Using Reflectors to Bounce Flash

Last fall I was asked by my sister to do the bridal portraits her sweet, soon-to-be daughter-in-law. It is a tradition in the South to have bridal portraits shot months before the wedding, and have one or more of the portraits on display at the wedding reception. I have shot one wedding, but never a […]

When Actions Will Not Load in PSE

Thanks to the handy-dandy Actions panel is in Photoshop Elements 11 and 12, installing actions no longer has to be a complicated and frustrating task. However, if you are a PSE user who upgraded from an older version, you may prefer using actions through the Photo Effects panel because the thumbnails are easier to read […]

Five Editing Mistakes to Avoid

This post is by Andrea Thomas of Speechless Photography. There are a few things that I did to my photos when I was just starting out that really make me cringe when I look back. I know I’m not alone in this, as these issues seem to be pretty common when it comes to new […]

Brushes Installing vs Loading

Custom brushes have been discussed here at Everyday Elements several times over the years. Usually I recommend that you “load” the brushes, not actually “install” them. However, I have never explained what the difference is. Today is the day I remedy that oversight. First let me define “custom brush.” Those are brushes that do not […]

Wacom Intuos Touch Tablet Review

Hello! My name is Susan Dusseault, from Lily Fields Photography. Amanda invited me to share about my experience with the Wacam Intuos Touch small tablet because she gets many questions related to tablets. A little history first… I had been eyeing the pen tablets for a while but was afraid to make the jump from […]

Small Changes, Big Impact

This post is by Andrea Thomas of Speechless Photography. At a recent senior photo session, I noticed a few small things that I did that made a really big impact in my photos and I wanted to share them with you. 1) Have your subject turn around – I wanted to place my subject in […]

How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop {and Elements}

During one of my webinars, Portrait Editing 101, a step I showed was whitening teeth. After the webinar I realized that I had never written a dedicated how-to tutorial on whitening teeth, so here goes. Whitening teeth in Photoshop and PSE is so very easy, and it is a great way to practice using masks. […]

Adding Snow with Custom Brushes

Last year I wrote several tutorials on brushes, with the plan for more. For various reasons, I lost my groove with the series and never finished. However, I recently used some snow brushes from a new action and brush set by Photographer Depot and I thought they would make for a great follow up on […]

Tips for shooting product photography

Written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted (I’ve been crazy-busy, and quite honestly, I have felt less than inspired as of late), but I wanted to share something with you that has inspired me recently and helped me pick up my camera again. Product photography Besides photography, one […]

How to Lighten the Photoshop CS6 Workspace Colors

When Photoshop CS6 came out, the change was significant, not only because of the awesome new additions to the program, but because the interface (workspace) was so much darker and more dramatic. The change in colors was to help the images or graphics “pop” on the user’s screen. Some liked the feature while others did […]