How to Make Your Images Unique

The subjects in the images below have been photographed by many people, so I asked myself how I could make them different from the rest. I wanted my own spin on my subjects. Well, I did a bit of research and I took a bit of time to see what others had done to the subjects I was thinking about photographing, to determine the best composition possibilities.

If I like compositions that have already been used, I will often shoot photographs the same way, but change them in post.

For example, both of these photographs have different skies.

Cathedral Rock

Sedona, Arizona – Cathedal Rock – HDR @ 70mm

In the shot above, the sky was photographed in Sedona, Arizona, but in a different location.  I used On1 masking to merge the clouds to my landscape.  Truthfully, On1 Perfect Photo Suite is the easiest way to add skies to your image.

The bell shot below also has a different sky, but it was shot in the same location. I really liked the way the sun was hitting the rock formation, but the clouds looked horrible. Since the clouds were moving fast, my husband Kevin and I hung out until I saw what I liked and shot it. This was easy since I left my tripod in the same location. I next merged the two images to make one

Bell Rock – Sedona, Arizona – 102mm with a 70-200 Canon Zoom

I hope this helps you think about other ways to change up your photography. It’s your art, go for it!

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: How to Make Your Images Unique


Jerome Arizona

One of the stops we made on our recent Sedona vacation was to visit Jerome, Arizona. If you like photographing historic places, then check out Jerome. I suggest you visit the museum first if you haven’t been to Jerome. This way you can learn about the history and really appreciate the town while you photograph it. The people are super nice and really fun to talk to. In a nutshell, Jerome is an old mining town on top a mountain. If you like to see old cars and fun mining shacks, go to the Gold King Mine Ghost Town.

Below is one of the ruins in Jerome.

Open for Business

Open for Business – f11 @ 1/350 ISO 100

I used A.D. Wheeler’s textures to process the image above. You can receive a 20% off his texture pack by using using promo code: jsphoto.  You can also receive free textures from me if you sign up for our newsletter.

We had so much fun checking out Gold King Mine Ghost Town. These are just two of the many old cars, trucks, buses etc…in the area.

USMC f3.5 @ 1/180 ISO 100

 

Ford – f9.5 @ 1/500 ISO 100

 

I just love photographing historical subjects. I think you would love this place too and if you have any special places that you like to photograph I’d love to hear from you. I can add them to my bucket list.  :)

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Jerome Arizona


Jerome Arizona

One of the stops we made on our recent Sedona vacation was to visit Jerome, Arizona. If you like photographing historic places, then check out Jerome. I suggest you visit the museum first if you haven’t been to Jerome. This way you can learn about the history and really appreciate the town while you photograph it. The people are super nice and really fun to talk to. In a nutshell, Jerome is an old mining town on top a mountain. If you like to see old cars and fun mining shacks, go to the Gold King Mine Ghost Town.

Below is one of the ruins in Jerome.

Open for Business

Open for Business – f11 @ 1/350 ISO 100

I used A.D. Wheeler’s textures to process the image above. You can receive a 20% off his texture pack by using using promo code: jsphoto.  You can also receive free textures from me if you sign up for our newsletter.

We had so much fun checking out Gold King Mine Ghost Town. These are just two of the many old cars, trucks, buses etc…in the area.

USMC f3.5 @ 1/180 ISO 100

 

Ford – f9.5 @ 1/500 ISO 100

 

I just love photographing historical subjects. I think you would love this place too and if you have any special places that you like to photograph I’d love to hear from you. I can add them to my bucket list.  :)

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Jerome Arizona


Shutter Click Adventures

I always like to share information that will inspire you to get out and photograph. Today I’d like to share this awesome site that focuses on photography adventures and workshops.  My favorite part of Shutter Click Adventures is the variety of adventures they have planned with a variety of  professional  photographers. I asked the owner, Jake McCluskey, to give me some information about his site and this is what he said:

“Shutter Click Adventures is at its core a way to bring professional photographers together with people. The goal of the site is to help you find the right photographer to go on a photo adventure or workshop with.  When starting this company I wanted to change how people searched for photo adventures and workshops. The current method is that you Google your heart out and hope that you find a great one.  My dream is that you go to one site, www.shutterclickadventures.com, and you find photo adventures and workshops from dozens if not hundreds of great photographers.

The site doesn’t charge a photographer to be part of it, but they do have to go through an application process just to have their trips and workshops listed. This is to make sure that when a client comes to the site they know only good quality options are on the site.

Also I wanted to work with other photographers on any trips I do.  This way we both get to experience another country, we get to have fun and both get to teach. I think that doing this will make us all stronger teachers, photographers and will help us build lasting relationships. And that what this is really about, relationships.

Currently we have about 10 workshops and four photo adventures being offered with more being added every week. The big two right now that are getting lots of attention are Vietnam in September with A.D. Wheeler and Scotland in July with Stu Davidson. Both of those guys are amazing photographers and teachers, so either trip will be very memorable for you.

If you want more information or just have questions, check us out.  Or if you are a photographer wanting to try and get on our lists then hit us up we would love to talk to you.”

ShutterClick

Shutter Click Adventures

ShutterClick Adventure

Love their Goal!

 

I signed up for their Newsletter so I’ll receive their latest adventures. Check them out! Maybe I’ll see you sometime on a fun adventure. :)

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Shutter Click Adventures


Backlighting Macro Style

I was back lighting fruit macro style a couple of days ago so I figured I’d share it with you to hopefully inspire you to have some fun with your food.

I love texture and when you back light a thin slice of fruit or vegetable, you can really see what I’m talking about.

I used my 100mm macro lens and my Canon extension tube on my camera. I locked my mirror and set up my timer so I wouldn’t have much shake to the camera. If you position your fruit or veggie on a flat surface and make sure your lens is directly over your subject, you won’t have many depth-of-field problems (what’s in focus and what is not in focus). I made a really short video using my iPhone to help you see what I’m talking about. You’ll see that the glass is dirty…no worries you’ll be focusing inside the fruit.

I used a florescent light under the fruit and adjusted my camera to the fluorescent white balance. I always photograph in RAW so I have fun with digital dark-rooming techniques after the photo shoot.

ISO 100 f11@ 0.3

 

ISO 100 f13 @ 1/15

 

Of course if you have any questions, feel free to ask…I love to talk shop. If you have any images to share with us, please add a link to the comments.

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Backlighting Macro Style


Intro to Adobe Camera Raw 6-Part Course

I’m so excited to announce that my six-part course, “Introduction to Adobe Camera Raw” is now available. I have added a variety of exercises and attachments to enhance your learning fun. These video courses are broken up into segments to help you retain the information. Take your time or rush through the lessons, it’s up to you. I give my students priority feedback so if you have any questions, I’m here for you!

Just a small example of what you’ll learn in this course.

See below:

6 Lesson Course

6 Lesson Course on ACR

 

What you’ll learn in this course

The Adobe Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop is the digital photo editing tool of choice for professional and amateur photographers working with raw files. In this course, fine art photographer Janice Sullivan introduces this powerful plug-in—from the basics of navigation, to detail tools and noise reduction, to tonal and hue adjustment, and more. Whether you’re a digital artist or just need to make a few quick fixes, this course can help you dramatically improve your digital photography.

One of the many areas I talk about is the Split Toning tool.
splitToning2

splitToning3
Split toned Lilly

Split Toned Lilly

 

All courses are guaranteed. I love feedback too so always feel free to contact me and let me know how I’m doing or what you would like to learn in more detail. I started these classes because of the feedback that I receive from you.

Have a great day and hope to see you in my latest class Introduction to ACR.

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Intro to Adobe Camera Raw 6-Part Course


Photographing Deserts 1

Some of you may have seen an oopsy post that went out before this one…sorry, I accidentally pushed the publish button.

This is what I meant to send you.

Kevin and I had an amazing time photographing deserts in Sedona, Prescott, Jerome and Watson Lake in Arizona. We also explored some Native American ruins. We had a fun time! I plan to share our fun adventures to give you some inspiration to get you out to the desert and take photographs.

My tip for today is to plan to stay at a location with amazing views. It does not matter if you stay in a hotel, resort, motor home or tent. It will invigorate your senses and provide you with a lot of inspiration.

For example we stay at The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, Arizona. It is AMAZING! The image below was the view we had from our sliding glass doors. Below is a morning shot that I stitched together using three images. Each morning I drank my coffee and enjoyed the serenity of our location and planned for our photo shoot that day. Many landscape photographers get up before sunrise to grab early morning shots. Unless I know it’s going to be an amazing sunrise, I’m happy with my coffee enjoying the moment.

Our beautiful view in Sedona.

Of course I had to play and process my own unique version of this image. I really loved the fog rolling in so I decided to grab my tripod and work on two HDR images and merge them together. I used my 70-200mm lens to compress the landscape and had some fun post processing the image.

Sedona, Arizona

 

If you head out to Sedona I highly recommend you check out, “The Ridge o Sedona Golf Resort“.  The people are nice and the rooms are beautiful.  A huge thumbs up for me and Kevin.

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A quick shout of for adding this image to Photoshelter’s Green board curated by Rachel Reiss.

You can checkout the rest of the board images for some green inspiration here.

Green

Thanks Rachel!

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Quick Announcement!

I’m so excited to share with you my latest course, “Adobe Camera Raw Basics”. It’s a six-lesson course that is normally $9.99, but for now it’s only $4.99!  Hurry, this will only last until January 31st! I’ll give you more info later on the course, but I thought I should mention it now because of the sale.

6 Lesson Course

6 Lesson Course Intro to ACR

 

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If you plan a desert photo shoot, pay attention to where you plan to stay, whether it’s a day or a week, your location will give you the inspiration to get out and enjoy your desert photographing!

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Photographing Deserts 1


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