Your Facebook photos are finally going to look good…Introducing the awesome world of .JPEGmini!

I have been on a mission to find a way to make my Facebook’s image uploads look good. I have tried everything. Finally, I threw up my hands and I asked my tribe if they knew of ANYTHING a photographer could do to make them look better and then LAHHHH!!!! My friend, Suellen Cook drops me … Continue reading Your Facebook photos are finally going to look good…Introducing the awesome world of .JPEGmini!

Photoshop Foundations: Do you like those cool insta-filters you get on your smart phone? Did you know similar gradient presets come with PS!? Here is how to access them!

I love to share knowledge and resources that have been shared with me.  I also love shining a bright spotlight on other, like-minded artists, who also believe in #SharingItForward.  I ran across this tip in an artist group earlier today and I loved it! I had to share with you what Photographer, Chris Nickolson of Scottish … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Do you like those cool insta-filters you get on your smart phone? Did you know similar gradient presets come with PS!? Here is how to access them!

Photoshop Foundations: Channels demystified… How using them will save you valuable time when editing…

If you are first starting out navigating the Photoshop waters, learning to select fine details and masking an object can be time consuming and frustrating.  Once you do all that work isn’t there away to save it so you don’t have to go through the entire song and dance again? YUP! (Now if your thinking “Oh, just save it as … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Channels demystified… How using them will save you valuable time when editing…

How to bring your images to life! Create a living photo (i.e. Cinema-graph, animated .gif) in Photoshop!

Did you know you can use Photoshop to create really cool stop motion, cinema graph short films? They probably go by a  bunch of different names but I know them as “animated .gifs”. Artists and Photographers frequently use them to step through their process of how an image was created. I used this same technique in my … Continue reading How to bring your images to life! Create a living photo (i.e. Cinema-graph, animated .gif) in Photoshop!

Behind the Scenes: What did I do when my shoot didn’t go as planned? I decided to reach for the stars…

Have you ever had a project that just didn’t go as planned?  They are usually the projects you are most excited about. You get everything together, models scheduled, props purchased and when you arrive you find you have miscalculated everything and all you have to work with is a pile of squat. This shoot right here was a big fat honking goose egg. When you are first planning conceptual … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: What did I do when my shoot didn’t go as planned? I decided to reach for the stars…

Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)

Have you ever noticed, when editing images, once you apply effect after effect, add some layers, maybe apply a lens flare, a few textures, a gradient map, a few photo filters, apply some overlays… Shew! All this effect stacking will “build up”, causing a haze over your image. Layering a lot of effects can flatten out your image’s black/white points making everything look really dull. Sometimes … Continue reading Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)

Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!

One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is fairytale. I have a soft spot in my heart for children’s storybook themes. I have found myself collecting a lot of stock with those themes in mind. I seem to come up with little girls themes easier than the boys so whenever I find something for a boy, I … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!