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By Nicole S. Young


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Reflection Lake at Mount Rainier National Park

As I write this, I’m sitting in my hotel room, plotting my sunset adventure for my last night in Mount Rainier National Park. I’ve been here a few times already, the first back in 2009 […]

By |August 19th, 2015|1 Comment
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Hands-on Review: Kashmir UL by f-stop

When it comes to hauling camera gear on my back to photograph landscapes, as well as while traveling, my bag of choice will almost always come from f-stop. They have a collection of very well-made camera bags for […]

By |August 11th, 2015|14 Comments
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Now Shipping! Food Photography: Second Edition

My newest book is now shipping! In 2010, I wrote the first edition of this book. At the time, there were only a handful of books about food photography, and I wanted to make an easy-to-understand guide for users of all levels [...]
By |August 3rd, 2015|1 Comment
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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|1 Comment
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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|8 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|5 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|6 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|13 Comments
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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