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  1. The beauty of color!

    17 Mar 2021
    “Color was not given to us in order that we should imitate nature. It was given to us so that we can express our emotions.” Henri Matisse Color is a critical factor in telling a visual story. Color evokes emotions and brings an image to life. Decorators, film-makers, commercial designers,…

  2. Camellia - “Queen of Winter Flowers”

    10 Mar 2021
    For over 60 years, garden enthusiasts in Virginia have celebrated the Camellia. There are gardens across the state that have recognized this historical plant’s collections and celebrated its winter blooms.  I enjoy capturing the colorful blooms each spring in the gardens here in Washington, DC. The plant thrives from…

  3. Creative Spring Container Gardens

    08 Mar 2021
    April is a time to look forward to every year.  I enjoy preparing for outside planting, bringing out my flower boxes and pots, and thinking about what look I want to achieve this season.  The local garden centers will begin to set out their early shipments of spring plants. This…

  4. “Spring Rose”

    08 Mar 2021
    The Ranunculus is considered an almost perfect flower and just about everyone’s favorite. This flower has been a go-to flower for wedding and floral designers for many years. But it became even more popular when the grocery store chain Trader Joe’s started carrying them in stores each spring. Their papery…

  5. Beauty of Perennials

    01 Mar 2021
    I am from a long line of gardeners! My grandmother was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers. She had a green thumb and spent her free time nurturing her vegetable garden, flower beds, and visiting gardens or nurseries. She often won the “Yard of the Month” award due

  6. Mono No Aware: Appreciate the fleeting days of spring!

    28 Feb 2021
    Have you heard of the term Mono No Aware?  The concept originated in Japanese literature as early as the 1100s. During the 18th century, the idea spread through Japanese culture and became a tradition. The term means ” the pathos of things.” This term often implies sadness or a melancholy…

  7. Signs of Spring

    26 Feb 2021
    “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. Winter Rose

    25 Feb 2021
    “And there is a flower that strangely loves the bitterness of winter and blooms through the crystal of ice. It is the Christmas Rose, with a history worth telling…” The Christmas Rose, self-published by Arthur E. and Mildred V. Luedy (1948) Just as February is coming to an end,…

  9. Tell A Story With Composite Photography

    24 Feb 2021
    Do you admire composite images you see online? Do they appear daunting or way too complicated to create?  Let’s explore the styles of composite photography and then some tips to help you get started.  Composite photography is blending two or more images using an editing program like Photoshop. The composite…

  10. Master creating beautiful high key images.

    15 Feb 2021
    High Key photography is a style typically found in commercial and portrait photos. This method creates an image with a bright white background and little to no shadows present. The final images are creative and project a luminous, airy quality. When capturing flowers in a high-key manner, they almost become…

  11. Creative Editing - LAB Color Mode to Expand Color In Your Images

    03 Feb 2021
    To get started, let’s review a little about color spaces.  The standard color space used by digital cameras is the RGB color space (Red, Yellow, Green). The camera starts with these colors and mixes them to create the colors in the image. L-A-B color space defines color differently. It uses…

  12. Emotion of Color

    01 Feb 2021
    “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” - Claude Monet “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” – Pablo Picasso “The chief function of color should be to serve expression.” – Henri Matisse These famous artists all had something in common, their use and love for color.…

  13. Creative Editing: LAB Color Inversion

    26 Jan 2021
    Simple steps for all skill levels! If you are looking to add a creative flair to an image shot with a white background, try this quick technique to invert the image creating a black background.   This creative technique works well for images shot with a lightbox, light-pad, or white background…

  14. Community in 2021

    14 Jan 2021
    “Showing up is something almost every creative leader has in common. In business, in the arts, in society. And community is essential. The people you surround yourself with can reinforce your story, raise the bar and egg you on. After the fact, the community becomes an integral part of your

  15. Capturing Frozen Flowers

    06 Jan 2021
    “The camera adds a certain sheen to things. Something about being frozen in time makes things sparkle.” Brandon Stanton This time of year, I dive into capturing the essence of winter, especially frozen things. I often get up early to go out and shoot the morning frost, take a winter…

  16. Creating a Vision for the New Year!

    01 Jan 2021
    It is that time of year where we see the words “new year resolution” popping up everywhere. A new year is a signal to stop, reflect and restart things in your life. A great way to document those goals or dreams is through a vision board. Vision boards are inspirational…

  17. 2021! Set your photography intentions!

    31 Dec 2020
    I recently met someone who shared that she had not picked up her camera all year! She regretted it but said that life just got in the way. Isn’t that often the case? We have good plans, and then things happen that change our course.  As we start the new…

  18. Kickstart a Personal Photography Project this Year!

    27 Dec 2020
    Start the new year with a personal photography project! Beginners to professional photographers benefit from the focus, determination, and direction that a project provides.  Projects offer you a way to experiment, dive deep into a skill, and expand as an artist. Projects are not dependent on time, space, location, camera…

  19. Capturing and Editing Holiday Lights

    16 Dec 2020
    It’s that time of year! The streets are filled with holiday decor, lights, and magical scenes. Capturing the season can be fun and sometimes challenging. Here are some quick tips for photographing holiday lights.  Get outside right after sunset, during the “ blue hour.”  This time of day is a…

  20. Holiday Gift Guide

    19 Nov 2020
    What should be on your photography holiday wish list?  Each year I try to share a few of my favorite photography gear and tools. I hope you find something new for yourself or a photo idea for a friend.   Camera Gear:  One of my favorite gear items is my camera…

  21. Photoshop - October Creative Editing Updates

    23 Oct 2020
    Added Sky and Blur Background and a texture in the grass. Before Image Have you checked out the latest Adobe Photoshop updates? I have been playing around with some of the new features and how I can use them with creative editing. There are three updates that I will share…

  22. Lightroom Update: Color Grading

    21 Oct 2020
    Adobe just launched a new update to the Lightroom Develop Module, and I love it! The new feature is Color Grading and it replaced split toning. This tool allows you to gain precise control over the colors of shadows, mid-tones, and highlights in an image.  The tool also offers global…

  23. iOS Creative Editing

    19 Oct 2020
    Before After Creative editing or painterly editing is a way to add an artistic look to your images. Creating these images can be made with normal editing programs like Lightroom or Photoshop, but using an iPad or iOS device provides unique ways to create these magical images. I use these…

  24. Seascapes with Intentional Camera Movement

    24 Sep 2020
    I recently was able to take my first vacation in 2020 and headed to the coast of South Carolina. I love to get up early to capture the sunrise and create abstract seascape images at the beach. Abstractly capturing the sea brings out the emotions of the waves, the depth…

  25. Editing Texture Images

    16 Sep 2020
    This texture photography series has focused on defining texture photography, how to capture textures, examples of where to find textures, and now I will share some final editing techniques. The following tools can be found in most editing programs, and I will show examples using Adobe Lightroom.  Editing Basics:  Contrast:

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