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Conquering Lightroom’s Import Window

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Getting organized in Lightroom starts at the import stage.  A little organization up front goes a long way towards succes.

While an entire chapter can be written on how to design and optimize a file structure system, I’d like to keep it simple. There are many way to accomplish this. What works for me, may not work for you. Overall your file structure system has to make sense to you (or you won’t follow it).

Getting Organized

This is one example on how I designed my file structure system for the majority of my photos. This example is for Senior portraits but is easily applied for other shoots.

  • I have an external hard drive named: “Drobo-Photography (E:)” connected to my desktop with a main folder “Photography.”
  • Inside this folder are subfolders organized by the client’s name.
  • After a shoot, I import images to a subfolder I create with the date and a…

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Lighting Fog : How I Got the Shot

Originally posted on Photofocus:

I enlisted the help from my son Alec to gather a few friends for a creative sport portrait shoot. We were experimenting on different ways to backlight fog with red or blue gels. The goal was to produce the final image in camera with zero help from Photoshop. We failed more times than we succeeded on our way to How I Got the Shot.

Quick Settings Overview

  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens
  • Aperture f/6.3 to f/8
  • 1/125 sec shutter
  • ISO 200
  • WhiBal White Balance Gray Card

We met Superheroes and Villains

During a break, we stepped outside the studio just in time to see over 100 Superheroes and Villains walking the streets of Downtown Melbourne. We laugh and waved to the group as they walked by. Two characters stood out. I asked them if they would like to join us in the studio for a quick shoot. This was…

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Secrets to Finding the Perfect Location


Very informative!

Originally posted on Photofocus:

There are people who’s sole job is to find great locations. If you’re not on a commercial shoot and can’t afford to hire a location scout, never fear! Let’s go through a few places to find great locations.


Instagram is one of the most popular photo sharing apps in the world. Users can upload photos and tag their location. Although this app is for mobile phones, there is a website that can show you a limited version of Instagram called Websta. When you visit http://websta.me/, you can type in the area or location you’re looking for and see images from other users.

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I set out to photograph a new fireworks show. I know the park inside and out, but I wasn’t exactly sure where the best angle would be. Rather than waste a night watching the show and trying to move…

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Three Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers


Great advice. Thanks for sharing!

Originally posted on The Daily Post:


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Summer is over (at least in my neck of the woods), which means back to school…and in my case, back to trying to blog more.

I don’t miss much about school, but I do miss the ritual of new school supplies. I was the sort of nerd who loved shopping for new notebooks and binders, covering my books (is that still a thing?), and developing new organizational strategies every year.

In that vein, here are a few tips for how to organize and support your blogging efforts for maximum efficiency. Think of it as your back-to-blogging prep list. 

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Finally, A WordPress Site for Photographers

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Before committing myself to photography and video production full-time, I spent the better part of ten years in web design and development. While working in that arena, I discovered rich world of open source technology and WordPress. One of the folks I met along the way is Aaron Hockley, WordPress evangelist and fellow photographer.

When I found out that Aaron was launching wp-photographers.com, a blog dedicated to helping photographers better understand and manage WordPress, I had to know more. The site launched a few weeks back and Aaron was kind enough to answer a few questions for me.

Aaron Hockley, Founder

Aaron Hockley

Please tell us a little bit about yourself; your experience as both a photographer and WP user.
My background is in technology – software development to be precise. I started working with blogs in 2001 and began using WordPress in 2004. I’ve blogged personally and professionally since then…

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The family ventured out to Cracker Barrel this morning and we were saddened to hear they no longer carry Molasses. My wife’s grandfather use to make it on their homestead. It was sought out within the community and highlighted in the local paper.
Our trips to Cracker Barrel were strolls down memory lane and an opportunity to partake of Molasses.
I’m perplexed that an old fashioned restaurant would stop serving an old fashioned dish such as molasses.
#old fashioned,#southern,#food