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The Camera That’s With You

You have probably heard of the philosophy that the best camera is “the one you have with you.” The phrase was originally used by Chase Jarvis in his book The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You: iPhone Photography. The concept – so simple and yet somehow so profound – is being embraced by […]

The First Three Things to Learn in Lightroom

NOTE: This article pertains to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Version 5 is also available, and the steps will be similar though may not match exactly. Lightroom is a very powerful tool for viewing, organizing, retouching and sharing your photos. At first glance, it may seem that the program is too complex to be mastered quickly. […]

10 Things I Learned from Jay Maisel

It’s finally September, and psychologically the end of summer. The triple-digit heat still holds Arizona in its grip, though, so I still spend my days inside, in air-conditioned comfort. Luckily for me I have a subscription to Kelby Training. Just because I can’t physically wander the streets, camera in hand, doesn’t mean that I can’t […]

Brightening Gray Skies in Photoshop CS6

It’s really hot in Arizona right now. So hot that the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Valley of the Sun. I would think that the heat advisory would be implied, since it’s a) mid-August; and b) it’s the Phoenix metropolitan area. It sort of goes without saying that the temperature […]

Photo Analysis for Personal Improvement

We typically know, within a few seconds of viewing a photograph, whether we “like” it or not. It’s an automatic assessment, one that speaks to our instincts and our sense of aesthetics. When you’re learning to take great photos, though, it really helps to go through the process of understanding why we like or do […]

Tone Adjustments in Lightroom

NOTE: This article pertains to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Version 5 is also available, and the steps will be similar though may not match exactly. “Tone” refers to the presence and quality of the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks contained within the photo. This is related to, but different than, “exposure” which refers to how […]

The Maine Coast

Hello friends! I’m back from my vacation on the Maine Coast. There is probably some sort of scientific explanation that has to do with global positioning and the subsequent direction of the light coming from the sun, but it just seems to me that the quality of light in the northeastern United States is just […]

The Best Lighting Patterns for Portrait Photo Shoots

This post is written and sponsored by Venture Photography. Portrait photography is highly specific. To be successful, you need great understanding of aesthetics and the right equipment which is why many couples and families turn to professional photographers for their group photo shoots. Proper light is very important for capturing the best facial features and […]

Off-roading with my camera

(Click on photos to see larger versions.) Most weekends my husband and I head out to explore the many off-road trails that Arizona has to offer. We have seen hundreds of stunning sights from the safety and comfort of our Jeep. As our skills and confidence have grown, we have tackled more and more challenging […]

Creative use of second curtain sync

My husband and I frequent a local bar, who last weekend featured a Judas Priest tribute band. We’re both big fans of Priest, so we were enthusiastic to attend. I asked the bar manager beforehand if it would be okay for me to take photos while the band played. Not every band, and not every […]