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Adding Shallow Depth of Field in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add a shallow depth of field effect to a landscape photograph using the Tilt-Shift Blur Filter in Adobe Photoshop, and then refine it with layer masking...

By |March 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Taking a Second Chance with the Fuji X-T1

Not long ago, I purchased a Fuji X-T1. At first, I was in love. The retro feel, knobs I could change exposure settings with (I’m not much of a fan of all-digital settings), […]

By |February 26th, 2015|9 Comments

Want Great Travel Photos? Get up Early!

This article was originally posted on Photofocus.com

I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a “morning person”, but when I travel my alarm is almost always set to wake me up before the sun rises. […]

By |February 13th, 2015|0 Comments

“Nicolesygram” in Hawaii

A few weeks ago I picked up a Fuji Instax Wide 300 instant camera from Photojojo. I have a few vintage Polaroid cameras, and love playing around with them, but oftentimes would get inconsistent […]

By |February 1st, 2015|2 Comments

How I Find Inspiration [Video]

Here's a shortened version of my "How I Find Inspiration" video that I recently posted over on Patreon. Enjoy!

By |January 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Frozen Hot Chocolate: Behind the Scenes

Not long ago, I attended IFBC in Seattle. As a food photographer, food conferences are a great place to learn about the industry and network with other food bloggers. I don’t necessarily […]

By |December 14th, 2014|2 Comments

The Basics of Long Exposure Water Photography

Ever since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I definitely have had my fair share of photographing waterfalls. In fact, I became infatuated with landscape photography after realizing that I could, in fact, photograph something that was [...]

By |December 8th, 2014|4 Comments

Food Photography: Don’t Ignore the Background

When photographing food, I'm very particular about everything that goes in the frame. The tabletop, textiles, colors, and dishes all play a role to bring a the scene together. I typically set everything up ahead of time, even before the food is cooked, so that things are ready to go well ahead of time.

By |December 1st, 2014|1 Comment

Ten Food Photography Tips While Dining at a Restaurant

I love photographing food. Most of what I have in my portfolio are images of food I have cooked and photographed inside of my home with my DSLR. However, that doesn't stop me from wanting to photograph food while ...

By |October 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Sharpening Photos using Adobe Lightroom

We all want tack-sharp images. Our cameras & lenses can only do so much for us, and once a photograph is out of the camera, the process of sharpening has really just begun. And because I use Lightroom for nearly every single photograph I process, ...

By |October 23rd, 2014|1 Comment

Camera Bags: A Rant of Frustration from a Woman’s Perspective

I'm a woman, and I like purses and bags. I am also a photographer, and so with that I tend to collect lots of cool bags. Yay, bags! I have more than I will use, [...]

By |October 13th, 2014|10 Comments

Why We Should Stop Worrying About Other Photographers

Just a few weeks ago, I got up at the crack of dawn and went to Trillium Lake with a few other photographers, intent on photographing the sunrise. Soon after we got there, we […]

By |October 9th, 2014|0 Comments