Adobe Lightroom Basics Course

Do you want to learn more about Adobe Lightroom Basics? I’m excited to announce that my course “Adobe Lightroom Basics” is now available for purchase. This new course includes quick tips, plus more fun goodies to help you easily learn this awesome program.

Purchase as a gift for yourself or for someone else who would like to take their images to the next level.

Click here for details about the course

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Learn the Basics of Lightroom’s Modules plus more!

 

If you don’t have Creative Cloud, I suggest you try it.  It’s only $9.99 a month for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.  You can also try Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for free, click here for more info.

I always enjoy receiving your input about my courses. I have a blast making them, but I want to make sure you’re learning new techniques about the software. Feel free to send me your feedback. Jot me an email at janice@sullivanjphotography.com.  I appreciate your ideas.

Click around to see all the details about this product. I know you’ll love this course and I guarantee it will help you learn Adobe Lightroom Basics!

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

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Source: Adobe Lightroom Basics Course


Why I like Macro

I’ve been wanting to write an article for a while, but have been so busy with my new course on Adobe Lightroom, I haven’t had much time (I will announce more about the course later).

Instead of an article, I thought I’d write a longer blog post about why I like macro photography and try to inspire you to try this style. If you’re already photographing Macro, I’ll try to help you think about stepping out of the box a bit.

I’m not going to write about technical aspects of this style of photographing, you can read that here.

Basically, you will take an up-close picture of your subject. The best way to do this is to purchase a Macro Lens; this is my favorite Lens. You’ll need to get up close to the subject and as you do this, you’ will notice that you have shallow depth-of-field (less of the subject will be in focus). You will probably want a tripod or bean bag to help you stay in focus and definitely. You will also need to be patient.

When photographing these bubbles I had to play with lighting and mixing up the bubbles until I got what a wanted. The first time you look at your subject where do your eyes go? Start from there. This is what’s important. Next play with your compositions. The rule of thirds is good, but don’t think you have to always follow the rules. Move your camera around and try to put your focal point in a variety of locations within your frame.

Black background to enhance the bubbles in he soap.

Soap Bottle

Black background to enhance the bubbles in he soap.

1/30 @f9 ISO 250 with studio flash

 

When you begin to photograph up close you’ll see all the dust, scratches and imperfections so patients again will be needed to remove all of that. You can pay for someone to clean up your images. I’ve never paid but I have thought about it from time to time. I use to say, “make sure your subject is always in focus”.  I believe that this is true for many photographs but not all Macro shots have to be in focus.  If you want the feel of motion go for it. It’s your art!

Liquid on top of despenser.

Cellulite cream – Nope it doesn’t work!

Liquid on top of despenser.

1/13 @ f/10 ISO 250 with strobe lights.

3 Yellow Poppies

Wild Yellow Poppies

Here is a classic Macro shot. A bug on a flower. I love this style of Macro photography that allows you to see what you’re eyes normally wouldn’t. It’s amazing and gratifying. Look at the pollen on this guy, so cool! Again, you will need patience, especially if you plan to photograph outside. The wind can be a problem, so bring a reflector or something you can use to help minimize the wind. I like reflectors and defusers because if the sun is harsh you can calm it down a bit with them.

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1/2000 @ f4 ISO 100

You may have seen my Macro Lens paintings. Try taking your Macro lens and doing something different and creative. I have so much fun with color and motion blur with flowers, but it doesn’t have to be flowers. What can you do with your lens?

Green Daisy

4.0 @f32 ISO 160

Why do I like Macro Photography? I don’t like it, I love it! It’s a unique world of photography and I want to show you how cool it is. Taking the time to photograph using Macro makes me happy and I hope you take the time for a moment to see that up-close view of your world.

It’s hard to really see beautiful macro photographs on a blog site, but when you know you have a great amazing beautiful image, print it. I promise it will make you smile every time you view it. Most of my images are printed as 24″ x 36″ and you really can feel what I was going for when I created the image. It’s an awesome feeling to see and hold a macro photograph up close.

Happy Macro photographing!

Janice Sullivan

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Source: Why I like Macro


Poinsettia Flowers with Textures

I love flowers, and it’s that time of the year to photograph poinsettias and play with textures. I decided to work on A.D. Wheeler’s textures to give the flowers a creative spin. Check out Wheeler’s pack here click here.

Andy has graciously given us a discount. I’m so happy to offer this to you since I know you’ll have a blast on whatever style of photography you use. Use this code at checkout to receive 20% off the purchase price: jsphoto

Thanks Andy!

It’s pretty cool. You’ll receive:

andy's textures

I worked on these flowers in my studio and then had a blast processing a variety of the textures from Andy’s pack last weekend.

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Poinsettia with textures.

 

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Poinsettia leaf with texture.

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Pink Poinsettia with texture.

 

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I watched this video from B&H with Andrew Frank on balancing your life as an Artist. I liked it so much that I’d like to share it with you.

From YouTube:

This presentation tackles the simplest, yet most daunting of problems: most artists cannot survive on their creative practices alone.

Artists often juggle multiple jobs and freelance work — and are still compelled to raise funds for projects. Pressures and obligations of the day-to-day leave little space or energy for creative practice. Andrew Frank has worked through these obstacles and developed both self-diagnostics to pinpoint areas of weakness, and easy exercises to help overcome daily stumbling blocks.

http://www.andrewifrank.com

Let’s start the holiday season with some fun textures and because it is a crazy time of the year on top of just being a creator. Take some time to watch “Balancing your life as an Artist”.

Don’t forget Andy’s discount on the textures!!! Use jsphoto to receive 20% off your purchase!

Have a great week and happy holidays to you all!

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

Source: Poinsettia Flowers with Textures


Happy Thanksgiving!

Yep, this is the time of the year that I want to thank my family and friends for their amazing love and friendship. Many of you may have seen me put smiley faces as I write. I am almost always smiling and it is because of the people in my life. I want to wish them and you (if this is your first time stopping in to see my blog) a Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for? I would love to read about it in the comment section.

Photo tip of the day….smile and be thankful for something or someone.

I’m also thankful for Pumpkin pie!  I love pumpkin pie. It’s so yummy. I decided to share a bit of pumpkin love below. :)

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Macro Pumkin

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Drama Pumpkin

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We will be having a Black Friday sale starting Friday morning. You can receive 30% off all prints and products!

Black Friday Sale 2014

 

The sale ends Sunday at 9 p.m. pacific time, so hurry!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Janice Sullivan

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Source: Happy Thanksgiving!


Fun Motion Blur

When Kevin and I headed up to the mountains to photograph our local aspen trees…well, I guess we were a week late. All the leaves had fallen off. But all was not lost. I decided to have a bit of fun with motion blurs.

Tip for the day…work with what you have and play, play, play!

Next year I’ll be more on top it!

These are two different versions of the same location…yep, I played!

Aspen Blur 2

Same settings a below – different post processing.

 

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Aspen Blur 1

.7 sec @ f22 50mm ISO 100

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Shout Out!

I wanted to give Harry, website publisher/manager, from Metalsmith-Arts Supply Catalogue a shout out to thank him for adding us to their catalog. You can check them and us out here. I’m honored that they like my Macro and Close-up photography tips.

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Latest fun equipment info.

Check out this great deal from Adorama!

Sony Trade-ins

Hope you all have an amazing week! Can you believe Thanksgiving will be next week? The time is a flying.

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Source: Fun Motion Blur


5 Day Split Toning

Yep, I had another challenge. This time I was challenged to do a five day split-toning challenge. My friend Julia S. Maynard challenged me on Facebook and Andreas Levi challenged me on Google+. Today I’d like to share with you the five split-toning images.

I broke the rules a bit.

Rule:

“Please post one different split tone processed photo each day for the next five days in a row, and also challenge another photographer of your choice each day to do the same.”

I did post five days in a row, but “Business Days” and I challenged one photographer. Ooops! :)

Poppy-9075-2

Wild California Poppy

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12 Image stack of Pine

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Wild yellow California poppies.

Sun Burst on Hills

Lake Havasu, Arizona

Single Wild Wish

Desert Wild Flower – link will be added tomorrow. :)

This last one will go up tomorrow. :) You all get a sneak peak.

Talking about sneak peaks…

Some of you know that I’m working on a course called, Adobe Lightroom Basics, I go through all of the modules plus more. Look for it in December! I’ll give you more details as we get closer, but here is a sneak peek of what I did in the slideshow module. Super easy!!

Just like my last post… I challenge you photographers out there! Keep me in the loop if you take my challenge, I’d love to see your images.

Hope you all have an amazing week!

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

Find me on Google+

Source: 5 Day Split Toning


5 Day Split Toning

Yep, I had another challenge. This time I was challenged to do a five day split-toning challenge. My friend Julia S. Maynard challenged me on Facebook and Andreas Levi challenged me on Google+. Today I’d like to share with you the five split-toning images.

I broke the rules a bit.

Rule:

“Please post one different split tone processed photo each day for the next five days in a row, and also challenge another photographer of your choice each day to do the same.”

I did post five days in a row, but “Business Days” and I challenged one photographer. Ooops! :)

Poppy-9075-2

Wild California Poppy

tree-1477-2-bw-2

12 Image stack of Pine

sjp-yellow-poppy-9165-st

Wild yellow California poppies.

Sun Burst on Hills

Lake Havasu, Arizona

Single Wild Wish

Desert Wild Flower – link will be added tomorrow. :)

This last one will go up tomorrow. :) You all get a sneak peak.

Talking about sneak peaks…

Some of you know that I’m working on a course called, Adobe Lightroom Basics, I go through all of the modules plus more. Look for it in December! I’ll give you more details as we get closer, but here is a sneak peek of what I did in the slideshow module. Super easy!!

Just like my last post… I challenge you photographers out there! Keep me in the loop if you take my challenge, I’d love to see your images.

Hope you all have an amazing week!

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

Find me on Google+

Source: 5 Day Split Toning


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