Macro Lens Painting Thanks

It is so exciting for me to see how other photographers interpret and create their own macro lens paintings. It is also nice to see people post blogs about this style of photography.

One day I was scanning blogs that I follow and I came across Don Johnston blog in which the photographer writes about how he learned the style of macro lens painting from me. He did such an amazing job and I was so impressed with his work, that I had to share it with you as well.

Teaching others and seeing how they interpret my work into their own is so fulfilling. I am always striving to try new things and improve my own style of work, so when someone else does this, it inspires me even more to share my projects.

Getting published and having my work in hotels and restaurants for others to enjoy is great, but what really floats my boat is teaching and mentoring other photographers. I love to see them grow and fulfill their own desire to create.

Thank you to all of you that I have worked with especially my apprentices in the Arcanum. You make me smile every day!

Cheers to creatives!

Here is my latest macro lens painting.



Janice Sullivan

Macro Lens Painting Thanks

Macro Inspiration

In our new Professional Macro & Close-up Photography group, Troy had asked, “We all love taking pictures of flowers (I do as well) and we’ve all seen various angles and perspectives – some tired and some truly unique. We look for color, light, and texture – we try to separate our subject with position and framing – we consider a myriad of technical and artistic rules breaking some and following others before ever pushing the button. Some of us do this without thinking while others analyze and scrutinize. To this end I ask – what is your approach when shooting a flower? How are you trying to be unique and fresh?”

I love this question so much that it made me want to write about it here.  This was my answer. This is a great question Troy Arnold! When I first look at a flower I pay attention to what draws my eyes in first. I then start to play with that in a variety of compositions, f-stops, stacked shots, lighting, and always focusing on what I love about the flower. Sometimes my shots bring me to other elements of my story, but that is usually how I start my creative process.”

If you haven’t joined the macro fun, please join and start creating.  Our Facebook group is a great place to share and chat about macro and close-up photography.   You’ll see ideas from macro lovers and hopefully it will motivate you to play with your work. Why not, don’t get stuck on doing the same thing every time. That’s boring!

Below is an example of what I was talking about. It’s part of a flower. Yep, my eyes went to this area and I saw a praying mantis/alien, haha, well, it looks alive. 🙂 I tried various ways to photograph the location and this is what I came up with. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Play with your Macro Compositions.

I hope this inspires you to “see” what you like while photographing macro and flowers. Now get started and focus, well you may not need to focus, but you will need to express what you’re feeling and that comes with experimentation and knowledge.



Janice Sullivan


Just an FYI. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to join the group, but you do need to love the craft so much that you aspire to be a professional in your future.

Macro Inspiration

Facebook and Instagram

Today’s blog post is short but sweet.  I wanted to share with you my new Facebook group “Sullivan J Photography”.  I started this group so people can see the behind the scenes of our work and what it takes to create the images so many people ask about. I think it’s fun to see the before and after of shots and also the software and equipment used to make the image exactly what you want it to be.  If you’re interested please join us and share your fun too!

Latest Image:

Dandelion seeds with waterdrops photographed in studio with creative lighting and focusing.

Dandelion seeds with waterdrops photographed in studio with creative lighting and focusing.

I wanted the most of the water drops in focus in the foreground and background so I had to stack the image. These are backlit dandelion seeds. I’m drawn to water and seeds, the essence of life. This was shot on Black Plexi glass and lit with a red gels on my lights. I processed this in Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz & On1. I plan to add the before and after image to our new Facebook group and I’ll add more info about the process there.

I also started a Sullivan J Photography page on Instagram. There has been so much controversy about how Instagram can use our images to sell to third parties so I’ve been very reluctant to join. However, the Arcanum started an account and asked us Masters to join in and being the person I am, I want to support what we do at the Arcanum. 🙂 I would love to see you there too.


Facebook and Instagram

How can a student become a professional photographer?

Do you really like to take pictures, and you are sure that the picture must necessarily be transformed from a simple hobby into your profession? Then this article is for you. Unfortunately, the unique recipe “how to become a photographer” does not exist, but the tips below will undoubtedly help you to make your dreams come true, at least this one 🙂

You need passion

Always maintain those feelings with which you started reading this article: passion, commitment, willingness to deal with difficulties, surmount all the obstacles that you are going to meet a lot on your way. Some of them are high level of competition among colleagues, the errors, the first failure, challenges and frustration.

When you become engaged in a photography in order to profit – shooting and processing photos may turn in the normal routine work. Do not let this happen, keep moving, improve your skills, create for yourself, your friends and not just for the money-minded purpose.

Here we have given to you some of the psychological advice because this is the essential point while taking up any endeavor! A lot of people once they have started doing something new give up because of the lack of motivation and satisfaction. Find the purpose of your occupation by asking yourself “Why should I do this?”, “What outcome am going to get from this thing?”, “Am I happy being involved in photography?” and so on… If you always now a precise answer to what you want everything will turn out the way you want it to be. Such traits as commitment, devotion, passion and willingness are important in most of the professions, especially when you do something for other people, such professions may include doctors, research paper writer, barbers, designers etc.

Some things to remember

The main thing to remember is that whether you have a good and expensive camera or not, does not mean that you are now a photographer. A lot of people who know the owners of these smart cameras ask them why they are not engaged in photographing weddings, holidays and so on. This is a very wrong question! You must know how to be a photographer, in fact, you need to have time to catch the best shot, help with a position and posture, fix drawbacks, and so forth. A good photographer is studying all his life: how to work with light, with decorations, with people, with new cameras and so forth.

How to start

To start, take courses or more serious training, for example, in photography school. Here you will learn how to work with compositions, with light and shadows. In addition, it is much better to learn about the necessary equipment from the experts, than to try by trial and error method and as a result, lose your valuable time. Of course, you can study photography and become a photographer by yourself by watching online lessons, for example. Do not hurry up to buy an expensive camera, you can start shooting with the simplest digital camera, but with the adjustment settings (not automatic settings), where you can adjust the suitable ISO setting, flash, color-balance and so on. Now you can find an inexpensive, but a good digital camera with optical zoom, and the ability to capture small parts (for macro). Watch tutorials and learn to shoot weather, people, traffic, water and so on.


The next step on the way to becoming a photographer will be training to work with ready-made images. Each picture needs attention and time, so you can add personality and individuality to each picture. Undoubtedly, the most popular program is the «Adobe Photoshop», although the cost can be high for you. But first, you can install a less expensive version of «Adobe Photoshop Elements».

Do not forget about the competitive spirit: take part in a competition, where your shots can be evaluated (on diverse blogs and websites), in addition, you will be able to take first place and win a prize. Once you have learned the basics of photography, you will be able to confidently buy high-quality and professional equipment with high-quality optics, with iris, with the possibility of re-buy the necessary accessories to the camera.

Creating a personal portfolio

In order to start work as a photographer on a commercial basis, you will need a minimum set of different selection of the highest quality photos. Select the best photos from your own perspective taken by you but keep in mind that they must be different.

It is best if you have some free photo sessions in the studio and on the street with the model you like. The resultant pictures will be the ones for your portfolio.

Do not jump in feet first!

Do not spend all your free time only for your passion. It is clear that you want to get the most quality results in the shortest possible time, but think about the other side of the coin – you can “burn out”, simply overdo it, and your loved ones and family, most likely will not be in awe of your permanent absence .



Communication skills

Not only technical skills and creativity are important to the profession of a photographer. It is important as well as the ability to communicate, find a common language with strangers as well. It is important to quickly “transmit” the customers into the category of “friends” during the shooting, they will feel, more relaxed and confident. It is important to “feel” your customer, to know when it is appropriate to make a joke, and when it’s better to abstain from them.

Constant studies

Improve your skills constantly: either alone or with the help of literature and Internet — online resources and with the help of various courses, masterclasses that are widely available nowadays. Here you will find best tools for editing and improving the outcome.

How can a student become a professional photographer?

Adobe Lightroom Basics Course

Have you seen my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basics Course on sale? It’s a great tool for people who are just starting to use Lightroom. To see more detailed information about the course, please click here. I have to admit that my audio isn’t the best so I felt I should give you all a great deal. I did put a lot of time into this course to help you understand Lightroom and feel it’s so worth the money.


Adobe Lightroom Basics Course


This is a fun abstract I took at Lake Tahoe. It’s so easy to get caught up in the beauty of the place as a whole, but when you take time to look at small details your photography will bloom and take on a whole new perspective.

Rock in the water in Lake Tahoe.

To see the before and after image, please join my new facebook group here.  I also like to talk about the photograph a bit too. I would love it if you participated and shared your behind-the-scenes of an image or just joined in to see the fun.


Kevin has wanted a Copter since they came out. I thought I’d share these with you all. The debate is on the table.



DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter



YUNEEC Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera

I hope you check out Lightroom Basics and of course, comments are always welcomed.  😉


Janice Sullivan

Adobe Lightroom Basics Course

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basics Course


Total Time 3 hr, 25 min
Lessons 10
7 Informational links


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basics Course

What do You Like in Life? Photograph it!

What do you like in life? Think about it and then photograph it or the concept of your passion.

Photography is not only for the visual experience in life, but it can be a documentation of your passions. For example, I love to hike with my husband, but while I’m hiking I really pay attention to details. The rock formation with the rock climber is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I absolutely go crazy over desert flowers growing between rocks. I also love animals so how can I not photograph a desert chipmunk checking us out while we eat lunch? 🙂 And I can’t forget my love of history. Capturing anything with historical value really floats my boat.

These are personal photographs that make ME smile and that is what life is about…the experience! I am a tree hugger because of my passion so I’m affiliated with several conservation groups. I also want others to enjoy what I’ve experienced so I work with the hospitality industry. It’s a good feeling to know that when someone stays in a hotel that they will see my work and feel my passion. Once you see the variety of photographs that you have accumulated, take the next step and figure out what you can do with your passion.

“Ouch” HDR



Desert Flower growing out of a Rock!

Sullivan J Photography

Our Lunch Friend


Old Gold Mining Equipment

If you want to see the before and after of “Ouch” come join my private FB group.  🙂



Janice Sullivan


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So excited about ON1 PHOTO RAW!!



What do You Like in Life? Photograph it!


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