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#StayOutThere Challenge, Day 7: “Summer”

When I think of summer, feelings of hot weather come to mind. And anyone who knows me know how much I love to stay cool! Rafting and swimming are two ways to quickly cool off, and so just looking at this photo of rafters on a chilly, mountain-water stream cools me down quite a bit.

Tips for summer photos:

• What does summer mean to you? Maybe it’s a certain food that comes to mind, or an activity or event that you enjoy. Use your creativity and see what you can come up with!

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#StayOutThere Challenge, Day 5: “Texture”

I am a huge sucker for textures. Sometimes I find myself photographing them to add to my “texture” collection in Lightroom, and other times I am using those textures to blend over a photograph, like I did here with this composite of a branch of cherry blossom flowers from earlier in the Spring. The grunge from the texture adds a nice and beautiful contrast to the soft, delicate flowers.

Tips for photographing and adding textures:

• To photograph a texture for use as an overlay, try to keep your camera parallel with the surface you are photographing so that the entire texture is in focus.

• To create a good photo to blend a texture over, make sure that it has a neutral, simple background. A gray tone (as opposed to something too bright or too dark) will help absorb the texture well.

• To blend textures in Photoshop, add the texture in a layer above your photo and change the blending mode to either “Overlay” or “Soft Light”. Play around with different opacities, and even use the masking tools to refine the photo even further.

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#StayOutThere Challenge, Day 4: “Blur”

One of my favorite camera techniques is to use a long exposure to blur water. It adds a very surreal and soft element to a beach scene, and can help add an element of simplicity and minimalism to a photograph as well. While on the Big Island of Hawaii, I went to the Punalu’u Black Sands Beach to photograph the sea turtles. They are resting on the shore and even stayed still long enough for me to get this 10-second exposure.

Tips for creating blurry photos:

• To create an image with a blurry background, set your aperture to a very wide setting (which, in turn, would be a very low number, such as f/2.8). Focus on something close to the lens and make sure that the background is very far away to get the most blur.

• To create a blurred movement, you will want to have a slow shutter speed (such as 1/15 or 1/30 sec). Try hand-holding your camera and move yourself, or try capturing movement with fast-moving objects by following them with your camera as you press the shutter (also called “panning”).

• To blur water, you will need a tripod and maybe even a neutral density filter. Find a stream, waterfall, or any water that is moving and try and create an exposure for several seconds. It’s best to do this when the light is low in the sky, such as at sunrise or sunset, or on a cloudy and overcast day.

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#StayOutThere Challenge, Day 3: “Water”

While photographing at the beach in San Diego a few months back, I was hoping to get a nice, beautiful sunset over the water. Unfortunately there were no clouds in the sky to add color, so instead I focused my camera on the people on the beach! This little boy was waiting for the waves to come in just right so he could catch one back to the shore.

Tips for photographing water:

• Get creative with the theme! If you are not near any bodies of water, look for man-made elements, such as fountains or swimming pools. Even the hose in a backyard can make for a fun photography experiment!

• To freeze water, use a fast shutter speed (such as 1/1000 sec or higher). To blur water, put your camera on a tripod and keep the shutter open for a long time (several seconds will do!).

•Be careful! Water and cameras are not compatible, especially when they are occupying the same space. :) Take proper precaution to ensure your own safety, and be sure to keep that camera dry.

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My friends at Adobe have provided me with one full year of the Adobe Photography CC plan to give away on my blog! The winner will receive a full year of Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC, and will also get the added benefit of using Lightroom for mobile,…
My friends at Adobe have provided me with one full year of the Adobe Photography CC plan to give away on my blog! The winner will receive a full year of Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC, and will also get the added benefit of using Lightroom for mobile, Adobe Mix, Adobe Slate, and Adobe Voice. [...]
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As you may already know, I recently partnered with Adobe, and today is the very first day of a 10-Day photography challenge! I would like to encourage and inspire you to get out there with your camera and create photos. Keep reading to learn more … As a…
As you may already know, I recently partnered with Adobe, and today is the very first day of a 10-Day photography challenge! I would like to encourage and inspire you to get out there with your camera and create photos. Keep reading to learn more … As a photographer, it can be easy to find myself stuck behind …
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#StayOutThere Challenge, Day 6: “Farmer’s Market”

One of my favorite things to do on Saturdays is to visit the Farmer’s Market in my neighborhood here in Portland, Oregon. I almost always bring my camera, as there is nothing more beautiful that fresh, ripe, and local fruits and vegetables. Oftentimes I not only come home with great photos, but also have a bag filled to the brim with groceries for the next few days.

Tips for photographing at markets:

• Try and get to the market as early as possible. Not only will there be more variety and quantity of produce and other items, but there will also be fewer people to maneuver around.

• Look for patterns in color and shapes. Vendors will usually create beautiful displays so use that to your advantage!

• If you don’t have a farmer’s market in your area, try bringing your camera into a grocery store. Be sure to ask permission to photograph if you feel it is necessary. :)

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On Monday I announced the start of a fun photography challenge, the "10-Day #StayOutThere Challenge". Today is "Day 4", so we still have 6 days left to go, so I wanted to share some of the beautiful photos I have seen along the way! You guys and gals are…
On Monday I announced the start of a fun photography challenge, the "10-Day #StayOutThere Challenge". Today is "Day 4", so we still have 6 days left to go, so I wanted to share some of the beautiful photos I have seen along the way! You guys and gals are doing a great job, keep it up :)
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My husband, Brian Matiash, and I are both full-time self-employed photographers (or, to be more accurate, photo-educators). Yet we have completely separate businesses, separate websites, and we do a lot of our own individual travel [...]
My husband, Brian Matiash, and I are both full-time self-employed photographers (or, to be more accurate, photo-educators). Yet we have completely separate businesses, separate websites, and we do a lot of our own individual travel [...]
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#StayOutThere Challenge, Day 2: “Flower”

I know, I know, flowers are “so” cliche. :) But hey, they sure are beautiful! After all, why else would there be so many photographs of them. In fact, I sometimes travel to certain locations, or seek out scenes along the road, where the flowers are in full bloom. These lupines in Iceland are a perfect example of how gorgeous and simple a field of flowers can be.

Flower photo tips:

• Watch your background! It’s easy to get absorbed in the subject (in this case, a flower), but don’t forget that what is behind the flower is just as important. A simple, clean background will make your flower stand out. You can also play around with your aperture and try using shallow depth of field (such as an aperture set to f/2.8) to blur the background.

• If you have a macro lens, this is a great opportunity to use it! Get close and photograph details, and maybe even keep an eye out for ladybugs or bees fluttering around.

• Find or create a shady spot for even light across the flower. Or, wait until about an hour before sunset where the light is soft. Harsh sunlight can add hot-spots and ugly shadows to your photos.

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I would love to use your image to paint or draw I have been running out of "stuff"and the outdoors about my house is just rather depresssing  well I one last hope if the ferns have not died yet. Anyway may I have permision to download and draw your photo it would most likly lokk very different....??pretty please you take such lovely pics!
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#StayOutThere Challenge, Day 1: “Sky”

When I traveled to Iceland I was most excited to see the midnight sun, where the sun never fully sets in the summertime. Because of this, there are amazing skies for several hours on end, and it is truly a photographer’s paradise!

Tips for photographing skies:

• Try to photograph just after sunrise, or right before sunset, when the light is best.

• If you have an amazing sky, don’t forget to include an interesting foreground! City skylines, trees, or even a simple pasture can work wonders for a sunset photograph.

• To get an even exposure when the sky is too bright for the foreground, try bracketing your shot and then merge the photos together using HDR. It’s best to use a tripod for this technique.

• If you don’t have a tripod, don’t sweat it! Try exposing for the sky and silhouette your foreground. Add something with a good profile, such as a bridge, sculpture, or even a person, to make the photo more interesting.

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As I write this, I’m sitting in my hotel room, plotting my sunset adventure for my last night in Mount Rainier National Park. I’ve been here a few times already, the first back in 2009 (before I was into landscape photography, go figure!), and then…
As I write this, I’m sitting in my hotel room, plotting my sunset adventure for my last night in Mount Rainier National Park. I’ve been here a few times already, the first back in 2009 (before I was into landscape photography, go figure!), and then again three years ago (in 2012). I was hoping to get away …
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    I do lots of stuff! ... I create beautiful photographs of landscapes and food ... Write and publish books about photography and photo-editing ... Sell cool presets and other editing tools in my online store (http://store.nicolesy.com) ... Work as a Help Desk Specialist for NAPP (http://photoshopuser.com) ... And I'm attempting to travel the world (one new country every year).
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I'm a photographer and author, currently living in California. I'm passionate about photography, art, writing, and music ... and I love connecting with other artists and photographers.

My work mostly consists of people and food photographs and I make my living as a stock photographer with iStockphoto and Getty Images. I also create presets and eBooks and sell them online in the Nicolesy Store.

I'm also an author with Peachpit Press and Craft&Vision (you can view them all here). I'm also ACE certified in Adobe Photsohop CS4/CS5 and work as a Help Desk Specialist with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).
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