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Part 2: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

Part 2: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

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Do you ever scroll through Pinterest or flip through magazines drooling over beautiful food images? Those great shots that make you want to jump in and take a bite. Today I am going to share how I pair different foods with props to get those eye-catching styled recipe photos. Check out part 1 in case you missed it, then continue reading here.  BREAKFAST ANYONE?  When it comes to styling breakfast foods, or any meal, keep it simple. I like to add a dishtowel or linen napkin for extra color and texture. Make sure when you are picking props, the colors...

Part 1: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

Part 1: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

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Have you ever whipped out your cell phone to take a picture of your dessert so you could share it with a friend? Are you guilty of taking a selfie with your favorite beverage? Cell phone cameras have made taking photos so convenient that we snap pictures of just about everything, including the food and drinks we are about to consume. Having a passion for baking and photography, my iPhone makes taking photos of my creations so quick and easy. I’d like to share with you all just how I photograph food for my recipe and entertaining blog in a...

Tips For Editing Landscape Images in Lightroom

Tips For Editing Landscape Images in Lightroom

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I love B&W photography especially when it comes to editing landscapes.  It has a timeless feel and I love turning an “okay” color image into a dramatic B&W.  A few things I keep in mind when shooting for a B&W image is leading lines, shadows, shapes, and contrast.  Contrast is one of the most important aspects when I edit for B&W.  By having close to a pure white and a pure black in the photo, it adds interest to something that might be plainer in color.  I like to draw the view into the image.  Using Pretty Presets has made...

How To Easily Capture Sunbursts In Your Photos

How To Easily Capture Sunbursts In Your Photos

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  “Sunburst” or “starburst” refers to capturing the sun in your photo where you can see the sun’s rays in a star like shape.  I do not capture a sunburst in all my landscape photos, but it is one of my favorite things to capture during a bright sunny day!  Here are a few tips to capture a sunburst.  A bright sunny day makes for better results.  It is harder to capture a good sunburst on an overcast cloudy day!   Set your camera to aperture priority mode (AV mode) and start out by setting your aperture to f/16.  My ISO...

Using A Tripod for Landscape Photography

Using A Tripod for Landscape Photography

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I do not use a tripod for every single shot but I always bring it along with me.  A tripod tends to take up more room then the rest of my gear, but it is worth its advantages!  If you do not have a tripod yet, I hope my advantages to having one persuade you to purchase one!   By using a tripod, you can eliminate any camera shake that may occur if you are shooting handheld.  Imagine a beautiful mountain scene as the sun sets in the distance, just to notice your photo has a slight blur to it when...

4 Helpful Tips For Photographing The Night Sky

4 Helpful Tips For Photographing The Night Sky

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A little over a year ago I moved to Alaska where the Northern Lights are often visible from September to March.  I will never forget the first time I saw them “dancing” in the sky. Night photography has since become a favorite! I knew very little about this genre before moving here, but quickly found myself out in the middle of the night every chance I could!  Gear  Canon 6D or camera that handles higher ISO well  Sigma 35mm or similar wide angle lens (35mm or wider is ideal)   Memory Cards  Sturdy Tripod  Extra Batteries  Headlamp  Hand warmers   1. Destination ...

How Your Home Can Inspire Your Photography: Get Outside

How Your Home Can Inspire Your Photography: Get Outside

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Today I woke up and was so happy to see my friendly weather girl reporting the temps were soaring to 74 degrees.  My soul did a happy dance.  Maybe spring really is here?!  I opened the windows, turned on the radio, and forced my children outside, only allowing them to come inside to sleep, eat, or if there was blood.  We are an outdoorsy family and have a yard that’s a little out of the ordinary.  We live on a small farm with fields and open skies as far as the eye can see.  We are not at a shortage...

How Your Home Can Inspire Your Photography: Re-See The People

How Your Home Can Inspire Your Photography: Re-See The People

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Today, I want to talk to you about your people.  Your tribe.  Your for better or worse.  Your minions. Your cheerleaders.  Your critics.  Your roommates.  You know the people I’m talking about. A home is just a house if there aren’t any people, so let’s get really real about those folks.  Now, if you are reading this and live alone, don’t you click that “x” to close this window, I have words for you, too, so stay right there.  If you are a parent and photographer like myself, you probably have 847 infinity photos of your kids (have I told...

How to Use the Slideshow Module

How to Use the Slideshow Module

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Most users of Lightroom really only use two modules: the Library and Develop modules. There is another module which is really fantastic but few people use it - the Slideshow module. The slideshow module was added to Lightroom to allow photographers to easily create slideshow of their images, whether for professional or personal. You can design each slide, add your personal photography branding, add text overlays to express thoughts or memories, and even add audio tracks. Once the slideshows are finished, they can be exported as videos, PDFs, or JPGs. Personally, I have created a few slideshows, and it's a very...

How Your Home Can Inspire Your Photography: Embrace The Stuff

How Your Home Can Inspire Your Photography: Embrace The Stuff

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If you live in a home like mine, what I prefer to call well lived in rather than messy, there probably isn’t a shortage of stuff.  The word might even give you an ulcer because maybe you don’t just have stuff, you have too much stuff. Good news, I’m not here to judge, I’m here to help you embrace that stuff for your own creative advantage. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Ashley,” We are on a first name basis now, by the way. “..I could get onboard with your idea of seeing light in my home, but the stuff?...

How Your Home Can Inspire Your Photography: Love The Light

How Your Home Can Inspire Your Photography: Love The Light

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According to the calendar, Spring showed up on the 20th of March.  If you are anything like me, just reading those words makes your creative heart nearly explode.  Warmer temperatures! Blooming flowers! Longer days! Better light! No more brown and bare trees! And, most excitingly, the return of more active shooting.  However, if you live anywhere like I do, here in the midwest those glorious changes have been slow to show up.  The days are still cloudy and cool, the shades of green aren’t too quick to show up, and we have more small buds than colorful blossoms. Regardless of...

How Often Are You Backing Up Your Pictures

How Often Are You Backing Up Your Pictures

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I'm writing today to share a cautionary tale about a certain woman (who worked as a Photoshop and Lightroom instructor, as well as a photographer on the side) who failed to make sure her images were properly backed up and lost a year's worth of photos. Who is this person? Me, Amanda Padgett, someone who has encouraged hundreds of people over the years to back up their images. The Inexcusable Mistake About four or five years ago I had a super-duper custom PC desktop built. This thing was 16 gb of RAM, 1 terabyte of storage, quad-core, raid 5 array. That last...