Tips for getting tack-sharp images

written by Beckie of Getting consistently sharp images takes some practice. I know we all have taken that perfect shot, only to get home and upload it and discover that the eyes are not in focus! It is so frustrating! But there are some things you can do to help you start getting tack-sharp […]

Action Edit using Carson City B&W

written by Beckie of It’s been a little while since I’ve done an action edit. And I haven’t had a chance to try out the updated “City Lights” B&W set from Amanda! There were a few new actions added into that set. For this edit I chose ‘Carson City’.     The first thing […]

Finding the best light when shooting in mid-day sun!

written by Beckie of The other day, I did 2 college grad photo sessions. They took place at approximately 4p when the sun was still pretty high, and viciously bright and harsh! So, I thought I would talk today about finding the best light when shooting in the mid-day sun! I like to find […]

How to create a watermarking action in Photoshop

written by Beckie of I have been asked quite a few times recently “is it possible to make a watermarking action?”. Yes! It can be done, and today I will show you how! (unfortunately, actions can only be created in full versions of Photoshop and not Elements) The first thing you’ll need to do […]

Using the gradient tool to lighten up your image

written by Beckie of Today I want to show you how to lighten up an image using the gradient tool (I will be using CS5, but I do believe you would use the same steps in PSE#). (the image below is not mine, but I was given permission to use it without credit by […]

The versatility of the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 D micro lens

written by Beckie of I know that I have written about Nikon’s 60mm micro before, but this lens is so versatile, and deserves another look, I think! 😉 I recently reacquired this awesome lens. Long story short: I sold mine because it kept going unused in my bag so I thought I didn’t need […]

Gear review | Nikon 70-300mm 4-5.6 D

written by Beckie of Today, I am reviewing the Nikon 70-300mm 4-5.6 D (this is NOT the VR version). In the last few years I have owned and sold about 4 different zoom lenses. I have come to the conclusion that I am just not a zoom girl (I love me some prime lenses!). […]

Action edit using “Virginia” and “Make Matte”

written by Beckie of It’s been a little while since I’ve done a post with an action edit. Today I chose to use “Virginia” and Amanda’s new “Make Matte”. In this post, I’ll tell you how I got from my SOOC image to my final edit! I first ran Deep Clean 1 & 2, […]

It’s been a whole year already!

written by Beckie of I was just looking at the calendar this morning, and realized I have been writing for Everyday Elements for an entire year already (March 14, 2012 was my first post)! Wow how quickly the time has flown by! Through Everyday Elements, I have learned new things, traveled new places, and […]

The importance of networking!

written by Beckie of What is networking? It’s not just about social media (though that plays a big part in networking). I’m talking about getting out there and meeting up with people who do what you do! Stepping outside of your comfort zone, and introducing yourself to others. It has the potential to create […]