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By Nicole S. Young

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Free Hand-Painted Watercolor Textures: Oasis and Vineyard

With the release of my brand-new Watercolor II texture set, I am also giving away two FREE bonus watercolor textures as well! :) Each download comes with a high-resolution JPEG (8000px wide) and transparent PNG file […]

By |July 25th, 2015|0 Comments
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New Texture Set: Watercolor II

Earlier this week I got into a messy, artsy mood and pulled out my watercolors to create some fun new textures for my store. There's something about splotches, spills, messy colors, and organic elements of the paper that make these types of textures some of my favorites! [...]
By |July 24th, 2015|0 Comments
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Three Days With a Sony Mirroless Camera

A few months back I was invited by Sony to attend an influencer event in San Diego, where I had an opportunity to use some of their mirrorless cameras and lenses. I have been using Canon for years, and the […]

By |July 24th, 2015|4 Comments
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New Partner Announcement: Adobe

I have been using Adobe products for about as long as I can remember being a photographer. As a teenager, I got my first taste of Photoshop while working at a photographer’s studio, where I scanned negatives and […]

By |July 21st, 2015|5 Comments
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Food Photography: Back, Side, and Front Light

The direction of your light is incredibly important when photographing food. Certain angles of light will help shape the scene and can also be the difference between a successful image, and one that is just […]

By |July 20th, 2015|0 Comments
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Don’t Let Them Crush You

Photographers are a fickle bunch. In many ways, we can be supportive, kind, and well-intentioned towards other photographers. I like to think that we all want to help others succeed and enjoy themselves, but unfortunately, […]

By |June 29th, 2015|11 Comments
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Ten

This month marks my blog's tenth anniversary. I started out slow, with no purpose other than to share photos and my experiences. Who knew it would grow to what it has become! ...
By |June 28th, 2015|3 Comments
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My Impressions: Comparing the Canon 6D with the 5D Mark III

About a month ago I purchased a Canon 6D to try it out with my landscape and travel photography. I have been using the 5D Mark III ever since it was released, and while it’s a great […]

By |June 4th, 2015|9 Comments
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Improve Your Landscape Photographs with These Ten Tips

Landscape photography is a huge passion for many photographers, myself included. The enjoyment I get when photographing landscapes stems from the desire to be in a beautiful location, and also to come home with an image that I would […]

By |May 20th, 2015|1 Comment
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Don’t Stop

For the past three months my husband and I have been making strides to improve our health. We're eating better and exercising regularly, intent on losing weight and becoming stronger. So far, we have both seen success, and we're still going strong. My husband, for example, has lost nearly 30 pounds! He's doing such a wonderful job and I am so proud of him [...]
By |May 12th, 2015|3 Comments