Perfection is Overrated

Art is an expression. We create things because we feel something inside of us that just has to make something, find beauty, and then sit back and admire it in all its glory. The most difficult thing about creating is knowing when to stop, knowing when your sculpture or photograph or painting is finished. In our eyes, we want it […]

Happy Independence Day!

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

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

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! ....

A Great Deal on onOne Software … Hurry, Deal Ends June 26!

The folks over at onOne Software are having a pretty amazing deal on their software: only $99.95 for the entire Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, and they're bundling it with some amazing bonus products! ...

Is HDR a Fad?

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

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

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...