It’s Free Stock Saturday! Here’s a big, fat, awesome rock…

Rocks are great for creating reusable backgrounds. If you are striving to build your photography business around conceptual portraits, you want reusable backgrounds. Backgrounds that are simple and do not require much manipulation to place your subject in them. Quick and clean. So… here’s a big, fat, cool rock… From two different angles. Free to use, with … Continue reading It’s Free Stock Saturday! Here’s a big, fat, awesome rock…

Two techniques for creating fog and smoke effects in camera… by Tatiana Lumiere

One of the most frequent questions I am asked, by those wanting to learn conceptual photography, is “Do I have to use Photoshop to create my images?”. The answer is a resounding NO. You don’t have to use Photoshop at all! Because of this, I am always on the lookout for techniques I can share forward, no matter what your preference might … Continue reading Two techniques for creating fog and smoke effects in camera… by Tatiana Lumiere

I’m tired of waiting… I’ll just create snow in Photoshop…

I live in Nashville, Tn. We don’t get snow. I have been crossing fingers and toes for the last 6 years, hoping for a big enough snowfall, that I could capture the “post card” images of my little princesses in little fur lined, hooded capes, standing in majestic, snow covered fields. But… I’m still waiting.  The most we … Continue reading I’m tired of waiting… I’ll just create snow in Photoshop…

Conceptual Portrait Mini-Clinic & Interview with the Cookeville Camera Club, Cookeville, TN

I have the wonderful pleasure of sharing my love of all things conceptual with the Cookeville Camera Club, Cookeville, Tennessee on January 26th! Below is my interview with Kathy Neer of the Cookeville Camera Club. They are an amazing group of photographers. If you are not yet a member of a photography club in your area … Continue reading Conceptual Portrait Mini-Clinic & Interview with the Cookeville Camera Club, Cookeville, TN

It’s Stock Saturday and bird, bird, bird… bird is the word….

Today’s free stock is a wonderful demonstration of how the “Sharing It Forward” mindset elevates artists as a whole, and creates a supportive, inspirational artist community. Three members of our “Sharing It Forward” community have donated today’s stock from their own stock libraries! All the images have a Creative Commons Attribution License and you are free to use them in commercial works. (As always, no … Continue reading It’s Stock Saturday and bird, bird, bird… bird is the word….

How to select objects with their shadows intact…

Have you ever wished you could select an object’s shadow from one image and drag into another one? But you don’t know how to just grab the shadow without grabbing the background? Well… where there is a will, there is a way!! For this “Creating Shadows” post, I’m going to share a really neat method for grabbing an object’s cast shadow … Continue reading How to select objects with their shadows intact…

The point of contact…

As promised, today is a continuation of my blog series on compositing shadows.  I believe lighting and shadows are the most important components in creating cohesive and beautiful compositions. If something in the image looks “off” it will distract the viewer take away from your story line. If you have not had the opportunity to read the first two blog posts you may review them here. Lesson 1: It’s in … Continue reading The point of contact…