Exporting Photoshop Images for Web

photoshop Mar 02, 2017

Last week I shared how to properly export photos from Lightroom for the purpose of social media posting and prints. This week I’ll tackle exporting from Photoshop.

In order to ensure that your Photoshop images look crisp and in focus on social media, blog posts, and websites, you’ll have select the appropriate export settings. There are two ways to export photos from Photoshop: Save for Web (Legacy) and Export As.

Save for Web is now a legacy feature on Photoshop, which means it is no longer supported or updated. However, many Photoshop users still favor this method for exporting. Export As is Photoshop’s newer exporting option. Both export methods utilize similar settings, so the provided exporting tips apply to both.  

To quickly access the Save for Web export option, hold down command + option + shift + s. You can also find this feature by clicking on “File” and selecting “Export” from the drop-down menu. You’ll see the...

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Expert Exporting Tips for Lightroom

lightroom Feb 24, 2017

So you finally finished editing your image to perfection using Lightroom and you want to share it with everyone on social media and distribute it to loved ones in print.

There is just one problem.

When you go to post and print your image, it doesn’t look right. Your picture-perfect image appears blurry and compressed online and the print version is poor quality.

Has this ever happened to you?

It can be frustrating when we spend so much time and energy editing every detail of an image only to have it come out looking like a pizza slice that got stuck to the box top when we go to share it.

Learning how to properly export your image from Lightroom can make a world of difference when it comes time to publicizing it.

The following are a few tips on how to export your Lightroom photos so they glow online and on paper like a fresly crowned beauty queen. All settings will be found on Lightroom’s export dialogue box.

From Lightroom to Online

File Settings- For website and...

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Instagram Press Release - Multiple Photos In One Post

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2017

It's finally here. If you're a photographer, you'll be happy to know that Instagram is rolling out the ability to post multiple images in a single post. This will make it much easier to tell a story without having to fill you instagram feed with individual posts.

Instagram Press Release: February 22, 2017

Starting today, you can share multiple photos and videos in one post on Instagram.

With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. Now, you can combine up to 10 photos and videos in one post and swipe through to see them all.

Share your favorite moments of your best friend’s surprise birthday party, from setting up to when they walk through the door. Or create a step-by-step cake recipe that people can always find on your profile.

When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos. It’s easy to control exactly how your post will look. You can tap and hold...

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Light Painting with Sparklers for Portrait Sessions w/ Humberto Garcia

photography Feb 21, 2017

Elizabeth and Tim are both active duty Sailors in the United States Navy. We met through their close friends who referred them to me. They decided to have a portrait session done as the sun was setting at the beach near the pier. 

Towards the end of the session, I had suggested that we should hang out for an hour, clean our selves off and get something to eat so that we could come back once the sun went down and light paint a beautiful photo for them. They might have been a bit skeptical initially but were great sports and decided it would be worth it. After a few takes and dozens of sparklers later I finally managed to draw the perfect heart. The pier we were under also had some great down lighting onto the water for the fisherman above and created an amazing aura on the water.

If you plan on doing a sparkler send off for your wedding or you are a photographer wanting to create designs with sparklers, I highly recommend using the largest sparklers you can find so that you get...

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What's in my camera bag?

photography Feb 08, 2017

I get a lot of emails from photographers saying that they want to get started with their photography career but they don't have the funds to buy all of the equipment. I want to share what I have in my camera bag so you can see that it doesn't take a lot of fancy equipment to capture amazing photos.


-Nikon D750, full frame           

-Nikon D7000, crop frame

First, I'd like to mention that it doesn't matter what brand of camera you have. Some people are diehard Cannon fans, while others swear by Nikon. What does matter is how you use lighting and composition to capture an image and the editing techniques you use in post. 

My Nikon D750 is my main camera and absolutely love it. I use the Nikon D7000 as my backup camera. When I first started out in photography, I shot with a Nikon D3200 and a kit lens for about two years. That just goes to show that you can start small with your equipment and work your way up with time.


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6 Ways Photographers Can Deal With Online Trolls

photography Feb 07, 2017

You wake up in a good mood, sit down with your morning coffee, open your favorite social media account, and then you see it.  

You rub your eyes, put down your coffee and read it again. 

In an instant, all of your good cheer is robbed by the worst of all online viruses: The Internet Troll.

In today's Internet age, it's almost impossible to hide from these prolific goons. Click on almost any link or photo on a social media network and you'll see the work of a hate-spewing Internet troll. These people scour comment sections, forums, chat rooms, and any other open communication platform online for the opportunity to verbally attack other users. Their main purpose is to illicit anger, inflict pain, or incite arguments with their aggressive, negative comments.

How can you deal with online trolls on your photography page?

Well, you have a few choices:

1. Ignore

Like a drunk muscle head at a bar looking for a fight, Internet trolls are out seeking attention. If you deny these...

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Adobe is raising it's prices in these countries...

photoshop Feb 03, 2017

Adobe CC Subscription will soon be raised by Adobe. You won't be affected until your subscription renews in these countries. If you have the monthly plan your rate will be adjusted starting May 1, 2017. If you're on the yearly plan, your rate will be adjusted when your subscription renews.

Press Release from Adobe:

Adobe and currency fluctuations

Currency exchange rates have fluctuated significantly over the last few years.  Like many US-based global companies, Adobe is making pricing adjustments in a number of countries to offset fluctuations in foreign exchange rate. Specifically, we lowered prices on Adobe products sold in Switzerland and Liechtenstein in December 2015.  Starting on May 1, 2016, the price of Adobe products in Australia, New Zealand, India, Norway, Turkey, and Brazil will be increased.  Existing customers will receive information about their subscription pricing directly from Adobe.

When do the product prices increase in Australia, New Zealand,...

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02: Passion, Perseverance, and Photography: An Interview with Robin Chavez

photography podcast Jan 25, 2017


What drives you to pursue photography? 

Is it the desire to tell a story? Your passion for visual self-expression? Your need to connect with the world around you? Your way of release?

For Robin Chavez, photography is her go-to form of art. She uses photography as a means to express a voice and evoke either an emotion or spiritual feeling. 

As the artist behind Robin Chavez Photography, Robin strives to create meaningful images in all her photographic styles, including portraiture, landscape, fine art, wildlife, and composite work. 

Robin began her pursuit of photography just five years ago when she purchased a used camera from Craigslist.  

From there, she spent her afternoons practicing the ins and outs of her camera and her evenings sitting at the computer learning Photoshop.

She believes that being a self-taught photographer has given her a unique stamp that is all her own. 

In time, Robin slowly upgraded her camera from a Rebel to a 60D and...

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5 Best Website Builders for Photographers

website builders Jan 20, 2017

There are several website builders out there that you can use to create your professional photography page. Choosing the right one for you depends on the features you want and the usability you are most comfortable with. Below are the top 5 website builders for photographers and the main characteristics of each one.


Squarespaces wins a lot of points for being easy to use. Many themes come included with Squarespace, and its drag-and-drop feature makes building a website simple even for beginners. Moreover, Squarespace is relatively affordable and their templates are optimized for mobile devices.  

However, if you want your website to be more customizable, Squarespace may not be the best choice since outside integrations are difficult to implement.    

Squarespace pricing starts as low 12 dollars a month when billed yearly for a site to host a portfolio or 18 dollars a month billed yearly for the business option that allows a business to sell products...

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Everything you need to know about Stock Images in compositing

compositing Jan 10, 2017

Looking for and choosing stock images can be one of the most overwhelming aspects to creating composites. Knowing which stock sites to use, searching within the stock sites, choosing photo sizes and resolution, deciding which images will work best for your particular composite, learning licensing and rules, etc. can make the whole process time consuming and confusing.

Stock Sites

Doing an online search for “stock websites” will pull up so many options that your head may start spinning. To help with the selection process, I have listed my personal favorite stock sites below. If you happen upon a site that you love, be sure to bookmark it so you can go back when you're ready to begin your composite.

Before I discuss my favorite sites, I want to mention one very important thing. Before downloading an image ALWAYS read all of the licensing and rules and make sure you are willing to follow them. The worst thing that you can do is head straight to your search engine image...

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