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Lightroom: From Desktop to Laptop

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My next Lightroom workshop begins Monday, October 27. Register now so you don’t miss it! A student who is learning Lightroom with me right now just asked about the best way to use Lightroom on all her devices. It was such a good question that I thought it was worthy of a tutorial on this […]

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Which Edits Does a Photo Need?

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Class starts Monday, October 27, 2014! If you want personal help in editing photos like these, learn Lightroom with me! How do you know which edits a photo needs? How do you know when you’ve applied enough of a particular edit? I hear these questions all the time! The problem is that you can google for […]

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Elements 13 Released – Should You Upgrade?

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It’s that time of the year again – school started, the weather is cooling off, and Adobe has released a new version of Photoshop Elements. This year, we’re up to number 13. Should you upgrade? Keep reading for my take. The Expert photo editing mode has 3 changes of note. Premiere Elements, the video editor, is […]

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Last Day to Save on Fall Photo Editing Workshops

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It’s time to make your photos look better and save time. Are you ready to learn what it takes to become a great and efficient editor? I have three classes that will help you do just that. Rather than showing you my own edits or telling you about the classes myself, I’m going to let […]

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Headshots: In-Home Lighting & Backdrop Setup

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Headshot photography requests have been big for me over the past two summers. Don’t know what it is about summer, but I rarely do headshots during the year. Maybe it’s because indoor photography is the only option in Texas during the summer? Headshots are an easy way to get the word out that you are […]

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Fall Workshops Now Open for Registration – 7 Day Discount

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It’s time to make your photos look better and save time. Are you ready to learn what it takes to become a great and efficient editor? I have three classes that will help you do just that. Rather than showing you my own edits or telling you about the classes myself, I’m going to let […]

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Correct Camera Distortion in Photoshop Elements

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Do you ever take photos that come out with unreal, dizzy-making angles or lines that curve towards each other when you know they should be straight? You’ll notice this distortion in your photos in several situations. You might have: Shot looking up from the bottom of a tall building Used a lens that causes noticeable […]

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Because Persuasive Storytelling Matters

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We live in a multi-media age. We’re moving beyond photos and into videos. Slideshows. Podcasts even! Telling stories and preserving memories is better when you add your voice to it. We all know this. But how difficult is it to put together a slideshow or video, record your voice, format this new file and figure […]

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Win a Stylish Display for Your Instagram Photos

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So here it is, 2014, and I am embarrassed to say that I had never printed a single Instagram image until last week. Now, thanks to Mpix, my favorite printer and a sponsor of this blog, I have 60 of my favorite 4x4s to display in two of their Thumbprint Photo Boxes. And you can too thanks […]

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Lightroom Mobile Vacation Notes

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Summer vacation and its photos. Who wants to come back home, unpack, do laundry and get back into the daily routine with the added task of sorting and editing all your vacation photos? Not me. With Adobe’s recent announcement about Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix, I was excited at the possibility of keeping on top of […]

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A Different Type of Before and After

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Most of us photography types use Before & After templates to show off edited photos. But there are lots of other before and afters worth sharing in life. Take these baby birds that were born in my mailbox last week:   An interesting note about the lighting in the bird pics: for the before, I […]

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How Would You Like to Win Free 4×6 Prints for an Entire Year?

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You could be one of the 5 lucky winners to win free 4x6s from Mpix for an entire year! Think how that could change your photography career! How many photos do you think are taken in the world every day? And what small percentage of them actually make it to print?   For those working […]

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Lightroom Tutorial: Straighten Slanted Lines

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Buildings, most of them, have straight edges. Standing at the bottom of a skyscraper and looking up, we know that the sides of the building are parallel. However, when we photograph them, these edges look slanted. This effect is called perspective distortion.   All of the lines that are supposed to be straight in the photo […]

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100 Billion Images

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100 billion images. 100 BILLION. That is Adobe’s estimate for how many photos Lightroom manages on computers around the world. About a third of those live on my computer, by the way. I predict that Adobe’s announcement today is going to increase this number exponentially. Why? Lightroom is now available for iPhones, in addition to their previous desktop […]

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