Why I love my Nikon D800… and other camera gear

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Under the gun with a bathroom renovation deadline, I was staying up late and pulling out all the stops to gitter done, leaving ONE day to shoot, edit and build my reveal post. One day.  Come 2pm, that was it. I hammered shut the last paint can lid, grabbed the tripod and camera before the […]

A quick change camera lens bed

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the run, taking pictures. I never take the time to tote the camera bag along, or much else. It’s basically grab the camera with one lens on it, grab the other lens and off I go! The tricky part of course comes when you want to […]

My 2 top tips for learning digital SLR photography

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“Would you take pictures for my workshop?” I gulped hard. I had just landed a SLR digital camera after my point and shoot took a nosedive. I truly had no idea how to use it except for pushing the trigger and hearing a click. But I figured, how hard could it be? I’ll leave it […]

Rustic valentines and a photography class.

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I’m not big on decorating for special occasions. Do I sound like a scrooge? My ladder plant stand above is an example of spring, summer, fall and winter decorating in my home. What do you think?! So why the snowless winter mantel or pumpkin filled front entry? Well, I have a method to my madness. […]

Why I use Lightroom 4 for photo editing

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 Lightroom 4 for photo editing has been my go to for a couple of months now. And because it’s done some amazing things for my own photographs, I felt it time to spread the good news. Update / upgrade to Lightroom 5… the perspective correction feature alone is worth it! I’ve used Picasa for many […]

How to submit your work to a magazine

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Pin It It’s been deadline time in the land of Funky Junk over the past few. My next writeup for FOLK magazine will highlight my bedroom, so I’ve been adding the finishing touches for full room shots. With social media the powerhouse it is today, your door may get a knock one day soon as well. […]

Make funky photo edits in Picasa’s upgrade

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Pin It There’s a party at this coffee bar today!  Have you seen what Picasa’s 3.9 upgrade can do? This is a perfectly acceptable shot of my beloved lattes. And this shot offers you Wild Times at the Coffee Bar.  Nice! Sugar? Hmm… I’ll take grit! Lovely designer touch to that windowsill. (not likely) Now […]

31 Days / day 5 – new vignettes with my top 5 photo tips

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I have the chance to do a little creating for HGTV.com. They gave me a theme to work with, so I’ve been playing in my spare time to whip up something new for them. And because this is a Blog to Biz series, I’ll confess I’m not compensated for this.  So why do it? Because […]

31 Days / day 4 – submitting work for websites and magazines

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So, this past weekend I’ve been decorating for spring for HGTV.com  and Christmas for FOLK. Two different seasons in the wrong season… sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it? Submitting your work to magazines or websites is a wonderful way to land added exposure for your blog. Not to mention the mere thrill of seeing yourself in […]

How to work and save photos for blogs and magazines

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Oh how us bloggers LOVE using photos and lots of them to convey our messages in our posts! But did you know there’s some easy tweaks you can do to your photos to allow them to load quicker and keep them safe? Now what about if a magazine should come knocking on your virtual door? […]