A Photo a Week: Series

Often you need more than one image to tell a story. If your camera has a burst setting, you can use it to create a series of images to complete a story. Or you can group several images, even from different angles or different shoots, to tell your story. Sometimes, just two images complete the story; sometimes 100 images aren’t enough.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A SERIES OF PHOTOS THAT TELL A STORY.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.
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A Photo a Week Challenge: Tender Moments

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When doing a family or group shoot, I take the time to talk to my subjects to help them relax so that their personalities can shine through in the photos. The results are usually wonderful moments of sweetness and tenderness that really make the final pictures memorable.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF SWEET, TENDER, PERSONAL MOMENTS.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

One Photo Focus October

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve had the chance to participate in one of Stacy Fischer’s One Photo Focus challenges. It feels good to be back.

This month, we received a photo from Michelle Lunato, a wonderful photographer, who provided this beautiful image for us to play with.

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When I opened the RAW image, I made these adjustments first:

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These settings gave me this image:

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I loved the sun flare, but wanted to add a little lens flare to compliment it. I used these settings in the lens flare filter:

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For instructions on using the lens flare filter on an “empty” layer, see this YouTube video.

So adding the flare created a nice, light effect:

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I’ve been playing around with posterizing images lately, and thought this image lent itself nicely to some posterizing. I used these settings in the Photoshop Fine Art Gallery filter:

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I really like how the filter gives the image a more defined look:

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Finally, I wanted to give it more of a painting feeling, so I added a blank layer filled with white and then used a fun eraser brush to “reveal” the image under the white layer:

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I hope you enjoy my experiments. I sure did.

Stacy, thanks, as always, for a fun challenge. For more from this challenge, visit One Photo Focus: October.

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Click the image above for rules on joining the fun!

A Photo a Week Challenge: Inanimate Objects

As a photographer, I am constantly asked to photograph live subjects, especially people. No big surprise. Every now and then, I get requests for photos of non-living things, like this beautiful table a friend built. He is thinking of selling it, and asked me for some pictures of it for advertising. It was a fun, short session, and the table is so beautiful, it was a joy to work on these photos.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF INANIMATE (NOT ALIVE) OBJECTS.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A new website for my galleries

I’ve been trying out a new website to host my professional photo galleries. It’s finally to the point where I’m comfortable introducing it to y’all. Use the button below or from the side panel to the left.

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I am slowly moving the current galleries to the new website and will eventually remove the old link from the menu.

Please let me know what you think. Thanks for looking.