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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    05 Feb 2021
    February is that time of year, where you are probably dreaming, wishing, and waiting for signs of spring - I know I am. We have also been in lockdown for almost a year.  For many of you, your camera may still be in its bag, collecting dust in the corner…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Holiday Gift Guide

    19 Nov 2020
    What should be on your photography holiday wish list?  It is that time of year where you may be looking for a gift for a photographer on your list or wanting to take advantage of holiday sales to pick up new gear for yourself. Here are some of my favorite…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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:

  20. Where to find texture to photograph

    16 Sep 2020
    In the previous post, I reviewed comparing texture photography to textures in abstract and impressionistic art,  how to compose, and shoot textures. Textures are everywhere; we just have to take time to slow down, think about how to capture them, and showcase their detail. Here are some ideas to get…

  21. How to Capture Textures

    09 Sep 2020
    Texture Photography is a way to add more depth, creativity, and abstract qualities to your portfolio. Texture can be the focal point of the image or a part of the image that you bring to attention. Remember, from my first post that textures bring out emotions; they visually describe what…

  22. What is Texture Photography

    31 Aug 2020
    Texture is a significant part of nature and abstract photography. This blog series will focus on what we can learn from art about texture, techniques to photograph texture in nature, and creative methods to capture texture Let’s start with understanding texture photography.  Texture photography is about taking images that focus…

  23. Create Impressionistic Garden Images

    27 Aug 2020
    I love to create abstract, impressionistic, creative images in the garden. Using the technique of intentional camera movement will help you achieve this look in the camera.  In a prior post, I shared how to capture ICM images in landscape scenes. The techniques are similar, but let’s review the best…

  24. Tame the Greens

    19 Aug 2020
    The color green is abundant in nature. It is a color that evokes powerful emotions. People usually connect the color green with growth, renewal, abundance, peace, and security. It is said to be the most soothing and relaxing color for the human eye to view.  Think about the various shades…

  25. 10 Minutes A Day

    17 Aug 2020
    Are you just getting started with photography?  Are you uninspired, in a rut, or lacking creativity? Have you tried a 365 project in the past and failed?  No matter where you are as a photographer spending just 10 minutes a day with your camera can help you grow, improve your…

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