Creating Your Own Custom Color Palettes In Photoshop

Creating Your Own Custom Color Palettes In Photoshop

Creating Your Own Custom Color Palettes In Photoshop   In this video, I'm going to show you how to make your own custom color palettes from your photos in Photoshop. I gave away a template like this in my Cracking The Color Code Photography Workshop and people...

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What fabrics do I love to use for still-life photos?

What fabrics do I love to use for still-life photos?

What fabrics do I love to use for still-life photos?   After getting lots of questions on fabrics to use in still life photos - I have put together this video to show you what I like to use and give you some tips on searching out fabrics that will work well for...

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How to Use Overlays to Create Realistic Lighting Rewatch

How to Use Overlays to Create Realistic Lighting Rewatch

How to Use Overlays to Create Realistic Lighting   I was super honored to be a part of the Design Cuts Creative Conference. I did a live presentation for them on using lighting overlays for your photos. There are lots of good tips and tricks that I think you'll...

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Art Peeps – New Art Classes

Art Peeps – New Art Classes

Hello, my friend... By now, you all know I love photography... but I also love making art... and I have dabbled in art classes on and off for years... but I'm finally committing to making a series of art classes that I think you'll love. Bite-sized classes, teaching...

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Behind the scenes and edit flower in the window

Behind the scenes and edit flower in the window

Behind the scenes and edit flowers in the window   I'm doing some more sets from the beautiful flowers I got from Farmgirl flowers .. some Ranunculus and a few roses. In this video, I'm using the Spring/Summer Seasons preset collection and textures from the...

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Watch me edit Orchid

Watch me edit Orchid

Watch Me Edit Orchid Set   In todays post, I'm going to edit one of the beautiful Orchids from the previous post I did on this setup where we took a look at my behind the scenes setup. This photo ended up being one of my favorite for adding a texture to. The...

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Behind the scenes Orchid set up

Behind the scenes Orchid set up

Behind the scenes Orchid setup   I got some beautiful flowers from Farmgirl flowers to work with today... and it had some beautiful Orchids in the arrangement. I've not gotten lucky enough to get any with orchids before - so I was pretty excited to give them a go...

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The difference in a Gradient and Gradient Map in Photoshop

The difference in a Gradient and Gradient Map in Photoshop

Photoshop - Difference in Gradient and Gradient Map   I got a lot of questions after posting the BW Sunflower tutorial about the Gradient map... and what are the differences between the Gradient and the Gradient map. So I thought it would be helpful to show you...

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Watch Me Edit B&W Sunflower

Watch Me Edit B&W Sunflower

B&W Sunflower   I've gotten tons of requests for how I edited some of the B&W Sunflower photos I've posted, so I thought I'd do a new video on the editing for you to try out. I think yellow flowers make for the prettiest B&W photos - so every time I...

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Texture Inspirations – Portraits

Texture Inspirations – Portraits

Using textures on your portraits   Today, I want to talk about using textures on your portrait photos. I have plenty of people ask me every week what I recommend for their portrait photos - and while I don't really recommend collections to people since textures...

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Behind the scenes and edit Calla Lily

Behind the scenes and edit Calla Lily

Behind the scenes & Watch me edit Calla Lily   Today, I want to take you behind the scenes and talk about my set up and then we'll edit this calla lily into a beautifully painted portrait of a flower using the Seasons Presets and texture from the Painted...

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Shooting Tethered And Behind The Scenes

Shooting Tethered And Behind The Scenes

In this video, I'll be doing a behind the scenes look at doing a simple floral arrangement - the easy way - and then using the CamFi to wirelessly tether to my iPad to compose and shoot the photo. I think you'll love some of these things and seeing how easy they are...

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Shooting Tethered

Shooting Tethered

In this video, we are going to take a look behind the scenes at how easy it is to tether your camera when you are shooting. There are a ton of benefits to doing this. The fact that you can see your scene larger is a really big plus, it is easy to compose your scene in...

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Replay: Live Q & A And Edit With Design Cuts

Replay: Live Q & A And Edit With Design Cuts

Replay: Live Q & A And Edit With Design Cuts   This week I had the honor to do a live Q&A with Design Cuts. They were having a huge texture and scrapbooking event with several presenters and this is the live replay of our session. Lots of great commentary...

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Behind the scenes and watch me edit Roses

Behind the scenes and watch me edit Roses

Behind the scenes and watch me edit Roses   In this video, I’m going to take you behind the scenes of this photo and show you my set up and talk about it and the lighting. I was shooting with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens on this collection at about an f4 to f5.6....

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Behind The Scenes And Watch Me Edit Spring Blooms

Behind The Scenes And Watch Me Edit Spring Blooms

Behind The Scenes & Watch Me Edit   In this video, I'm going to take you behind the scenes of this photo and show you my set up and talk about it and the lighting. I was shooting with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens on this collection at about an f5.6.  I'm using...

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A Few Of My Favorite Props

A Few Of My Favorite Props

A Few Of My Favorite Props   Today, I want to share with you some of my very favorite prop finds and where I got them. I think you are going to love some of these unusual and beautiful options. The props you choose to collect and use in your photography are what...

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Painting Large Backdrops – Free Mini Workshop

Painting Large Backdrops – Free Mini Workshop

Painting Large Backdrops A free mini workshop on painting backdrops for your studio area no matter how big or small! In this mini workshop I'll show you how easy and inexpensive it is to create some beautiful canvas backdrops for your photography work. I hope you...

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Don’t Get Hung Up On Finding Your Style

Don’t Get Hung Up On Finding Your Style

Don't get so hung up in the early days on "finding your style"... Your "style" is just a process of discovering what you love and what you don’t and then you'll begin creating a look that moves you based on those preferences. It takes some deliberate practice and...

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Don’t Let Challenges Turn Into Excuses

Don’t Let Challenges Turn Into Excuses

Don't let your challenges turn into excuses.  There are a million reasons we can come up with as to why we cannot get something done - I think that is the brain resisting learning new things. We all have challenges.   The difference in the people who get things done...

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Challenge Yourself

Challenge Yourself

The other day I did a presentation at my local photography club on still life setups... and mentioned how long I might work on a set before finally leaving it. I spend a few hours if you are curious, possibly even going back the next day or two and working the scene...

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What A Decade This Has Been

What A Decade This Has Been

What a decade this has been!   As we head into a new year... and not just that... a new decade - it is time for a little bit of reflection on the last 10 years and the changes it has brought. This last decade has been a doozy for me... I had an epiphany (or...

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Handmade Christmas – Paper Angels Tutorial

Handmade Christmas – Paper Angels Tutorial

Handmade Paper Angel Tutorial   Here it is... the last tutorial in our handmade Christmas series. I love angels. Probably more so since my mom passed away 6 years ago. I like to think of her up there watching down over me as an angel in heaven. So I have a...

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Handmade Christmas – Paper Ornaments Tutorial

Handmade Christmas – Paper Ornaments Tutorial

Handmade Paper Ornaments Tutorial   Here it is... the next tutorial in our handmade Christmas series. These are soooo pretty and are perfect for hanging up as decorations in your house and to use in your Christmas photography setups. I am using a few simple...

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Handmade Christmas – Paper Star Tutorial

Handmade Christmas – Paper Star Tutorial

Handmade Paper Star Tutorial   I have been looking around Instagram lately getting inspired by all the beautiful Christmas photos. Particularly some of the Swedish accounts I follow who are using some wonderful handmade decorations. I decided to try my hand at a...

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Sometimes life gets in the way…

Sometimes life gets in the way…

Sometimes life gets in the way...   10/8/2019 I've been off my game for about a month... and life is just getting back to normal. I had a health scare after a routine mammogram - something came up abnormal... and I got the call that they needed further testing......

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New Photography Color Workshop

New Photography Color Workshop

Cracking the color code...  “Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want – that just kills creativity.” -Jack While (Steak Like An Artist)  I love this whole concept. I can’t tell...

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Art Talks Podcast Interview

Art Talks Podcast Interview

I was super honored to be interviewed for the Nicky Jameson Art Talks podcast! This is such a wonderful podcast where Nicky is interviewing various creatives in a casual conversation format. I have listened to quite a bit of these interviews and been really inspired...

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Why I shoot for the blur

Why I shoot for the blur

Why I Shoot For The Blur...   There are so many schools of thought out there when it comes to photography.  People who think everything should be in focus at f8 or above when shooting. Those who believe the bokeh is for the trash can. That blur is bad. Many out...

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My 3 Favorite Ways To Sharpen A Photo

My 3 Favorite Ways To Sharpen A Photo

My 3 Favorite Ways To Sharpen A Photo This week I am going to show you exactly how I sharpen photos. There are tons of ways to sharpen between Photoshop and Lightroom and in this video, I am going to let you in on a look at my workflow and show you exactly how I go...

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Blessed are they

Blessed are they

*Still Stories preset and texture from the Majesty collection *Lensbaby Velvet 56 | f4 Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. ~Camille Pissarro   How beautiful is this quote and especially true for...

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Where do ideas come from?

Where do ideas come from?

Where do ideas and inspiration come from?   I think a lot about this, talk to my friends about it, get into long philosophical discussions about it with anyone that will listen sometimes... it fascinates me how we get inspired and how inspiration strikes us at the...

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Had one of my Wet Cyanotype prints framed!

Had one of my Wet Cyanotype prints framed!

Gah!! I'm am a little bit giddy... I had one of my wet-cyanotype prints framed for my living room... and it turned out sooooo good. I'm not even kidding. The colors, the details, the bubbles from the soap bubbles added during the printing process... all of it. I am...

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Behind The Scenes Still Life – Flowers

Behind The Scenes Still Life – Flowers

In this photo below I’ve used a Still Stories preset (#29) along with a texture from the Decadent collection. “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this...

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Watch Me Edit – Dogwood Series

Watch Me Edit – Dogwood Series

In this video, I am going to edit this Dogwood photo from start to finish using the Scrumptious preset collection and adding a Winter Wax texture. I love Dogwoods. That is the prettiest week here in my neighborhood when they are all blooming in early spring. We have...

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Wet Cyanotype Prints With Colored Ink

Wet Cyanotype Prints With Colored Ink

We got some sun last week, so I spent a bit of time outside doing some new art prints. I am a little bit giddy at how well these Wet Cyanotype prints came out. I was experimenting some more with some spray inks and love how the color remained on the prints in this...

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