Category Archives: Photography

Photoshop Elements 15

Last week Photoshop Elements 15 was released by Adobe. Every year like clock work we get a new version of Elements in October. With each new version we see new tools that we can use to make our photos jump off the paper or computer screen. I could not wait to get my hands on Elements 15, I downloaded the new version as soon as it hit the Adobe site. So what new features are packed into this version? Here are some of the new features. We can now create folders to group our layers. Under guided edit we have … Continue reading

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Flash Photography

I seem to get a lot of emails each week asking me about flash photography. Some of the questions concern what types of flash to buy? What kind of triggers should I get? Are all flashes created equal? Let me first start by telling you that not all flashes are created equal. Some are brighter, some are hotter, some use batteries faster then others. But at the end of the day they all do one thing pretty well, they put light onto the subject that you are shooting. Sometime ago I bought a Nikon flash for about $200.00. I knew … Continue reading

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Photoshop Elements 12 Learning

Well it is completed. I now have what so many of you have been asking for! Photoshop Elements 12 Learning on DVD and also an online course. Now even if you don’t have high speed Internet and still want to learn Photoshop Elements 12 you can buy the DVD on the RIGHT. If you would like to take the course online and have life time access to it you can sign up here: Learn Photoshop Elements 12 Online. I hope to see your order or see you in the online course soon. Thanks for being a part of the Jacks … Continue reading

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Point and Shoot Dead?

The point and shoot camera that many people carried and that many women had in their purse are becoming a technology of the past. I really liked the pocket compact cameras. They always took great pictures and you always seemed to have one. I use to keep mine in the glove box of the car. But today it seems all of us have smart phones with great little cameras built right into them. Now we all have a camera in our pocket. Why worry about batteries or where that little pocket camera is located? What’s nice about using a smart … Continue reading

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What is a Podcast?

A Podcast is an online radio show. Most podcasts that you will find online are FREE. Podcasts are created and produced by people just like you. Someone sitting in front of a computer with an idea. We connect a microphone to the computer and use a free software program to record our thoughts and we begin recording. Podcasts are the thoughts of someone with something to share. Most of the time it is some form of learning. If I have an expertise and want to share what I know with the world. I can create a podcast and share my … Continue reading

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Photography

I was working with a new sports shooter the other day who was getting discouraged. I explained that photography is tough because with every change we make to our setting we effect something else with the picture. As photographers we can not get discouraged. We need to learn from our mistakes. Use these simple steps each time you go to shoot and you should have a good starting point to get over your aggravations. 1. As soon as you take you camera out of the bag. Turn it on and check your settings. The ISO, good starting points for inside … Continue reading

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Shooting Sports

This is my time of the year to shine with my camera. As my daughter is in track I get to stand on the side lines with my trusty camera in hand and eyeing up my every shot. I wanted to give you some simple guide lines to help you shoot better outdoor sporting pictures of your kids. Let’s begin with my favorite setting. I like to shoot sports in Aperture priority mode. This allow me to worry about what I want to focus on either a full focus shot or a soft focus background. And I allow the camera … Continue reading

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Shutter Speed

Learning about your shutter speed can make or break a photo. One sure way to learn the effects of shutter speed is to shoot on shutter priority once in awhile and get the idea of how pictures look at different shutter speeds. Our shutter speed control the amount of ambient light that is let into our sensors. With this said and having this one tool in your photography belt you are going to already begin to shoot better pictures. The reason I say this is because you can control the amount of light, the amount of movement and the amount … Continue reading

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Lens Filters Changing The Shot

Have you ever been out shooting pictures and looking at your LCD thought, “I would like to make this look different.” Then lens filters are for you. Of course there are as many reasons for using lens filters as there are filters. First to buy a filter for your lens you have to know what size to buy so that it fits your lens when you receive it. Take off your lens cap and look at the backside of the cap. You will see something like 72mm or 52mm. This is the size you will need to buy so that … Continue reading

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Print Or Send Out?

It’s funny even today with digital photography this questions is still as fresh as it was when I shot film years ago. Should you buy an expensive printer and print at home or should you send your prints out and have them down? Years ago I would get into discussions with other photographers at out monthly photo club meeting. We would get into talks concerning should you buy all of your own chemicals and turn one room in your house into a dark room? “Mine was a closest in my parents house.” Or should you send the rolls of film … Continue reading

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