TGIF and A Tip of the Day

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Lovely texture courtesy of JaiArt.

Happy Summer!  As you can see, I’m running a bit behind…  Which is another reason I cannot wait until the weekend and some much needed time to catch up, even if just a little bit…   My photo library is bursting and all week long I have been jotting down ideas for photos that I have, just waiting to set aside some me time to work on them.  If you’re hoping to do a little of the same, I have a tip/link to share that will get you started and quite possibly completely off-course and into another aspect of your photography…. but in a good way!

If you have been following me, you know I love applying textures to my photographs, among other things…  Have you been wanting to give it a try, but not quite sure where to start?  Well, the gang over at Light Stalking have a quick and easy video tutorial by Sebastian Michaels & Photoshop Artistry,  with a PDF cheat sheet, and (best part) free textures to help get you started (here). I even picked up a couple tips from this tutorial… give it whirl.  I’d love to see how you apply some of these techniques, just share a link in the comments.

Have a great weekend!

Til next time,
Maria

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Identity Crisis

A question for my fellow bloggers.   Do you think the look of your blog is as essential as its content?  Should it reflect you as well as the content?  Oops, sorry that’s two questions.  In case you’re wondering, I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis lately — maybe you’ve noticed – I’m sporting a new look 😉

A little history:  My blog initially started out as a way for me to chronicle what I was doing in my photography classes, thus the “Photoblog” in the title.   Holy cow, it will be three years come next month that I started my blogging venture.   Well, since then, my “formal” schooling has been put on hold , but my enthusiasm for learning has been moving full-steam ahead.  It seems each year I have taken on a new challenge … always tied to the heart of it all … my photography.   This year’s concentration . . . my blog.   Even after three years, I still find blogging to be quite intimidating.   A self-confidence issue, I am sure.  So to help me find my confidence and my “voice” to accompany my photography as well as life’s little interruptions, I have signed on to Behind the Scenes with Kim & Xanthe.   I can’t wait!  I am sure I’ll learn all sorts of tidbits on how to add my own style (whatever that might be) and really make it my own …

One more question:  Do you think you have to actually pay to get what you want … with regard to a blog that is?   I do love FREE and so far that has worked for me … although it definitely comes with limitations.  Maybe I just need to change the hosting site.  I have seen so many creative blogs on Blogger … or maybe Tumblr.   Is it even worth changing?  So many questions.   Well, hopefully over the next few weeks/months as I find my confidence, my voice, and my style, I will also find some answers to all these questions.   And, of course, your thoughts and/or recommendations are always super appreciated!