Posts in Photography
The Unboxing of King Tut

Spotted this on Mashable the other day - the color photographs from the 1920s would be amazing in their own, but seeing color photos from the 1920s that are of the first opening of a 4000 year old Egyptian tomb is a whole other experience.  

 

http://mashable.com/2015/11/04/king-tut-discovery/#lL1_OqaUqkqB

Rowen is studying Ancient Egypt in her social studies class. Here's the question she was asked, and which I'd like to hear the answer to:

What would you take into the afterlife if you could?

And now since I know you said your computer or your device or the Internet, what would you take that is NOT one of those? Ha!

Here's how my fam answered:

  • Jared said: (barring devices of course) that he would take a huge, huge stack of books.
  • Grammy would take a photo album of her kids and grandkids.  
  • Rowen said she would take her bike. 
  • I said could I please have an external hard drive with Wikipedia on it? Everyone said no. So I said a stack of nonfiction and classic books. 
  • And Elliott flatly refused to consider an afterlife that had no devices. Crossed arms and looked away.

Now you. What would you take? 

-JS

Take your Photos from Good to Great!

Think back to the day you got your first digital camera. Boy how our lives have changed, right? I didn't realize all that could be done, all the memories I could hold onto. Now we can take photos all the time!   From phones to cameras to tablets... there are always photos to be taken, memories to be saved, a lifetime to savor.

In honor of our first digital cameras and ALL the photos we've taken since, I'd like to announce not one but TWO new photo editing classes, so you can take your pick! Each class is just $69 with the links below!

Photo Editing 1: Lightroom Edition

You've been asking for it, and here it is! My first-ever class for Adobe Lightroom! Are you as excited as I am? WOO!

 


In the Photo Editing 1: Lightroom Edition class, which launches November 3, I'll show you how to make easy global edits using the world-class Lightroom application, designed by photographers for photographers. If you've subscribed to the photographer's bundle from Adobe, this is the class for you! I'll show you how to combine easy Lightroom edits with the power of special techniques in Photoshop to create photos that will make your heart sing. I promise. You'll

Best part yet? I'm offering this class at an introductory price, more than 20% off with this special link. Regular price is $89, and you'll get the class for $69!

Register for Lightroom Edition

If you'd like to check out Lightroom, click here to grab the 30-day free trial

Photo Editing 1:Photoshop Edition


For Photoshop CC, CS6, CS5, and any version of Photoshop Elements!

If you only take ONE Photoshop class in your life, the Photo Editing 1: Photoshop Edition is it! (of course, if you've taken a bunch, this is still it! Ha!) Of all the things I could share or show, the one that will make the MOST impact on you as a memory keeper is the skill of editing photos.  

 

In this class, which begins November 3, I'll show you how to use the free plugin included with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements called Adobe Camera Raw, and then we'll take our photo right into Photoshop to make it sing! You'll learn how to make colors pop, how to turn photos black and white, add treatments such as tints and vignettes, sharpen, and save for both print and the web. You'll be armed with knowledge that will last you a lifetime, and will change your photos forever.

Best part? Right now you can get $20 off the original price! Check it out! Regular price is $89, and you'll get the class for just $69!

Register for Photoshop Edition

Regardless of which edition you choose, Photo Editing 1 is the place to start for editing those precious photographic memories. I can't wait to show you! Register today!

Take More Pictures. Tell More Stories.

This last weekend we went up to our cabin in the mountains for the long Labor Day weekend. On a whim, we decided to do a little research on a place Jared had heard about in the area, something about a mine? Called Emerald Village. 

Turns out Emerald Village is the site of at least three mines, one of which was the largest emerald mine in the United States until it stopped production in the 1990s. The entire experience was awesome. And I am really glad I had my phone, to take a few pictures. But at least FIVE TIMES over the weekend I said, "Man, I wish I had brought my camera" - meaning my big Nikon DSLR. Which takes pictures about 50x bigger and brighter and sharper and better than my phone does. In recent months I've lapsed into using my phone camera for everything, because it's always there. Lately, though, I've pulled out the "big camera" and been amazed at how much better the pictures are (no surprise, really, but still surprising what you can get used to). Crisp and gorgeous. 

This reminded me that I have never once regretted bringing my camera or taking a picture (even if it was with my phone), but over and over have regretted NOT bringing the cam or taking the pic when the opportunity came.  

That's where today's poster comes from. Nobody ever regretted the camera brought or the shot taken. Take more pictures. Tell more stories. Shoot it. Write it down. Tell it to someone. Make a lasting mark.

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Photoshop Friday: Create Your Own Photo Storyboard

For today's Photoshop Friday, I wanted to do something special. I've been setting up my new Mac, and trying to figure out how I can do all the things I used to do in Windows, and still need to do. This includes, of course, making videos - which is a huge, HUGE part of my work.

I still use Camtasia, but the version available for Mac is v. 2, and Windows is on v. 8. Techsmith makes no secret about the fact that they are just flat-out different programs. So a few items I'm still trying to figure out. But there's nothing better for figuring stuff out than diving in and making something, right?

In that spirit, here is today's Photoshop Friday. Be sure to grab a cold drink first, this vid is 25 mins long! :)

Create a Three-Photo Storyboard

 In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a new blank document, add in placeholder shapes, then use clipping masks to add your photos to the storyboard. Save for print and for the web, and you'll have a great storyboard to frame or share with friends and family. For Photoshop and Photoshop Elements!

Create a three-photo storyboard in Photoshop. Like so!

Create a three-photo storyboard in Photoshop. Like so!

When you create your storyboard and post it, be sure to post a comment with a link to your project, so we can see! Happy Photoshop Phriday!

Guest Post Monday - Candice Stringham
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Hello! I am Candice Stringham, the photography instructor at JessicaSprague.com. I would like to introduce you to one of the secrets of great photography (and one of the least understood): An External Flash. I’ve developed a five-week class that walks you through the ins-and-outs of great flash photography. It’s called Flash of Brilliance, and registration begins tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time! The class itself begins January 21.

Why should you take Flash of Brilliance?

In my beginning digital SLR photography class, “Oh, Shoot,” I’m constantly telling my students to turn off the flash, use natural light, and use basic camera settings instead. This is because the tiny little pop up flash on your DSLR simply cannot be used to light objects or people in a flattering or interesting way. The light source is small and comes from right above the lens, giving you direct harsh light, red eye, and squinting subjects.

With an external flash (a separate flash unit you can use on or off camera- see video below), you have a larger light source that can tilt, angle, and bounce; a light that is much more dynamic, flattering and interesting. Having and knowing how to use an external flash can be of a huge benefit to your photography in lowlight situations.

Here are a few circumstances you’ll love using an external flash:

  • Low light images taken with a high ISO, creating noise in your images later.
  • A party in the evening with a high chance of great images in really low light.
  • A husband or son that is never seen without a baseball cap on. When you expose for the overall scene, you get a great exposure on everything but their face, which is dark and shaded from the hat.
  • Christmas morning or when children wake up before the sun comes up; there is never enough light to get great looking photographs.
  • Needing to photograph things at night for an ETSY or online shop.

These are just a few of many situations that an external flash can really help!

If you haven’t used an external flash in the past because the settings and information in your manual seemed overwhelming, don’t let that stop you now. After years of teaching, I have found the best ways to communicate how to use your camera and flash in the simplest and most clear way possible. With the help of Nancy Riley, Kimber Hodson, and myself in the forums, live chats, videos, flash cards, and PDF’s, we will be there for you every step of the way. You will find that it’s a lot less intimidating and a lot

more fun to know that, in any lighting circumstance, you can get great photographs!

I’ve recorded an introductory video so you can see what you’ll need, and get inspired to take the class!

I hope you’ll join us for Flash of Brilliance - there are two tracks you can take - one standard, and one extended that includes comments from your instructors. Either track you choose, you’ll have access to ALL of the class materials FOREVER. Let’s start the New Year off with gorgeous photos!