How to edit your photos quickly and easily in Photoshop or Elements using RadLab

How to edit your photos quickly and easily in Photoshop or Elements using  RadLab

Although I'm a firm believer in learning how to manually edit your images, I also understand that when you are first starting out and find yourself having to learn approximately, oooh, I don't know, 400 different things at once, it can be hard to add yet another thing to your "to learn" list without breaking down in tears 😃

So, today, I'm going to share with you something that I purchased and LOVED for editing when I first started out post-processing my photos, but didn't have the first clue about how to go about doing it in Photoshop. 

It's called Radlab, and it's a tool that you use with either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, or indeed Lightroom, that helps you edit your images quickly, and most importantly, easily.   In fact, I dare say it is probably the easiest way to edit your images and get good results, because you don't have to understand how Photoshop works before you can use it! 

Does this sound like this might be the thing for you? If so, then lets go in a little deeper. In this post I'll go over how RadLab works, and why you might want it - and I've even created a little video for those who prefer to see things in action rather than just read about it. 

Creativity Exercise: Using Framing as a Composition Tool

Creativity Exercise:  Using Framing as a Composition Tool

Welcome back for another creative challenge! If you are new to the blog, every month for 2017 I will be posting a creative exercise for you to do.  So if you like the idea of a monthly flex of your photography muscles, come back at the first Tuesday of every month for your assignment.  You can of course do these at ANY time, so at the bottom of this post you will find links to the previous challenges too!

For this month's exercise, we are going to use an often overlooked composition tool - framing. 

Framing your subject is ja really powerful way to bring your viewers attention to what’s important in your image, while also bringing an extra element of interest, so it's a great composition tool to be able to pull out of your back pocket. 

The good news is it’s not hard to do, it's only a question of being able to see the possibilities around you when shooting - and that's what this creative exercise will help you do! 

5 ways to improve your photography skills - without taking a photo

5 ways to improve your photography skills - without taking a photo

When I ask members of my Facebook group what their biggest struggle with photography is, the same thing comes up time and time again: lack of time.

I completely understand that it can sometimes be hard to find time to physically practise photography on a consistent basis - in fact, as I write this, I don't think I have picked up my camera for at least a couple of weeks either 😀.  If you are anything like me, you will probably also find  that the only time you really get to yourself is after the kids have gone to bed, which maybe isn't the time we want to whip the camera out and start taking photos!

The good news is you can still improve your photography skills without necessarily needing to have a camera in your hand. So if you find yourself with only a few minutes to spare during the day, or find that you get get most of your "free" time when everyone else is sound asleep, here are some other ways you can improve your skills without even needing to take a photo. 

5 Natural Light Tips for Beginners

5 Natural Light Tips for Beginners

I pretty much exclusively use natural light for my images, because I love the variety and beauty it offers. I also love the challenge of working with what mother nature has given me to work with on any particular day!

However, learning to work with and see light effectively does take some time, so today, I want to go over some tips for working with natural light that is just for beginners. 

Let's get stuck in! 

Creativity Exercise: In the Kitchen

Creativity Exercise: In the Kitchen

Each month for 2017, I'll be sharing a monthly photo challenge that with either get you capturing your daily life,  improving your photography skills, or get you feeling more creative.  So, if you like the idea of a monthly short project, make sure you come back at the start of every month for your assignment!  

The last two months have been focused very much on capturing our daily life, so for this month's exercise we are going to switch gears a little bit, and focus instead on learning to think more creatively.   

And as you may have guessed, for this exercise, we are heading into the kitchen :)  

Photography Case Study: Danielle Stanley

Photography Case Study: Danielle Stanley

I started doing these case studies a few months as a way to show you the different journeys people take to get to where they are, and to shed some light on the ways you can grow your photography skills too!  Today, we are featuring the wonderful Danielle Stanley, who is also another long time reader of Live Snap Love.  I'm so thrilled to finally have her on the blog (I'm been pestering her for months!) as I have loved seeing her progress and how beautifully she captures her days. If you want to read more photography journeys, there's links to more at the bottom of this post. Hope you enjoy them.......Audrey xI

Which Photo Editing Program Should I Use?

Which Photo Editing Program Should I Use?

If you are reading this then you have probably come to the realisation that the taking of the image is just ONE part of the photography process.

The OTHER  part is post processing your images in an editing program such as Lightroom or Photoshop.

Most photographers will edit their images, even just a bit, because no matter how good a shot is straight out of camera, it can be made to look even better in editing :) 

When you start out, it can be hard to know which photography editing program or software you should be using. There is a wide array of programs on the market, but I am going to keep it super simple here and tell you about two - Lightroom and Photoshop Elements.