Saving for Things You Want

Four years ago I was at the point where I wanted to move past the kit lenses I owned and start investing in “fast” prime lenses that would allow me to shoot at wider apertures to get the beautiful bokeh we all love. My first investment was the “nifty fifty,” the Nikon 50mm f1.8D ($100). […]

Free Photoshop Webinars

I have held several free Photoshop and Photoshop Elements webinars during the year and plan to keep doing them monthly. If you are thinking “What? I haven’t heard about any free webinars!” then you need to subscribe to the weekly (although sometimes quarterly) newsletter. All webinar announcements, registrations and playbacks are announced via the newsletter. […]

Simple Color Pop in Photoshop Elements {11 and 12}

One of the most popular tutorials here at EE is the Simple Color Pop so I thought an updated version using Photoshop Elemetns 12 (same as 11) would be beneficial since the user interface is so drastically different. If you have PSE 10 – 7, pop over to the previous color pop tutorial. Many people […]

Test Driving the Galaxy S4 {and loving it}

I few weeks ago I was asked by Cricket Wireless to try out the Samsung Galaxy S4. They provided me with the phone and three months of service on their Cricket network. To tell you the truth I was prepared to be entertained but not really amazed by it. Oh, how wrong I was. Disclosure: […]

Making Selections: The Magic Wand, Quick Selection Tool, and Selection Brush

The (long overdue) final post in the selection tools series is here! In previous tutorials, we covered what selection tools do, the lasso tool, the marquee tool and today the topic is making selections with the selection brush, quick selection tool and Magic Wand. They are similar and work together nicely, so I grouped them […]

Phone Photography – My Favorite Camera Apps

Every photographer will tell you that the best camera is “the one you have with you.” What camera do most of us have with us ALL the time? The camera on our smart phones! Tonight I am the host for a special Twitter chat/party about phone photography sponsored by Cricket Wireless. It is from 8 […]

Is Your Camera Sensor Dirty?

Dirt happens. Even if you take ultra-good care of your camera, never changing lenses near dirt or dust, or in windy conditions, your camera sensor will eventually get dirty. How to See if Your Camera Sensor is Dirty Testing your sensor for dirt and dust is very simple – you basically take a picture of […]

Making Selections with the Marquee Tool

We are continuing with the series on selection tools, focusing on the Marquee tool this time. To illustrate the marquee, I am going to focus on making vignettes (darkening of area along the outside which puts more focus on the subject). Remember, these are not tutorials that show everything you can do with the tools, […]

Photographing and Editing Silhouettes

Recently at Everyday Element’s Facebook page we have been having a good time sharing silhouette pictures, so I thought a now would be a good time for a tutorial on how to photograph and edit silhouettes. Silhouettes are images where the subject or subjects are totally blacked out against background of a sky or setting/rising […]

Making Selections: The Lasso Tool Explained

The first selection tool I am going to cover is my favorite one – the Lasso!! Oh, I enjoy that little tool but sometimes I can get carried away and I have to tell myself “Step away from the Lasso, Amanda.” Funny, but sadly true. 😉 Remember the basic rule of selection tools – you […]