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Posts tagged “digital photography

Cathy + Billy: Phoenix Wedding Photography Preview

Cathy and Billy recently tied the knot here in Phoenix. Here’s a preview of their wedding photos.


Teddy Bear + Big Smiles :Phoenix Child Portraits

Photo of the Day

GREAT Advice

I recently read an interview on Creative Mama {a photo blog} and Deb Schwedhelm, a portrait photographer made some really key points. Two that stood out for me:

1) Be passionate! Whether you’re an emerging or an established photographer, one of the most important concepts in our industry is passion – developing the passion, fueling the passion and even sometimes rediscovering or reigniting the passion. The importance of passion is ongoing, no matter where you are in your photography journey.

2) Find yourself and — be yourself! Sounds simple, yet it is so often overlooked and can be oh-so challenging.

And this quote speaks to me too:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

~ Steve Jobs

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Photo Project – Picking a Style

I’m working on a batch of photos of a children’s dance class. It’s actually a class I teach – Hip Hop Moves. I snapped a few shots of my kids right before their recital in front of a brick wall outside the community center. Even though it’s a hip hop dance class, which brings to mind gritty, urban textures I find that I like the edits that are brighter and more fun, more child-like. So, here’s a sample of what I’m working on. Which style would you choose?

red, white, & blue balloons + smiles all around

PHOTOSodes PHOTOShop Episode 7! (via – Photography Webisodes)

This is great info about photoshopping / editing your photos. I use Lightroom and Photoshop CS4. Great tools of the trade. Watch & Learn.

PHOTOSodes PHOTOShop Episode 7!

To view in a bigger window click here This week we bring you something a little bit different! We teach you a little bit about the flip side of photography: the editing! Of course we all wish that a perfect photo comes out of every click of the camera, but rarely does that happen. A lot of times there’s a little underexposure, or overexposure, or burned out highlights, or incorrect white balance, and the list goes on. Most of the … Read More

via – Photography Webisodes

Get Up Close: Great Resources for Macro Photography

I’ve been reading about macro photography for some time. Even though I am eager to start I feel one can never do enough research. Here are some of the links / videos / tutorials that I’ve found helpful in my exploration of this niche of photography:

PhotoTuts (advanced macro photography)

    Photoshop CS5: It Gets Better

    So the folks over at are always on the cutting edge of digital tools and learning. It’s no wonder they are all prepared to roll out new tutorials on Creative Suite CS5. Hello, I just got CS4 18 months ago. If you are like me and are still mastering an older version of Photoshop or Illustrator or other Adobe product, no worries! Just go on over to and look up tutorials for your specific version. I really enjoy Deke’s tutorials because they are effective and entertaining. In this one he discusses a cool feature I wish I had right now: the new painting tool.

    Clouds: A Healthy Obsession

    I love clouds. There is something absolutely captivating about a cloud filled sky. Which leads me to the topic of cloud photography. It seems I am not alone in this. There is an entire website dedicated to clouds and those who take photos of them. If you share in the obsession or are perhaps even mildly curious you may want to stop by the Clouds 365 Project (A Webby Award Nominee by the way). At the Clouds 365 Project you can share your clouds photos and admire the work of other artists. I think it’s also really cool the creator, Kelly DeLay, is capturing cloud photos and video. I want to say the videos have that time-lapse feel. This is a really nice touch. Kelly describes himself as a multimedia artist. His site, which explores his obsession with clouds, is top-notch and a must-see for anyone who enjoys clouds / nature / landscape photography.