Mount Scott Shoot

I took some photos yesterday in front of Mount Scott with my younger sisters, Kaylee and Kourtney. I told them to pose and these are the dramatic poses they gave me to work with. 


Lessons From 2017 (Photography)

2018 has officially begun! While 2017 was definitely not the greatest year of my life (or for the world),  it was a year of many lessons. I pushed my limits, dove more into Lightroom and Photoshop, took more photos, and learned new techniques that I want to share. Here’s a compiled list of tips and lessons to think of for 2018. 

Photography Tips 

  • It doesn’t matter if someone has a more expensive camera or gear than you. You can create amazing quality photos with cheaper gear.
  • Do your research before buying. Watch videos, tutorials, and go to a DSLR seller (Best Buy) and play with their cameras before picking a new one. 
  • Lenses are more important than camera bodies (In my opinion)
  • Know how to use the Rule of Thirds
  • Move around your subject when you find a pose you like vs moving them. Crop photos below/above joints. It’s more flattering.
  • Always edit your photos to where the subject POPS
  • Presets are awesome, but you do not want to rely on them. A good way to learn about editing is to set a preset on a photo and try to go backwards and make the photo look like it did in the original shot. You will learn ALOT about your editing software.
  • Don’t compare yourself to other photographers. You can be inspired by their work, but it’s not a competition. Compete with yourself to be better than you were yesterday. 
  • Aim to inspire others. Share your work and encourage/support fellow photographers in the field.
  • Be open to new ideas. I started shooting concert photos and evolved into some portrait photography. Be creative with ugly locations.
  • And lastly, don’t give up. It’s not always easy. With some drive and confidence, you can go anywhere.


Here’s to 2018 and all the new lessons I will learn this year.

Easy Photo Manipulation Sky


Photo manipulation is such a cool effect to add to photos that need a little more push! Much like double exposure, this effect can create stunning photos when used in moderation. I’ve made a blog post about  Double Exposure that explains manipulating photos. Here is a super easy beginner’s tutorial on manipulated skies.


Eric Knighton


First thing you need is an overcast, or blank sky. These photos are perfect for photo manipulation because they can easily have a different image posted over them. This photo is from my Eric Knighton Photoshoot blog. 


Second step is to find a sky you like for your image. I chose a photo with a straight horizon so I could easily add it up with the horizon in my photo. This is the photo I picked via Google. I was really into the purple and pink hues this photo gives off.




Next, you need to crop the photo at the horizon. Drag the sky over your image and line it up with your photo. Switch the blend to your liking – I picked “Darken” and lowered my opacity to about 75%. I added a Gaussian Blur to the photo from the filter menu in Photoshop to blur the sky.


Now you have to erase. This is the hardest and most tedious part of the whole process. You will most likely have a harsh line from where you pasted the sky on. All you have to do to remove it is erase it. Lower your opacity on the edges and corners to make erasing easier (without erasing too much) It is that simple!


Froot Loops


What do you guys think? Do you like photo manipulation? Let me know down below and give this blog a like if it was helpful for you!