I’m Back

We had an amazing 2 week vacation and now I’m back to reality.  It’s always fun enjoying our family vacations.  Even though I was on vacation,  I was still working with clients.  I understand time constraints that Art Buyers  & Creative Directors have when a proposal must be submitted.   I don’t mind and I’m grateful that I love what I do. Ashley has been designing our next eBook.  I’m so excited for you all to see it!  I’m also excited to get back to networking and reading a variety of blogs I have signed up for.  I have met some really creative people on the net and miss reading blogs, viewing images and learning new ways to improve my work and business. Just a quick image for fun!  I’m in the mood for B & W.  :)   This was shot using natural light. [caption id=”attachment_7311” align=”aligncenter” width=”699”]lilly-9673 1.0 sec @ f/19 ISO 100 - Macro 100mm lens[/caption] ~ Since the blog is short I figured I’d share some deals with you all.   Check out these sales: Hurry the lens sale ends July 31! [caption id=”attachment_7317” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]sigmaSale Sale Ends Tomorrow!![/caption] Shoulder Bag Sale: [caption id=”attachment_7324” align=”aligncenter” width=”796”]shoulder-bag Nice for Travel[/caption] With Purchase below you’ll get a free Monopod. [caption id=”attachment_7327” align=”aligncenter” width=”713”]BagFreeMonopod There is a variety of Bags to choose from - click on image.[/caption]   Have a great day! Janice Sullivan Find me on Google+

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Keep your Camera with You

Keep your camera with you all of the time. I say this because if you love photography like me and you don’t have your tripod or that perfect lens, it shouldn’t matter. Some people get all caught up on equipment and feel that their images won’t be worth anything because they don’t have the correct setup. Yes, when you plan a shoot it makes all the difference, but when you can’t it’s okay too. Today, I’d like to show you a couple of fun pictures I made while the hubby and I were visiting my Aunt and Uncle. I didn’t have time for a tripod setup or wait for that perfect light and again that’s ok because I focused on composition and techniques. After our visit, I’m always excited to add my photographs to Lightroom to white flag the photos that I like and when I have time, I go back to process my favorites. This picture is from my Aunt’s yard. I really liked the repetitive feel, but wanted to add a bit of drama to the succulents so I increased the structure and vibrance. To take the shot I held my breath and put my elbows to my side.  I actually could have a full day of photographing my aunts garden. :) Wish I had her green thumb! [caption id=”attachment_7113” align=”aligncenter” width=”682”]succulent-9263 Succulent - 1/20 @ f13 ISO 100 Macro Lens 100mm[/caption] One of the places they took us was the Hearst’s pier. As we walked to the place where Hearst had to have ships come in to bring all his goodies for his Castle, there were some amazing eucalyptus trees. I knew I wanted to make a motion blur of the trees. I slowed the shutter speed and moved my camera vertically to get what I wanted as seen below. Minor adjustments were made in Photoshop. [caption id=”attachment_7114” align=”aligncenter” width=”675”]tree-lens-painting-9556 Trees with Motion Blur 1/6 @ f27 ISO 100[/caption] They also took us to see Elephant Seals on the coast. I noticed this ladybug on a rail on the walkway. I liked the way the light was hitting her, so I handheld the shot with a shallow depth-of-field so she would be the focal point of the shot. [caption id=”attachment_7175” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]ladybug-9464 Ladybug 1/45 @f11 ISO 100 Macro lens 100mm[/caption]   All of the photographs were handheld and shot on the fly as we enjoyed our mini vacation with family.  Since I’m on the subject of vacation…the hubby and I will be taking two weeks off to have some fun!  Yep, my camera will be with me.  ;) So take your camera everywhere and shoot, shoot, shoot! I bet you’ll find something that will excite you. :) Always feel free to add links to the comment section of your fun times shooting on the fly. I know others would love to see them as much as I would. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.  Happy vacation to me.  :) Janice Sullivan Find me on Google+ ~~~~ Email subscribers: Have you noticed anything different? I’m trying out a new company for my newsletters and blog subscriptions. I would love to know what you think! ~ Thanks a bunch!!!!  

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Phone Photography

My last post was about using my iPhone to photograph Panoramas. This got me started on smartphone photography, so I did a bit of research on phone photography and figured I’d share some of the information that I liked with you all today. All of my iPhone photography is personal. I never shoot specifically to sell these images and I share them on my Instagram feed called, “Loving life shown here”.   If you would like to follow me  here is the link.  I promise to follow back! Some of the goodies that I  found regarding phone photography: I found an app called  Camera Awesome.  You can really have fun with the app, but if you want all the goodies, you’ll have to pay for it.  It’s worth mentioning it to you if you’re really into Phone Photography. Description from site

Camera Awesome takes your photos to the next level by shooting faassst and taking sharper, better-exposed shots. Make your memories come alive with stunning professional effects, and 1-Tap sharing on the sites you love.

~ Like the post I wrote previously, "Take Time to Submit Your Images".  I feel you really should get your work out there, so I found these cool sites just for Phone Photography. Add your images to Mobile Photo Awards.  Check out the images that have won awards!  All I can say is “Wow” there are some amazing creative people out there. Here is a contest for you all to check out at PopPhoto.com.  The deadline is September 23, 2014, so you have time to make fun phone images. ~ PopPhoto also has an article called. "10 Tips For Taking Better Photos with You Smartphone".  Just remember that these are suggestions.
  The images below are some of my favorite Intagram posts:
[caption id=”attachment_7050” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_1708 Noah & Spenser - We are proud Grandparents![/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7049” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_1221 My love for flowers.[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7051” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_2635 My garden goodies. :)[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7052” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_2648 One of our many road trips. Hwy 101[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7053” align=”aligncenter” width=”760”]IMG_2848-1 Me and my grandson Noah in our Jacuzzi.[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7054” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_2463 The hubby Kevin with Noah at the Blue Angels show.[/caption] Now let me give you some info on fun goodies for your phone camera. From B&H, this 4-1 lens kit for $69.99.
Product Highlights
  • Fisheye and Wide-Angle Lens
  • Two Macro Lenses (10x and 15x)
  • Multi-Element Optics
  • Anodized Aluminum Barrels
  • Plastic Attachment Ensures Secure Fit
  • Works with Any App that Uses Rear Camera
Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 7.12.09 PMFrom Adorama, check out this Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for $16.74 and check out the video to show you how it works. Joby GripTight GorillaPod I hope this inspires you to have some fun photographing on your smart phone!  If you have time, I would love to see you on Instagram. Cheers, Janice Sullivan Find me on Google+

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iPhone Panorama Apps

I have so much fun looking back at my iPhone Panoramas after one of our fun adventures. I love macro photography (photographing up-close 1:1) so I find it interesting that I also love my iPhone panoramas. They are so opposite when it comes to the point of view of pictures. These images are my personal favorites because of the fun and “wow” moments in my life. I wanted to share them with you…maybe I’ll inspire someone out there to try a fun easy way to photograph Panoramas. :) [caption id=”attachment_7017” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_2713 Hearst Church and horses.[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7019” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_2351 Mecca Valley, California, hike[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7020” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_2410 At my Son’s house - loved the sunset.[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7021” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_1851 Mormon Rock Hike[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_7018” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]IMG_2781 Sunset in front of my home.[/caption] These are the apps I use to shoot the photographs: From Site: AutoStitch is the highest-quality panorama app available on the App Store, generating beautiful wide-angle panoramas of up to 18 megapixels, with no visible seams. AutoStich Panorama - $1.99 From Site: 1CInstant, awesome panoramas 1D 14 CNET 1CEasy as pie 26 impressively sharp. 1D 14 Gizmodo 1CFeels like magic 1D 14 TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) 360 Panorama - $0.99 ~ If you want to see the other apps that I use on my phone click on the link below: http://www.sullivanjphotography.com/iphone-and-ipad-apps-for-photographers/   If you have panoramas to share, add the link to the comment section, so we can enjoy your moments. Cheers, Janice Sullivan Find me on Google+  

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Take Time to Submit your Images

When you take time to photograph…take time to submit your images to a variety of sites to help expose your business and craft. I have had clients find me because of my work via contests or submissions to a variety of magazines and newsletters.

If you’re on my blog, then you can see that I have been on Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and Nik (now Google Nik). I have met some really amazing people just from these three companies. But that’s not the only media presence I’ve been fortunate to be on. Below are a couple of examples were my work has been noticed and I’ve made money from it.

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StJohns

Depending on what type of photographer you are will depend on where you’ll submit images. But just to get you started check these out:

Yourshot National Geographic 

This site is a good resource to see what other photographers are shooting. When I need a pick-me-up, I go here.

Outdoor Photographer

If you’re an outdoor photographer definitely check this website out. Click around and have some fun! Check out the assignments area for a challenge.

Popular Photography

This is a great company. They pay you and give you credit when you’re asked to be published in their magazine.

Pixoto

What I like about pixoto is that you can submit images for free and win prizes. I also like this site because it’s not a popularity contest. Check it out and vote for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

View Bug

I’m new to View Bug but have heard good things. Let me know what you think?

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The next two links will help you find a variety of contests:

The Photo Contest Directory

Photo Contest Insider

Before you submit anything please take time to read all details. You don’t want to give your work away unless you’re donating it. If you’re not getting paid for the image make sure they credit you so other potential clients can find you.

Good Luck!

Janice Sullivan

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Photoshop Textures

Today I would like to talk about using textures in Adobe Photoshop on Creative Cloud. I always enjoy watching Mark Johnson’s video tutorials. He’s so informative and creative. I just watched his video called, “Photoshop Workbench 423: Texture Blending with Adobe Paper Texture Pro” and I  loved it; check it out here.  It’s so fun to photograph and then add a bit of your own creative spin to the image, like textures for example. I have purchased some of his photography tutorial goodies on his website.  Click here to see his amazing work. As always…I like the before pics too but had so much fun processing texture into the photo that I wanted to share this with you.  If you comment to Mark tell him Janice sent you. :) Single Poppy [caption id=”attachment_6957” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]antelope valley, california Wild Poppy Flower - ISO 100 f4.5 @ 1/1000[/caption]  Single Poppy Texture [caption id=”attachment_6956” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]poppy-8084-filter Wild Poppy Flower FA[/caption] Landscape [caption id=”attachment_6522” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]Joshua-Tree-4457-medit Joshua Tree 19 - ISO 100 f6.3 @ 1/15[/caption]  Landscape Texture [caption id=”attachment_6932” align=”aligncenter” width=”794”]Joshua-Tree-4457-filter Joshua Tree 19 FA[/caption] A quick tip: The best images to use with textures are simplistic compositions.  Mark’s tutorial really gives you some great info so check it out and have some fun! Cheers, Janice Sullivan Find me on Google+

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Adobe Camera Raw: White Balance Tool

Sometimes we just don’t have the time to custom white balance our cameras or we accidentally set the camera on a wrong preset.  For example, you had your camera setting on Fluorescent and it should have been set on Daylight.  When that happens your images will have the wrong temperature / wrong color giving it a color cast.  Check out this kelvin link to help you understand the technical side of color and temperature.  To fix this problem you can use Adobe Camera Raw’s White balancing tools. In this video you’ll  learn about Photoshop Adobe Camera Raw’s White Balance Tool.  Some of the main points in this video are:
  • Correcting Color Cast
  • RGB info
  • What is Neutral
  • Fun tips to make a creative image
  Photographs in this video: [caption id=”attachment_6916” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]Cactus-1807 Cactus Top - f18 @6.0s ISO 125 100mm Macro lens[/caption] [caption id=”attachment_6903” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]joshuatree_sunset_2142_HDR Sunset at Joshua Tree - 50mm - HDR - 100 ISO[/caption] You can also use the White Balance Tool in Lightroom the same way.  So play and have some fun correcting or changing up your images with the White Balance Tool!! Cheers, Janice Sullivan Find me on Google+   PS:  I’ve been having problems with the comment section of my blog.  I disabled a plug-in so hopefully this worked.  Thanks to all that emailed me to let me know of the problem.  I had no idea you couldn’t comment.  :(

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Adobe Camera Raw: White Balance Tool

Adobe Camera Raw: White Balance Tool

Sometimes we just don’t have the time to custom white balance our cameras or we accidentally set the camera on a wrong preset.  For example, you had your camera setting on Fluorescent and it should have been set on Daylight.  When that happens your images will have the wrong temperature / wrong color giving it a color cast.  Check out this kelvin linkto help you understand the technical side of…

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Butterfly Attraction

While we were driving next to the Antelope Valley Poppy reserve, I noticed a patch of flowers with a bunch of butterflies floating around; it was a butterfly attraction so I had to stop and check it out! I had so much fun watching the butterflies and bees buzzing around. These are some of the images I took.

All of these images were shot with my 100mm Macro 2.8 lens. You can see these in my…

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Butterfly Attraction

While we were driving next to the Antelope Valley Poppy reserve, I noticed a patch of flowers with a bunch of butterflies floating around; it was a butterfly attraction so I had to stop and check it out! I had so much fun watching the butterflies and bees buzzing around. These are some of the images I took. All of these images were shot with my 100mm Macro 2.8 lens. You can see these in my Variety of Botanicals gallery here. [caption id=”attachment_6881” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]Butterfly-9025 Butterfly Dream - f4.5 @1/1000 ISO 100[/caption]   [caption id=”attachment_6883” align=”aligncenter” width=”800”]white-flower-9066 Single Wild Wish - f2.8 @ 1/1500 ISO 100[/caption]   [caption id=”attachment_6885” align=”aligncenter” width=”673”]White Wild flowers White Wild Flowers - A variety of Images merged together.[/caption] So when you’re driving around and see a butterfly attraction near you, make sure you take that camera out and enjoy the fun of butterflies floating around. At first they will fly away but once you stay around for a bit they start coming back. You become part of their world. :) A super short behind the scenes video: http://youtu.be/m0rNnxigsUo Cheers, Janice Sullivan Find me on Google+

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