james fox on the macro photography live chat show

Macro Photography Live Chat Show 62 – James Fox

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show 62 – James Fox

James has to be one of the best Macro abstract photographers I’ve seen in a while. If you love art and abstract with a Macro twist… this is the show for you! If you’re new to the channel, subscribe to see new videos every Thursday.

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Time Stamp:

02:50 Show begins

07:37 Sponsor “AFSer Membership Program”

07:55 How did James get into Macro Photography and his cubes

12:31 What’s James thought process while photographing

18:38 How does James post-process his images

22:29 We dive into his B&W work

28:42 Lighting fun

30:15 How does James keep motivated

32:56 Critique Time (Thanks Debbie)

42:32 Equipment Time

59:06 James answers Elise’s question on how to start with abstract photographing.

Sharing the love…

Where to watch the Macro Photography Live Chat Show

YouTube

Want your image critiqued? Join our Facebook group to submit your questions and images.

Feel free to submit any kind of Close-up, Macro, and Microimage for the show.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Sullivan

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Photographing Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

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Photographing Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Join me and Kevin on a fun adventure in Antelope Valley, California poppy fields. I share how to find a great place to photograph and hide from the wind. 🙂  I hope to inspire you to get out and photograph wildflowers and to share with the world the beauty of these amazing flowers.

california wild poppies

shot from iPhone one of the fields

antelope valley poppy fields

Pay attention to where the wind blows to find a good place to photograph

beautiful colorful california wildflowers

It was amazing to see this small patch of white flowers within all the colorful flowers.

Exposure Time: 1/750
F Number: 4
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
ISO: 100
desert landscape with electric poles

I found this beautiful poppy all by itself.

Exposure Time:1/90
F-Number: 8
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
Exposure Compensation: -3/2
ISO: 100
wild orange california poppy

You must have patients to wait for the wind.

F-Number: 4
Shutter Speed: 1/750
Aperture-priority AE
ISO: 100

So I hope I’ve inspired you to pick up your camera and feel the flowers no matter what time of day it is.  I’m always looking for new places to photograph.  If you have any to share let me know below.

Cheers,

Janice

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show 61 – Feedback Loop

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show # 61 – Feedback Time

AD and I had so much fun chatting with you!  I’m so happy we’ve changed the show to 1p PDT so we have more chatters hanging out with us!

See the timestamps of the feedback in this show and please feel free to add your work to our next Feedback Loop Show.

Time Stamps and Links

Time Stamp:

0:57 Show begins

07:11 AFS Membership Program

09:41 Charline – Pinecone

18:53 Kenny – Waterdrop on Dandelion seed

29:49 Scott – Flower

40:33 – Frans – Seedpod, Spider, Beetle

55:59 – Art – Portfolio

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Where to watch the Macro Photography Live Chat Show

YouTube

Want your image critiqued? Join our Facebook group to submit your questions and images.

Feel free to submit any kind of Close-up, Macro, and Microimage for the show HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Sullivan

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Photograph Anytime of the Day – Landscape Photography

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Using a Variety of Light for Landscape Photographing

Yes, sunsets and sunrises are beautiful to photograph but don’t think this is the only time you can photograph amazing landscapes.  Check out the tips in the video below for details.

desert landscape with electric poles

One-shot while the hubby was driving our jeep.

Exposure Time: 1/350
F Number: 19
Exposure Program: Manual
ISO: 200

Here is some of my fun to start you thinking about different ways to photograph your landscapes.

sedona arizona indian cave

One-shot image during the middle of the day.

 

Exposure Time:1/30
F Number:22
ISO:100
desert landscape with electric poles

One-shot while the hubby was driving our jeep.

Exposure Time:1/125
F Number:8
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
ISO:250

Here is some of my fun to start you thinking about different ways to photograph your landscapes.

sedona arizona indian cave

One-shot image during the middle of the day.

 

Exposure Time: 1/350
F Number: 11
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
ISO: 100
desert landscape with electric poles

One-shot while the hubby was driving our jeep.

Exposure Time:1/2000
F Number:8
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
ISO: 250

So I hope I’ve inspired you to pick up your camera and feel the landscape no matter what time of day it is 🙂  I’m always looking for new places to photograph.  If you have any to share let me know below.

Cheers,

Janice

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Macro Photography Live Chat #60 – Feedback Loop

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Macro Photography Live Chat #60 – Feedback Loop

Thank you so much for all of you who submitted work for the show.  We had a great time chatting with you all.  Replayers, always feel free to chat more below or on Youtube 🙂

 

SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE

Time Stamps and Links

Time Stamp:

Timestamps

03:06 – Show starts

08:18 – Cheers to saying goodbye to 5pm

10:44 – How to submit images for the show

15:12 – Baz shares his homework

16:06 – Catherine’s Lens Baby flower

20:34 – Kim’s 3 outdoor flower images

34:03 – Ann’s flower indoor image

43:35 – Baz stacking work

52:54 – Debbie’s outdoor flowers

01:01:19 rapping it up…

Sharing the love…

Links

Sharing Debbie’s website.  She’s an AFS’er Inner Circle member!  Congratulations on your hard work Debbie!

https://www.dstevensonphotos.com/

Where to watch the Macro Photography Live Chat Show

YouTube

Want your image critiqued? Join our Facebook group to submit your questions and images.

Feel free to submit any kind of Close-up, Macro, and Microimage for the show.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Sullivan

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Image of the Month – Rose Lens Painting

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Image of the Month

Our image of the month is “Rose Lens Painting”.  What I absolutely love about this work is that it can never be recreated from the camera, so when you purchase this print, know that there will never be another photograph like this.

I’m happy that I have collaborated with Thirty9 because I work hard on my images.  These aren’t snapshotting shots 😉  To know that they will be on a beautiful piece of mediums excites me.

I talk more about Macro Lens Paintings here if you’re interested.

This swirl of dusky pink hues blurs and unfurls its petal-depths like a ballet dancer twirling across a stage.

macro lens painting pink rose swirl

“Rose Lens Painting”.

Grab a 60×40 and really feel the dance up close and personal HERE.

Cheers,

Janice

phone macro lens taking picture of weeds in my backyard

Photograph Weeds in the Summer – With Bonus Video

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Photographing Weeds in the Summer - From The Phone

My story below…

Bonus Video

Photographing Weed Flowers in the Summer - From My DSLR

When it’s summer, think about photographing weeds.

This month’s challenge is to take your images to the next level. I know this will be challenging because most people have already photographed a variety of weeds since they pop up everywhere.

Take a walk with your camera and photograph any weed you see.  Try different perspectives and color arrangements. Even a dead weed can be beautiful.

Below are some suggestions to get you started.

Get low on the ground and that will make your image different from the rest. Make sure the negative space leads your viewer’s eyes to the main subject, which is your summer weed flower.

Or you can do the opposite and try to really soften the background. Using a shallow-depth-of-field will give your work some beautiful colors to enhance your flower weed.  Maybe you’ll grab a nice bug chilling too 🙂

Painted with light (Janice Sullivan, SJP)

Thistle

What catches your eyes when you see the weed?  Use that and make sure that whatever it is, it’s in focus and remember to look on the internet to see if you’re being original in your shot. Don’t photograph the same composition as everyone else has… yep, it’s a tough challenge, but it’ll be worth it.

I caught a nice waterdrop on this Dandelion… bring a small spray bottle with you when you photograph.  The flower weed will be happy and you’ll have some fun grabbing some refractions.

Dead Thistle

Look for dead weed flowers in the later summer.  They have some amazing textures you can play with.  The thistle above was in a patch of dead brush.  Look out for 3’s in your composition and play with post processing to really bring out the textures.

Ok, now it’s time for you to have some fun!  When you get out to focus on photographing weed flowers, take your time and play, play, play!

When you get home, look at your work and choose what is different from what you would normally see on the internet.  Next, post-process your work to enhance the weed flower(s).

Here are some links to push you even farther:

Macro Photography: Cameras, Lenses, and Tripods

5 Tips to Get You Started with Macro Photography

How to Photograph Flowers Outdoors

Have questions or suggestions?

Cheers to Weeds in the Summer!

Janice xo

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Macro Show Thomas Shahan – Macro Live Chat Show #59

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Macro Photography Live Chat #59 – Thomas Shahan

Yes, Thomas Shahan on the Macro Photography Live Chat Show! You’ll have a blast learning about Thomas, seeing his amazing work.  We share his equipment and you’ll be inspired by his love of nature.

Time Stamps and Links

Time Stamp:

02:02 Show begins

05:37 Sponsor SJPmembership program

07:37 How did Thomas get into Macro Photography

12:38 What’s Thomas’ thought process while photographing

21:02 How does he use post work on his images

28:02 How does Thomas keep motivated

31:03 Q&A’s 37:25 Critique Time

49:03 Equipment Time

58:10 Thomas Shahan’s Youtube channel

59:27 Bugshot

Sharing the love…

Links

http://www.thomasshahan.com/#photos

https://www.youtube.com/user/terser

https://twitter.com/thomasshahan

https://bugshot.net/

Have questions… ask below and don’t forget to check out Thomas’ Channel!

Where to watch the Macro Photography Live Chat Show

YouTube

Want your image critiqued? Join our Facebook group to submit your questions and images.

Feel free to submit any kind of Close-up, Macro, and Microimage for the show.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Sullivan

amazing client gifts for photographers

Check Out This Amazing Client Gift Photographers

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Amazing Gifts for Clients

 

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I received an email asking me if I would be interested in trying USB Memory Direct Flash Drives. I thought about it and said yes because I had an idea for you… So I did a quick unboxing video for you.

If you’ve seen my unboxings you know I tell the truth on how I feel about the product.  You can check out my unboxings HERE if you’re interested in seeing them.

What’s good about giving USB’s with your logo and a fun goodie inside the flash drive for your clients is that it shows you care about them.  You’ll put a smile on their face and that’s what makes you different from purchasing a print from a company like Ikea or from a huge internet company that sells tons of various prints that they have licensed from other photographers!

It’s important for you to build a relationship with those who love your work and if you add a logo on your jump (flash) drive for them, they WILL remember you every time they use it.  What’s even better about this company is that they can make a special drive just for you!  Very cool!

I really did love the feel of this in my hands and I believe your client will too.

You can see from the video above that this drive is engraved… I like that 🙂  You may like something different so go for it and check out their drives HERE.

Have questions?  Ask below… I’m here for you 🙂

Cheers,

Janice

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show #58 Feedback Loop

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show #58 Feedback Loop

Today’s show is a fun one!  We did a complete hour of feedback!  The loop is the photographer’s homework 😉  See the show so you’ll learn some fun ways to think about your work.

Time Stamps and Links

Time Stamp:

01:27 Show begins

06:04 Sponsor SJPmembership program

08:08 How to submit work for the show

15:50 Baz’s 2 water refractions and 1 bubble/flower image

39:06 Catherine’s flower image

42:49 Debbie’s flower image

55:42 Kim’s 3 various compositions of a yellow daisy

Sharing the love…

Where to watch the Macro Photography Live Chat Show

YouTube

Want your image critiqued? Join our Facebook group to submit your questions and images.

Feel free to submit any kind of Close-up, Macro, and Microimage for the show.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Sullivan

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Tips on Printing your Photographs at Home

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You have taken time to perfect your skills and now I would like to talk about the ending result…putting a smile on your face and printing your masterpiece!  Actually feeling the work!  Please don’t say to yourself that you don’t have a good printer so you can’t print your work.  Just try 🙂

If you don’t have a printer you can use outside printer companies, which is nice when you have time for mailing etc… I’ll write about that another time for you.

In the video above you saw a live workshop I had with our membership program. We had so much fun printing together via Zoom.

I want you to know that you can play with your printer and adjust your image continually to make the print look like what you see on your monitor, but it’s a waste paper.  To me, that’s wasting money and the environment too.

I want to remind you that there are 2 things I’d like you to do that will help you get the print you want.  Calibrate your monitor and download your paper’s ICC profile. The information should be in your box of paper. If it’s not, go to the paper’s website and if you still don’t see it, email them.

color monkey calibration

Calibrating your monitor will make it easier to print the correct colors.

Below is detailed info from my Canon printer and older information that I had when I had my Epson printer.  I wanted to share this for those of you that have Epson’s since I shared my Canon in the video.

Canon Printing

In Photoshop go to File > Print.

Click on the Print Settings.

Set your paper and make sure you’re printing the best quality your printer can handle.

Make custom print sizes for the future.

Select Photoshop to handle color management and select the paper ICC profile you’ve downloaded from the companies website.

Some images look better on different papers.  The more you play the more you’ll figure out what paper looks best with your photographs.

 

Play with this section…

Make sure you check your Gamut.

 

When you see the gray warning.  Make sure you fix the work because that area will have no details.  Most of the time bringing down your saturation a bit should help.  Before doing this, you may be able to try a different paper that can handle what you want to print.

 

Changing the paper will let me get the saturation that I want.

Epson Printing

I really need to stress again that if you do have your own printer, please calibrate your monitor. Color Monkey is an awesome calibration system.  They have many to choose from.  If you’re just beginning just grab this Monkey, if you’re printing and selling your work I recommend this monkey

Ok, let’s go through some basic steps on printing your photograph. When you purchase your photo paper you will see instructions on printing. READ THEM, it does make a difference!

Let us print this image:

First, you will want to go to file > Page setup > select your printer and paper size>

Now select your paper size:

You can print from this but I suggest you use a program like Photoshop to print from. You will be able to set up your pages, printer, manage color…

Once you click on print you will see the info below:

Check the print management: do you want the printer to manage the color or do you want your program (Photoshop) to manage the color?  <click on print> 

You will see this screen next:

You will see a bar “Layout” click on this to get to printer settings, see below:

This is the box where you need to make your changes, layout, paper, & make sure “finest details” is checked and that you have the correct paper type. Click around to learn… Click “print” and enjoy ☺

A couple of things to remember when you print:

• Select your printer
• Select the size you want to be printed
• Make sure you have read your info on the paper you choose to print on.
• Select the correct paper, for example “Epson fine art paper matte finish”.
• Select if the printer or your software will color manage your print.
• Select the “fine” print quality. If your printer is slow, be patient…it’s worth it.

Cheers,
Janice

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Fuschia Rose Flood

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Spring Fuschia Rose to help you smile.

I’ve enjoyed writing about my images of the month because it brings back some awesome memories that I enjoyed, plus I get to share a piece of work that you can purchase and enjoy, too, that has a story.  You can check out this picture and some of my other images that are for sale HERE.

It’s a perfect time to share this beautiful Spring rose.  If you’re reading this in April of 2020 you’ll know that we’re right in the middle of the Corona Virus.

We hear so much sadness now, so I want to give you a bit of beauty.  I hope that you and your family and friends are safe and I wish all of the best for you!

fuschia rose with waterdrops for sale

Spring Refreshed

This Fuschia Rose Flood is the sign of Spring and if you can’t get out to smell the roses, how about a nice big piece of Fuschia Love to add to your space?

I just love to smell roses!  If you see me walking around the neighborhood and I see roses, I’ll go right up to them and smell.  My nose is very happy.

With this beauty, I wanted my eyes to be happy too, so I added water to the rose to add the feeling of being refreshed!

“A wash of pink hues, this over-sized rose rises and settles on a lake of reflected Fuschia water.” Yes, it does and I really do hope it makes you smile and feel refreshed!

Stay safe,

Janice

Purchase this image HERE.

 

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How I Organize My Image Files

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Image File Organization

As you can see from the video above, I have found an amazing way to keep my images organized.  I found this from a wedding photographer and revamped it for Macro and Landscape photographing.
I can’t remember the photographer’s name, otherwise, I’d give him credit for this structure.  I’ve been using this system for years and love it!
If you have questions from the video, feel free to let me know in the comments.
This will be part of an amazing gift I’m getting ready to launch soon.  I did this video for our SJPmembership group.  If you don’t know about that, you can check it out HERE.  During our virus crisis, you can join the membership for $1 the first month.  I’ve never done that before, but feel it’s only right to keep you busy and focused on your photography instead of watching TV or Youtube videos.
I’ve also reduced my Mini-Courses to 50% so you only pay $19.50  When you purchase mini-courses, you get updates for life!  Just make sure you have an updated email in your account.
Since you’ve taken the time to read this… CLICK HERE for your special gift! You can download my file organization to help you. No worries – you won’t be added to our email list…  If you do want to join the list, you can do that HERE.
Cheers to organization and finding your images all in one place.
Janice
photograph in the home in themacro live chat show,

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY LIVE CHAT SHOW # 57 Shoot at home

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show # 57 – Photographing subjects at home

What a great show!  It was again a blast to hang out with amazing photographers to chat with.  For you replayers, always feel free to chat in the comment section.  I realize that the time isn’t the best for Europe 🙁

Today’s show was all about photographing in your home and some details on waterdrop refractions.  If you have any ideas be sure to share them with us 🙂

Time Stamps and Links

Time Stamp:

2:28 Show begins

06:32 Sharing what I’ve photographed around my home, below is what I talked about.

45:25 Behind the scenes of waterdrop refractions

54:28 Critique time

01:05:38 We have opened our membership program to keep you motivated with your work

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Where to watch the Macro Photography Live Chat Show

YouTube

Want your image critiqued? Join our Facebook group to submit your questions and images.

Feel free to submit any kind of Close-up, Macro, and Microimage for the show.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Sullivan

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Post-Processing Live with Janice Sullivan

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Post-processing with Janice Sullivan

Would you like to see live post-processing behind the scenes? I know I say Twitch and Periscope in the video, but I’m going to give YouTube a try to see if any of you like it, plus, I always do post work with music in the background, so I’m not sure if YT is going to let this happen?

I will always hang out on Twitch for sure because the music isn’t a problem with them since it’s background stuff. If YouTube isn’t working out, I’ll jump on Periscope. I haven’t had any problems with Periscope and music.

I want you to know that this isn’t a tutorial….it’s about true life post-work. This is a great way to learn because you’ll see failure too and it’s good to connect with other Macro, Nature and Landscape photographers.

If you have ideas for me to try live, go for it and share it with me and I may just play with your technique. 🙂 So, let’s cross our fingers and hope that YouTube works out… Join me on Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/sullivanjphotography

If you would like to check out Periscope: https://www.pscp.tv/SullivanJPhotog

If you’re new to my website, you may not know about the Photography Live Chat Show. This is an amazing live show that I have every other Thursday on YouTube. It’s a fun place for Macro, Close-up and Micro photographers to get together for an hour and chat about what we love. Yep, photography. Below is just a tiny bit of what we do on the show.

Cheers to live streaming with you 🙂
Janice

lone pine california

Gunga Din Image for Sale – By Janice Sullivan

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The hidden secret of Lone Pine California is about to be revealed. 😉

Well, you may already know about Lone Pine, but I’m going to give you the fun story behind this image.

lone pine california

Purchase on Thirty9

One thing I love to do is research where we plan to photograph.  In California on the 395 hwy is a tiny town called Lone Pine.  They only have 1 traffic light.  As we were coming home from a trip from Lake Tahoe, Kevin and I saw an awesome Western Museum, so we had to stop because …. this was our first time in Lone Pine.

It was amazing!!!! We also were lucky to have the actual curator of the museum give us a tour…What?!  How cool is that?!

We found out that Lone Pine basically is the capital of the Hollywood western movie scene.  But, they also made lots of other movies and commercials in this tiny town.

The classic movie ‘Gunga Din’ was made in Lone Pine. They brought in tons of props and animals for the movie.  You can see all of the information in the Museum and I recommend this book: The Holland House presents “On location in Lone Pine”: A pictorial guide to movies shot in and around California’s Alabama Hills.  It has maps and wonderful images of the movies made there.

I have a treat for you, too.  The video below is the fun adventure we had when I shot this image, “Gunga Din LonePine”.  It’s a beautiful hidden place below Mt. Whitney.

You can purchase this image on Thirty9 for yourself or how about for someone that loves classical movies. You’ll have a beautiful photograph and the story behind the makings of the work.

“A painter like expression in contrast and color. A harsh line of beauty in competition of composition from foreground to background.”

This image is for sale on Thirty9.  Know that when you purchase one of my images here, you’ll have top quality and a guarantee that you’ll be happy with, and you will also be helping our environment because Sullivan J Photography donates some of our profits to the Sierra Club.   Just a fyi, Lone Pine is in the foothills of the Sierra mountain range.

Cheers to beauty and history,

Janice Sullivan

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show # 56 – Calibration

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show # 57 – Calibration

We had technical problems at 14:20 minutes to 18:29. All is good after that 🙂 We had a wonderful image from Eugenie and I calibrated my monitor live.

Have questions or know of a Macro photographer that you would like to have on the show, let me know below.

Time Stamps and Links

Time Stamp:

01:32 – Show begins

07:12 – Sponsor

18:29 – Critique Time

45:38 – Calibrating my Monitor

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Where to watch the Macro Photography Live Chat Show

YouTube

Want your image critiqued? Join our Facebook group to submit your questions and images.

Feel free to submit any kind of Close-up, Macro, and Microimage for the show.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Sullivan

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Macro Photography Live Chat Show #56 – Charles Needle

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Macro Photography Live Chat #56

We had Charles Needle on the Macro Photography Live Chat Show! You’ll be so inspired by Charles, seeing his beautiful work and much more!  This show has a bunch of thumbs up and that’s with technical issues in the beginning! So you know it’s an amazing show and soooo worth your time!

Whew, AD figured it out the tec problems… see the time stamp below to get you started.

Time Stamps and Links

Time Stamp:

06:55 – The show begins

08:59 – Sponsor SJPmembership Program

10:20 – How did Charles start photographing

13:13 –  Charles thoughts while he photographs

15:51 – Charles post-processing work

26:22 – Critique time

37:43 – Equipment Time

44:53 – Charles Books

50:16 – What Charles is up too now…

52:37 – Workshop in Holland  – If you’re a flower lover this is a must!

56:27 – Amazing tips from Charles

01:03:57 – Phone photography

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Links

While Charles’s website is being revamped go ahead and email him regarding products and workshops [email protected]

“Tiny Worlds” (book) $30.00

“Creative Macro Photography” (eBook download) $40.00

“Impressionistic Photography” (book) $40.00

“Five Editing Apps Revealed” (folio) $15.00

“Five Shooting Apps Revealed” (folio) $15.00

Macro Knee-Pads $35.00

Shutter Hat (macro “raincoat” for your camera) $45.00

Multi-color LED flashlight (34 colors built-in) $49.95

Close-up Lens (diopter) $275.00

Smartphone Lens Kit $40.00

Where to watch the Macro Photography Live Chat Show

YouTube

Want your image critiqued? Join our Facebook group to submit your questions and images.

Feel free to submit any kind of Close-up, Macro, and Microimage for the show.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Sullivan

Hawaiian waterdrops for sale

Hawaiian Waterdrop Image for Sale

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Story Behind the Hawaiian Drops

Hawaiian Drops for sale

Drops of life.

We are drawn to water!  Notice it next time you’re around it… pay attention to your senses. Maybe it’s because water is life for us? There are many technical reasons that we could dive into about why we are drawn to water, but I want to add a bit more to this story of my Hawaiian waterdrops.

I had a live workshop for our members on focus stacking and decided to do waterdrops refractions.  I had purchased this paper for another workshop we had and was drawn to it.  Kevin and I met in Hawaii, so it’s a special place in our hearts.  Our son was also born in Honolulu.  Yep, Hawaii is where we started our lives together.

We now have been married for thirty-five years and have five grandchildren.  As I see each waterdrop from this image, I see our future… our family, our lineage.

The water of life is this image and if you purchase this piece, know that it’s now a symbol for you and your life.

“Water drops over a blurred background. A showcase in spontaneous pattern and beautiful Hawaiian colors.”

Life is spontaneous no matter how much you try to control it.  Hawaii started ours together… you may not have a partner but you do have family and friends that are special to you.  I hope this piece helps you to remember everyone that has touched your life.

This image is for sale on Thirty9.  Know that when you purchase one of my images here, you’ll have top quality and a guarantee that you’ll be happy with.  Also, if you purchase this image, reply below or email me at [email protected] and I’ll connect with you, giving you a special gift to life!

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

 

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How to Use CONTINUOUS LIGHTING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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Time to be Creative – Understand Continuous Lighting

Today we’re talking about continuous lighting.

When a member of our program asks me questions to help them with a goal, I make videos for them or we have a workshop.  When asked to talk about continuous lighting, it was time for a workshop.  This video is a condensed version of the workshop topics and it’s packed with goodness.  So play and be creative after you check out these tips.

Hi! If this is your first time here…. I’m Janice Sullivan from Sullivan J Photography… where we work to help macro and landscape photographers with their goals and to move them forward in their photography journey.

Don’t have enough light to make the pictures you want or you just want to push your creativity?  If you said yes, then it’s time to play with continuous lighting…

Let’s dive into the tips:

  • Light has different colors, so pay attention to that.
  • The closer you get to your subject, the fewer shadows you’ll have.
  • The farther away the light is, the more shadows you’ll have on and around your subject.
  • Sidelight shares more dimensions.
  • Front light softens the subject.
  • Be careful with Chromatic aboration.
  • Adding two lights can be a lot of fun, so go for it!

There are a couple more tips in the video.  Always feel free to share you work with me in the comment section.  Set some time and play with continuous lighting.  You’ll open up a creative process that’s worth the challenge.

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

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