Double exposure of a Palm Tree.

Do you own a Nikon D300? Would you like to learn how to make “In Camera” Double Exposures like these? [click to continue…]

Taylorsville Barn Makeover

by Sherri on March 21, 2012

Old Barn in Taylorsville, California after the makeover.

As I was looking for something to add to my Northeastern California Album this morning, I came across this photo of a barn I shot in Podunk Taylorsville, California. It was taken at noonish…the worst time of the day for photography in most cases. It had power lines in it, an ugly sky and was very close to getting tossed. Something told me to see if I could make a “keeper” out of it.

I made a virtual copy of the original file in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, converted it from color to antique and removed the power lines. From there, I took it into Photoshop CS3 and added the filter “poster edges.” The difference is amazing…it went from an “Ugly Duckling” into something that inspires me.

Old barn in Taylorsville, California before the makeover.

This is what the original image looked like straight out of the camera! Did you find this tutorial helpful?

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“Blue Ice”

by Sherri on February 28, 2011

A patch of ice, along the road in our neighborhood.

Abstracts can be made anywhere. This one was created the day after we had a low snowfall here in Auburn, California. It was 30 degrees outside. I knew there would be icy patches along the road during my morning walk, if I got out early enough. I really didn’t want to brave the cold, but I knew it would pay off if I did!

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Lake Almanor Abstract

by Sherri on November 2, 2010

Lake Almanor Abstract

This was taken at one of the boat launch areas at Lake Almanor, Plumas County, CA.

Abstract photos are really fun to create. When I captured this one, I was down at the boat launch at Lake Almanor during sunset, for a sailing photo shoot. I glanced down at the water and the sunlight was striking this beautiful underwater pattern. I couldn’t resist capturing it.

If you haven’t created abstracts before, give it a shot. Look close at your subjects and you can usually find an abstract! Take a look at a tree trunk, the ground, the sky, even someones clothing up close can render a nice abstract.

Have a nice example you would like to share? Feel free to post a link to it in the comments section below.

Have fun!


Photo Tip: Take a Risk!

by Sherri on October 18, 2010


Photo: Couple fishing on Lower Sardine Lake, Sierra County, California.

Taking risks in photography can be a good thing! When I took this photo of the couple fishing on Lower Sardine Lake, I was actually trying to eliminate the tree. I wanted to isolate the couple from everything else. That wasn’t possible, however. So, I went ahead and took it anyway, figuring that I would dump it later. Now that I look at it, I think the tree added greatly to the image!

I think this could be one of those images that YOU will either really like, or really dislike. What do you think folks? All opinions and comments are greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Sherri

Summit Lake Reflections

by Sherri on October 5, 2010


Summit Lake Reflections - Sierra County, California.

This image of trees reflecting in Summit Lake is not very original. I see this type of image quite often actually, but I love them! When we (Big Jeff, Little Jeff and I) arrived at Summit Lake during a hike, I saw this scene in the water and decided to go for it. I captured a few, but this one stood out from the rest. What I didn’t like about it though was that the image was too green. I wanted the blue to stand out more.

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, I beefed up the blue. I also added some fill light. I think it’s a “keeper” now! What do you think?

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Cheers, Sherri

Shoot a Scene With and Without People!

by Sherri on August 24, 2010


Fishing on Lake Almanor with Mount Lassen in the background, Plumas County, Northern California. This lake is well-known as a fishing hot spot!

Most people love to photograph landscapes and nature and so do I, but when possible I shoot the scene both with and without people. Including people in your photographs can increase their marketability. Quite often, images of people interacting with nature are published over images of nature alone.

Many landscape and nature photographers go out of their way to eliminate human beings from their photos. That’s cool, but why not shoot a couple of extra frames which include people, while you have this great scene in front of you?

Last month, we visited Plumas County in Northeastern California. While we were there, my goal was to capture photos of Mount Lassen with and without people. While I really love this photo of Mount Lassen and this one, the photo featured above is more likely to get published. It illustrates people enjoying the area and what it has to offer.

On the other hand, this photo would not likely bring in any print sales. The one exception might be to the people in the boats!

What do you think? I’m all ears!!!

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5 Ways to Shoot a Subject

by Sherri on March 9, 2010


Spring shot of the Historic Auburn Courthouse, Auburn, California.

Capturing a subject in many different ways can be done all in one photo shoot, or over time. It’s always a good idea when you have a great subject in front of you to really explore it and shoot it as many ways as possible. You may never get to return and re-shoot it later!

The Historic Auburn Courthouse pictured above is a subject I have access to 24/7/365 and I have shot it many different ways. If you have a good subject close to home, I recommend practicing these tips on it first, before taking that once in a lifetime dream vacation.

Here are 5 examples of how I have shot the Auburn Courthouse:

Different Seasons – In order to shoot your subject in different seasons, obviously you need to be able to return to the location. I have shot the Auburn Courthouse in both Spring (see photo above) and Winter. Here is a shot of the Auburn Courthouse in the Winter.

At night – Shooting at night can be challenging. I also don’t have a lot of night shooting experience, but here is a night shot of the Auburn Courthouse I did manage to get that I really like.

Different lenses – Experiment using different lenses. The shot above was taken with a 12-24mm wide-angle lens. For this shot of the Auburn Courthouse, I used a 28-70mm lens.

Shoot Horizontal and Vertical – Many subjects work equally well shot in both formats, others don’t. If you are shooting for publication, vertical shots are the desired format for COVERS, while horizontals are often used for CENTER SPREADS. Here is a horizontal shot of the Auburn Courthouse.

Frame Your Subject – You can frame your subject many different ways. For examples of how you can frame your subject, check out this link. Here is a shot of the Auburn Courthouse using this technique.

For a few more ideas on how you can shoot a subject, check out this link.

What are your favorite ways to shoot a subject? Feel free to add them to the comments section below.

Thank you for visiting!



Jeff & Cocoa hiking on the Stagecoach Trail on a foggy January morning, Auburn, California. This image was developed using the amazing Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.

Hi everyone! You have probably figured out by now that I love to photograph people enjoying the outdoors. I have been capturing Outdoor Lifestyle photos for many years and they continue to be my favorite subjects to photograph. I have also noticed an increased amount of people on this Photo Blog lately, who were searching for “How to Shoot Outdoor Lifestyle Photos.” That is what inspired me to write this post.

I’m sharing some of my success tips for capturing great Outdoor Lifestyle photos. If you own a camera and you would like to learn how to take better photographs of people, you can benefit from the following tips. [click to continue…]


The famous Foresthill Bridge, Auburn, California. It was processed using a combination of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

What: The famous Foresthill Bridge.

Where: North Fork of the American River, Auburn, California.

When: A couple of weeks ago.

Who: Jeff, our dog Cocoa & I were taking a Fall hike.

How: The Foresthill Bridge was reflecting in a mud puddle. I thought that was pretty cool. So I took a series of photos of the mud puddle. This was one of my favorites.

Then, in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, I rotated the photo so it was upside down and now you see the bridge right side up in the mud puddle.

Did anyone guess how this image was captured, before I revealed the answer?

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