The creative tutorial home of image wrangler, Lesa Snider.


How to easily assess, cull, and organize photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Not all photos are perfect. It’s natural to have good ones and bad ones, especially in digital photography where you can take as many photos as you want with no guilt involving the cost of film and development. If you’re old enough to remember shooting in film, you probably tossed only the truly terrible shots. You then (likely) left the mediocre ones in the envelope you got from the photo lab, and you (probably) forgot about them. Only the best shots made their way out of the envelope and into a physical album.

Understanding photography-related file formats

In last week's Creaticity column, you learned about basic image file formats such as JPEG, PNG, PDF, etc. However, once you pick up a camera, terms such as raw and file formats such as DNG, XMP, along with a plethora of proprietary formats, can creep into your life. In this column, you’ll learn what all that means.

8 ways to take better pictures with any camera...including your iPhone

Now that ghosts and goblins have cleared the way for the turkeys and reindeer, the prime holiday picture-taking season is upon us. To avoid getting disappointing photos that you can’t reshoot, you can follow these tips to increase your photographic prowess and take better pictures with any camera…including your iPhone...click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

New book: The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera

Book cover: The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera

Your summer photos will be even more precious to you a few years from now! Why not invest $1.99 to make them the best they can be? My brief new e-book provides a handful of time-tested techniques that will take your photos from Hmmm to Wow!

My examples make these tips seem like common sense, so you’ll be taking better photos right away. Get “The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera” in our Books section.

Tran's Black Belt Spectacular

It was such fun to shoot Tran's Black Belt Spectacular event this past Saturday in Loveland, CO. What an inspirational event! The lighting wasn’t ideal (standard gym lighting); however, that was no problem for a Canon 5D Mark III + a 70-300mm L series lens + Lightroom! A huge thank you to www.LensProToGo.com for loaning me the gear. If you’re unfamiliar with them, they are the best rental camera gear company on the planet.

Lesa's Live Quote Contest Mar. 31- Apr. 2, 2014

Join me on creativeLIVE.com March 31-April 2 for three days of Adobe Creative Cloud Essentials and win big! Each day we'll choose FOUR lucky winners:

Lesa's Live Quote Contest Jan. 6-8, 2014

Join me on creativeLIVE.com January 6-8, for three days of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Essentials and win big! Each day we'll choose FIVE lucky winners:

Get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $10 a month

This week Adobe announced a $10/month limited-time subscription offer for owners of Photoshop CS3-CS6, if you sign up by Dec. 31, 2013. This is what you get:
• Photoshop CC
• Lightroom 5
• 20 GB of online storage
• Behance ProSite (ability to build custom portfolio site with their online editor, includes hosting)
• Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud

Adding a quick color tint

Adding a color tint to a photo is a fabulous way to change its mood, or evoke a vintage or romantic feel. It's also a great way to salvage a photo whose color and lighting is rather subpar. In this video, you'll learn how to easily give your photos a unique feel by applying a color tint using a non-destructive adjustment layer in Photoshop. The same technique works in Photoshop Elements, too. Click here to visit the Quick Color Tint video on Planet Photoshop. I hope you enjoy it!