Keep your Camera with You

Keep your camera with you all of the time. I say this because if you love photography like me and you don’t have your tripod or that perfect lens, it shouldn’t matter. Some people get all caught up on equipment and feel that their images won’t be worth anything because they don’t have the correct setup. Yes, when you plan a shoot it makes all the difference, but when you can’t it’s okay too.

Today, I’d like to show you a couple of fun pictures I made while the hubby and I were visiting my Aunt and Uncle. I didn’t have time for a tripod setup or wait for that perfect light and again that’s ok because I focused on composition and techniques.

After our visit, I’m always excited to add my photographs to Lightroom to white flag the photos that I like and when I have time, I go back to process my favorites.

This picture is from my Aunt’s yard. I really liked the repetitive feel, but wanted to add a bit of drama to the succulents so I increased the structure and vibrance. To take the shot I held my breath and put my elbows to my side.  I actually could have a full day of photographing my aunts garden. :) Wish I had her green thumb!


Succulent – 1/20 @ f13 ISO 100 Macro Lens 100mm

One of the places they took us was the Hearst’s pier. As we walked to the place where Hearst had to have ships come in to bring all his goodies for his Castle, there were some amazing eucalyptus trees. I knew I wanted to make a motion blur of the trees. I slowed the shutter speed and moved my camera vertically to get what I wanted as seen below. Minor adjustments were made in Photoshop.


Trees with Motion Blur 1/6 @ f27 ISO 100

They also took us to see Elephant Seals on the coast. I noticed this ladybug on a rail on the walkway. I liked the way the light was hitting her, so I handheld the shot with a shallow depth-of-field so she would be the focal point of the shot.


Ladybug 1/45 @f11 ISO 100 Macro lens 100mm


All of the photographs were handheld and shot on the fly as we enjoyed our mini vacation with family.  Since I’m on the subject of vacation…the hubby and I will be taking two weeks off to have some fun!  Yep, my camera will be with me.  ;)

So take your camera everywhere and shoot, shoot, shoot! I bet you’ll find something that will excite you. :)

Always feel free to add links to the comment section of your fun times shooting on the fly. I know others would love to see them as much as I would.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.  Happy vacation to me.  :)

Janice Sullivan

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Phone Photography

My last post was about using my iPhone to photograph Panoramas. This got me started on smartphone photography, so I did a bit of research on phone photography and figured I’d share some of the information that I liked with you all today.

All of my iPhone photography is personal. I never shoot specifically to sell these images and I share them on my Instagram feed called, “Loving life shown here”.   If you would like to follow me  here is the link.  I promise to follow back!

Some of the goodies that I  found regarding phone photography:

I found an app called  Camera Awesome.  You can really have fun with the app, but if you want all the goodies, you’ll have to pay for it.  It’s worth mentioning it to you if you’re really into Phone Photography.

Description from site

Camera Awesome takes your photos to the next level by shooting faassst and taking sharper, better-exposed shots. Make your memories come alive with stunning professional effects, and 1-Tap sharing on the sites you love.


Like the post I wrote previously, “Take Time to Submit Your Images”.  I feel you really should get your work out there, so I found these cool sites just for Phone Photography.

Add your images to Mobile Photo Awards.  Check out the images that have won awards!  All I can say is “Wow” there are some amazing creative people out there.

Here is a contest for you all to check out at  The deadline is September 23, 2014, so you have time to make fun phone images.


PopPhoto also has an article called. “10 Tips For Taking Better Photos with You Smartphone”.  Just remember that these are suggestions.


The images below are some of my favorite Intagram posts:


Noah & Spenser – We are proud Grandparents!


My love for flowers.


My garden goodies. :)


One of our many road trips. Hwy 101


Me and my grandson Noah in our Jacuzzi.


The hubby Kevin with Noah at the Blue Angels show.

Now let me give you some info on fun goodies for your phone camera.

From B&H, this 4-1 lens kit for $69.99.

Product Highlights

  • Fisheye and Wide-Angle Lens
  • Two Macro Lenses (10x and 15x)
  • Multi-Element Optics
  • Anodized Aluminum Barrels
  • Plastic Attachment Ensures Secure Fit
  • Works with Any App that Uses Rear Camera

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From Adorama, check out this Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for $16.74 and check out the video to show you how it works.

Joby GripTight GorillaPod

I hope this inspires you to have some fun photographing on your smart phone!  If you have time, I would love to see you on Instagram.


Janice Sullivan

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iPhone Panorama Apps

I have so much fun looking back at my iPhone Panoramas after one of our fun adventures.

I love macro photography (photographing up-close 1:1) so I find it interesting that I also love my iPhone panoramas. They are so opposite when it comes to the point of view of pictures. These images are my personal favorites because of the fun and “wow” moments in my life. I wanted to share them with you…maybe I’ll inspire someone out there to try a fun easy way to photograph Panoramas. :)


Hearst Church and horses.


Mecca Valley, California, hike


At my Son’s house – loved the sunset.


Mormon Rock Hike


Sunset in front of my home.

These are the apps I use to shoot the photographs:

From Site:

AutoStitch is the highest-quality panorama app available on the App Store, generating beautiful wide-angle panoramas of up to 18 megapixels, with no visible seams.

AutoStich Panorama – $1.99

From Site:

“Instant, awesome panoramas” — CNET
“Easy as pie … impressively sharp.” — Gizmodo
“Feels like magic” — TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

360 Panorama – $0.99


If you want to see the other apps that I use on my phone click on the link below:


If you have panoramas to share, add the link to the comment section, so we can enjoy your moments.

Janice Sullivan

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Source: iPhone Panorama Apps

Take Time to Submit your Images

When you take time to photograph…take time to submit your images to a variety of sites to help expose your business and craft. I have had clients find me because of my work via contests or submissions to a variety of magazines and newsletters.

If you’re on my blog, then you can see that I have been on Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and Nik (now Google Nik). I have met some really amazing people just from these three companies. But that’s not the only media presence I’ve been fortunate to be on. Below are a couple of examples were my work has been noticed and I’ve made money from it.

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Photoshelter Selects

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Macro Photography Article





Depending on what type of photographer you are will depend on where you’ll submit images. But just to get you started check these out:

Yourshot National Geographic 

This site is a good resource to see what other photographers are shooting. When I need a pick-me-up, I go here.

Outdoor Photographer

If you’re an outdoor photographer definitely check this website out. Click around and have some fun! Check out the assignments area for a challenge.

Popular Photography

This is a great company. They pay you and give you credit when you’re asked to be published in their magazine.


What I like about pixoto is that you can submit images for free and win prizes. I also like this site because it’s not a popularity contest. Check it out and vote for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

View Bug

I’m new to View Bug but have heard good things. Let me know what you think?


The next two links will help you find a variety of contests:

The Photo Contest Directory

Photo Contest Insider

Before you submit anything please take time to read all details. You don’t want to give your work away unless you’re donating it. If you’re not getting paid for the image make sure they credit you so other potential clients can find you.

Good Luck!

Janice Sullivan

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Photoshop Textures

Today I would like to talk about using textures in Adobe Photoshop on Creative Cloud.

I always enjoy watching Mark Johnson’s video tutorials. He’s so informative and creative. I just watched his video called, “Photoshop Workbench 423: Texture Blending with Adobe Paper Texture Pro” and I  loved it; check it out here.  It’s so fun to photograph and then add a bit of your own creative spin to the image, like textures for example.

I have purchased some of his photography tutorial goodies on his website.  Click here to see his amazing work.
As always…I like the before pics too but had so much fun processing texture into the photo that I wanted to share this with you.  If you comment to Mark tell him Janice sent you. :)
Single Poppy

antelope valley, california

Wild Poppy Flower – ISO 100 f4.5 @ 1/1000

 Single Poppy Texture


Wild Poppy Flower FA



Joshua Tree 19 – ISO 100 f6.3 @ 1/15

 Landscape Texture


Joshua Tree 19 FA

A quick tip:

The best images to use with textures are simplistic compositions.  Mark’s tutorial really gives you some great info so check it out and have some fun!

Janice Sullivan

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Tutorials for Photographers: ACR 13 – White Balance Tool

Sometimes we just don’t have the time to custom white balance our cameras or we accidentally set the camera on a wrong preset.  For example, you had your camera setting on Fluorescent and it should have been set on Daylight.  When that happens your images will have the wrong temperature / wrong color giving it a color cast.  Check out this kelvin link to help you understand the technical side of color and temperature.  To fix this problem you can use Adobe Camera Raw’s White balancing tools.

In this video you’ll  learn about Photoshop Adobe Camera Raw’s White Balance Tool.  Some of the main points in this video are:

  • Correcting Color Cast
  • RGB info
  • What is Neutral
  • Fun tips to make a creative image


Photographs in this video:


Cactus Top – f18 @6.0s ISO 125 100mm Macro lens


Sunset at Joshua Tree – 50mm – HDR – 100 ISO

You can also use the White Balance Tool in Lightroom the same way.  So play and have some fun correcting or changing up your images with the White Balance Tool!!

Janice Sullivan

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PS:  I’ve been having problems with the comment section of my blog.  I disabled a plug-in so hopefully this worked.  Thanks to all that emailed me to let me know of the problem.  I had no idea you couldn’t comment.  :(

Source: Adobe Camera Raw: White Balance Tool

Butterfly Attraction

While we were driving next to the Antelope Valley Poppy reserve, I noticed a patch of flowers with a bunch of butterflies floating around; it was a butterfly attraction so I had to stop and check it out! I had so much fun watching the butterflies and bees buzzing around. These are some of the images I took.

All of these images were shot with my 100mm Macro 2.8 lens. You can see these in my Variety of Botanicals gallery here.


Butterfly Dream – f4.5 @1/1000 ISO 100



Single Wild Wish – f2.8 @ 1/1500 ISO 100


White Wild flowers

White Wild Flowers – A variety of Images merged together.

So when you’re driving around and see a butterfly attraction near you, make sure you take that camera out and enjoy the fun of butterflies floating around. At first they will fly away but once you stay around for a bit they start coming back. You become part of their world. :)

A super short behind the scenes video:

Janice Sullivan

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Source: Butterfly Attraction


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