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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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How Lightroom Can Transform Your Photo Edits – Even If You’re Not a Professional

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I’ve noticed a trend lately as I teach my Photoshop Elements classes. Students always ask about Lightroom at the beginning of the course, and a fair number of them end up purchasing it before the course is over. These students aren’t professionals in most cases. Many are hobbyists or scrapbookers, or they think they might […]

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Top Photography & Photo Editing Tutorials of 2014 – Don’t Miss #4!

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These were the most popular photography and photo editing websites from this blog last year. Did you miss any of them? I know that some of you got new cameras for Christmas! Congratulations. You’ll want to check out the first post in particular – it’s the key to getting sharp photos from the beginning. And […]

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The Best Black Friday Deals for Photographers

November 28, 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday, whether or not you’re in a part of the world that celebrates Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for in my life, and you who are reading this blog are a big part of that. Thank you to each and every one of you! […]

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The Photography Wishlist: 2014

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It’s that time of year again – many of us are planning gift lists and wishlists. And those working to improve their photography are thinking about the best black Friday deals – the lens that will create creamier bokeh or the best editing tools for their needs. If you already are a serious photographer, whether a […]

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Got Blown Highlights? Why Lightroom is Better than Elements at Fixing Them

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Blown highlights make many a photographer say bad words. There is often no way to get great exposure for both our subjects and the sky and clouds in the background. If off camera lighting or reflectors aren’t available to put more light on the face than on the sky, the solution to this shooting conundrum is […]

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Holiday Photo Cards Recipe

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It’s time to take those family photos for holiday cards again, right? How many of you are still working on it? Whether you are taking photos only of your own family, or maybe for clients, I hope my tips below help. The Set-Up I used seamless gray paper on my backdrop stand and bought a […]

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Tips for Flattering Headshot Poses

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Poses can make or break a photo session. And when you’re shooting headshots, the pose and the lighting are all you have. Use these tips to make more flattering headshot poses.   Grab a step ladder and shoot from just above eye level. Looking up at the camera does wonders for the chin and neck! […]

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What to Do with Your Kids’ Photos

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We bought my 10 year old a Powershot ELPH for her birthday. And boy, does she love it. You can imagine how much this mama’s heart lit up when she asked me to take her on a photo walk a couple of weeks ago!   She’s taken hundreds, if not thousands, of photos over the past few […]

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Photography Tutorial: Selfie Recipe

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If there’s anytime to take a good selfie, I’d say it’s when you have your face painted and hair done for Halloween. Do you agree? Here’s the selfie recipe that worked for me: Lighting: I found a south facing window that indirect light was coming through. By indirect light, I mean that the rising or […]

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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Correct White Balance

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Correcting white balance in Photoshop Elements – it’s one of the most basic things we do when editing our photos, but unfortunately, Elements doesn’t have a perfect “correct white balance” button or slider.   What is white balance? It’s more accurately referred to as color balance. Photos with poor white balance have a color cast, meaning that […]

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