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Mother’s Day Photo Gift Recommendation

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You are going to thank me for this. I’ve just found the one photo product that will be perfect for all your Mother’s Day gifts this year. Mpix Modern Metals are tailor-made to showcase your spring photos: the bright and beautiful colors of spring, wildflowers, Easter & blue skies render vibrantly on these prints. I’ve avoided metallic prints in […]

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Upgrade Now: Lightroom 6

April 21, 2015

For people wondering about using Lightroom rather than Elements to manage photos, there has been only one area in the past in which Elements was better than Lightroom: Elements had facial recognition, Lightroom didn’t. Lightroom has always done everything else better as far as importing, culling & organizing images. Guess what, friends? The new Lightroom 6 Library […]

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Photography Book Review: Camera and Craft

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Are you looking for a photography manual? A book that will take you beyond the rule of thirds and advice to “get in closer?” This might be the book for you. Camera & Craft, by Andy Batt, Candace Dobro and Jodie Steen is marketed as a textbook. I received a copy of it to review via […]

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Advanced Photoshop Elements: Now Open for Registration

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One of the questions I hear most frequently at the end of my Elements class is whether I teach an Advanced Photoshop Elements class. There’s always more to learn: head swaps, background extensions, using actions etc. The answer is yes – I absolutely have an Advanced Elements course. I don’t offer it frequently though. If you’d […]

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How Simple Changes Can Drastically Improve Your Photography

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Compare these two photos:     My reaction to the second one is “Ugh.” I bet you agree! I even edited it briefly to show you that it’s not really worth editing. Study the photos above before reading the rest of this post. Can you identify which two simple changes I made after shooting the “ugh” version? […]

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Camera Bag Review: Perfect Bag for Mirrorless Cameras

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A few months back, Tamrac sent me their Aria 3 camera bag to review. I’ve used it for long enough now that I’m ready to tell you what I think. In short, this is an easy-to-manage bag that fits my Olympus OMD E-M5, 3 lenses, a battery charger and two extra batteries with room to spare. Even […]

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How to Edit the Tricky Blowing-out-the-Candles-on-the-Birthday-Cake Photos

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That’s a big ole title for a big ole photo editing job. When I teach photo editing workshops, I ask students to find a favorite photo that they’ve struggled to edit. So many times, it’s a photo of a child blowing out the candles on her birthday cake. Why are these so popular? Well, many […]

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How to Automatically Import Phone Photos to Lightroom

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What to do with all the photos we take on our phones? Even if we have good cameras, I suspect that most of the photos we take come from our phones – they might not be quite as good as the photos from our “real cameras,” but they are close. And getting better each time […]

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Valentine’s Photo Card Ideas

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You have a few days left to get those Valentine’s photo cards ready for the school parties next week. Need some inspiration? Here’s what my girls & I did this year. Keep reading for help with props, posing, gear & printing info. Photo Valentine cards have a lot more personality than the cheap grocery store options. […]

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How Lightroom Helps Retail Businesses Sell Products

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In my Elements and Lightroom workshops over the past year or so, I’ve noticed that more and more of my students are neither professional photographers nor hobbyists. They own retail businesses and want to improve their photos in order to market their products better. One student made children’s clothes and wanted her Etsy listings to […]

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Back Button Focus: A Common Sense Guide

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Back button focus, you’ve heard, can change your life! You just might never miss focus again if you switch to BBF. Sounds too good to be true, right? Back button focusing is a special way to set focus on your camera. By special, I mean that your camera isn’t set to BBF by default. You […]

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Lightroom: Quick (But Powerful) Tip for Finding That One Special Photo

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One of Lightroom’s major strengths, in my opinion, is its smooth and elegant catalog designed to organize images and make finding specific photos easy. Arrange your photos however you’d like, during the import process or after the fact. Sort them by capture time or by name. Filter them by capture date (day, month or year), by camera, […]

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What to Do with All Those Photos You Take on Burst

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How cool is that? Did you know that you can combine a series of images into a GIF, or video type collection of your photos, using Photoshop Elements? You are essentially creating a stop motion video and you get to choose exactly which frames, which expressions, which grins are included. Creating a GIF would be […]

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Read Student Reviews & Sign Up for PSE & Lightroom Classes

January 16, 2015

The winter 2015 workshops at Texas Chicks are now open for registration. You can read more about each one or register following these links: Photoshop Elements: The Secret to Creating Photos that People Love Lightroom: The Efficient Solution for Organizing and Editing Your Photos The Photography Workflow – Everything You Need to Know About Photo Editing […]

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