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...
By |April 12th, 2014|1 Comment|

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, ...
By |April 8th, 2014|1 Comment|

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 […]

By |April 7th, 2014|1 Comment|

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...
By |March 16th, 2014|4 Comments|

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!)...
By |March 14th, 2014|0 Comments|

My Food Photography Class is Now Online at!

I’m super excited to announce that my brand-new food photography class is now available over at! In the class I walk through several food setups to show you my process […]

By |March 6th, 2014|7 Comments|

Treat Every Photograph Like it’s Beautiful

This is a photograph of laundry hanging near a street market in Thailand.
To some, simple laundry may not be beautiful, but the way the light graced across the fabric, and the […]

By |February 28th, 2014|3 Comments|

The Beauty of Imperfection

While out walking with my dog, I saw a bunch of little dandelions in the grass and couldn't resist photographing them with my iPhone. It wasn't until I had already taken a few photos of some of the other flowers before finding this one...
By |February 11th, 2014|1 Comment|
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    New! “Nicole S. Young” Lightroom Preset Pack at Craft & Vision

New! “Nicole S. Young” Lightroom Preset Pack at Craft & Vision

I’m happy to announce that I have a brand-new preset pack available for sale over at Craft&Vision! This preset pack includes 42 unique presets for Adobe Lightroom 5. The entire pack is only $10, and also comes with a PDF document to show each preset in-use. […]
By |January 28th, 2014|2 Comments|

Urbex in Hawaii: The Sugar Mill

It's not very often that I allow myself the opportunity to photograph abandoned buildings. I'm the type who prefers to avoid the whole trespassing conundrum that oftentimes surrounds this genre of photography. However, when my husband and I had the chance to photograph this old abandoned sugar mill on the Big Island of Hawaii, we went in feet first! […]
By |January 27th, 2014|3 Comments|
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    Using Longer Focal Lengths to Compress and Blur Your Backgrounds

Using Longer Focal Lengths to Compress and Blur Your Backgrounds

The image on the left was photographed at 70mm, while the image on the right was photographed at 200mm (both at f/4).
Notice how the background appears to have moved “closer” to […]

By |January 23rd, 2014|0 Comments|

Video Tutorial: Replacing a Sky using onOne Software

In this short video tutorial I show how to replace a boring sky using onOne Software’s Perfect Mask and Perfect Layers.
Find out more about onOne Software by clicking here.

By |January 16th, 2014|1 Comment|