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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Tip of the Day

Welcome to my first ever Tip of the Day.  And I can’t stress this one enough…

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Can you guess what this is?
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Or how about this?

This is… no this was my Nikon flash.  And that pretty blue color, that’s the lovely color of corrosion.  All the result of me leaving the batteries in my flash.  It was actually a slow process.  The flash was revived at least twice by cleaning the contacts and would work pretty well for a while each time, but . . . it’s spread to the circuit board and, well, you can see for yourself… it’s a goner.  [I highly advise that you do not attempt to take your equipment apart yourself for fear of voiding any warranty – this was not done by me – but by my highly trained dad.]

I’m lucky in the sense that I like to use natural light for most of my photography and don’t use a flash very often (which also explains the extended period of time the batteries had to do their dirty work), but like most of the items in our equipment bags when we need them, we really need them, and we want them to work.  So I’m guessing you have already figured out my tip:

Remember to remove the batteries from your devices when not in use.

Til next time,
Maria