3 things that dramatically changed your photography (IP EP-181)


      • I used to have the same formula for editing every photo. I felt light there wasn't another way to edit and I didn't know how other photographers made their photos look so epic
      • Buying presets helps you expand your own knowledge as you learn how the sliders change the whole effect.
  • Using off camera flash
      • It changed the way I looked at all light not just light using flash
      • It took my real estate photography to a new level of quality and professionalism
  • Immersing myself in a community of photographers like the Improve Photography Network
    • I can honestly say that the podcasts, FB groups and YouTube tutorials have more to do with making me the photographer I am today than any other resource.
    • My thinking about photography has been shaped by interactions with dozens of highly skilled and experienced photographers (and others like Jim 🙂
  • (Bonus) Saying yes to jobs that are beyond my skill level

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  • Travel – Travel changed my photography.  The first time I left the country I left with a point and shoot camera.   Our first trip was The Netherlands and Spain.  At the time I had a point and shoot camera my husband (boyfriend at the time) gave me for my birthday.  It was at that point that I realized I could not get the photos that I envisioned because of the camera.  I researched what camera to buy but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  I purchased the D40X and kept it for about a year or so and realized it wasn't what I wanted either because of the focusing being in the lens.  I could not use the Nifty 50 with it. So I then purchased the D90.

The funny thing is my dad has been a professional photographer for all of my life and I never took it up until I was in my late 30's and my sister had always done photography as a hobby.  On a side note they are both canon shooters and I'm a Nikon shooter.

  • Opening my business and freelancing – Working for a magazine got me focused on photographing people and using flash.  When I first started shooting I didn't want any people in my photos.  I was strictly a landscape and architecture photographer but once I started shooting events for the local magazine in town I had to use flash and I had to photograph people there was no way around it they were paying me.  Now sometimes when I'm shooting travel I want people in my photos I used to wait for them to leave.
  • Podcasting –  Just listening to podcasts on a daily basis and keeping up to date on all the new things coming out and listening to questions and answers that other people have.  I live 50 miles from my job and it typically takes me an hour to get in.  That’s two hours of podcast listening a day and while sitting in my office at work I can listen to podcasts so if nothing is going on I can spend almost 8 hours listening to podcasts.  I listen to both travel, travel blogging and mostly photography podcasts.  


  1. I shot with Prime lenses exclusively for years. I had a 28mm, a 50mm, and an 85mm
  1. Learning how to retouch properly. It took me quite a while to learn restraint in touching up portraits. I would way over do it, and couldn’t quite tell why things looked so… Funky. I decided I needed more help so I went and sought out as many courses as I could find on the subject along with talking with professionals I found that had work that was done well and asked them about how they retouched their images. Over the past few years I have kind of mashed a number of those techniques together into a way that suits my style and the look I am going for which has really improved my photography.
  1. I forced myself to acknowledge that feeling jealous of other people’s work was a good thing because it provides me with drive. Other photographers being skilled doesn’t take away from my abilities to create great work. If anything I should care about helping others become better because more awesome photographers legitimizes the industry.


  • Flash
  • Taking a Photoshop class
  • Watching other photographers work

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  1. So Laryssa did something that I find brave and correct, and I have to call this out. When it was her turn to go, she was interrupted then deferred to by saying (cringingly), “Lady’s first, lady’s first.” Laryssa wisely said, “Stop it.” Nothing more, just, “Stop it.” Thank you Laryssa; we women heard you call it out. We listen to this podcast weekly together as women phtographers. You guys might not think it’s a big deal…you’re wrong. Thanks Laryssa.

  2. The reason for changing batteries from the same “team” together is supposed to be to keep their recharge cycles in sync. It’s supposed to prolong the battery life since the batteries are all drained and filled the same. .

  3. I have always charged my batteries as a set of 4. I keep my spare and discarded batteries in special 4 battery cases from LensCoat. I am now starting to replace my Eveready rechargeables with the Panasonic eneloop rechargeable batteries. The Eveready batteries do not retain a charge for very long if left sitting in the camera bag. They wear out too soon considering the price.

    The Panasonic eneloop batteries come fully charged. They will retain a charge of 70% after 5 years if left sitting around. They can be recharged 21,000 times. The price is right .. a local camera dealer sells a set of 4 with charger fo CA$31. http://www.panasonic-batteries.com/eu/news/panasonic-launches-eneloop-rechargeable

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