5 Exercises To Improve Your Photography

Do you want to improve your photography? Are you looking for cost-free methods to improve that don’t take a lot of time or technical expertise?

With a few simple exercises you can begin to drastically improve your photography. Understanding the technical side of things helps, but great photography is also about practice. The more you shoot with intention, the more you will see your photography improve.

Here are 5 Intentional Exercises To Improve Your Photography

I’d recommend you pick one, practice it for a week, and then move on to the next.

Shoot One Thing, Many Ways

There are many different ways to see any subject. If you are shooting one photo from a standing position, you are missing out on more creative angles. Take a calculated approach to your subject and you will end up with unexpected results.

  1. Begin by shooting from a standing position.
  2. Move above your subject.
  3. Move behind your subject.
  4. Move lower.
  5. Move higher
  6. Move to the right.
  7. Move to the left.
  8. Take a step closer.
  9. Take a step back.

You now have 9 unique perspectives of your subject. Do this every time you shoot. You are forced to slow down to think more intentionally about hitting all nine.

If you are photographing kids, animals, or adults who may not want to sit through 7 angles, pick one or two that you don’t typically use. Work within the limitations your subject presents!

Look On The Light Side

You know photography is about light, so it’s helpful if you can see the light. Begin by walking around your house in the morning, midday, and late afternoon. Notice the direction the light comes through your windows. Notice which rooms have the most light. Often your best light is in an unexpected place like the bathroom or laundry room or even with the front door open.

Take note of the color of light and its intensity. Look for light places where light is indirect.

Once you’ve studies the light in your home, step outside. Watch the light for the same qualities of

  • Direction
  • Color
  • Intensity
  • Quantity

Go On A Photo Walk…With Limits

I love taking a photo walk, whether it is simply down my street or an adventure through a new town. The photo walk I’m suggesting though, isn’t just any photo walk. Take a photo walk and allow yourself to shoot only 10 frames in 60 minutes.

Yes! 10 frames in 60 minutes.

You will be forced to slow down and think very intentionally about when you click the shutter. You’ll be forced to look and angles and light.

When I follow this exercise I find myself seeing more opportunities for photographs. I slow down, notice details and angles that I wouldn’t have seen.

Play With Shutter Speed

I love technical play with my camera. I love knowing how the buttons and dials work to help create an image. Understanding shutter speed is your ticket to sharp photos.

  1. Find a moving subject. Water coming out of an outside hose works well for this exercise. A child willing to jump over and over can work as well.
  2. Place your camera on Shutter Priority (S or TV) on your mode dial.
  3. Shoot at the fastest shutter speed you can.
  4. Shoot at the slowest. (Grab your tripod or place your camera on a steady surface for the best results.)
  5. Work your way through the shutter speeds in between.  If you move at three clicks of your dial, you’ll move through full stops of shutter speed.
  6. View your photos and see what results you like.

When shooting your everyday life, try to think through your shutter speeds more intentionally. Focus on which is best for your situation.

Play With Aperture

I love aperture play. Your aperture is the setting that gives you either the blurry background of a shallow depth of field or the crisp focus of a deep depth of field. Understanding aperture helps to up the creativity in your everyday photos.

  1. Place your mode dial on Aperture Priority (A or AV).
  2. Set your aperture to the smallest number (aka the widest f/stop). This will give you the blurriest background and the smallest amount of your subject in focus.
  3. Click your aperture dial three times to “close down” your aperture to the next stop.
  4. Continue to do that, shooting at each stop.
  5. You may need to steady your camera or use a tripod as you move through f/11 and higher. These apertures bring in the smallest amount of light, slowing your shutter speed.
  6. Look at your results to see which you like.

In your everyday shooting, work on shooting with a different aperture than you typically use. Even a small adjustment in your aperture can substantially change the results of your photos.

With a little intention you can improve the photographs you take of your everyday life. Knowing what to look for and how you can adjust your camera’s settings can help move what you see to what you capture.

Do you have a favorite exercise or tip to get better everyday photos? I’d love to hear yours in the comments below!

 

I’ve Been Waiting for Mr. Postman

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I was able to spend a little bit of time with Jacque Larsen while at CHA this winter and it was very fun to get to know her and I’m thrilled that she is joining us in The Digi Files once again.  It is always exciting to put faces and voices with names I have known for a long time!  Jacque is well-known throughout digiland for her doodles and paper piecings, which are beyond adorable. I have many of her goodies on my layouts and would guess several of our readers do too.  Let’s take a closer look at “Mr. Postman collection” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Paper Pieces by Jacque’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Mr. Postman collection by Paper Pieces by Jacque; Font: Liana by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Mr. Postman collection by Paper Pieces by Jacque; Keaton’s Closet and Evidence: Date Stamps by Splendid Fiins.

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Layout by Van. Supplies: Mr. Postman collection by Paper Pieces by Jacque; Knockouts (Skinny Stripes) by Splendid Fiins; Boy Crazy (alphas) by Design by Dani.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Mr. Postman collection by Paper Pieces by Jacque; Border: Brandy Murry, Scrapgirls, Font: CK Grunge, The Sharon.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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As well as designing, scrapbooking is a real stress reliever for me. I don’t do it near as much as I’d like to or used to. Which is probably why I’m so uptight. Hahaha This most recent layout was on a last minute road trip that my family decided to take. We went to visit my brother who recently lost his battle with brain cancer. Because of the emotional roller coaster and trials my family has dealt with since his diagnose has made me really change my focus of what is important to me. Family has always been priority. But not until these last 18 months did I really realize how important jotting down your feelings and capturing the happy times as well as difficult struggles and memories is. I don’t ever want to forget the example that my little brother was for me and all those who loved him. I want to be able to relive the moments my family spent together. Every single one of them good and bad. I am so grateful for modern technology. I may not always have my DSLR with me to take pictures of all these experiences but with my phone I can snap a pic and write a small caption and then scrapbook about it at a later time. The reminder is there. The memory can be revisited. The pictures make me smile.

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One National Scrapbook Day several years ago, I was broke. As I sat reading my young daughter her favorite book “Good Night Moon.” I was inspired to create my own paper pieces to sell. After experimenting with watercolor paper and acrylic paints. I created my first set of paper pieces called “Little Luna” inspired by my daughters favorite book and my favorite author Eric Carle.

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I am an early child development major. I love teaching. I love getting my hands dirty and crafting. Bright colors, preschool story books and the way children play inspire me the most. When I moved from traditional scrapbooking to digital scrapbooking I quickly realized how much I missed the hands on, touchy feely of cutting, pasting and arranging of my scrapbooks. Creating my paper pieces fills that void and I love it. I crave it.

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Computer: I work on a PC with 2 large monitors. I have no idea about OS or how much RAM. My husband is my computer tech guy. He builds my computers to suit my needs. Always keeps things running smoothly and quickly. I’m one lucky little lady. 😉
Program: I create and scrap in PSCS6.
Camera: I have a Canon 30D DSLR with my favorite lens. An EF 50mm 1:1.8, I also use a Canon PowerShot Elph 110 HS when I don’t feel like draggin my big camera around. But 95% of the time I use my iPhone for taking images and scrapbook those.
Anything Else: Strathmore Cold Pressed acid free, heavy weight (140 lb.) Watercolor Paper. Acrylic paints in a variety of colors.

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I have been designing for over 6 years. And just THIS year I learned about the pen tool in Photoshop. What?! I can’t believe how much easier and quicker designing is with that cool trick. Gives me more time to create, less time on the computer and lots more time with my family. Which is my ultimate goal.

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My favorite project changes all the time. I am a HUGE fan of bright colors as you can see in most of my designs. Launch Pads vol. 3 – Spring are a great representation of just that. Bright, fun, rainbow colors. Easy to use. All you have to add are the photos.
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This is so hard to know. Everything changes all the time. But the last couple of years I have sold so many sets of my Jesse Tree Printables. By looking through my shop you will see that I create lots of religious and inspirational paper pieces. Besides teaching small children and being with family. Religion also means a lot to me. What can be better than all three of these important elements combined? Being together with family and teaching our children about the life of Christ. I love that these paper pieces can provide just that. It has motivated me to create more and more paper pieces that can be used in a similar way.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Paper Pieces by Jacque:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Paper Pieces by Jacque’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Go have a look in Paper Pieces by Jacque’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Jacque Larsen

The following layouts were created using “Mr. Postman” by Jacque Larsen and included in The Digi Files during July, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Mr. Postman collection by Paper Pieces by Jacque; Border: Brandy Murry, Scrapgirls, Font: CK Grunge, The Sharon.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Mr. Postman collection by Paper Pieces by Jacque; Font: Liana by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Mr. Postman collection by Paper Pieces by Jacque; Keaton’s Closet and Evidence: Date Stamps by Splendid Fiins.

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Layout by Van. Supplies: Mr. Postman collection by Paper Pieces by Jacque; Knockouts (Skinny Stripes) by Splendid Fiins; Boy Crazy (alphas) by Design by Dani.

 

Is it true? + an amazing coupon in the P.S.

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When you hang out on your computer a lot, you’re bound to run into some incredible tidbits of information and fantastic stories that make the rounds on the internet. We all probably have a friend or relative that forwards emails on to keep us informed, protected, and called to action on important topics. The intent is usually meant as a way to be helpful, but it’s helpful to check the facts. The story you are reading, might actually be a myth or an “urban legend” and not be true at all.

I first became interested in urban legends when I took a folklore class in college. Back in the early 1990s, there were still tales of teenagers who had cooked their insides by spending too much time in a tanning bed, or that New York City had alligators in their sewer systems (both are false). Today, we still hear about Walt Disney being cryogenically frozen (he was cremated) or that Facebook plans to charge a monthly subscription (not true).

You might be certain that you can spot a myth when you hear one, but you might be surprised at how much of the information passed around is simply not true. I have been surprised to receive an email from a very well educated friend who felt like they needed to pass on information about a politician. When I checked out the story on snopes.com, I found that it was completely false and that various versions of it existed.

Next time you run into something that you aren’t quite sure whether or not to believe, give it the Snopes.com test.

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I bet you will be surprised at how much misinformation gets passed around!

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P.S. Steph saw this amazing coupon from AdoramaPix and asked them if it would be ok to share it with our readers and they said Yes! Smile

Use code px8x825 (limit one per household) to get a 14 page photo book for only $3.00! Or you can get $25 of any hardcover photo book. Wow!

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Be sure to check out some of our recent posts about AdoramaPix photo books. We love them!

Effortless Organizing in Photoshop Elements?

The Daily Digi would like to welcome Melissa Shanhun as a guest writer for a series of posts all about organizing in Photoshop Elements. We are excited about the information she has to share with us on this topic!

Are you part of the 30% of digital scrapbookers who already own a time-saving tool they have never used? Did you know that all your photos, supplies and even videos could be organised without spending another cent? If you wish there was a way to organise without converting files, worrying about metadata (unless you want to) and confusing importing systems, breathe easy, I’m here to show you it is possible to have a workable system that doesn’t eat up all your scrapping time. So what is this mysterious organising system, of which you speak? Photoshop Elements Organizer. You know that thing that is the ‘other’ option when you load up Photoshop Elements?

You may have tried it back in the day and found it to be too slow or cumbersome, or you may use it to import your camera photos and never bother to actually open the program.

But in Photoshop Elements 11, the Organizer has really come into its own, with advanced features that automate a lot of the manual data entry that was previously required to maintain an organisation system.

How Organizer works

The Photoshop Elements Organizer links to your original files on your hard disk wherever that may be, whether that is on your internal hard disk, on an external hard drive, or elsewhere on a networked drive. Organizer is simply a database that links back to your digital scrapbooking supplies or photos, wherever they’re stored on your hard drive.

Photoshop Elements Organizer is a catalogue system, which means that it keeps it’s own database of information about the photos or supplies you have imported into the catalogue.

Lightroom and ACDSee are also catalogue systems. Picasa and Windows Live Photo Gallery on the other hand, are browser based systems, that don’t keep a large amount of information in catalogues. (For the technical people among us, yes they do have databases, but they are generally used for speed browsing rather than actually manage the files.)

Organizer saves the metadata (star ratings, tags or captions) to its own database but you can also write that to the files that support it.

Automation: The Secret to Happy Scrapbooking

Who here prefers to take the shortcuts when organising so you can spend more time scrapping? In upcoming posts, I’ll share more about how to use the automated organising features in Organizer, but here’s a little taste of what Organizer can automate.

Automated importing: Organizer can monitor new files that you’ve just unzipped, or imported into the Organizer ready for you to tag. You can either import your photos with Adobe’s Photodownloader directly or have it watch your folders for new photos. If you go digi shopping regularly or you’re a member of the Digi Game, you can have your new supplies come into Organizer automatically. A great feature of Organizer for Windows is that you can have your photo folders or supply folders constantly monitored and imported. I know that Adobe is working on including it in future versions.

Who: Face recognition that allows you to easily tag people, and even connect with Facebook to make tagging friends and family a breeze.

What: Photos are automatically collected into events based on bursts of photography. Spend an afternoon at the zoo? All you need to do is label the event once and all your zoo photos are set up. Where: If you have a GPS-enabled camera or take photos on your smart phone, you’ll find all your photos are automatically added to the map.

When: Assuming your camera and/or phone have correct dates, your photos can be imported by Organizer and filed in your choice of folder formats.

Previews and Designers: For any supplies with standard names and file sizes or pixel widths, you can set up saved searches (or smart albums) to make always up-to-date collections of goodies from your favourite designers or collect all your kit previews at the touch of a button.

Colours and shapes: Using visual similarity searches you can find all the yellow in your stash without any tagging, or use it to speed tagging and combine it with advanced searching to cut organising.

What’s the prenup?

If you are a listener of the Digi Show or a fan of Kayla Lamoreaux, you’ll remember that the whenever you start organising with a software program you will need to consider your exit plan.

I’ve been using Photoshop Elements Organizer since version 6 (for 7 years now!) and have used Organizer with 3 computers and 6 versions of PSE, without a hitch.

I know that a lot of Daily Digi readers will be interested in this aspect, but it will be getting a little bit technical. So feel free to skip ahead, if you want to know more about to protecting your catalogue, read on.

As an archivist, I spent much of my time at university learning about metadata formats and writing migration plans to help organisations deal with constant software upgrades and file formats. There are many reasons you may want to think about migrating from your current system, from hardware failure, operating system upgrades and more. What can you do if you want to change systems, if the catalogue (database) is corrupted or some other disaster befalls your system? With Photoshop Elements Organzier there are several ways to protect yourself:

Save Metadata to Files

When you star rate, tag or caption your photos or supplies, you are creating metadata about your photos. Metadata simply means data about data. This ‘data about data’ is stored, by default in the Organizer database, which is called the catalogue.

If you don’t have access to the catalogue, you may not have access to your metadata. (I say may not, because any time you open the image in PSE it will write your metadata to the file by default.)

If you want to transfer (write) this information to your images, you’ll need to write the metadata. This is a simple matter of a menu command File – Save Metadata to Files in the current version of Organizer. This will allow other programs to see the tags you’ve applied to JPEG, PSD and TIFF images.

Though PNG files are generally said not to support metadata, there are technically metadata fields in PNG files, and Organizer can write metadata to PNG files in the Adobe XMP format. However, it is almost impossible to re-import that back into the Organizer at this stage. Much like Lightroom 5, Organizer manages PNG tags within its own database.

Saving metadata to files means that Picasa, Windows Live Gallery and Lightroom can see this metadata.

Backup your Catalogue

You can use Organizer’s built in backup system to backup your catalogue and images to an external hard drive or DVD.

A word for the Folder Happy: The downside of this system is that the backup system has some difficulties with very long (over 250 character) file paths. So if you have folders within folders, within folders, within folders, it may not restore correctly named folders. For example, if you store your supplies in C:/Windows/Profiles/Melissa/Documents/Scrapbooking/Supplies/ScrapbookGraphics/Flergs/Flergs_ABoysLife/Alpha/ you may have issues restoring them. Not that I know anyone who would do that 😉

This will allow you to restore your catalogue in the event of a system failure, or to move it to a new computer.

Backup your Computer

This is my preferred option – if you use Crashplan, or a similar online system, be sure to backup head to the Help menu, then System menu.

The location of the catalog file currently open on your computer is listed under Current Catalog > Catalog Location).

If you backup this directory, and your photo library, you can always restore from your backups, without having to remember to use the Organizer backups.

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So what if you decide to move away from Photoshop Elements Organizer?

You aren’t locked in. Lightroom will import the Organizer catalogue with a little fuss and preserve your tag structure, albums and more.

For photos and supplies, any software system that reads metadata from the files (such as ACDSee, Picasa, Windows Photo Gallery etc) will support the organising you’ve done.

Ready to try Organizer?

Now I’ve put your mind at ease, we can get organised! In my upcoming article I’ll share the simple strategies you can use to get your supplies under control, whether you area a kit scrapper or love putting an eclectic mix of supplies on your pages. You don’t even have to be a compulsive tagger to benefit.

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Melissa helps scrapbookers cut the overwhelm of photos and supplies through simple and painless organizing strategies. Learn more about effortless organizing at Digital Scrapbooking HQ

If you want to learn more about organizing your photos to make scrapping easier, you’ll want to join me for Get Organized: Photos. In five 15-minute sessions you can get a handle on your photos and set up a system that works for you!

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Time for some FF

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Amanda Heimann Party Rockers. Part of this month’s Digi Files collection.

Whenever Steph and I talk about the weekly Funtastic Friday posts here at The Daily Digi, we always refer to them as FF – especially when we are emailng each other. In my mind, I have come to fondly think of them as FFs as well. As always, I’m ready for a great FF!

We were finally back together to record a new episode of The Digi Show this past week! We always miss it, when we take time off. This week, Anna Aspnes joined in the discussion as we shared tips and tricks for scrapbooking vacations and trips. If you are feeling overwhelmed (or even underwhelmed) by the amount of vacation photos you have, this will be an episode to check out!

 

Today is the perfect time to have a good day–who couldn’t use a little more positivity in their lives? The new Good Day digital scrapbook collection from Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard is versatile and colorful with an unexpected palette. Get a FWP when you purchase the collection through 7/25 only!

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From Anna Aspnes: I’m catching up this week after a vacation week with 9 new digital and I’m also participating in Oscraps Summer Fever event happening this weekend in which I’ll have 15 summer-themed products discounted by 30%.   The MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products only, discounted by 20% until Wednesday July 24, 2013.  As always, thank you for your support and I hope you’re having a fabulous summer (or winter as the case may be!)

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Chelle’s got a new “wet” collection this week perfect for your poolside memories.  Snag it this week and get the “Little People” FREE.

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A sweet new freebie by Erica Zane at SSD, Well, Owl Be is a super cute mini kit perfect for all sorts of pages!

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Sugary Fancy newest kit “Dare to Dream” is ON SALE {20% OFF} this week!!

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Kate Hadfield has two new fun and colourful summer swim themed doodle packs out today! Both are 20% off all weekend!

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Studio Wendy has this exclusive deal for TDD readers! Save 27% on orders over $7 through 7-27 with coupon code wz_seven. (Not valid with any other offer.)

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New this week from Kimeric Kreations

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Dawn by Design has a great tutorial on her blog on how to make a quick nature brush in Photoshop.

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Ready to start scrapbooking your summer photos? Buy the new Memories & Moments {Summer Bundle} from Suzy Q Scraps for only $12.23 with code:TDDsummer-sQs (expires 7-23-13)

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Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Lady’s free video tutorials on her blog!

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Tracy Martin has a bright and fun for summer is the Summer Holiday Bundle – On sale, and buy the bundle and get bundle only extras!

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Here are some more fun goodies that caught my eye this week:

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Hope you have a wonderful FF!

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Amanda Heimann: Party Rockers

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It has been a very long time and I am thrilled to be welcoming back Amanda Heimann! Amanda is on of the designers that I discovered early on her design career and have followed and loved her since. I was very sad when she took a break from designing, feeling that void for a long time and was so excited when I found out she was coming back! I love Amanda’s signature plaid papers and her ability to combine color and patterns.  Amanda can really rock kits that work well for boys too!  Let’s take a closer look at “Party Rockers” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Amanda Heimann’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann; Spring Fling by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann; Perfect Picnic (template) by Little Green Frog Designs; Font by Infinity.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann.

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann; Evidence Date Stamp by Splendid Fiins; Grunge Brushes by Digital Revolutions.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Amanda Heimann and I live in a small town in southeast Texas. I have been married to my husband for almost 15 years and we have two sons and a spoiled dog.

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I started paper scrapbooking about 9 years ago when my son turned one. I did not get much done with a one year old around. Once my second came along a year later there was absolutely no scrapbooking happening! I needed to make a Christmas card and opened up Microsoft DIP and created my first digital project. I immediately became an exclusive digital scrapbooker. Never looked back!

Sometime in 2007 and I hit a creative slump and did not want to scrap layouts anymore. I still wanted to create but needed a different outlet. I tried designing on a whim and loved it! I have hit a few more slumps along the way and took a little time off to use my knowledge in another industry but I seem to always come back to digital designing. There is something about it that draws me in. No matter what else is going on in my life I know that if I sit down, turn on Spotify and open up Photoshop that everything will be alright in my world.

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Music is my inspiration. My life revolves around music and there is always a song or rhythm in my head. Most of my kits were inspired by lyric in a song or a song title. The few times that music does not inspire me, I turn to Pinterest.

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Computer: I have a 27in iMac with 12GB RAM. I also sometimes use our MacBook Pro when I am away from home or want to sit on the couch.
Program: Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 are the main programs I use.
Camera: I have a Canon t3i that I need to learn how to use. I had a Canon xti for the longest time but she no longer works. It is funny how the same version of camera is so different 7 years later.
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Oh I don’t think I have any earth shattering tips but I can give you what I can’t live without. 1) Mini Bridge in PSCS6 is like a tiny little browser within Photoshop. When I have Photoshop, Illustrator, other plugins running it helps to have all my files right there. 2) Status Bar at the bottom left of your Photoshop window. If you click and hold on the status bar a bubble will pop up that gives you width, height, channels and resolution. This is really helpful for me when I am working with scanned images and going back and forth between different working windows. 3) Using the touch controls on my tablet and setting custom controls for frequently used commands.

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Usually I do not like my own products when I am finished with them. I have had enough and am ready to move on. There is something about this kit that always makes me smile. This kit was inspired by my youngest son who was going through a phase of saying “awesome” all the time.

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Being Mommy was inspired by my number one job. I came across the colors in a magazine and was wanted to create a kit with big florals. The rest just fell into place.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Amanda Heimann:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Amanda Heimann’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Inpsired by Amanda Heimann

The following layouts were created using “Party Rockers” by AH Designs and included in The Digi Files during July, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Credits: Party Rockers by AH Designs; Template by Captivated Visions; Captivated by Andrea; Border by Heather T; Font: CK Everyday.

Layout by Kate. Credits: Party Rockers by AH Designs.

Layout by Diane. Credits: Party Rockers by AH Designs.

Layout by Heddy. Credits: Party Rockers by AH Designs.

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Credits: Party Rockers by AH Designs.

Credits: Party Rockers by AH Designs.

 

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann; Spring Fling by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann; Perfect Picnic (template) by Little Green Frog Designs; Font by Infinity.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann.

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Party Rockers by Amanda Heimann; Evidence Date Stamp by Splendid Fiins; Grunge Brushes by Digital Revolutions.

Digital Scrapbooking Vacations

Supplies: Vagabond by One Little Bird Designs

It is that time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, when most kids are out of school. It is high travel time, which means there are fun adventures to be had and scrapped!  Sometimes, getting these vacations onto layouts and into albums can be overwhelming. I thought I would round up some of our many posts to help you feel inspired and motivated to get it done:

Be sure to check out our Flickr group, where lots of vacation layouts are being uploaded daily, right now. We will also have a new Digi Show out tomorrow that was a great discussion with tips for documenting vacations.

Take advantage of our exclusive discount offer printing photo books at AdoramaPix:

40% off 8×8 photo book coupon code. You can use for as many books as you would like, as many times as you want until it expires on November 30th 2013! Here’s the code: pxmagic40

Are you inspired? Anything catch your eye? Are you ready to get scrapping those vacations? How are you going to go about it?

 

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Supplies: Lean on Me Journal Card by Pink Reptile Designs; The Silver Reed font by Heather Joyce

Ever since I started taking digital photos, I’ve looked for ways to process them. Most of the time, I start with a simple clean edit to get a good exposure and true-to-life colour.

Here’s an example. The original image was dark:

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I did a quick edit in Lightroom to brighten, and warm it up a bit:

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There is no “right” way to process an image. As long as you are working from either a digital negative (the RAW file) or on copies, no harm can be done by experimenting with different colour tones, saturation levels, contrast levels, and with black & white imagery.

For digital scrapbookers, this is especially useful to help coordinate an image with a particular kit.

So, experiment to get the mood that you want! The possibilities are endless…

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The “right” processing is the one that feels artistically correct to you. It’s the one that makes you not only remember the moment, but also captures the feeling that you had. Have fun and be creative!

PS – Some of the images above are a combination of many presets and RadLab so I can’t point to one particular one. The preses I most frequently reach for are VSCO Film (all preset packs), RadLab, Bellevue Avenue presets, and Clickin Moms Film Presets.