Photography Journal

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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. …

  12. 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…

  13. Kick the winter blues! 10 at home photo projects to keep you inspired this winter.

    13 Dec 2021
    Are you dreaming, wishing, and waiting for  spring - I know I am.  Here are some ideas to hopefully recharge your creativity. I encourage you to pick up your camera, dive into one of these projects and take advantage of this time. Spring with its colors, sweet smells, and beautiful…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. Lightpad Photography - 6 easy steps

    14 Sep 2021
    Using 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Editing Fall Colors

    30 Aug 2021
    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…

  19. 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…

  20. My Gear - 2021

    30 Jul 2021
    I get asked often about my photography gear, favorite lenses, bags, etc… I have not done an updated post, so here is one for 2021. I have a fresh perspective on gear this year - simplicity! I want to enjoy the experience of being out in nature, capturing beautiful…

  21. Explore how to create a time lapse video!

    30 Jul 2021
    Do you enjoy viewing time-lapse videos but have no ideas how to create them?   I was reluctant to try capturing or putting together a time-lapse video. myself. I thought it would be too tricky and take too much time, but I recently decided to jump in and give it a…

  22. Summer in the DC Metro Area

    21 Jun 2021
    Living in the Virginia, Maryland, DC area offers so many great summertime places to photograph summer flowers. June thru August, there are so many places that shine. I encourage you to grab your camera, your sunscreen, water bottle and try out one or more of these great photo locations this…

  23. Queen of all Flowers - Roses

    13 May 2021
    The queen of all flowers, the rose, graces us with decadent blooms from early May into June.   June is the best time of year to see, enjoy and photograph all varieties of roses. In the Virginia, Maryland, DC area, there is an abundance of rose gardens to visit and enjoy.…

  24. Multiple Exposure

    12 May 2021
    Multiple exposure photography is a fun technique to add creativity to your images.   Layering one or more images to create one final image allows you to really showcase the subject, create impressionistic images, and express your subject creatively. All genres of photographers use multiple exposures, from portrait to street and…

  25. Raised Dahlia Bed

    02 May 2021
    Dahlia flowers are one of my all-time favorites to grow and photograph. This flower is unique; it is traced back to the time of the Aztecs, who used it for medicinal purposes. The plants were shared from New Mexico to Spain in the later 1700s where they were grown, and…

Using Format