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My Boo Boo Photographing Anza Borrego

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Anza Borrego Photo Boo Boo

Kevin and I decided to head out for a road trip to Anza Borrego. I’ve heard about the super bloom in the desert and  I was all over take advantage of the flowers. Kevin grabbed his drone and I grabbed my photography equipment. This was our first trip and being newbies to the place I thought I was so prepared! I researched the park on where the flowers were blooming, but boy did I screw up!   So here are some of my tips before you head out to the desert.

1. Make sure you go over all of your equipment before you leave for your desert photographing fun!

Why is this the first tip of this post?  Because I made a huge boo boo and forgot my plate that attaches to the camera so I couldn’t use my tripod. Yikes…that’s huge when you’re  a macro photographer.  I was so lucky because I had my Gorillapod in my photo bag. Whew!

2.  When packing your equipment don’t say to yourself, “I hardly ever use this so I wont bring it this time”.

I’ve said those words to myself before and I so happy I didn’t listen to myself this trip! My extra tripod what saved the day!

3.  Super bloom news made the park packed.  

The traffic was crazy so I suggest you grab a good app for your phone to check traffic. We found other routes to get into the park and that made our life easier so we could get to flowers instead of being in traffic for hours.

4.  Make sure you have water, food and gas!

Yes, gas is on our list! We didn’t realize how big the park was and our Jeep was running low on gas. We had to drive way out of our way to grab more and there were no flowers on the way. Fuel up before you get  into the park!

5. Don’t beat yourself up for not having the correct photography gear!

Take a deep breath and look to see how you can fix the situation. If all fails and you can’t use your camera take out your phone and take pictures. Maybe it wasn’t what was intended, but you grab what you love and TAKE pictures!

 

Her are some links to help you get ready for your photograph adventure:

Metal Sculptures – You’ve got to see these amazing pieces of art and here is a great place to check out the Wild Flower Update.

If you want to see some suggestion on macro equipment:

Macro Photography: Cameras, Lenses and Tripods

Here are some fun Gadgets for macro.

If you’ve never photographed macro style check this out before you leave for your trip.

5 Tips to Get You Started With Macro Photography

 

I’d love to know what you’re photography boo boo has been! What did you end up doing to fix the problem?

Let us know in the comment section below!

Janice

Sunday Society – Business Excitement

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One of the reasons I have a blog is so I can chat with you all. It’s my place to share what I’ve been up too and to hopefully inspire you to be creative. I feel mentorship is HUGE in your creative life. It’s important to me to share my ideas through my photographs, but I also need to pay the bills. So business is also a big part of my life. My business plan was changing and I felt lost, so I decided to search around the web to see what I could find to learn new marketing plans.

I found a Creative Live class called, “Create Digital Products That Sell While You Sleep”.  This is where I met April Bowels-Olin.  Loving her style and her knowledge, I purchased her class and I was so inspired by April that I began to follow her blog and signed up for her newsletter. I’m sure you’ve been there when you find someone who uplifts you.

I knew my business plan needed help so when I saw she had a membership/mentorship program called Sunday Society I jumped on it!  It has been an amazing ride being able to work with her, but also meet some other amazing women!

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During our first live call she had a dance party in the beginning, I thought it was so cool! I met my hubby dancing and I LOVE to dance! I relate to her on many levels. I have just met her buddy Mayi Carles because I joined Operation World Domination with B-School and she adds icing to the cake!

So why am I telling you all of this?  Because mentorship is AMAZING! I mentor photographers and know how important it is for me to push my apprentices. It’s not a place where we just praise everything and it’s not a place to bash work. It’s a place to be inspired and to step out of your comfort zone. That’s how you move forward.

I am stepping out of the box and have a plan for the future of my mentorship.  Macro and landscape photography is my passion and working with other photographers is my calling. And yes, I have mentors to help me.

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1/13 @ f2.8 100mm Macro lens ISO 100

 

If you would like to work with me please click here to see if we would be a good fit. If not, look for someone you can work with. Just throwing your images out on social media will not push your creativity.

 

Janice's Mentorship Group

Janice’s Mentorship Group

 

As always I have a question for you…is there a mentor or a place where you’re inspired? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

 

Cheers to mentors!  All of them who truly care about you!

Janice Sullivan

 

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5 Creative Macro Photographing Techniques

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In the last post I shared 10 inspirations to get you motivated to photograph macro & close-up! Now I’d like to give you some fun techniques for you to play with.  Below are my five favorite macro techniques.

01.  Play with your F-stop

Change up your aperture. You’ll be surprised by what the depth of field (DOF)  will be compared to f2.8 to f22 to a Macro image.

Shot at f3.2

 

Shot at f19

 

02. Try New Perspectives

Shoot on top, below to the side, behind….Move that lens around!

Back of a Daisy

 

03.  Focus Stack

One of my favorite ways to photograph is focus stacking! You take several in focus images (f8 is a good start) overlapping what’s in focus and merge them together.  It’s a blast seeing your subject become one in focus it’s like POW, your mind is amazed to see the result! Photoshop, Helicon & Zerene Stacker can help you out with the merge.

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To get the drops in focus in the front and back this needed to be stacked.

 

04. Rule of Thirds

I have a video on this if you want to check it out. Trust me, this rule works… be creative and photograph on all intersecting areas to see what you like. Basically the rule of thirds is a hashtag on top of your image and you set your focal point (main subjects) on the intersections.

Bottom right where the the petals begin lines up on a third.

 

05. Back Lighting

Macro back-light is really exciting…especially when you focus on leaves and flowers. You can see the details in the life of the subject.  Here is a behind the scenes video I did on my iPhone…fun! fun!

This is a Lemon sliced really thin.

 

These five tips will give you plenty of fun images that you’ll be proud of. I would LOVE to see your favorite macro techniques shared in the comment section.

 

Cheers to macro techniques!

Janice Sullivan

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

By | Macro & Close-up | 2 Comments

I always appreciate finding inspirational ideas to get me excited again while I play with my camera and macro lens. I want to share with my favorite 10 tips to get you to take out your camera and get up close & personal with it. Here are my 10 ideas to find macro subjects.

1.  Look in Your Kitchen

This is an awesome place to find Macro subjects. You have food, liquids and utensils just waiting for you to grab and photograph!

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

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2.  Water Droplets on Glass

You can add oil or soap to create fun droplets and/or put something funky under the glass to draw attention into the drops.

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

Oil & Water with pink fabric below glass.

 

 3.  Come up with a Theme

Texture is one of the best themes for macro, but any theme will do. Liquids are fun too!

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

Flower Flood Theme – Didn’t make the calendar, but I like it 😉

 

 4.  Check out Your Car or Find Rust

Cars have very cool lines when you get up close to them and if you have or find an old rusty car…woot! You’ll have a blast with a variety of rust texture to play with!

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

Rusty Train I found in a Museum.

 

5.  Play with Lighting

Oh wow you can have fun with lighting… light painting is fun! Take your subject in a dark room and paint your subject with a flashlight.

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

Light with a flashlight.

 

 6.  Ordinary Objects

I’ve shot lightbulbs,  pencils, buttons…look for goodies that have amazing patterns, colors, shapes and lines.

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

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 7.  Google Your Favorite Subjects

Once you find a subject…Google it. This will give you ideas and plus you can make sure your work is different from the norm.

 

 8.  Look for Complimentary Colors

While you’re thinking about what to photograph pay attention to color.  You’ll be amazed by subjects that compliment each other. On the color wheel the opposite colors from each other are called complimentary. They work awesome in photographs. If you want to read up on Color Theory. Go for it…knowledge is power…color power!

 

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

Orange and Blue – Red and Green…etc… attract our eyes.

 

09.  Go outside in Your Yard

You don’t have to go far to photograph macro. Grass, weeds, flowers, rocks…I can keep going. Just walk around slowly with your lens and look at everything.  You’ll find a whole new world, I promise!

10 Tips to Find Inspiration for Macro Photographers

Cactus in my backyard.

 

10.  Have Fun

Yes! Get up close and personal with your subject and photograph it moving that lens all around to see what interests YOU!  Make it a fun project…a fun time to create.

 

Cheers to finding macro inspiration! If you have an idea for us, I’d love it if you shared it in the comment section!

Janice Sullivan

My Next Adventure for Hiking & Camping Photography

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If you read my latest blog post you know we have a new GoPro and Phantom 4 Drone Kit! Woot! Before we bought the video goodies to add to my macro and landscape photography we bought a travel trailer! I LOVE to hike and grab sunset shots, but what I hate to do is leave our locations. I live in crazy Southern California so I strive to get out to our deserts and local mountains….now I can stay there and enjoy some night shots. I plan to grab some lights and play, play, play with macro during the night.

It’s fun to black out a room in the house and photograph with various lighting techniques, but now I’m going to play outdoors! 🙂

These are some of my home studio shots…I can’t wait to add night close-ups to my portfolio!

Light painting flowers.

Light painting flowers.

Light Painting a Tulip

Match – it’s own light 🙂

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If you’re part of my mentorship in The Arcanum I share the behind the scenes with my apprentices. They have seen our travel trailer and before and after images of the fun. Below is one of the images I shared from Zion during our winter hike and the video of snow in the national park.

Zion in the Snow – 1/750 @ f4.0 ISO 400

It’s so refreshing to get out and photograph. I just can’t get enough road trips in my life, hahaha!

Do you know of any good places I should go? I’d love to read them in the comment section.

Cheers to hiking & camping to photograph!

Janice Sullivan

Our New GoPro, Drone and a Couple Wins

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I’m so excited to announce that we will be adding video to our work! I’ve been wanting to share with you our travels and to show you my macro photography within the areas I shoot and this will help make that happen! We have now added to our equipment a new GoPro and drone…well, the drone will be delivered tomorrow.

These are what we purchased:

Our GoPro

GoPro HERO5 Session
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Here is the unboxing video I just did on the GoPro…well, it’s kind of an unboxing. Kevin opened the box before I could get to it. He was excited, lol!!


Putting the Battery in: 05:37

Capture App to go with GoPro: 06:31

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We ended up buying a couple of goodies for the GoPro:

GoPro Casey (Camera + Mounts + Accessories Case)
http://amzn.to/2kd3Io9

GoPro 3-Way Grip, Arm, Tripod (GoPro Official Mount)
http://amzn.to/2ls7BKP

GoPro Headstrap Mount + Quick Clip (GoPro Official Mount)
http://amzn.to/2lyJTJE

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Our Drone

We got the kit…there is more to the kit.  The link has the details.

DJI Phantom 4 Kit with Batteries, Battery Chargers, and iPad Air 2

https://goo.gl/S3ocZ6

 

These are the highlights from B&H

KIT INCLUDES:

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter DJI Intelligent Flight Battery for Phantom 4/4 Pro/4 Pro+ Quadcopter Apple 128GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Silver) DJI 100W Power Adapter for Phantom 4 Quadcopter (Without AC Cable) DJI 100W AC Power Adaptor Cable for Phantom 4 Quadcopter (USA & CA) DJI Phantom 4 Kit with Batteries, Battery Chargers, and iPad Air 2

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Apple iPad Air 2 for Monitoring/Control
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • TapFly – Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Seven Flight Batteries Total
  • Each Battery Lasts up to 28 Minutes
  • Three Battery Chargers

 

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I’m also very honored to have these images win top of 2016 in Pixoto.  I always tell my apprentices that this is a great place to share your work to see how others react to them. Pixoto is not a popularity contest! You don’t know who the images are from when you vote for them so it’s perfect just to get that feel of what others may like when you create new work. But, with that said you may love a piece of your work that others don’t and so be it! It’s your creation.


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Have a great week!

Cheers to having video in our work.

Janice Sullivan

Win a Calendar or Amazon Gift Card

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Lately I’ve been having a blast on YouTube! Meeting new photography lovers is another excitement added to my photography passion. When I joined YouTube I challenged myself to be in front of the camera and I’m so glad I did. I really love to talk shop (even when it’s a taped video)! 😉 The family and friends don’t care what f-stop I used or how I use a variety of lighting to get the shot I want, but that’s ok because now I have you and my YouTube friends.

Below are some of the latest videos you may enjoy.

To help me promote my YouTube fun I’m having a giveaway.

For everyone, newbies and oldies, enter for a chance to win either a 2017 Flood Calendar OR a $25 gift card from Amazon! 

  1. Share this post on any of your social media platforms and tag me in it!
  2. The more you share on different social media platforms, the more entries you get!
  3. Please comment below where you shared so we can verify.  We will be using the comment section to pull the names for our random drawing.

 

The contest/giveaway will end a week from today!  🙂

I’m excited! I haven’t had a contest in a long time. I need to get on that again…and I plan to! 😉

Again…share this blog post and let us know you did in the comment section to win our 2017 Calendar or a $25 gift card from Amazon!

4.  Oh yeah…you can also sign up for our newsletter and my YouTube channel if you’re a newbie…again, let us know that you did below in the comment section. If you signed up for both, you’ll have two entries. 

 

Cheers to a fun New Year!

Janice Sullivan

UPDATE!!

Congratulations to Jeri Mearns for winning the giveaway!  Thank you so much everyone for participating!  I totally appreciate you all!

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Using Textures to Help Your Images

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Please don’t toss that image that isn’t quite in focus or if you don’t like the color palette. Don’t toss your work even if you feel it’s a crap shot and nothing can become of it. Using Textures can help correct your images and it will put a smile on your face again.  🙂

I have had a lot of work where I just think the shot is terrible. Yes, I strive for perfection, but sometimes it just isn’t working. If I like the subject of my photo then I have fun with it in post process and add textures for a creative punch! For example, I shot this image below for my Macro Stacking tutorials on YouTube. Here is the before and here is the after. If you saw my last blog post, “100 Badass Women Entrepreneurs”, then you’ve seen this image.

I shot this quickly and to tell you the truth, I knew it wasn’t going to be perfect, but I had a plan to play with it. I did used a texture called, “Webbed Rocks”.  Yes, the texture pack is almost done! You’ll see that in February. 😉

A bit of stem focus

Focus on Front

After

Merged Image with my texture and process fun!

 

So today’s quick inspiration is to NOT toss your work! Play with textures! If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll receive some of my free textures and a quick tutorial on how to use them.

I hope you have an awesome week playing with your photographs! If you have any fun images with textures, share the links below in the comment sections so we can enjoy them.

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

100 Badass Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017 – Crazy Honored

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I’m crazy honored to have made the list of 100 Badass Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017!  There are some amazing women on this list, so please check them out here.  Not only am I crazy honored, but making the list this has given me the drive to make 2017 the best year ever and I’m thankful for that focus!

What do I have planned? My calendar is full and ready to rock and roll! But here is just a bit of the fun:

  • We will chat about the camera and lenses more for you macro photographers.
  • Equipment is always a must to discuss.
  • I want to talk more about the business side of Photography including tips to help you push forward.
  • Post processing is always a must for me to share. I love to take my photographs and play with them in various software.
  • I plan to chat more about printing your work. Outsourcing and printing from your printer should be done more often.  🙂
  • I’ll share ideas for you to photograph when you’re in a rut and need to push your creativity.
  • Kevin and I love to hike so you’ll see some of our fun adventures and maybe we will inspire you to get outdoors to photograph.
  • You’ll read about some historical places. I LOVE macro, but I want to also capture places that have some history; especially old mining locations. I’m from the West so I’m drawn to it I guess.  😉

This is just a small part of what I’ve planned for the year. You can always find me on YouTube where I make short videos chatting about photography. Most of the videos are about macro, but if I like something that I think will help you like it has helped me, I’ll share it with you there.

I just finished the third part of my beginning macro tutorial! Below are the final images from the tutorial.

Dead Daisy – 2 Stack

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Dead Leaf Stack

To watch the video check out my Macro Playlist here.

Look out for more fun and if you have any questions, please ask them in the comment section below!

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On a sad note I’ve been away for a couple of weeks so I made this video letting you know I’m here just needed some time to spend with the hubby. I still work with my apprentices and photo biz, but when life hit’s, I have to take a break with my blog and my YouTube channel. I have to pay the bills so that comes first 😉   I’m sure you all understand.

 

Happy New Year to all and I’m looking forward to a new fun-filled year of photography!

 

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

Top 10 of What I Loved in 2016

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The last week of December is a great time for me to reflect on 2016. Every year there are ups and downs in life and because I want to be positive in my life, I want to share my top 10 of what I loved most in 2016!

These are not in any particular order….

1. Sunday Society – This group is mentored by April Bowels-Olin. It’s an amazing place for female entrepreneurs to interact with each other. I plan to write about this in more detail later, but for now you can read the awesomeness here.

 

2. The Arcanum – I have had an amazing time with my apprentices! Some have graduated and now are part of our Alumni group. I absolutely love working with creatives who want to push their work further. You can join me here if you’re interested.

 

3. My twin grandsons being born – Ashley had Luke and Liam on February 4th. Our blessings for the year!

Luke & Liam

 

4. New YouTub videos – I’ve stepped out of the box and now make videos once a week on YouTube. I’m actually in front of the camera. 😉 I love to talk shop, so for me this is a great place to share what I love…macro is the main focus, but I’ll talk about anything I think is fun!

 

5. Our first calendar – It was so exciting to make our first calendar. Ashley did an amazing job designing it. I LOVE it! It’s on Sale until Monday, January 2nd 12a pacific, so hurry we have a few left. Check it out here.

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6. Viewbug Judge – I get inspired to see work from others and was honored to judge two contests on Viewbug. Check out macro fine art winners here and the reptiles/amphibians winners here.

 

7. Meeting photographer lovers – I had a great time going to our local High School to talk about photography. It was so much fun meeting so many young future photographers.

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8. Business becoming an LLC – Moving forward in our business is important. I live and breathe Sullivan J Photography. It’s nice to now have the business as an LLC!

 

9. Offering one hour critiques – I just started to offer one hour critiques for those of you who don’t have the time for The Arcanum. Another thing I LOVE is to chat with other photographers and help them with a professional critique.

 

10. Road trips: Kevin and I love to road trip! I love to hike and road trip to deserts throughout Southern California. This year we had a blast driving from my Southern California home to Lake Tahoe! First time in Lake Tahoe…wow I have to go back!

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Mono Lake – On the way back from Tahoe

 

We will start our 2017 with a road trip to Utah! I’m so excited to photograph Utah. It’s been on my bucket lists for years. I’d like to know your loves of 2016! Hope you all have a Happy New Year and I wish you all the best for your 2017 during your ups and downs in the year to come.

 

Cheers! From my glass to yours!

Janice Sullivan

One Hour Online Critique Session

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I’m so excited to announce that I’m offering a one hour online critique session for those of you who do not have the money or the time to join my apprenticeship in the Arcanum. If you want more details on the one hour session, click here, but for now I have to share some of my excitement with you.

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The best way to really improve your photography is to have a one-on-one professional critique. I know that it can be expensive, but I’m offering this session for only $59! That’s a great price. You will send me five high-resolution images prior to the critique and I will go over them with a fine tooth comb before the critique session so we can really get into your images for an hour. These sessions will be on YouTube for you to have for future reference and I do spend a lot of prep time on your critique.

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Do you have a vision or you need a push in your work? Now, if you just want me to say how awesome you are and that your work is amazing then this for sure isn’t for you. I always feel even in my own work, that there is room for improvement and that I need to step out of the box to create new and exciting photographic images. I really do enjoy working with other photographers and talking about what they create and their thought process. What do you want to do with your work in the future? What is your goal? These are just a few questions I will have for you.

Photo by Wasim Muklashy

Photo by Wasim Muklashy

 

Once you’ve completed the critique I will invite you to our private Facebook group to share your images and share what you’ve learned. It’s good to chat with others who are also working on improving their skills. This way I can still connect and see what you all are up to.

 

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I’m selfish I must say, but it’s so gratifying and exciting when I can see how you’ve pushed your limits. I love working with people who really want to work hard to create, have fun and be stressed just a tad, because they push themselves out of their comfort zone.    When you work hard it’s an amazing feeling when you make an image and know…yep, this is exactly what I was going for! Let me help you get there!

Again, if you want to read more about this click here. I really and truly hope to meet you and chat about your work in the SJP One Hour Online Critique Session!

 

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

What I’m Thankful For

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This is the time for us Americans to be thankful for what we have and all that we’ve worked for. I’m not going to get into politics, that’s not my gig, but I will share my thanks for living in a free country, everything that I have, and to always cherish every minute of my life.  This will be more about images than words, but as you know, a picture says a thousand words 😉

Christmas with family!  Uncle Gary, Aunt Marian, Uncle Ray & Aunt Kay treats us to awesome fun and cheer!

Poor Aunt Kay got cut off 🙁

My chocolate poodle – a true companion where ever I am. Love that dog!

So thankful to be a grandma! Here are all my grandsons!

Yep, my daughter-in-law is giving me another one 🙂

Did you all know I LOVE the iPhone pano feature? My friend Sharlea does 😉

Friends Sharlea and Lisa – Thanks friends for hanging out with me. 

I’m thankful for Pam and Mike spoiling us every time we come out to visit. Love you guys!

Kevin and Mike

Thankful for my sister, brother-in-law, nephew and nieces. Yep, poor Matthew…teenager with a crazy family. 🙂

Thankful for my children. Jacinda & Neil with twins.

And Thankful for my hubby, soul mate, and Sherpa 😉

I am also very thankful to Susan…who makes me sound much better as you read this. She’s our editor and amazing friend! Thanks Susan for all that you do for SJP!

And Ashley (my daughter)! She takes care of all of our image business and much more. Thanks Ash!

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You girls rock!

 

Thanks to my apprentices that keep me going and all of you who actually took the time to read this. 🙂

I have amazing friends and family and I DO appreciate all of you!

 

Cheers to giving thanks!

Janice Sullivan

Next week there will be no blog post since I’ll be giving thanks to life with my sister and her family.  🙂

Save Money and Frustration on Printing

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You work hard and photograph your favorite subject…you’re now ready to print so you google “photo printers” to print your pictures, mugs, maybe a tote bag or two. You send the photo off to the printer only to find in the mail your picture is not the color you saw on your monitor and/or darker than what you wanted. Oh yeah…it’s happened to me too!

I read from PPA that at least 42 percent of people do not print their photographs. Ouch! I want to help you change that if you’re one of the statistics. I also figured this would be a good article to write about to save you money and frustration.

All it takes is two steps to get you going…maybe even one!

  • 1. Calibrate the monitor that you’re using to work on to send your pictures to the print shop. If you change your lighting area where your monitor is, you’ll need to calibrate for each lighting situation. Watch the video from the link below, it’s pretty good.

If you’re only using a commercial printer and not printing from home, this is an awesome calibrator. Now a days it’s the cost of two going out to a nice dinner with drinks and dessert!

If you have a printer and want to print from that, you’ll need more calibration tools like this  so you can perfectly match your printer, paper and monitor. But that’s for another post.

Before:

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  • 2.  Download Printer Profiles from your printer companies.

Below is Costco’s information, this is a cheap and easy way to print in the US.   These types of companies only print in a smaller color space srgb.  I do have to admit that I’ve had great results just by calibrating my monitor and sending out to a printer as an srgb. But if I’m printing a professional image or a high quality print then I download the company’s printer profiles.

Costco’s info:

https://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/

http://www.profilemyphotos.com/

For a more professional printer you’ll have more to do, but once you get the ball rolling it will be so easy to upload and send out to print.

Here is WhiteWall’s info:

https://us.whitewall.com/service/Faq-image#AaiB-6

If you don’t understand the online information call them. Most printing companies love to chat (and if they don’t, it’s time to find another company) with you about printing with them.   Usually the specifications will be about:

File size –  Resolution

File formating

and Color management

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Calibrating your monitor is seriously the best thing to do. Now don’t cringe and say, “Hello Janice! I don’t have time for this and it’s too much work!”. If all you’re doing is printing to a commercial printer, then just purchase a calibrator for your monitor.

A tip… if you’re shooting jpg, then your files are usually srgb unless you have changed that setting on your camera. Now for those of you who have more knowledge of file formatting, if you find a company that prints ProPhoto or Adobe RGB then definitely try them out! These profiles have a lot more color to them.  If you’re using a program like Lightroom and Photoshop, definitely download their printer profiles! Just think…once you have them you wont need to worry about it next time you print.

Here are some companies that I have used and like for those special prints:

White Wall

Black River Imaging

Adorama Pix

If you don’t calibrate your monitor you not only take a chance on color change but also how light or dark photograph will be. I’m hoping this helps you if you are frustrated with your prints. If you have questions please ask me below.

Cheers to commercial printing,
Janice

Add Water to Your Photo Work

By | Education, Photoshop | 2 Comments

Today I wanted to share with you how to add water to your images. As always I like to push the limits to see what you can do with plugins and various software programs. I make so many mistakes, or I’ll call them trial and errors. 😉   Sometimes I’ll spend hours on an image while playing with software (digital darkrooming) and then after a day or two come back to the work and ask myself, what the hell I was thinking while processing that image. I really do laugh out loud! But even when I don’t like what I’ve done in post work, I know that I have learned something new from it.   With that said I wanted to share the tools of the flood program that I had fun with working on my 2017 Calendar.

This is a detailed video explaining each slider. If you go to the YouTube video, I broke up the time slots if you just want to watch a segment of the video. The plugin is only $33! You can also receive 30% off that price until the end of November using: SJPFLOOD

This is the completed work from the video:

Flooded Flower Fun!

 

I know you’ll have fun!

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Just a couple of reminders…

The following contests end soon!  Please submit your works ASAP!  I’d love to see them!  🙂

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Close Up Art – Deadline November 11, 2016

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Reptiles and Amphibians – Deadline November 9, 2016

 

 

Cheers to plug-ins!

Janice Sullivan

New Video Inspiration

By | Education | 4 Comments

I’ve started to put up videos every Thursday on YouTube to mainly chat about macro photography, but since I love all aspects of photography you’ll see a variety of playlists. I hope it inspires you to get out and photograph. I’m still learning to get in front of the camera so if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear from you.

Today I thought about sharing some of my playlists with you.

Behind the Scenes

Unboxings – This is one of my favorite Playlists

Adobe Photoshop

 

This is the Playlist that I plan to build.

Macro & Close-up Tips

To see more playlists and sign up for my channel, click here. If you watch a video of mine and it helps I would love for you to share your work in the comment section. It’s fun to see what you have done and I’m being selfish, because it inspires me to make more videos. 😉

Cheers to videos,

Janice Sullivan

 

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Pre-order 2017 Flower of the Month Calendar

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I’m so excited to announce that Ashley and I have made our FIRST calendar! These are the flood series you all have been seeing lately.  🙂

Ashley put awesome inspirational quotes for each month and I worked hard shooting and had a lot of fun post processing with the flowers. We are offering a 20% discount for pre-orders for a limited time.  The calendars will be ready in a couple of weeks, but once they are gone that’s it! We only ordered so many because I’m not going to lie…I have no idea how many people will even purchase our calendar?  But if you’re one of our awesome readers and want to buy a calendar or two, please click here to see more info. I would love it if you shared the love with your friends.  I’m excited about these and really want others to enjoy them.

I shared this before, but just in case you missed it, Flaming Pear is giving our readers 30% off Flood until the end of November, which is really cool because it’s only $33 to purchase at its original price!  Just us coupon code:  SJPFLOOD

 

Here are a couple more of the fun images that will be in the calendar. These don’t have the quotes on them though. ;0)

 

Can you See Me

 

Peaking Through

 

Thanks in advance for any of you that share this or purchase our first Calendar! We appreciate you!

 

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

5 Tips to Get You Started With Macro Photography

By | Macro & Close-up | No Comments

I just made a video this Tuesday on 5 tips to get you started with Macro Photography. I thought to myself, “Some people would rather read about these steps instead of watching a video and I think these tips are so important for someone who really wants to get up close to their subjects. Now you have that available to you on the website as well as YouTube! I’ve been putting up new videos on my channel every Tuesday, and If you like videos, check them out here. I have to admit that I’m having a blast talking about the things I love.  With that said, here you go… Five tips to get you started with macro photography.

This blog post is for those of you who really want to go 1:1 with your work. Basically, getting really close up! But if you want to read more about this, check out this article talking about 1:1 magnification I really like it.

Lenses
For DSLR users, save your pennies and buy a macro lens
! These lenses are cut specifically to get up close to your subject. If you don’t have a macro lens, then rent one so you can see what I’m talking about. I love this company, Borrowed Lenses. If you’re interested in renting, check them out. For you phone users, buy a macro lens to attach to your phone camera. These are specifically made so you can get in close with your phone.

Here are some links to some awesome lenses and my unboxing of the phone lens.

Camera Lenses:
Canon: http://amzn.to/2eps7Z3
Nikon: http://amzn.to/2e7szbs
Sony Mirrorless: http://amzn.to/2eptyXF

Macro Phone Lens
https://youtu.be/WSpw__Jofu0

Use a tripod
I suggest you use a ball head on top of your tripod when you photograph macro. Small movements from your camera make huge differences in you composition.  It’s so much easier to move your camera with a ball head. When you get close to your subject, it will be hard for you to focus and make your focal point sharp.  This is important because you want the eyes to go to the sharp areas first.   That is your story and everything else that is out of focus is to enhance that story. Your tripod is one of the main characters to make it happen.

Tripod I want:
https://goo.gl/sxtrhE

Ballhead:
https://goo.gl/PzLOAI

Phone Tripod
https://youtu.be/VGRrEA1XkOA

Learn your f-stop
There are three parts to make a good exposure; aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. I want you to focus on your aperture, which is like the iris of the camera. The f-stop is a number that you will change to make the aperture smaller or larger. Just for learning purposes, put your camera on Aperture Priority. If you don’t know how to do this, please check your manual or do a search on your camera for aperture priority mode. Start by choosing an f number of 2.8 or 4.0 and take a shot. Move your aperture to the next level, say 5.6 and take another shot. Don’t change your composition.  I’d then like you to go up to f-22. This will help you see the difference of what is in focus and what isn’t.

Take your subjects indoors
In order to really learn macro photographing I’d like you to take your subjects indoors so you can practice, practice, practice! You’re just going to get frustrated when you’re outdoors and have the variable of wind to mess up your focus. Once you understand the f-stop and how to use your camera when getting up close to your subject, then go outside.  Be patient. I promise you’ll feel so much better learning without the wind factor.

Last is lighting
As you get closer to your subjects you’ll see that you’ll lose light coming into the camera. You might have to add more light to your subject to be able to get a good exposure. Try a reflector or flash lights. If you have a flash, use that with a snoot, but take the flash off your camera. If you LOVE macro like I do, then later think about buying a macro flash.  I have the ring light, which is available at the link below and I love it.

Reflectorhttps://youtu.be/qTzoPnE2ETA

Macro Ring Light
https://youtu.be/hIgL_bzycBY

Snoot
http://amzn.to/2dJcysN

The video I was talking about:

If you’re really serious about learning how to photograph macro (1:1) I think these five tips will really help you get up close and personal with your camera.  Of course, if you have any questions please put them in the comment area below and remember no question is a dumb question!

The featured macro image is part of my flood series. If you want more info on what’s coming up with these series please sign up for our Photographers and/or Art Buyers newsletters at the bottom of our website. 🙂

What do you like to see up-close?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

 

 

Platform overwhelm…do you have it too?

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Platform Overwhelm…Do You Have it Too?

Are you like I am and want to chat with everyone everywhere? The problem for me is that I have built a community and I feel that if I leave my various platforms, then I’m leaving my friends. I left Flickr and noticed that I only communicate with a small portion of that community on other platforms and it makes me sad. But I felt exhausted and I had a feeling I was Platformed Overwhelmed.

I decided to email Ashley a journal for the past couple of weeks of what I do on a daily basis. I tried to write a journal to myself but I always seemed do bail on it, but sending it to Ashley made me feel obligated, so I actually did it. I found that a lot of my time was spent on email and various social media platforms.  That would be ok if my business was social media, but it’s not. Here’s what I do-

I do my best to have a new blog post every week to inspire you to go out and use your camera.

-I put up videos every week to share the fun tools you can use during and after photographing.

I have projects every week and deadlines for my clients and I work with my students and educate myself every week.

I cut out time for Kevin, family and friends on the weekend, but still check my emails to see if I need to take care of something that may be an emergency.

Does this sound like you? I bet it does, maybe adding different words here and there, but I bet you’re just as busy as I am. I here it all the time….I’m swamped so I just don’t have time to photograph or finish the project I’m working on.”

If you have felt this way then I suggest you keep a journal like I did to see what you’re really doing with your time. If you’re like I am, your life is full and I think this is why many of my photographs are relaxing. They give me peace as I photograph and post process them. For example, the image below is flowers, which I love to photograph.

 

Image used on Platform Overload. Sharing what I like to photograph and why.

Pink Rose Flood – A variety of in focus shots merged together for more depth-of-field.

This was shot with several in focus images put together so I could have more in focus than what the camera and lens would give me. I processed it with a variety of software; Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz and Nik. I next added a plug-in called Flood to top it off. Just a teaser here…I’ve been working on a series of these images. If you’d like to receive info on them first, since it will be a first come first serve goodie…please sign up for our newsletter below:

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Yes, I’m in the process of debating on what platforms I’m going to keep and the others will have to sit on the sidelines for a while. I’ll keep you posted here, but for now thanks to all of you who take the time to read this.  I know you’re busy and I appreciate you!

So just to recap- keep a journal to see where your time is going…is it the “platform overwhelm that’s taking too much of your time?  I was shocked that this was my time problem, you may be too.

Also, if you have any time management ideas that work for you, I’d love to hear them. I can use them for sure!

Cheers to time management,

Janice Sullivan

Almost forgot…here is my latest unboxing.  🙂

 

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Close-Up Art Photo Contest

By | Inspiration, Macro & Close-up, News | No Comments

Oh yeah! I’m way too excited to be a judge for the Close Up Art Photo Contest on Viewbug! There are so many amazing creative people out there and for me to see their work and really focus on what’s being submitted, is a blast! Last week I shared the other contest I’m judging, “Reptiles and Amphibians”  (just had mention just in case you didn’t read the post).

The grand prize winner will receive an instant mobile printer! Perfect timing since the new iPhone 7 just came out. If you don’t print your images, please do.  They don’t have to be big prints, just something to hold and feel will make your work so much more memorable. I have 4″x7″ prints around my home and when I look at them, they make me smile. Each one reminds me of the amazing moment in time and where I took the shot.

Since Ashley has had the boys and she’s making amazing photo albums for us. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and have lots of it, but it just feels amazing flipping through the pages. It’s fun when we have company and our friends & family pick up our albums to enjoy. If you like flowers like I do, try making an album of your faves.  Before you know it you’ll have a book!   Ok, enough about that. Let’s get back to the contest.

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Crazy excited to be a judged for this contest!

Please check out the contest here and join in! It will end November 30th so you have time to photograph your close-up art. 😉 I hope to see you there or on my social media accounts. Just look above at the top of the menu to the right and you’ll see were I play. Please stop in and say hi and of course you can comment below.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot…  Here is my latest unboxing.  I just LOVE my new tablet!!  If you’d like to sign up for my channel to get the videos as they are published click here.

 

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

 

Reptiles and Amphibians Contest

By | Equipment & Tools, News | No Comments

I’m so honored to be a judge on Viewbug.com! It’s an amazing place to get inspired. I’m judging the Reptiles and Amphibians Contest. Our pet leopard gecko would be so jealous if she knew all the cool images of other critters I’ve been viewing. 🙂 I plan to share the other contest I’m judging next week, so stay tuned for that.

I wanted to tell you another fun aspect of this site. You can win cool goodies…and you all know I LOVE goodies. Well, if you’re new to my blog then you know now. There are thousands of people around the world on this site, so if you’ve got photo burn-out…make Viewbug one of your go-to sites to light a creative fire.

 

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So click here to check out the photo contest and then scan around. I know you’ll find an interest somewhere on Viewbug.com.

 


 

Here is my latest unboxing. I have to admit I’m starting to feel a bit more comfortable in front of the camera. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone for sure.  I’ve alway liked to be behind the camera instead of in front of it. What makes this easier for me is talking about what I love; photography, it’s equipment and tools. I next want to share my macro tips and techniques since this is my true passion. But I need more practice in front of the camera for sure.

 

Unboxing a Flash Zebra Shutter Release Cable for Pocket Wizards

 


 

I haven’t shared some awesome sales or fun goodies I’ve found out there in a while, so here you go…

 

The Pre-Order for Aurora HDR 2017 includes over $300 in bonuses, find out more here!  It’s an amazing program. Yep, I have it and love it!  You can also check out their blog here for even more info.

 

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Click on the twitter to tweet the awesome contest!

Tweet: Join the fun and submit to Reptiles and Amphibians #Contest and win a camera! http://ctt.ec/Noe5x+
Of course I’d love to chat, if you’re up to it…write a comment or just say hi!

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

 

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