Need Inspiration… go on a Photo Walk

Have you ever been on a photo walk? If you haven’t, or if you need inspiration…go on a photo walk! Even if you don’t shoot much, you’re around people who love the craft and you’ll be inspired to pick up the camera and photograph.

Trey Ratcliff has almost finished his USA Photowalk and I had the pleasure to attend and meet so many people who love photography. What a blast! It was invigorating. After the walk I couldn’t wait to get out and photograph. I must admit that for me it was the connection.  When I’m truly in the zone while photographing I’m usually by myself or with Kevin as my assistant.

Here are a couple of shots of the day. I did photography while we were in Santa Monica, but have not had time to process the images because every day I’ve been out photographing. Post processing will come soon and I’ll share my images with you.

My friend and fellow photographer shot this of me. I don’t like being in front of the camera, but she got me.

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Image shot my Lisa Speakman.

It was a pleasure meeting Trey! He talked to my cohort at The Arcanum on Periscope…to much fun! Thanks Trey!

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Fun iphone shot of Me, Caleb, Trey, Kim and LIsa.

Again, I don’t like pictures of me, but I really love this photograph taken while I’m talking to the group. Nice Wasim!

Photo by Wasim Muklashy

Photo by Wasim Muklashy

Here is an awesome video Trey’s team produced. It was so much fun to hang out with all these amazing people!

If you would like to see images shared by Trey check out his page here...to find some inspiration there for sure!

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

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Source: Need Inspiration… go on a Photo Walk


Photo Light Painting and Bonus Tutorial

Today I would like to inspire you to take your favorite subject and photograph it with painted light. Basically, make sure your subject is in the dark…the darker the better.  Then take an appropriate light source, for example all I needed for my orchids was a flashlight. And manually add the light to your subject.  If you’re out working on a landscape I suggest a more powerful light source.  A tripod is highly recommended and to focus on your subject manually prior to shooting in the dark.  You’ll have to play with your exposure so pay attention to your histogram.  What’s fun about this style of photographing is that you create the mood manually. I think this is such a beautiful way to light subjects.  I used black velvet behind these flowers but if you don’t have velvet  just put your subject in the middle of the room and black out the area.   Like always I would love to see your images and if you would like a Fast and Furious critique check out our new Facebook page!  I’ll add you to the private group just send me a message.

 

Light painting flowers.

Light painting flowers.

Here is your bonus video I just made! Only you all who read my inspirational posts will receive this for free! If you just popped onto my site. You can sign up for my blog and receive free goodies now and then…check the News registration to the right of the post.

 

Just an fyi…I’m glad I photographed these orchids. I recieved them from my son and his wife and they have already died :( I can’t seem to keep orchids alive. If any of you have great tips I would love to hear from you. :)

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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I’m Back

It’s been a while since I have written on my blog. I had so much going on in my life that the weekly posts had to go on the back burner, but now I’m back and I’m so happy to be here again. I need to do some catching up with other blog posts that I follow because I’m missing my friends out in the web for sure. I want you all to know that I have lit the fire and will keep it burning. My photo inspirations will flow once again.

Lighted Match

Janice’s flame

Today’s image is to inspire the fire within you to photograph anything you like, even if the image turns out not the way you want. Just keep photographing!  If for some reason you would like a bit of help with a partcular image, I have joined in with some other amazing photographers on Facebook to give some “Fast and Furious” critiques. If you are interested, please leave a message here or on FB and I’ll add you!

 

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

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Helicon Focus Basics

My basic tutorial on Helicon Focus is up and live!  Receive a discount while it lasts!  Below is a brief on what you will learn.

Taking up-close photographs can be problematic—one part ends up in-focus and the rest of it is blurry. Using the Helicon Focus software is a fast way to create sharp images by stacking several in-focus photographs into one image. My latest photo processing lesson will help you learn how to merge multiple in-focus photos together so that the whole photograph ends up sharp as a tack. Get photo shooting tips for close-up and macro photography and retouching tips for stacking.

Main topics:

Prepping your photographs
Overview of Helicon
Stacking your Images
Add your Creative Spin

Learn how to process stacked images using Helicon Focus to increase the focus in your photographs, and create beautiful and unique images.

Preview:

 

Daisy on black plexi and processed in Helicon Focus.

Daisy processed in Helicon Focus

 

Click here to purchase!!

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Helicon Focus Basics


Helicon Focus Basics

My basic tutorial on Helicon Focus is up and live!  Receive a discount while it lasts!  Below is a brief on what you will learn.

Taking up-close photographs can be problematic—one part ends up in-focus and the rest of it is blurry. Using the Helicon Focus software is a fast way to create sharp images by stacking several in-focus photographs into one image. My latest photo processing lesson will help you learn how to merge multiple in-focus photos together so that the whole photograph ends up sharp as a tack. Get photo shooting tips for close-up and macro photography and retouching tips for stacking.

Main topics:

Prepping your photographs
Overview of Helicon
Stacking your Images
Add your Creative Spin

Learn how to process stacked images using Helicon Focus to increase the focus in your photographs, and create beautiful and unique images.

Preview:

 

Daisy on black plexi and processed in Helicon Focus.

Daisy processed in Helicon Focus

 

Click here to purchase!!

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Helicon Focus Basics


Master in the Arcanum

I am honored to announce that I am now a Master in the Arcanum. If you have never heard of the Arcanum, please visit their site here.

I will be accepting apprentices June 1 and wanted to get the word out just in case any of you are interested in stepping up your photographic skills. Below is a short video about me to help you decide if I would be a good fit for you. Truthfully, it was one of the hardest videos to make because first, I do not like to be in front of the camera and second I do not like to talk about myself. I understand why I had to make it, so I hope it helps you understand my photographic history and the present intentions that I want to focus on in the Arcanum.

My Cohort is called “Adventurers of the F-Stop (AFS)”. Below is our banner. We will make this an adventure a creative venture to bring out your photography skills. AFS is a safe place to share your work and have constructive critiques, assignments and one-on-one’s with your master. You will build new friendships for life.

The Arcanum

Adventurers of the F-stop

We will explore your own creative path and with the help of the others in the group and myself we will go beyond taking snapshots and bring out creativity you did not know you had. I know this style of learning works because I have been through it. I am so excited and hope that if you are interested you will complete an application here. You may want to mention me and send me an email using the contact tab above if you want to join AFS.

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

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Black Plexiglass Inspiration

I have been having a lot of fun playing with black plexiglass so I figured I would share with you some of my latest images. Playing with plexi can be challenging at times, but for me that is what I love, the challenge. Of course if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Focus stack…see video soon. :)

You may have seen the image below since I shared it on my Helicon Focus post. I just made new tutorials on this program so look for them soon or sign up for my blog posts in the right side bar.

Focus Stacked Image on Black Plexi

 

Focus Stack – 2.0 @ f9.5 ISO 200 with 2 continuous lights.

A couple of tips.

Keep a soft dust rag near buy, trust me, you can see all the dust.

Lighting your subject is fun, but you will most likely need a couple of lights unless you shoot HDR (multiple exposures merged into one image).

Water drops are fun, but can be messy. Keep a soft rag around to remove unwanted drops in areas you do not want them on the glass, unless you want to play in photoshop for hours.

Step out of your comfort zone and really play. Challenge yourself. That is what I did with the images below.

A bit of Stamen- 3.2 @ f9.0 ISO 125

Click here to see the plexiglass that I use. 

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

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Source: Black Plexiglass Inspiration


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