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 […]

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, […]

Newborn Props Are All Around You!

This post is by Andrea Thomas of Speechless Photography. It seems like there are countless vendors selling expensive newborn props these days, and when you are first getting started it can be overwhelming to think of all the things you need to buy. However, with a little imagination, you will find that fabulous props can […]

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 […]

To Do or Not to Do? {Composition Part 2}

written by Beckie of As a follow-up to last week’s “rule of thirds” post, today I want to talk about a few DOs & DON’Ts when composing an image. Again, there are no real rules, but there are certain things that should be avoided. DO Straighten your horizon! This first one is a big […]

“Rule of Thirds”; Composition part 1

Written by Beckie of Photography is an art, and this art is an interpretation of how one person sees or views something or someone in his/her life. And in my opinion, there are no real rules that absolutely must be followed. That being said, today I am going to discuss the “rule of thirds”. […]

Which Canon 50mm Lens is Right for You?

This post is by Andrea Thomas of Speechless Photography. When I purchased my first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel XTi, I was lucky to have a friend to help guide me with my purchasing decision.  He was pretty adamant that I should skip the kit lens that typically comes bundled with the camera and go […]

Is your photography stuck in a rut?

written by Beckie of Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut with your photography? I know for me personally, it has happened numerous times. How do you get out of that rut? What are the steps you take to make that happen? Something that I have recently tried is to go […]

Gear review | Alienbee B800

written by Beckie of Recently I was asked to take portraits for a Ladies English Tea event at our church. The ladies would be dressing up in their fancy hats and we wanted to do some photobooth style pictures. And I thought it would be fun, so I said “yes”! I knew that my […]

Still Life Photography Tips and Tricks {Part 1}

Please help me welcome our newest contributor at Everyday Elements. Kelly Newbury, a very talented still life photographer, will be with us once a month, sharing her tips for still life photography and editing with textures. You can see her beautiful work at her Etsy shop Fine Art Prints by Kelly Newbury.   When setting […]