Different Tools = Different Perspectives

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...

Installing and Applying Textures using onOne Software

I recently released a brand-new (FREE!) texture set here on my blog, and thought I'd share a post on how to install and apply these textures (and any others you may have lying around) using one of my favorite software applications, onOne Software...

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

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

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 you need to edit them down to just a few keepers. I use this a lot with my food photography images, since I tend to photograph several frames […]

Five Tips to Grow Your Photography Business

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...

Photographing Just the Sky for Composites

A few months back I was outside walking my dog, and just as I was approaching my house I could not help but notice the amazing clouds up in the sky. Where I was living (at the time) we would rarely get good cloud-filled skies, so I tend to take notice when there is something other than a blank blue sky...

Free Texture Set Download!

Starting today, I'm giving away a free texture set to all of my newsletter subscribers! The set consists of ten JPEG texture files, and can be downloaded simply by signing up for my newsletter.

Moab Workshop: October 9-12, 2014

I'm happy to announce that I will be the guest instructor at a workshop in Moab, Utah, this October! The workshop is run through The Digital Photo Workshops, and I'll be joined by photographers Rob Sylvan and Randy Van Duinen ...

Batch-Applying Presets using Lightroom

For those of you who use Lightroom, you are probably familiar with Develop presets and how to use them. However, something that has baffled me for quite some time is how to batch-apply a preset to a large group of photographs. The most common answer is always to process one photograph (or apply a preset to it) and then...

Only Today

It's easy to get wrapped up in worry about what's next. Looming deadlines, clients awaiting photos, bills due. All of these things, and (oh so many) more will always be there, always beckoning to us from the future, reminding us that they exist. And they will always exist. So, what happens when...