Travel Photography – Five Tips to Get Images Meaningful to YOU!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog, Learn, Photography | 0 comments

Travel Photography – Five Tips to Get Images Meaningful to YOU!

So you’ve gone on a big trip of a lifetime, brought home thousands of images.

Turns out the ones that you want to print and hang on the wall, or that your friends and family want to see are not the ones you expected. (more…)

Snow is White, not Gray

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Great Outdoors, Photography | 0 comments

Gray snow because of underexposure

Gray snow because of underexposure

White snow because of overexposure

White snow because of overexposure











Unless you take control, when your camera looks at a bright snowy frame, it thinks – whoa! That’s too bright! I need to darken it down!

And so it does, making your snow turn out gray.

Fix this problem on phone shots by touching the screen to set your focus, and looking for the little sun or light bulb on a line beside or below the focus square. Use your finger to slide up or down on the line to increase exposure until the snow is white, then shoot away.

It’s more complicated on a regular camera – you need to understand how to control the exposure using ISO, shutter speed and/or aperture – let me know if you want help on that.

Springing into Flower and Blossom Photography

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Blog, Photography | 0 comments

Springing into Flower and Blossom Photography

Spring is surely a glorious time for photography – everywhere you look there are amazing things happening!

Tips for springtime photography

Rookie (and Pro) Mistakes

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Blog, Learn, Photography | 0 comments

Rookie (and Pro) Mistakes

I recently went on a shoot with a group of mostly amateur photographers to one of my favorite places to shoot here in Portland – Hippo Hardware. This eclectic collection of vintage hardware, lighting, plumbing supplies and paraphernalia is a photographer’s delight.


I was careful to charge my battery, even had a spare, but somehow I neglected to check if I had a media card in the camera, which, in fact, I did not.

Instead of pretending that I intended to shoot with my phone all along, I made the mistake of asking if anyone had a spare card. There were downward glances and looks of disbelief until finally someone quietly gasped – ‘You’re a professional’.

In fact, I know other pros who have made these kinds of mistakes (we are human after all, and some of us sinking quickly into the more forgetful phase of our lives) but still – Ouch.

Back to my checklist

I’ve taught many classes for beginning photographers that include my ‘Out the Door Checklist’:

  • Take extra media and extra charged batteries for camera and flash (if used)
  • Flash?
  • Clean lens, take cleaning supplies
  • Tripod? If yes, plate in it?
  • Filters?
  • Check baselines (file format, ISO, drive mode (single, burst, timer), focus mode, image stabilizer, shooting mode (video, Manual, Aperture, Shutter, Program etc))

Lesson learned to practice what I preach!

I did manage to get some fun shots with my phone, so saved a bit of my integrity!

A Magical Night of Painting with Light

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Blog, Learn, Photography | 0 comments

A Magical Night of Painting with Light

About 100 miles east of Portland on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge  is a Stonehenge replica build by a character named Sam Hill as a war memorial in connection with his elaborate mansion Maryhill.

The setting was perfect for a gathering of a group of nine semi-masochistic women photographers from the Women Learning Photography Together Meetup group, led by the inimitable Rebecca Evans and Dawn Baker, assisted by their minions Pat Dickerson and Val Drake to do light painting, and the ever popular steel wool spinning.

Although bundled in many layers, the newbies were ever so grateful for the generous sharing of hand warmers – it was hard enough to work the camera controls in the dark, but the compounding of not being able to feel the buttons made it especially challenging.

We had the place to ourselves. After quickly setting up tripods facing the altar slab, Dawn placed a small light on the altar for us to auto-focus on in the dark, then we switched to manual focus. Tests were run on various ISO/shutter speed/aperture settings, and then the fun began.

First, steel wool spinning. A gob of fine grade steel wool is stuffed into a common kitchen wire whisk which is attached to a dog leash. The designated spinner (wearing a fireproof jacket)  clambers up onto the altar rock, lights the steel wool on fire and starts spinning it like a whirling dervish – in front, around, over her head. Sparks fly! Cameras click – most running for 20 – 30 seconds. On playback, the cold air is filled with squeals and oohs and ahhhs.

Again! Again! We all beg like 5 year olds…

A few more steel-woolies, then the light sticks – crazy combinations of flashlights and long colored plastic crayons recently garnered from the dollar store. Rebecca swirls and spins them across the grounds as cameras silently record the antics.

A few more plays with light on the stones and the trees, and the lightweights of us head home, leaving behind the diehards to dream up more ways to capture light and take our breath away.

More on light painting at this link, more on steel wool spinning at this link.

Offering Worldwide Photography, Lightroom Training!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Learn, Lightroom, Photography, Sharing Photos | 0 comments

online training, lightroom, photography, microsoft office, excel, powerpoint, word

Your time, Your system, Your questions!

I’ve expanded my horizons (literally) thanks to a new tool I’ve discovered to replace the troublesome Skype.

This new tool does NOT require students to have an account or do elaborate setup – I just send a link, a few clicks and I’m seeing your screen – like sitting next to you! I can take your mouse if I need to, and, get this – we can record the session for you to watch again later! Wow.

 I’ve used this with several non-computer savvy students, works like a charm!

Sessions are $30/half hour with a half hour minimum. Fee includes a recording of the session if requested.

Potential Topics

  • General Photography – basics of exposure or composition for example
  • Organizing your files – the MOST requested topic!
  • Basic and advanced Lightroom topics
  • Lightroom Workflow Diagnostic: We review your workflow and work together to make it more efficient
  • Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • MailChimp

Big Trip – Which Camera? Computer? Phone?

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Blog, Learn, Photography | 0 comments

Big Trip – Which Camera? Computer? Phone?

In the spring of 2011, my husband and I took a 5 week trip to SE Asia. Now some women agonize over what clothes and jewelry to take. I, on the other hand, agonize over what technology to take! Specifically, which camera, what computer, and what about our phones? (more…)

15 flights, 12 airports, 4 countries, 3116 photos and videos later…

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Blog, Learn, Photography | 0 comments

15 flights, 12 airports, 4 countries, 3116 photos and videos later…

What an amazing trip we had!

It started with my son Brit going to Bangkok to teach English, and, of course, I had to go see him! That little visit morphed into a month long trip touring Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam. I’m in the process of processing the photos and videos into something digestible – but here are a few to whet your appetite! (more…)

Tips: Getting Great Holiday Photos

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in Learn, Photography | Comments Off on Tips: Getting Great Holiday Photos

Tips: Getting Great Holiday Photos

 Be Ready

o    Remember to take your camera!
o    Always have two sets of batteries charged
o    Take the charger!
o    Keep media cleared
o    Take a tripod so you can be in the picture
o    Read the manual and practice ahead!
o    Let everyone know that’s your job so they don’t expect you to cook too!
Compose Creatively
o    Off center your main subject
o    Move in close
o    Make sure you know what your picture is about
o    Go macro and get the smaller things
o    Use it outdoors
o    Turn it off indoors if possible
o    Bounce external flash off the ceiling
o    8 – 10 feet on digital, 15 feet on film cameras
Snow scenes
o    Open up the exposure 1 or 2 stops
o    Use a preset ‘Snow’ setting

Tips: Traveling with a Digital Camera

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in Learn, Photography | Comments Off on Tips: Traveling with a Digital Camera

Tips: Traveling with a Digital Camera