Yesterday I made a list of All The Things. It's a solid list. A productive list. An ambitious list. A very full list. A list that does not have very much margin. When I wrote it up I felt good about it. Now I was getting somewhere! Right here in black and white are all the Things I’m either responsible for or otherwise assume responsibility for. I am going to be more intentional about how I spend my time. There are Things that I have to do -- work, laundry and toilets. And Things I want to do -- photography, art journaling and yoga. The trick, it would seem, is smushing All The Things into a 24 hour day, 7 day week. I have the Things categorized by frequency - daily, daily +, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually. Weekly is really really full. That is my first inkling that maybe I have too many Things….Read More
As a kid, I used to rearrange my bedroom once a month. With only three pieces of furniture it wasn’t a huge undertaking, but it refreshed my little world. One day my dad came home to find my rug cut into strips and bound together in rolls, neatly stacked on the curb. He wasn’t happy. My sister and I even used to switch rooms every once in a while. A few times we put both beds into the same room, making the other room a giant dressing room. That didn’t last long.Read More
There's a lot to learn with photography and it can very quickly become overwhelming. Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, composition, light…. All of these areas require time, patience and practice. One topic that doesn't get talked about much is shooting with intention.
Shooting with intention means choosing the settings on purpose to achieve a predetermined specific result. It also means asking a LOT of questions. I would argue that having a clear vision for your photo is critical to making it compelling. Asking Why? What do I want to convey? What am I trying to say? What is this photograph about? (not to be confused with what is this photo of). What prompted me to pick up my camera? How can I best create the photo to represent my message? What about when the scene is constantly changing you ask? People are coming and going, kids are running amuck. You can still shoot with intention, even in those tough, quickly changing situations.
Here’s how:Read More
Are you interested in learning more about how Lightroom Mobile can streamline your photo workflow? In this article I will explain in detail how I use Lightroom Mobile as part of my photography workflow. A phone and tablet app, Lightroom Mobile has revolutionized how I get photos from my phone onto my computer, as well as allowed me to work with my photos while on the go.Read More
No matter how well you care for your camera and lenses, chances are good that you have spots on your sensor or lens that become visible on your image. Nothing is more frustrating than editing your image to perfection, only to notice a spot after printing. If you use Lightroom for your photographic organization and editing needs (which I highly recommend) there is a feature that was introduced in LR 5 that will make removing spots in your photos uber easy. The days of squinting and increasing the screen to 100% and scrolling methodically through the entire image to look for spots are over! My friends, meet the Visualize Spots Feature!Read More
Have you ever wanted to set the exposure (meter) for one area of the photo and focus on another area? The solution is to use back button focusing. A common application perfect for back button focusing is creating silhouette photos. If you use just the shutter button to focus on and meter for the subject in your scene at the same time, the camera will increase the exposure on the subject so it can be clearly seen. This results in two things -- subjects that are not in shadow and a blown out sky. When using back button focus, each of these functions (focus and exposure) are determined separately.Read More
When you photograph someone who wears eyeglasses, you need to be aware of the potential for eyeglass glare. When present, it can completely block out the individuals eyes. Depending on the severity of the glare, it can potentially ruin the photo.Read More
Not quite ready to make the leap to full manual mode? Try one of the semi-manual modes! Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes give you creative control over the aspect of the photo that matters most to you.Read More
The longer you live with your photos live and in person, not on a computer screen, the stronger your photography becomes. You notice that an area of focus is too soft, or there is a sensor spot that didn't get removed during post processing. With each passing, you see something great. Your work. Live.Read More
One simple change you can make to your photos that will have the greatest impact is to ensure that your lines are straight. Examples include a horizon, a building, trees or a fence. Getting it right in camera is ideal.Read More
Does the scene as viewed through your viewfinder appear slightly blurry, even after you've had the camera auto focus? Do you cross your fingers and hope the photo is in focus, trusting the camera rather than your own eyes? Your diopter may need adjustment.Read More
To create a correct exposure, three factors come into play -- aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Collectively, they are referred to as the exposure triangle. Each setting has specific creative applications. They work together, mathematically, to create an exposure. When adjusting any one setting, you are changing the amount of light entering the sensor. To maintain the balance, another setting must be adjusted proportionately.Read More
There was a time when we were forced to have our photos printed. We would capture good times with friends and family with our pocket cameras or 35mm slr's and then send the film off to a lab for developing. Often, we'd get doubles to share.Read More
One photography project I've decided to embark on for 2016 is 10 on the 10th. I didn't want to overwhelm myself with a daily project, and even a weekly project seemed too much considering my other commitments. A once a month project is the right fit for me right now.Read More
I'm thrilled to share I've collaborated with VIDA to have my artwork printed on scarves!
I've selected four of my favorite photos to be featured in this collection. It represents some of my best artwork from over the years and is very authentic to who I am as an artist. I'm really proud today to share this work with you.Read More