Removing Glare with a Circular Polarizer Filter

By |July 24th, 2014|

When photographing water, it can oftentimes be a good idea to tame the reflections with a circular polarizer filter. A circular polarizer is a filter that rotates on the front of your lens, allowing you to cut through reflections in water and glass. These examples show how different rotations of the filter can have varying effects on a scene.

Lightroom Mobile for iPad & iPhone

By |July 21st, 2014|

Not long ago, Adobe released an app for the iPad. But with their most recent update to the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile just got a whole lot better. Since the update, I have been playing with the apps on my iPad and iPhone, and wanted to share some of my findings.

GPS for Photographers

By |July 17th, 2014|

I share a lot of "behind the lens" photographs on my Instagram page, and one of the questions I get most frequently is "what's that thing on top of your camera?". The answer is that it's the Canon GPE-12, a small GPS device that sits on the hotshoe of my canon 5D Mark III. When turned on, it logs the information and embeds it directly into the metadata of my photograph, making it possible to view where each photograph was taken in software or on photo-sharing websites.

Happy Independence Day!

By |July 4th, 2014|

It's Independence Day here in the US, and I'm spending the weekend with my family in Nebraska. My brother always puts on a good at-home fireworks show, and it's a great holiday to spend quality time with everyone. Freedom sure is pretty awesome. :)

The Benefits of L-Brackets for Cameras

By |July 1st, 2014|

About four years ago, while on a short trip to Moab, I can clearly remember an incident that nearly cost me my camera (and lens, for that matter). I was placing my tripod with camera attached to it into the back of my car, and just as I was about to set it down ...

Develop Great Images in Lightroom: A Free Lightroom iBook from Photofocus

By |June 27th, 2014|

Many of you may know that I am a regular contributor to the Photofocus website, where I write articles about photography and post-processing. And today we have BIG NEWS! ....

Is HDR a Fad?

By |June 12th, 2014|

I recently read a blog post from someone who casually mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) was a "fad", and they were hoping it would eventually go away. Now this was, of course, a very opinionated statement, but it was not really one that was embellished with photos or even an explanation as to what their own definition of HDR is ...

Processing HDR using Lightroom and Photoshop

By |June 10th, 2014|

I do a lot of landscape photography, and with that, I also do use HDR to make some of my images. I do my best to keep the processing as minimal as possible, without "nuking" or over-saturating the end result. It can be easy to be heavy-handed with HDR processing, ...

Different Tools = Different Perspectives

By |June 9th, 2014|

I photograph a lot of food for my stock portfolio. Many of the images I have photographed were planned out, however, some of them are spur-of-the-moment images after cooking something beautiful. Recently, I made a blueberry French toast breakfast for me and my husband...

The Microstock Conundrum: My Thoughts After 8 Years in the Industry

By |June 6th, 2014|

Next month marks my eighth-year "anniversary" with licensing my images through iStock. When I started, I was fairly new to the world of digital photography after having been using a film SLR for several years, and wanted to improve my skills. Microstock was a way for me to do just that...

Lightroom Quick Tip: Selecting Keepers with the Survey Mode

By |June 4th, 2014|

One very useful feature inside of Lightroom’s Library Module is the Survey mode. This is a fantastic tool to use when you have a photo-shoot filled with many similar images, and […]

Five Tips to Grow Your Photography Business

By |June 2nd, 2014|

There are many things that you need to consider when starting a photography business, such as what you want to photograph, a name for your business, etc. In some ways, those are the easy parts, since we have full control over building our portfolio and our website, or even getting a logo perfectly designed to suit our tastes...

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