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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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Cropping, Resizing, Aspect Ratio & Resolution: The Ultimate Guide

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Want to learn more about Photoshop Elements? Check out my workshop and put your name on the early notification list to receive first notice when registration opens. Seems like the size of our photos shouldn’t require that much thought, right? If Photoshop or Photoshop Elements only had buttons that, boom, made your image a 4×6 or […]

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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Avoid the Black Hole

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My students have just wrapped up another round of editing workshops here at Texas Chicks. As I reviewed the suggestions I made for their homework, there was one topic that came up frequently: blocked shadows, otherwise known as black holes. Blocked shadows are the opposite of blown highlights. They are so underexposed that they appear to […]

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What Happens When Professional Photographers Print at Consumer Labs?

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I bet you read that headline and thought that this was going to be another one of those feel-bad articles telling you why you should only print your client photos at professional labs. I need to admit something. Sometimes I print my client photos at non-professional labs. And guess what? The clients are always happy […]

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Lightroom Sharpening: Little Known Adjustment Brush Tip

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Most of you Lightroom users know that you can sharpen your image selectively using LR’s local adjustment brush. By selectively, I mean that you can control which parts of your image are being sharpened. However, did you know that, depending on the adjustment brush settings, you can use the brush either to reduce the sharpening that was […]

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SD Memory Cards: What to Know Before You Buy

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SD memory cards for cameras. Who knew they came in so many types and sizes? I recently purchased a new Canon 6D and needed to switch from CF to SD memory cards. And I realized I had tons of research to do before buying the cards. Here’s what I learned: There are several key components […]

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Darken Blown Highlights with Actions & Presets

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Earlier this week, I wrote about darkening blown out highlights in your images by using a Levels adjustment layer in Photoshop Elements. Some of you might have noticed that darkening highlights is similar to the process for creating a matte look in Photoshop Elements. Whenever you make the darks in an image lighter and/or make […]

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Celebrate National Photography Month with a Contest

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Did you know that May is National Photography Month? It’s the time of year when we itch to take those cameras out and start using them more. And, we start planning which lenses we will pack in which bags to take on vacation with us. To celebrate National Photography Month and help with that summer […]

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Elements Tutorial: Tame Those Blown Highlights

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Blown highlights in an image can ruin it. Blown out parts of an image are generally very hard to repair, but this Photoshop Elements trick will help. Before I show you the trick, let’s cover some background material. Did you read my post about why I shoot my photos in Raw instead of JPG? If […]

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