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What Software Should You Use Oh My!

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What Photo Software to use…so many to choose from?!

John asked a great question on what I felt was the best photo software programs out there to choose from.

There are amazing companies that know we want our work to pop and make a statement.  The video below explains everything…

Yes, it can be frustrating when you see so many great deals and then you see the beautiful work they show us so we think if I buy this photo software and plug-ins…my work will look like this too!

It’s good to push your creations and yes, buy software that will help you…but, be mindful of what you really need.

photography software, what software to buy,

So many software programs to purchase? Yikes!


Have any questions software and plug-ins?  I’m a junky so I’ll probably have an answer for you, hahaha!  Just ask below ūüôā



Rock’in Social Media – 10 Fast Steps using Lightroom’s email.

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Rock’in Social Media with Adobe Lightroom’s Email!

We just started to get into Instagram, so I was looking for a variety of ways to figure out how to share my images to Ashley’s phone that I have processed from my camera. ¬†When right in front of me (because I’m on Lightroom all the time), Lightroom was saying, “Hey, I’m here¬† – use me!”

I did a deep dive on how important it is to really focus on at least one Social Media site to help you connect with others to build relationships. ¬†If you’re using Adobe Lightroom, you really need to dive into the email part of this software.

It’s so easy and fast that how can you not use it? ¬†Many of us use our phones to work nowadays and Lightroom knows it. ¬†Send your images from one email to another, grab it from your phone and bam…Instagram here you come.

Let’s share the fun and how easy it is to set it up.

Ok…if you just don’t have time for the video, here are¬†the steps. ¬†Make it easy so you use it.

  1. ¬†Set up a Gmail¬†account. ¬†It’s the easiest¬†to work with.
  2.  Pick an image & take it to your development module, right-click on it.
  3. ¬†Click on ’email photo’
  4. ¬†Click on the small drop-down arrow in the ‘from’ area of the pane.
  5. ¬†Click on ‘go to email account manager’
  6. ¬†Click ‘Add’ your email info and verify
  7. ¬†At the bottom pane, you’ll see (Preset)-¬†click it to ‘create a new preset’ when done click export. ¬†In the video, I share my Instagram settings.
  8. ¬†In the ‘To’ location add the email address that you use on your phone. ¬†Add additional info if needed.
  9. ¬†Press send…whooo hooo,¬†you’re almost done.
  10. ¬†Check your email on your phone and ‘Reply’ to email to access the image. ¬†The image will be at the bottom, tap on that to access.

Now you’re ready to download the image to your phone and/or send to your favorite social site.

lightroom email, social media

Image from my iPhone.


Always remember to tell your story…a thousand words¬†DO make a difference! So send your images to your phone and share them on your favorite social site!


Do you use Lightroom?


If so, are you¬†using the full potential of the program? ¬†I’d love for you to share your feedback with us!

Oh yeah!  Our membership is almost done and ready to go up for presales!  So crazy excited to share it with you, but for now join our Membership Updates and receive FREE treats and discounts!

Hope to see you there! ¬†ūüôā


Janice Sullivan

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. ¬†ūüôā

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. ūüėČ

A bit of stem focus

Focus on Front


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.


Janice Sullivan

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. ūüėČ ¬† 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!


Just a couple of reminders…

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


Close Up Art – Deadline November 11, 2016


Reptiles and Amphibians – Deadline November 9, 2016



Cheers to plug-ins!

Janice Sullivan

Adobe Lightroom Basics Course

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Have you seen my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basics Course on sale? It’s a great tool for people who are just starting to use Lightroom.¬†To see more detailed information about the course, please click here. I have to admit that my audio isn’t the best so I felt I should give you all a great deal. I did put a lot of time into this course to help you understand Lightroom and feel it’s so worth the money.


Adobe Lightroom Basics Course


This is a fun abstract I took at Lake Tahoe. It’s so easy to get caught up in the beauty of the place as a whole, but when you take time to look at small details your photography will bloom and take on a whole new perspective.

Rock in the water in Lake Tahoe.

To see the before and after image, please join my new facebook group here.  I also like to talk about the photograph a bit too. I would love it if you participated and shared your behind-the-scenes of an image or just joined in to see the fun.


Kevin has wanted a Copter since they came out. I thought I’d share these with you all. The debate is on the table.



DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter



YUNEEC Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera

I hope you check out Lightroom Basics¬†and of course, comments are always welcomed. ¬†ūüėČ


Janice Sullivan

Sharpen your Image with a Photoshop Action

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We all need to sharpen our images after we’ve cleaned them up so today¬†I would like to teach you how to sharpen your images in a¬†faster and easier way.

It can be so monotonous, but not when you record an action in Photoshop! So let’s get to it and talk about how to sharpen your images with Photoshop actions.

Tip: I always use the search tool in Photoshop if I can’t remember the tool location.



Photoshop has pre-made actions for you to play with, but when you find yourself continually completing the same steps on your images, then it’s time for you to record an action! Click on Window>Actions, you’ll see this:



Now that I’ve shown you all of that, let’s record a sharpening action:

Open any image in Photoshop to get this started.



As you can see, there are several icons. Hover over them with your mouse to see what they are. This basically is the area where you will make a new action, record it and save it. Click on the second to the last icon (next to the trashcan) to start your action.


Name the new action, “Sharpening”. ¬†You can set defaults, assign a color & function key, but today I left all of that alone.


Now click on the record button.

click record


You will now see a red bottom at the bottom of the action panel.  This means you are recording every step you do in Photoshop.


red button

Next duplicate layer:

duplicate layer


Name that layer Sharpen High Pass press OK:

sharpen highpass name


Make sure that layer is highlighted:

highlight layer

Next, click on the area in the red circle and click on Insert Menu Item:


You will see this pop up…don’t do anything yet:




Go to Filter > Other > High Pass…after this, click on the OK button.




instert menute

Click on STOP the button in the red square:stop-action


Now you are ready to use the sharpening action. Open any photo and go back to actions. Highlight your Sharpening action and click on the play button and you’ll see it run.

highlight action

play button


Here is a sample of the high pass layer. A good place to start for sharpening is in the 3ish area but it really depends on your image. If you have a small file you will use less Radius and if you have a large file you’ll increase the pixel radius amount. ¬†You only want to see an outline of where you want to sharpen. ¬†The example below has been sharpened to much and hallowing will be a problem.

sharpen sample


Now add a quick mask to the layer so you can change your adjustments with the mask and change your layer to soft light. You can also use hard light for more sharpening or overlay.


What I like about this is that you can use the mask to adjust areas of your choice instead of adjusting the entire image.

A huge thank you to Allan Guzak for making this for me.   I enjoy his photography, his creativity, and how he always makes me laugh!  Another amazing person from The Arcanum.


It’s been raining here in Southern California. ¬†I’m hoping the poppy field will pop this year. ¬†I’d love for you to do a rain dance for us. ¬†ūüôā

Click here to see a couple fun pics in Antelope Valley.


Janice Sullivan

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Make Photos New with Textures

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New Photographs with Textures

At the end of this post, I’ll share how to receive¬†free textures from me.


I have talked about adding textures to your images in previous posts, but this time I want you to look at old images you have processed and play with those. When time or the weather is not your friend and you can’t photograph, go back to old images to give¬†them a new creative spin with textures.

Below is the new image.


Electricity – Texture

This is the old image.

Electricity Wires

You also can receive free textures from me once you signup for my challenges. I give you a video on how to use them on your pictures.

photography software, what software to buy,

Post-production work.

If you join our membership you’ll receive at least 73 textures.¬† It’s one of our bonuses only for paid members.¬† More will be added so check out the fun here.

You can never have enough textures! Bring out your creative spin and play, play, play in post-production and make photos new with textures.

Texture added for fun!

Janice Sullivan

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Helicon Focus Basics

By | Helicon Focus, Macro & Close-up, Post Processing | One Comment

My basic tutorial on Helicon Focus is up and live!  Receive a discount while it lasts!  Below is a brief on what you will learn.

Taking up-close photographs can be problematic‚ÄĒone part ends up in-focus and the rest of it is blurry. Using the Helicon Focus software is a fast way to create sharp images by stacking several in-focus photographs into one image. My latest photo processing lesson will help you learn how to merge multiple in-focus photos together so that the whole photograph ends up sharp as a tack. Get photo shooting tips for close-up and macro photography and retouching tips for stacking.

Main topics:

Prepping your photographs
Overview of Helicon
Stacking your Images
Add your Creative Spin

Learn how to process stacked images using Helicon Focus to increase the focus in your photographs, and create beautiful and unique images.



Daisy on black plexi and processed in Helicon Focus.

Daisy processed in Helicon Focus


Click here to purchase!!

Janice Sullivan

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Helicon Focus Image Examples

By | Macro & Close-up, Post Processing | 4 Comments

Today I’d like to share with you a software program called Helicon Focus. Helicon can make macro photographs more in focus and make your foreground and background in landscapes in focus. Basically, you can make your main subject in focus and leave anything else out of focus by stacking several images together and fine tuning them in the software.¬† What this means is that I take several images that are in focus starting from the foreground¬†to the background and merge them together.

I plan to make a tutorial later to help you use the software, but for today let me show you a couple of images to help you understand what it can do for you.


Stem Texture

Stack the focused Stem images together.

Stacked the center of the flower to be in focus.

Stacked bottom reflection and top leaf to be in focus.

Check out Helicon’s website for more information and start to tell your story by having your image sharp only where you want it to be sharp.



Janice Sullivan

Intro to Adobe Camera Raw 6-Part Course

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I’m so excited to announce that my six-part course, “Introduction to Adobe Camera Raw” is now available.¬†I have added a variety of exercises and attachments to enhance your learning fun. These video courses are broken up into segments to help you retain the information. Take your time or rush through the lessons, it’s up to you. I give my students priority feedback so if you have any questions, I’m here for you!

Just a small example of what you’ll learn in this course.

See below:

6 Lesson Course

6 Lesson Course on ACR


What you’ll learn in this course

The Adobe Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop is the digital photo editing tool of choice for professional and amateur photographers working with raw files. In this course, fine art photographer Janice Sullivan introduces this powerful plug-in‚ÄĒfrom the basics of navigation, to detail tools and noise reduction, to tonal and hue adjustment, and more. Whether you‚Äôre a digital artist or just need to make a few quick fixes, this course can help you dramatically improve your digital photography.

One of the many areas I talk about is the Split Toning tool.

Split toned Lilly

Split Toned Lilly


All courses are guaranteed. I love feedback too so always feel free to contact me and let me know how I’m doing or what you would like to learn in more detail. I started these classes because of the feedback that I receive from you.

Have a great day and hope to see you in my latest class Introduction to ACR.

Janice Sullivan

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Adobe Lightroom Basics Course

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Do you want to learn more about Adobe Lightroom Basics? I’m excited to announce that my course “Adobe Lightroom Basics” is now available for purchase. This new course includes quick tips, plus more fun goodies to help you easily learn this awesome program.

Purchase as a gift for yourself or for someone else who would like to take their images to the next level.

Click here for details about the course


Learn the Basics of Lightroom’s Modules plus more!


If you don’t have Creative Cloud, I suggest you try it. ¬†It’s only $9.99 a month for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. ¬†You can also try Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for free, click here for more info.

I always enjoy receiving your input about my courses.¬†I have a blast making them, but I want to make sure you’re learning new techniques about the software. Feel free to send me your feedback. Jot me an email at¬† I appreciate your ideas.

Click around to see all the details about this product. I know you’ll love this course and I guarantee it will help you learn Adobe Lightroom Basics!


Janice Sullivan

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Free Textures

By | Equipment & Tools, Post Processing | 2 Comments

Hi all!

Want free textures? ¬†Just sign-up for our Newsletter and you’ll receive some. I plan to add more to the bunch, when I do I’ll let you know via our newsletter.

I’ve added a quick video on how to use textures in your images. If you have any questions always feel free to contact us using the contact above or click here.

Sullivan J Photography's photograph of wild flowers in antelope valley, california.

Texture added to wildflowers.

In the image below I selected the flower and made a mask from it. I added the MonoDrops texture and added a bit of red to that layer. Remember, like my video says, you can make color textures monochrome and add color to monochrome textures. See my video for more details.

Texture added for fun!

Texture added for fun!


Below are the fun textures you’ll receive.


Janice Sullivan

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Macro Cactus

Adobe Camera Raw: White Balance Tool

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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:


Cactus Top – f18 @6.0s ISO 125 100mm Macro lens



Sunset at Joshua Tree – 50mm – HDR – 100 ISO

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!!

Janice Sullivan

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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. ¬†ūüôĀ

Adobe Camera Raw: Navigation Tools

By | Photoshop, Post Processing | 4 Comments

Today I would like to talk about Adobe Camera Raw’s Navigation tools. ¬†I ¬†figured I’d take my YouTube info and add it to this post as an fyi. ¬† If you’re interested in signing up for my channel, you can click here or on the youtube hearts on this website.

I started the Adobe Camera Raw series because I received an email from a photographer asking me what it was. ¬†I emailed her back and said I would explain to her in more detail… ūüôā


Today’s video is all about Adobe Camera’s Navigation tools. I give you the details on how and why to use them and a bit more. I also show you the new ACR viewing tool: mode, swap, copy.

See how to utilize the following:

Zoom Tool
Hand Tool
Full Screen
% Tools
Preview Tools

My video tutorials are for anyone that loves photography. From beginners to the pros you all will learn tips and techniques to enhance the experience of photography. My specialty is Macro photography but I also shoot Landscape and Travel images too.

Have a great day!
Janice Sullivan


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Until next week!


Janice Sullivan

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How to use Adobe Camera Raw’s Snapshots

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If you’re like me and love experimenting in post production then¬†Snapshots is a perfect tool for you to use in Adobe Camera Raw. ¬†Snapshots let you save different versions of the same file without duplicating the file so you save your hard drive space, and remember… they are non destructive to the image. ¬†ūüôā ¬† So don’t forget the snapshot area in ACR. ¬† I promise you’ll be very happy with this tool!

Here are a couple of images I used in the video.


iphone ice plant flower~~


If you haven’t read the post from last week and want to know what I’m thankful for…click here. ¬†ūüôā


Janice Sullivan

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Information on ACR Presets

By | Adobe Camera Raw, Post Processing | 2 Comments

If you process images using the same steps every time… then make a preset.

This video will show you the steps on how to make a preset using Adobe Camera Raw.  I also talk about where you can download some free presets and give you a link to convert your Lightroom presets into .xmp files so you can use them in ACR.



My latest images and yep I use my own presets on them ūüôā


Electric polls


Bodega Bay, CA

 (Janice Sullivan)

(Janice Sullivan)


Moss growing on a tree branch. (Janice Sullivan)

Moss growing on a tree branch. (Janice Sullivan)

Have a great day!



Janice Sullivan
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Lightroom Plugins and other Goodies

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This is my latest video on how to install and remove plugins in Adobe Lightroom. ¬†I also talk about a couple of other goodies too ūüôā

This week went by fast! ¬†I’m working on a couple of projects and will share them with you later. ¬†My husband is from Boston so we are glued to the World Series games ūüôā To support the Red Sox and my red nails (for Halloween) I’ll share a couple of my red photographs with you all.

Soap bubbles

 (janice sullivan)





closeup of a water drop on a petal (Janice Sullivan, SJP)


Another water drop

 (Janice Sullivan, SJP)


Anniversary Rose

Red rose with a soft feel to it.  Processed in photoshop with 4 photographs.  An elegant and romantic macro image. (Janice Sullivan, SJP)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Janice Sullivan
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iPhone and iPad Apps for Photographers

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Today I wanted to share with you some iPhone apps that I enjoy. ¬†If you can believe it, I don’t have an iPad yet…maybe for Christmas I’ll get one from Santa ūüôā

The app descriptions are from their website…

Snapseed РFree

Perfectly Clear Р$2.99


With the new, completely redesigned interface, no effort is required to create and then share beautiful looking images with this fun-to-use app. Watch as Perfectly Clear automatically peels off your original photo to reveal a vibrant, color corrected photo with crisp details you couldn’t see in your original. Perfectly Clear then provides you the ability to fine tune the automatic corrections with intuitive, easy to use sliders.

360 Panorama – $0.99

AutoStich Panorama – $1.99


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.

Camera+ – $1.99

Instaframe – Free


Instaframe helps you Combine your photos creatively with text and emoji to make great-looking collages, share them with your friends on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr.


DeluxeColors App Р$0.99


Do you want to create stunning photos? Then look no further! “Deluxe Colors” allows you to make your photos look professional, beautiful, quick and easily.


I haven’t tried these apps but I’ve heard they’re great too.

Image Blender – $2.99

Pro HDR – $1.99

Touch Retouch – $0.99


TouchRetouch is a revolutionary application that lets you remove unwanted content or objects from your photos, using just your finger and iPhone or iPod Touch. Mark the items you want taken out of the snapshot and hit ‚ÄėGo‚Äô. That‚Äôs all there is to it. Retouching photographs has never been so quick, easy and convenient.

Anti Crop – $0.99


AntiCrop is the application that you‚Äôve always dreamed about but never thought possible. For the first time ever, you can uncrop photos on your iPhone or iPad. AntiCrop ‚Äď Expand your limits.



Instagram Image

One of my Instagram Images for sale.


Hope you have fun with these apps.  If you have any to share with us please add them to the comment section of this post.



Janice Sullivan
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Dodge and Burn in Adobe Photoshop

By | Photoshop, Post Processing | No Comments

Dodge and Burn…


Today I’m going to show you how I dodge and burn my images. ¬†The image in front of you is the uplifts of the St. Andreas Fault in Mecca Valley in Southern California.¬†¬†I think it’s a perfect example of showing you how to dodge and burn your images. ¬†Some quick tips:

Photograph in RAW format


Dodge: brighten areas

Burn: darken areas


I’m so excited! ¬†We’re planing a road trip to the Grape Vine in Southern Cal so look out for those images soon! ¬† Also, want some great tips on how to Photograph while Road Trippin? ¬† Check out my eBook and video tutorial package called Road Trippen here.


Janice Sullivan

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