Stacy White Photography: Blog http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Stacy White Photography stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:46:00 GMT Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:46:00 GMT http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u539206445-o752837556-50.jpg Stacy White Photography: Blog http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog 93 120 Using your photography to make a difference http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/using-your-photography-to-make-a-difference  

Giving back is an important part of life, and being photographers we have a special way in which we can do this. You do not have to be a professional photographer to make a difference! With so many options and places that would be thrilled to utilize your services, where do you start? Find something that you have a passion for and something that touches your heart and start there.

I have always been an animal lover. I know we’ve all seen those heart-wrenching commercials with the Sarah McLachlan asking you to support dogs. While this has impact, so can your photos. I volunteer with a local organization called Picture Them Adopted. This group goes to our local county shelter and takes pictures of the dogs to show their personality. These are then used online to try and get the dogs adopted, instead of the “mug shots” that are usually taken when the dogs arrive that the shelter. There’s no better feeling for me when it comes to photography then finding out a dog that I’ve photographed as been adopted!!

You might think – does this really make a difference?  Look at the following photos. Which dog do you think is more likely to grab someone’s attention online?

In addition to my local volunteer group, I’ve also joined HeARTs Speak, which is an international non-profit organization that works with artists and organizations to help get animals adopted. Being part of HeARTs Speak has been amazing – not only do I meet other amazing photographers that share a similar passion, but I learn so much that helps me be a better photographer and helps me take better photos of the dogs.

You don’t have to photograph dogs, and you don’t have to spend a ton of time volunteering to make a difference! Find something that you are passionate about, and find an organization that you can volunteer with.  There are so many difference charities already in place to help. The best resource I’ve found is Shutter Mission (http://shuttermission.org). This site has a great list of charities as well as resources for photographers. 

I hope this encourages you to find an organization to work with! Have a suggestion for a charity or want to share where you give back with your photography?

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) different dogs giving back helping learn photography rescue share shelter volunteer http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/using-your-photography-to-make-a-difference Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:46:18 GMT
Tips for Landscape and Wildlife Photography http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/tips-for-landscape-and-wildlife-photography

I started out in photography like most of us do – taking pictures of my children and photos on vacation. I quickly discovered that I love nature and landscapes and decided to focus on that. I shoot with a Nikon D600 full frame camera and have a variety of Nikon lenses. I use very few prime lenses – I like to be able to have the range to capture things that are close as well as further away.

Usually when traveling, I would prefer to travel as light as possible. But, my camera gear tends to go the way of my suitcase… the things I need - and all of the things I bring “just in case”. My absolutes are my wide angle lens, my telephoto lens and my midrange lens. On top of that, I usually always bring my 50mm and my macro lens.

One of my most recent trips, I flew into Salt Lake City and headed north of town to go to a few wildlife areas, but the main trip was to Moab to visit the parks in that area. When shooting wildlife, a telephoto lens is always the way to go. Either for safety reasons or not to scare the animal off, you’re going to want to be able to shoot from further away.

The above bison fairly close to the road. As you can guess, this is not an animal you want to get very close to! For wildlife, my favorite lens is my 80-400mm. I have great range and I don’t have to be very close to wildlife or birds to get a good shot of them. Sometimes you get closer than you plan, like with the big horn sheep. I could have used the zoom to get his full body, but instead I decided to zoom closer and just get his profile.

When doing landscape photography, your lens you choose will depend on your subject. The two I prefer to use are my wide angle lens (16-35mm) and my everyday lens (24-70mm). To determine the appropriate lens, I look at what I am planning to photograph and think about my composition.

For this shot, the wide angle lens was the way to go. I wanted to get as much as I could of the area. I found the dead tree and added it to my frame. For some shots, a wide angle either takes away the magnitude of your subject, such as large mountain ranges, or muddles your composition by adding too many unnecessary elements that end up being distracting.

One of the most important things is to be patient! Sometimes waiting a moment or two will change the sunlight on your subject or the animal may move to get a better angle. A matter of moments may change a good photo into a great photo!

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) help landscape moab photography tips utah wildlife http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/tips-for-landscape-and-wildlife-photography Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:40:38 GMT
Having fun with Macro Photography http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/having-fun-with-macro-photography

Macro photography is a great way to get creative and try something a little bit different.  Not long into my photographic journey, I discovered macro photography. I buy myself flowers now and enjoy getting them even more than before - because at some point, I pull out flowers and practice my macro photography! And sometimes, when photographing live flowers outside, you’ll find other – sometimes unexpected things – in your photos as well.

Although photographing flowers and bugs is fun, I often enjoy trying to find new things to photograph to practice technique and learn something new. 


I stumbled upon a tutorial for macro using a mini fiber optic light. I ordered one on amazon for less than $10 and got some really interesting photos! If you want to try this, I recommend getting one that changes colors… it will vary the images you get. I took photos at an angle, from straight on, and looking down into the light. I set up a piece of black velvet material behind to keep the background dark, and used my tripod and shutter release cable. Shutter speed and aperture will great effect the results, so play and adjust them until you get a result you like!

Having kids, there are lots of items that I have found that produce interesting images. A slinky came in handy for this one:

The possibilities are endless when it comes to macro photography. You can start with flowers and insects, and move on to food, spider webs, toys or really anything that you find interesting and want to explore. … the possibilities are endless!

 

 

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) different how interesting macro technique tips to unique http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/having-fun-with-macro-photography Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:35:32 GMT
How to Use Neutral Density (ND) Filters http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/how-to-use-neutral-density-nd-filters Here is the original question from Jenny:

"Could you do something on long exposure? I went out yesterday with a 10 stop ND and tried it. My pictures were either too light even after stopping down the aperture and a low ISO. The other thing, even though on a sturdy tripod, most of them were too blurry. I was shooting in Manual and used the live view to focus. What gives?"

 

There are so many things that we try in photography that make us all think, “what gives?” I’m not sure what you were trying to photograph, but hopefully this will help!

 

What are ND Filters?

A neutral density – also known as a ND filter - is a filter with a dark appearance that is used to even out the exposure of different elements in your photo, such a bright sky and a dark foreground. Since the filter stops the light from reaching the camera sensor, it allows the photographer to leave the shutter open for a longer period of time than would be possible without the filter.

 

ND Filters come in different levels of density that are supposed to be the equivalent of stops. When looking for a filter, you will see that they have numbers with decimals and you’re not probably not really sure that that means. Here’s a quick reference guide to the numbers:

 

F-stop reduction

Density Rating (different depending on manufacturer)

1 stop

0.3

ND2

2 stop

0.6

ND4

3 stop

0.9

ND8

4 stop

1.2

ND16

5 stop

1.5

ND32

6 stop

1.8

ND64

7 stop

2.1

ND128

8 stop

2.4

ND256

9 stop

2.7

ND400

10 stop

3.0

ND1000

 

This chart is easily found on many websites, as well as charts that show you how the filters affect shutter speed.

 

How do they affect a photo?

Although they are dark when you look at them, they do not change the color of the photo. The main thing they do is block a large portion of the light that comes in through your lens from reaching your camera’s sensor. This allows you to leave the shutter open longer than you would normally be able to do.

How do you use them?

ND filters might sound complicated, but they are very easy to use! First thing you have to do is purchase a filter. If you’re not sure you want a 10-stop filter, another option is to get to smaller stop filters and you can stack them together. I purchased the 3 stop (0.9) and a 6 stop (1.8) that use separately, as well as stacking them together to have a 9 stop filter when needed.

Filters come in many different sizes for end of your lens. I recommend getting the 77mm since as you upgrade lenses, this will be the size of most glass in your bag. If your current lenses are not 77mm, you can purchase an inexpensive set up step-down rings that will allow you to use them on all of your lenses. This will help down the road instead of having to purchase additional filters. As with all things in photography, the more expensive filters will be better glass and are worth the investment. I personally use the B+W filters. I wasn’t happy to have to spend around $100 on a filter, but still having that same filter years later makes me happy I purchased this one instead of several cheaper ones.

 

What situations are they most useful in?

ND filters work magic in waterscapes where you want to give the water a smooth and silky feel. This also has the same effect on clouds. My favorite time to use them is for waterfalls!

Tips for success with ND filters

Since your shutter is open for a longer period of time, a sturdy tripod is essential. You’ll also want to make sure that you are on completely level ground so you don’t have to worry about your tripod moving accidentally on its own. It’s also a good idea to use a shutter release cable or remote release – the less contact you have with your camera the less chance of having camera shake affect your photo.

 

If you are using a 10 stop, focus your image and then put in manual mode so you don’t change. Once the filter is on you wont be able to see through viewfinder as the filter is very dark.

Hope this helps! I’m sure others of you have found other ways to use your ND filters… please leave a comment below to share your tips!

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) ND density filter filters how neutral question tutorial http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/how-to-use-neutral-density-nd-filters Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:28:23 GMT
Tips for Shooting Fireworks http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/tips-for-shooting-fireworks Summer is already moving quickly…. Before we know it, July will be here – which means getting ready for the 4th of July! If you’re like me, part of the planning on what we do that day is driven by my desire to get good photos of the fireworks. If you haven’t done this before it may seem a little complicated, but it really isn’t!

Anyone can take great fireworks photos with a few simple things. You will need your camera, a sturdy tripod, and preferably a shutter release cable – this will reduced camera shake by not having to touch your camera. Also, make sure to charge your batteries… and if you’re like me, an empty memory card or an extra one – I tend to take tons of firework photos in an attempt to get a few good ones.

 

One of the most important things is finding a good location. We live in Florida and are lucky to be able to view the fireworks over the ocean or the bay. If you have a great view of a city, waterway or trees, you might want to include this in your photos. If you’ll be in a large crowd or just don’t want anything but fireworks in your photo, that works too! Just make sure you are able to set up somewhere where your camera won’t be tipped over, or that you aren’t in a pathway where someone will trip over your tripod. We don’t want injuries to others, or your gear!

The lens that you use is really a personal choice. If you are further away or want a tight crop of the fireworks, go for a zoom lens. If you have a great foreground/background, you might want a wider lens. When in doubt, I usually go for the wider option and then crop the photo if I feel that it needs it. This is always much better than getting home and viewing your photos and wishing you had more space around your subject.

As for settings… you want to go with a low ISO – around 100 or 200. Next, make sure that your flash is off. I usually shoot fireworks in Manual mode… it might sound like this is going to get tricky, but trust me on this one! You’ll want to set your aperture around f/8, then set your focus on your lens to infinity – you won’t be able to focus in the dark, and this will make sure you get everything in focus.

You’ll want to set your shutter speed for somewhere between 2 – 4 seconds. You can also experiment with this to find what works best, or depending on how much ambient light you have, you might want to put your camera in bulb mode to be able to capture a longer exposure and shut your shutter when you want instead of on a set time.

 

I usually start with the 2 seconds and then see if I captured what I was looking for, and then adjust from there – sometimes up to 5 seconds depending on the ambient light. If you’re close enough to hear the launch of the fireworks – which is personally one of my favorite things – then you can time your shutter to the launch to be able to capture them in the air. I don’t think there’s a science to this – more just trial and error. Everyone’s situation will be different, so you will have to make adjustments until you find something you like then just continue to shoot.

I switch to bulb mode for the finale to try and get multiple fireworks in one shot. You can also edit and combine your photos at home in Photoshop to get a collage effect like I’ve done here.

Hope you have a wonderful 4th and get beautiful firework photos. Don’t forget to take a moment and remember why we celebrate! =)

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) fireworks guide hints night photographing shooting tips http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2016/12/tips-for-shooting-fireworks Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:34:07 GMT
Photo Recipe - Altering Sunlight http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/7/photorecipe-alteringsunlight I just love seeing hay bales in fields. I don't know why, but it seems that the ones that are the prettiest get picked up the fastest! I was glad I was able to capture this field... the next time I drove by they were gone. Unfortunately, the lighting wasn't the greatest when I went by.

This is okay, but seems a little flat to me. I much prefer this one:

This was really easy to do! I started with Plum (43% opacity)  from the Vintage Veils - these are my favorites! I then added Curly Willow (24% opacity) from the Botanical Veils, and then finished up with 2 from the Simplicity Collection- Dream (29% opacity) and Autumn Blaze (62% opacity). As you can see, I used several different veils and textures, but have them at a pretty low opacity. I find that when I use multiple adjustments, a little goes a long way. 

To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) botanical collection creative creative team d810 love love that shot olde photo photo recipe recipe shot simplicity stacy white photography team textures veils vintage http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/7/photorecipe-alteringsunlight Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:12:19 GMT
Photo Recipe - Adding Age to a Photo http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/7/adding-age I have always loved old barns and now enjoy exploring and trying to photograph some of the interesting places you see along the road where no one lives anymore. I took a trip out west this spring with some friends and after going to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, we decided to take a day and look around the countryside for interesting finds. 

This barn was behind an abandoned house. The barn was in much better shape than the house, but still definitely shows some signs of neglect. I loved the old tractor in the field of dandelions.

Sometimes when you take a photo, you can tell that it would look great with a texture. To me, this is one of those photos....

I am a huge fan of the Love That Shot's Olde World Collection. I normally spend a bit of time trying different veils and textures to see which gives the photo the feel I'm looking for. This to me shows how the barn felt to me... like an old photo. I almost always start by using a veil from the Vintage Veils collection. I started this photo with the Blood Orange veil. I then went to the Olde World Collection and added Calais at 40% opacity, Chevaliers at 46% opacity and Camembert at 60% opacity.

To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) collection creative creative team love love that shot olde photo photo recipe recipe shot stacy white photography team textures veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/7/adding-age Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:15:30 GMT
Photo Recipe - Adjusting your view with textures! http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/6/photo-recipe---adjusting-your-view-with-textures I love old barns. I don't know why, but there's something about them! While visiting North Carolina last week, I found this old red barn up on the hill:

I love the setting with the pond in the foreground, but knew when I shot it that this had texture in its future!

For this photo, I added Laurel from the Botanical Collection at 66% and Frosted Dew from the same collection at 58%. I then added Riviera from the Olde World Collection at 65%.... and that's it! 

To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

 

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) collection creative creative team love love that shot olde photo photo recipe recipe shot team textures veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/6/photo-recipe---adjusting-your-view-with-textures Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:31:44 GMT
Photo Recipe - Adding interest to your photos with textures and veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/4/photo-recipe---olde-world-door One of my favorite things to find are interesting old doors, windows and entryways. On a recent trip to St. Augustine, I found so many beautiful and unique homes - what a beautiful city! Here's my beginning image:

 This is interesting on it's own,but I love this version:

These changes were made with such minimal amount of changes. I started with my favorite go-to veil pack - the Vintage Veils. This one is Plum at 100% opacity. After that, I added Chateau from the Olde World Collection at 100% opacity - and that's it! I didn't want a drastic change, just to soft and add a little age to the photo to match the feel of the doorway.

 To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

 

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) collection creative creative team love love that shot olde photo photo recipe recipe shot team textures veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/4/photo-recipe---olde-world-door Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:13:00 GMT
Photo Recipe - Vintage Fairy Tales http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/2/photo-recipe---vintage-fairy-tales One day last fall, we took the kids to the pumpkin patch and they were intrigued and excited by the size of the corn maze. While wandering through I think what was every path in the maze, I stopped at one point and shoot this:

I really like this photo... it's different that what I usually shoot in Florida. I figured I'd play with it and see what else I could come up with....

 

And I really love the After so much more! =)

This was a very simple edit... I started with my favorites - the Vintage Veils. For this photo I used the Blueberry. After that, I decided to play around with the Fairytale Collection... I used Cinderella (100% opacity)  and Little Red Riding Hood (68% opacity). It was a little too red in the corners for my test, so I used a mask and removed a little of the red from the edges. That’s it! So quick and simple! =)

 To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) collection creative creative team love love that shot olde photo photo recipe recipe shot team textures that veils world http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/2/photo-recipe---vintage-fairy-tales Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:54:32 GMT
Photo Recipe - Little changes make a big diffence! http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/2/photo-recipe---little-changes-make-a-big-diffence I love this time of year in Florida… when you get used to it being in the 90s every day, it’s nice to have a break from the heat! I did a photo walk around Tampa with a friend and found this lily blooming in a little pond.

Although the original is nice, I really prefer this version:

I love how much of a difference a couple of minutes and a few clicks makes! I created this version by use the Vintage Blueberry veil (one of my favorites!) and Kupukupu from the Kalani collection at 68% opacity.

That’s it! To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) collection creative love olde photo recipe shot team textures that veils world http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2015/2/photo-recipe---little-changes-make-a-big-diffence Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:02:23 GMT
Photo Recipe - Adding Decay http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/12/photo-recipe  

We spent Thanksgiving in Ohio and I took some time to explore some old houses while there. I found this old house and really loved this doorway with the old wood and the vines....

I added Guarana from the Botanical Veils (61% opacity), blueberry from the Vintage Veils, and the Medium Vignette. 

Just a few simple changes make such a difference! To check out Love That Shot's collections of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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Photo Recipe - Adding a little Autumn http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/10/photo-recipe---adding-a-little-autumn I grew up in Ohio but live in Florida now... and the changing of the leaves in autumn is probably what I miss most. We visited my husband's parents in North Carolina in early October... a little too early for the color I was hoping to see. Luckily, we can add our own color to our photos! I found this old red barn and just wanted to add a little punch to it:

I almost always start with a veil from the Vintage collection! I love the softening effect it gives the photos. I really wanted to make the photo match the feel of the barn, so I used more layers and veils than I usually do, but love the result:

Here's what I used:

  • Plum from the Vintage Collection - 100% opacity
  • Blackberry from the Simplicity Collection - 32% opacity
  • Pomagranate Botanical Veil - 15% opacity
  • Big Bad Wolf from the Fairytale Collection - 50% opacity
  • Makawo from the Kalani Collection - 52% opacity

 

Simple as that! To check out Love That Shot's collections of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

 

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) creative team love that shot photo recipe textures veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/10/photo-recipe---adding-a-little-autumn Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:37:19 GMT
Photo Recipe - Ready for Fall! http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/9/fall I was thinking today how it's almost October and I'm ready for the fall! Here in Florida, when it's not raining it's 90 degrees... which makes me ready for some different weather! 

This is a photo that I took yesterday while out photographing with my daughter. It's just a little too green for me for this time of year. =)

I much prefer....

This only took a few minutes to achieve this effect. I started with my favorite group of veils - the Vintage Veils. I applied Vintage Blueberry veil and then Chateau from the Olde World Collection. It always amazes me how much a veil and a texture can change a photo!

To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) collection creative love olde photo recipe shot team textures that veils world http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/9/fall Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:46:40 GMT
Photo Recipe - Subtle Changes for Softer Photos http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/8/photo-recipe---subtle-changes-for-softer-photos

We were visiting some family's place on the lake. As soon as the kids got out some snacks, out of nowhere we had ducks! Of course, I can't just watch ducks - I have to photograph them!

Sometimes photos are too crisp or just a little boring because of the background. Take this guy... I really like the look of him, but all of the water around him is just green. I just wanted to change it a little bit and soften him up. 

As you can see, this is the image I start with:

Usually the longest part of the process for me is deciding which veils and/or textures I want to use. There are so many that I love, and each one makes subtle changes to the photo. For this one, I went with the Plum from the Vintage Collection, Lemongrass from the Botanical Collection (78% opacity), and Versailles from the Olde World Collection (84% opacity). Here's the final product:

Simple as that! I wasn't looking for a huge change, but I think it softened it enough to give the feel I was looking for. 

To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) creative love photo recipe shot stacy white photography team textures that veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/8/photo-recipe---subtle-changes-for-softer-photos Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:57:01 GMT
Adding Age to a Photo http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/8/adding-age-to-a-photo

I've recently been obsessed with abandoned places. I've always been drawn to old barns, but this summer we've traveled a lot and I've gotten the opportunity to photograph more neat old places. This place was in an absolute beautiful setting, but just seems like the photo should look a little aged to match the building.

By using a few quick steps, it was extremely easy to transform the photo to this:

This was created by using Picnic in the Simplicity Collection (82% opacity), Riviera from the Olde World Collection (77% opacity), and the Vintage Botanical Plum veil. 

To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) abandoned exploration love old photo recipe shot texture that urban veil http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/8/adding-age-to-a-photo Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:59:12 GMT
Photo Recipe - Taming the Wildlife http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/6/photo-recipe-june I love seeing wild animals anywhere I can find them. This gorgeous wolf was at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. My son loves wolves and I wanted to try and get a good photo for him that didn't look like it was in a zoo-type environment. The original was okay, but just needed a little something extra to it. Here's what I started with:

I just really wanted to give this a little punch. As always, I like to experiment with different textures and veils from Love that Shot and see what feels right to me. This one was really quick and easy! 

For this photo I used:

- Chocolate Mint from the Vintage Veils Collection at 85% opacity

- Purple Tint Spotlight Left from the Spotlights Collection

- Brave from the Simplicity Collection 

- Sunshine 5 Top Right from the Glows collection at 60% opacity

 To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) creative team love that shot photo photo recipe stacy white photography textures veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/6/photo-recipe-june Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:23:17 GMT
Photo Recipe - Softening Harsh Sunlight http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/4/photo-recipe---softening-harsh-sunlight I love images of my kids playing together. We were at the beach last weekend for the beginning of our spring break and I was able to get a few shots of them before they caught me photographing them. Since this was smack in the middle of the day with the harsh sunlight, I decided to tweak it a little bit to soften it up.

After making some minor changes to my original photo, I added the Lychee Botanical veil and adjusted the opacity.

and then added the Blueberry Vintage veil. The vintage veil worked perfectly on this one to remove a little of the harsh sunlight.

Since this is on the beach, I added a little Golden Glow from the Spotlights collection. This sun-kissed the kids a little bit and draws your eye towards them in the photo.

Lastly I added a Medium Vignette to the photo. I like the soft light and slightly darker edges to the photo.

And that's it! Just a few simple and quick steps to alter the photo. To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) beach creative team love that shot photo recipe stacy white photography http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/4/photo-recipe---softening-harsh-sunlight Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:56:25 GMT
Photo Recipe - Add a vintage look to a photo http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/3/photo-recipe

While visiting friends in Tahoe, I looked out the window to see this light and knew I needed a photo of it. The original is okay, but I knew it had potential.

After doing basic adjustments on the photo, I added a light vignette overlay, which darkens the edges just a little bit:

Next I added The Chocolate Mint veil from the Vintage veil set in the Botanical Veils collection, which adds a little color and makes the image a little softer:

Next I added two textures from the Simplicity Collection - Picnic (60% opacity) and History (50% opacity) and ended up with this as my final result:

As you can see, you can make a big difference in your photos in just a few minutes and a couple simple steps! To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) creative team love that shot photo photo recipe recipe stacy white photography textures veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/3/photo-recipe Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:08:02 GMT
Photo Recipe - Adding Seasons to a Photo http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/2/photo-recipe---adding-seasons-to-a-photo  

I love horses. I think they are amazing animals and love to photograph them any chance I get. While visiting North Carolina last fall, I ran across this beautiful horse and loved the setting. The only problem was that it was fall and the leaves really hadn't changed much. We were only there for the weekend, so I decided to use some of the amazing tools that Love That Shot has to give this image more of a fall feel.

Starting out, this was my image....

It's nice, but I would have loved one with rich reds and yellows. In using the Veils and Textures, I quickly and easily added a little pizzazz. First off, I added the Gravity Veil from the Simplicity Collection and adjusted the opacity to 51%. It just gave a slight tint that made this feel more like autumn to me. Then I decided to add a texture. I'm not big on obvious textures, but love the being able to change the opacity to make it subtle. I added Treviso from the Olde World 4 Collection at 49% to get my final image:

And it's as simple as that! To check out Love That Shot's collections of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com

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stacy@stacywhitephotography.com (Stacy White Photography) creative team horse love that shot photo recipe stacy white photography veils http://www.stacywhitephotography.com/blog/2014/2/photo-recipe---adding-seasons-to-a-photo Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:28:27 GMT