vintage painterly style botanical background image of peony flowers

Use Floral Art to Decorate Interiors

Floral prints and motifs have been a favorite interior design trend throughout the ages. From the rich toned classical floral paintings of the old masters to modern art – flowers have always been prominent and beloved decor theme. From fabric, to wallpaper, to fresh floral arrangements there are so many ways to use floral art to decorate interiors.

 

I must have flowers, always and always ~ Claude Monet

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vintage painterly style botanical background image of peony flowers

How To Use Digital Backgrounds, Overlays and Textures For Photography

Why use digital backgrounds in Photoshop?

Using digital backgrounds, overlays and textures is a great way to add interest to your photography images, without the expense of purchasing backdrops or requiring a tonne of space to store your fabric or canvas backdrops. By using overlays, textures and digital backgrounds you can also change the overall mood and color tone of your image or add things that were not originally there like pretty skies, light flares, snowflakes, falling leaves, smoke or clouds, grunge or other interesting textures on backdrops or even completely different scenes! In this tutorial I will use botanical inspired digital backgrounds and overlays from my Peony Collection to demonstrate a couple of the most common ways I use digital backgrounds and overlays to add interest to a portrait in Photoshop.

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Rise International Photography Awards 2019

Rise International Photography Awards

The Rise International Photography Awards celebrate photographers from across the world. Founded by Kelly Brown – Little Pieces Photography the awards aim to encourage photographers to strive for excellence, and provide them with feedback from qualified and experienced photography judges.

The 2019 results are in and I’m proud to have received 3 silvers and a bronze award. Even more valuable is the feedback I received on each of my submissions. I’ll learn from what the judges had to say and use this as a learning opportunity to grow and master my skills as a photographer.

Photography of Korean War Veteran puzzle

Missing Pieces

When a loved one passes away people celebrate and remember their lives in many different ways.This image represents the feeling that there is always something missing and a great void left behind once a person is gone.

Over the past few years I’ve been interested in entering photography competitions in order to challenge myself as an artist. One of the absolute best photography competitions in the world is the WPPI awards. In 2019 I entered into the WPPI awards for the first time and was shocked to be awarded a silver distinction merit for my image “Missing Pieces”. Not only did this image merit a score of 87 but it also ended up winning the illustrative category! To get a score over 85 is a BIG DEAL. To win a category is something I never imagined achieving! The standards are high in this photography competition and that keeps me motivated to continue creating and entering images.

PRO EDU: Goat and Boat Community Assignment Winner

The PRO EDU photography group recently hosted an online community assignment. The challenge was to create a composite image that had both a goat and a boat in it, and provide a caption that told viewers about the goat and the (mis)adventures it had involving a boat. The contest judges included Clinton Lofthouse (UK Composite Photographer and Digital Artist), Renee Robyn (PRO EDU Instructor and Composite Photographer) and the PRO EDU Staff.

There were so many great entries that the judges decided to select their top favorites and allow the public to vote for their favorite…the winner received a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens. I’m very excited to announce I was the winner of the challenge and look forward to shooting with my new Sigma lens!

 

Congrats to Alana Lee for winning the latest Community Assignment.

Alana won an 85mm Sigma Art lens and absolutely crushed the creative, execution, and story behind this Goat & The Boat assignment.

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Guest Blog: Introduction to the Basics of Retouching

Introduction To The Basics of Retouching

 

From magazine covers to family photos, retouching is used to enhance or change an image in many different ways. When starting out in retouching, learning some basic information will make the process easier. Retouching in Photoshop can be intimidating and may be confusing at times on where to start. Here are some tips on starting out in the process of retouching.

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photography basics and how to use your camera from the Alana Lee Photography blog

Photography Basics: My Top 3 Camera Menu Settings

I’m often asked for tips on how to use a camera, how to get the best images using a digital camera and what is the secret to taking great photographs. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite tips and techniques here on my blog, so be sure to follow along if you want to learn some insider tips on how you can take the best photographs using your digital camera!

Let’s kick off this series with my top 3 camera menu settings.

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Photographer.org Scholarships

Announcement

In addition to launching a new Photography Resource and listing service, Photographer.org has announced they will be giving out $1000 scholarships for photography education! You can find out more about these scholarships by visiting their information page HERE.

Win a Sony a7 III Camera!

Photographer.org Announces Worldwide Launch & Sony Giveaway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Photographer.org Announces Worldwide Launch & Sony Giveaway

Dallas, TX – April 1, 2019 – Photographer.org (www.photographer.org) is celebrating the official launch of Photographer.org to the worldwide photography community with a month long giveaway, including a grand prize of a Sony a7 III camera.

Photographer.org is a Modern Photography Organization that connects consumers to photographers in their area. Photographer.org membership is free for working photographers and it is free for anyone to utilize to find a photographer. Photographers worldwide can now sign up for their free account and profile on Photographer.org.

Photographer.org announces it’s official launch to the worldwide photography community.  Photographer.org is a new membership organization interested in helping photographers around the world grow their business. The organization aims to disrupt the current subscription-based business models used across the majority of the photography industry. “Photographers don’t make a lot of money, so charging them for directory listings and unnecessary memberships is counter productive to running a profitable photography business” stated Joshua Hohweiler, the lead co-founding photographer of Photographer.org. Tom Chambers, another co-founder, adds that “The current landscape of paid member and marketing solutions for photographers is outdated, costly and top-heavy. Technology and the right vision can change that, and with Photographer.org we have a novel approach that will disrupt the current paradigm.”

The Grand Prize of the giveaway is a Sony a7 III camera. We chose this Sony camera because we felt it struck the perfect balance between a professional dslr and a consumer-friendly powerhouse. Mirrorless technology is rapidly growing and Sony is leading the way. One lucky photographer will get to add this incredible camera to their bag.

10 Complete Store Runner-Up Prizes will also be awarded courtesy of Greater Than Gatsby (www.greaterthangatsby.com).

The giveaway begins April 1st and ends April 30th, with the winner announced May 1st on our giveaway page and social media channels.

To learn more about the full entry requirements and options, including official rules, please visit the Photographer.org Giveaway page.

the portrait masters 2019 gold award winner is Alana Lee

The Golden Fish

In my universe this is about as big as it gets. For the past couple of years I have been working towards mastering my craft and earning accreditation through the Portrait Masters awards program, started by my mentor Sue Bryce. Her education platform is second to none, and I’ve grown so much – technically as a photographer, and personally through embracing self-love, confidence and courage to face my self-perceived faults and embrace my creativity. To rise above my physical and mental challenges and not only become my best self but to inspire and empower others through my craft.

During the most recent accreditation and awards I have received numerous bronze, a silver and that one thing I never dreamed I could achieve at this point in my career…a gold merit. Not only did I win the pet portrait category, but my image of Gus the Goldfish was awarded one of the only 6 gold merits ever awarded from the panel of international judges in the history of this accreditation and awards program. Being a category winner is rewarding in itself, but meriting gold with this image is so special for a few reasons.

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