RANDOM TIP #3: DIY PVC NEWBORN BACKDROP OR BLANKET STAND

This tip was created by photographer Blythe Winslow.

{TAKE NOTE} The instructions for this PVC newborn backdrop stand have been created to accomodate the dimensions of most newborn posing beanbags such as those made by SHOOT BABY! and the NEWBORN NEST. Dimensions for these bags are 40" in diameter and 12" high, unfilled.

The stand is portable, as the joints do not have to be glued together to be stable. I just set up my PVC stand today (all materials under $17 via Home Depot and one specialty website listed below), and it took approximately 5 minutes to set up! Super easy. I recommend that you transport it in a regular backdrop carrying case or something similar, as the PVC pipes are a bit hard to carry by themselves.  The two best things about this stand are the price and the "side rails," which allow you to clip your blanket tight.

What you'll need:

7 44" long pieces of 3/4" PVC

4 19" long pieces of 3/4" PVC

2 24" long pices of 3/4" PVC

4 bend joints, image #1 above

2 "T" joints, image #2 above

4 3-way corner joints, image #3 above (these joints aren't availble via Home Depot or Lowe's, but can easily be ordered here)

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Oh! If you don't want to DIY for this project, you can order a stand just like this via Julie Paisley Photography right here. Enjoy!

RANDOM TIP #2: GRADE YOUR SITE IN, LIKE, 10 SECONDS

Photographer Blythe Winslow says, "Even before I became a photographer, I knew about Hubspot's Marketing Grader (which acutally used to be called Website Grader until recently).  All you do is type your website's URL into a form, and.....POOF!! You've been graded and, better yet, you'll get a prescription for making your site even better, and even more SEO friendly.  And, even though my clients come to me mostly via word-of-mouth or FB, I want to diversify my client prospects as much as possible--so that means I wouldn't mind being more searchable through engines like Google. (Learn a little more about SEO here.)

RANDOM TIP #1: SWITCHING BETWEEN LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP

Photographer Blythe Winslow says, "Part of my digital workflow includes importing images into Adobe Lightroom, which I feel is the most versatile and useful quick-editing and catalogue software (much more useful than Adobe Brige, for example).  Sometimes, I complete final edits in Lightroom, but, most often, I select an image in Lightoom, press "Command E" on my keyboard, and my image is sent directly to Photoshop, where I run my own custom actions, etc. Next, I just click "Save," in Photoshop (not "Save As") and the image is then saved as a TIFF back in Lightroom. Voila! An easy way to switch between Lightroom and Photoshop without Exporting JPEGs, etc. Lastly, of course, I export my images with Lightroom and select the saving options I want (here I can convert the TIFFs to JPEGs, for example).  Another plus: that means my images wiill be edited in Photoshop in their original, RAW format, which is much more information rich than a lossy JPEG.

QUICK STEPS:

1. Import images to Lightroom.

2. Select the image you'd like to edit in Photoshop and press "Command E," or "CTRL E" for PC users.

3. Photoshop is now open...edit away!

4. Click "Save" in Photoshop (not "Save As"), and your image is now saved alongside its RAW counterpart in Lightroom.

5. Export your edited images from Lightroom, if you like!! (Choose options here such as resolution size, watermarks, file type, etc.) 

BLOOPER #1: UM, GUESS WHAT I JUST SAW?

Photographer Madison Fairburn says, "This image is from a senior portrait session I shot this past summer at a private residence on the Rappahannock River in Tappahannock, Virginia...she didn't realize that when she grabbed her skirt she lifted it entirely TOO high! This was her reaction when I told her what I saw, and what I now had on camera!  I love that during this session she was comfortable enough to give me a little bit more of a performance as I readjusted my camera settings for each location. I clicked the shutter more than usual... I’m glad I did... this is another side of Hannah that I bet most don’t see all the time." 

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HELLO OVERFLOW

LAUNCH DATE: JANUARY 12, 2012

BECAUSE SOMETIMES, you just can't fit it all in!

FEATURING:

BLOOPERS, for a laugh,

RANDOM TIPS of technical and emotional wisdom, and

LETTERS TO MY YOUNGER SELF (written by amazing photographers).

YAY!

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