A Fresh Set of Eyes

As we progress as artists, one of the most difficult things to master is the editing process. By "editing" I am not referring to post-processing, but rather the selection process of what photos we like and will print, add to our portfolio, or share online. Being a good editor means we recognize the good from the bad, which is more difficult when it is our own work...
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Photographers: Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Insured

Being a photographer, whether as a hobbyist or a professional, requires us to have gear. Much of that gear is expensive, be it cameras, lenses, tripods, and even some accessories. Due to the nature of our work, we will oftentimes be out-and-about with our camera equipment, which involves the risk of losing our gear, ...

It’s All an Experiment

I wanted to share a quick peek at some of my newest pieces, fresh out of the kiln. I picked these up today, many of which I consider to be in my “experimental” category. I switched to mid-fire clay, which also means I have new glazes and colors to work with, and this batch is kind of my way […]

Late-Night Knitting

I wouldn’t call myself “crafty”, but I definitely do enjoy making stuff. Knitting has been a part of my life for a while now, and I have even developed a serious affinity towards ceramics as well. (I’ll share more on my ceramic work soon, and after I move into our new house in Portland I’ll keep you all updated […]

The “In-Between”

This strange, somewhat obnoxious period of time has found its way into much of my life. I've moved a lot in the past fifteen years, all starting when I joined the military back in 1999. In 2008, just after I had separated, it still did not stop. When I tell people I'm moving, their response usually starts with " ...again?". And with any big life-change, such as moving to another state, therein exists the "in-between" ...

Reliving the Moment

The simple act of creating art is oftentimes all that I need. Even with the other crafty things I do, such as ceramics, the pure motion of forming the clay into something that is beautiful is all I need to make me happy. I also knit, and the reason I knit is to watch what I am making slowly become something usable, beautiful and soft. The moment of creation is what I live for ...

Fire on the Mountain

During my recent trip to Thailand, co-leading a workshop with The Giving Lens, we had the good fortune of having one of our guides also know a thing or two about photography! So, for sunset, he drove us to a beautiful spot with a great view...

No Place Like Home

A little over a year ago, Brian and I moved to the Silicon Valley after Brian got a new job at Google. It was a big change for us, we didn't want to leave Portland (and because of that we almost didn't even consider the job offer), but we made the decision to give it a try. And if we changed our minds then we could always move back, right? Well, that time has come...

New eBook Release! Light & Process: onOne Software

I just released my newest eBook in the Nicolesy Store, and this one features onOne Software! It's in the Light & Process series, and I share the story, setup and processing behind ten different photographs. In this eBook, the majority of the post-processing is done using onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite 8, but you'll still see some Lightroom and Photoshop in there, too...

Setting Copyright Information for the New Year

It's a new year, and for photographers and bloggers that means it's time to make a few updates! I have copyright information set on my blog, camera and in Lightroom, and sometimes that includes adding the copyright year as well. Since it is now 2014 then it's a good time to go through and update everything to reflect the change...

Night Market in Thailand

One thing I love about traveling is the colors, smells, people and food of the night markets. It's just something you can't find here in the US, so I have to get my "fix" while I'm overseas. This was photographed over in Thailand just a few weeks ago during my recent trip to Chiang Mai with The Giving Lens. I had an amazing time, met some wonderful people, and had the opportunity to teach photography in person (something I rarely get to do!)...

How I Use Collections in Lightroom

One of my absolute favorite features inside of Lightroom is the Collections panel. Collections allow the user to "collect" photos from different folders all into one place to organize projects or ideas. Putting photos into a collection does not move the image; instead, it references the file and groups them however you like, similar to filtering your images. I started heavily using collections just a few years ago...