden, but it is when I have captured some of…

  4. Editing Fall Colors

    27 Sep 2022
    It is the season of fall! I absolutely love the colors, sounds, and smells of fall. The warm hues of green, gold, orange, and red are beautiful to capture. At this time of year, there are beautiful opportunities to capture all of this color.  This post will share tips and…

  5. Fall Creative Editing

    26 Sep 2022
    Fall is a great time of year to play around with creative editing! Whether you add texture, light, birds, or the moon creating a fall piece of art is rewarding. Most of these images were created either in Photoshop or with iPad applications. I will provide a video below on…

  6. Focus on the Details

    29 Aug 2022
    Photograph and Post Process your images to focus on all the details First - Study your subject We can all shoot a beautiful forest vista or a rose growing in a garden. But stand still for a moment and assess your subject. What are the key features; could they be…

  7. Summer Photography Reading/Videos

    25 Jul 2022
    Summer is such a great time to catch up on videos or reading. Here are a few new and older photography-related books and videos to check out this summer!   Two Years on a Bike, Martijn Doolaard is a beautiful photo book and story of one artist’s journey from Vancouver to…

  8. Dog days of Summer - Photo Activities

    25 Jul 2022
    During the dog days of summer, it can be hard to get out with your camera. Here are some ideas to keep you out of the hot summer sun and give you ideas on what to shoot.  Sunflowers - August is the time to get out there and shoot the…

  9. Summer In -Studio Photo Shoot

    22 Jun 2022
    Summer can be hot, humid or even rainy. Don’t let that stop you from shooting your summer blooms!  Here are a few quick tips:  Backdrops - create your own for an inexpensive option. I use painting canvas’s and use old paint to make my own backdrops. Order rolled canvas online…

  10. Lightroom Update - Adaptive Presets

    22 Jun 2022
    In June of 2022, Lightroom made some fun new updates to the preset options in the Develop panel. As you may know, presets allow you to make quick editing adjustments to your image. The two new features will give you selective presets and create masking. Let’s look at where these…

  11. Creative tips to capture a summer flower field.

    22 Jun 2022
    Summertime is filled with fields of flowers. Whether you are visiting a local flower farm, a botanical garden, along a highway, or in the mountains, there are opportunities to capture a large group of flowers. Often the wind is blowing, or insects are moving the flowers around. Try these two…

  12. One Bouquet - 30 Images

    27 Feb 2022
    I recently read an interesting article from Amateur Photographer Magazine about taking one floral bouquet and capturing 30 different images in 24 hours. The photos were very creative and fun to view. I decided to take on this challenge. I purchased a bouquet of Lisianthus flowers at Trader Joe’s and…

  13. Signs of Spring

    25 Feb 2022
    “Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis Grizzard. As the cold of winter starts to leave, we experience the new beginning of spring every year. When spring begins to arrive, we can see the buds appearing on trees, crocus flowers popping up from…

  14. How to let an average winter walk surprise you!

    07 Feb 2022
    I recently braved 20-degree weather on a sunny Sunday morning to meet some photographers at a small lake in Maryland. I had not visited this lake before, but I had low expectations since we are in the dead of winter and currently without snow. I didn’t know what I would…

  15. Plant Portraits

    19 Jan 2022
    As a nature photographer, I yearn to be outdoors, capturing the beauty around me, but winter can restrict my ability to get out and shoot. I miss the bright colors of spring, summer, and fall. But, here is an idea to wash away the winter cold - plant portraits!   I…

  16. Top 10 Lightroom Tips 2022

    18 Jan 2022
    It has taken me many years to learn all the in’s and out’s of Lightroom. I am sure there are plenty of tips and tricks that I still have not mastered. As I teach editing and creative courses, I get asked about shortcuts and easy ways to complete edits These…

  17. Creative Editing Finishing Touches

    17 Jan 2022
    Over the years, I have learned some editing tricks using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Topaz Studio 2 that help to give my images a nice final touch. These simple techniques can help you take your image from good to great.  I have included a video to show these tools in action. …

  18. Inspiration Guide 2022

    18 Dec 2021
    “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” —Steve Jobs It’s another January; a New Year is upon us. How do…

  19. Holiday Gift Guide

    01 Dec 2021
    Here are my 2022 top holiday gift ideas that any photographer would love!  I hope you find something new for yourself or a photo idea for a friend.   Camera Tech  Gear I love this peak design tech bag for extra batteries, cables, extension tubes, etc.. It is handy for all…

  20. Kickstart a Personal Photography Project this Year!

    01 Nov 2021
    Why not start the new year with a personal photography project?   Beginners to professional photographers benefit from the focus, determination, and direction that a project provides.  Key Benefits of a project:   A method to experiment, dive deep into a skill and expand as an artist. Projects are not dependent on…

  21. Creative Photography Gifts

    19 Oct 2021
    This holiday season, consider making a gift for friends and family with your photography. There are so many great vendors and ideas online. Below are some of my personal  favorite.  Artifact Uprising has been one of my go-to vendors for many years for printing. They have fantastic quality. I have…

  22. Enjoy the best of fall!

    28 Sep 2021
    Fall is here!  “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” ― Oscar Wilde. The season of fall can be short-lived, depending on the weather. I take advantage of any sunny day to get out and enjoy this beautiful season. There are so many fall events in the local area.…

  23. Lightpad Photography - 6 easy steps

    14 Sep 2021
    Use a Light Tracing Pad to create magical, translucent flower images!  5 easy steps to get you started I love to capture flowers in natural light. The light brings out the almost translucent quality of the petals. I wanted to find a way to get this same effect when shooting…

  24. Lesson from a year of growing Dahlias!

    14 Sep 2021
    “Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.” — Mary Oliver I have always loved and admired beautiful things - fabric, paintings, music, and flowers. I grew up surrounded by beautiful gardens. On both sides of my family, there is…

  25. 4 Tips for Fall Photography

    30 Aug 2021
    In many US areas, this is the time of year to capture the beauty of autumn and all its colors, textures, and details. I hope you can get out to shoot this season, even if it’s just in your neighborhood or nearby park—these four tips can be used anywhere to…

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