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Canon 6D Tweak: Display Meter When Adjusting ISO

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Getting a new camera means taking some time to learn its idiosyncrasies and tweak its settings so that it works just right for you. With my new Canon 6D, there is one thing that bugged me from the start. When you click the ISO button to adjust ISO, the meter disappears. Does your camera do this? […]

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Spring Has Spring: Save on MCP Spring Splendor Actions for Photoshop Elements

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Sometimes an image needs an extra touch to push it from good to beautiful. Take the image above, for example. There is nothing wrong with the before, but the colors didn’t reflect the sweet, calm expression on the child’s face. I wanted the mood of the photo to match the airy pastels of spring. That’s […]

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The Hidden Back Button in Lightroom’s Library

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How many times have I been cruising my Lightroom catalog looking for a specific photo, only to wish for an easy way to go back to the folder I had just been in? For example, say that I’m looking for a photo that I took at my daughter’s birthday party. I can’t remember whether the […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Photo Editing – Free Mini Course

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So many of you are somewhere on the path to professional photography. Maybe you are honing your talents so that you can change careers far down the line. Or maybe you are ready to start shooting for others in addition to your day job. As a source of extra income or a more flexible career, […]

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Why I Upgraded from the 5D Mark ii to the 6D

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Yes, you read that right. I upgraded from a Canon 5D Mark ii to a Canon 6D. But the price, you say! I know, the 6D is only $1900, and the 5Dii’s price never went lower than $2400ish. However, the 6D is simply a better camera. Not to mention a camera I never expected to […]

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Adobe Announces Lightroom Mobile

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I’m so excited to tell you that, as of today, Lightroom mobile is available! iPad users can now connect their computers to their iPads to transfer files and create basic edits. No more being stuck at a desk to work – that is exciting, right?! I’ve been waiting to spill the beans on this one […]

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Photo Editing Checklist

April 4, 2014

Here’s a quick checklist that will remind you of the photo editing steps that most images need. Most photos won’t need all these steps, but they will need some of elements of this workflow. Do as much of this as you can in Lightroom, if you have it. Your photo editing time will be much shorter if […]

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Change These 2 Settings for Proper Focus Point Selection As Soon As You Get a New Camera

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A brand new camera arrived on my doorstep yesterday! The Canon 6D is the latest addition to my toybox. After I have a chance to play with it for a few days, I’ll write about why I’m shooting now with the 6D instead of the 5Dii. In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing […]

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Quick Lightroom Tip: Save Locations as Favorites for Easy Access

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Lightroom overflows with different paths to access your photos. You can navigate to them through the folders they live in, you can put them in Collections for easy access, or you can search on them by keyword. (Lightroom, by the way, is on sale at Amazon for under $100, as of Wednesday night, April 2. […]

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How to Restore Old Photos Using Photoshop Elements

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I wrote a blog post last year about how I restored this photo using Photoshop Elements. (There’s a free Photoshop Elements action that goes along with the blog post too!) The interest in this tutorial led me to write an article for the Photographic Elements Techniques magazine all about restoring old scanned photos. It appears […]

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Lightroom Tutorial: How to Repair Blown Out Colors

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I wrote a tutorial last month about how to fix blown out colors in Photoshop Elements.  Lightroom can repair blown colors too, and today’s tutorial will show you how. From the before and after above, you can see that I edited quite a few things in this image, and did them all in Lightroom: Removed […]

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Freebie: Take Part of My Lightroom Workshop at No Cost

March 21, 2014

The next Lightroom workshop here at Texas Chicks starts on Monday, March 31. I’ve always taught this course live in the past, but this time, students will learn Lightroom over the course of a month in a forum. I’m excited to teach Lightroom this way because it’s the best way to learn. Rather than simply […]

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New Workshops from Texas Chicks

March 14, 2014

Three new workshops are open for registration here at Texas Chicks. Over the next couple of months, you can learn: Elements Lightroom Lightroom & Elements together Photo Edited in Lightroom Only All three classes are taught here at the Texas Chicks forum. The workshops for Elements and Lightroom individually are 4 weeks each. Or, in […]

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Lightroom Tutorial: 30 Second Snapshot Edit

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This Lightroom edit saved a quick snapshot that I took yesterday. It’s spring break here in Texas, so Minerva the kitty is getting more than her usual share of attention. I was so impressed with her patience at being forced into the pony entourage and I loved how my little one was playing with her.   […]

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