Photo Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photography

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I am so excited to have Susan Tuttle here to giveaway one of her fabulous books! 

About Susan: 

I am a self-taught photographer and digital artist. I rely mostly on my inner knowings when I take pictures — shooting from the gut, most likely breaking all the rules:) When I see something special I wish to capture, I can literally feel my heart rise in my chest. I follow those gut instincts. Not to say that I don’t think about composition, color, tonal value, etc. — I certainly do and am meticulous about these aspects, but I seem to generally follow an internal set of rules as opposed to ones that have been imposed upon me. As a a formally-taught flutist, I know what it is like to be instructed to follow pocketfulls of rules and technical procedures. For me, this type of learning can crush some of my creative spirit, so with my explorations of photography and digital art I made a conscious decision to have full ownership of my output and growth.

Her book:

Photo Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photographs

A little bit about the book: 

Digital Photography and Mixed Media--a creative match made in heaven! Love photography? Want to make yours better? Want to use your photography as a springboard for fabulous and diverse mixed media and digital projects?

Photo Craft will help you elevate the average into the extraordinary! Using Adobe Photoshop Elements and following thorough, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, you'll learn to make basic adjustments to your photographs that will yield stunning and artistic results. You'll also learn to use those photographs -- along with some everyday mixed-media supplies -- to create unique and personal art.

Inside You'll Find:

  • 13 stepped out mixed media techniques and projects
  • 16 stepped out digital techniques
  • 9 stellar techniques and projects from contributing artists including Michele Beschen and Claudine Hellmuth
  • Dozens of great examples of and tips for iPhoneography
  • Countless inspirational suggestions for photo field trips and photo shoots
  • An author curated list of recommended apps to take your photos to the next level
  • Access to exclusive online materials including new techniques and projects and downloadable materials for your personal use

So get to it! Take new pictures today (and every day!), look through those boxes of old and long-forgotten photos, and free those lonely images from your hard drive. Make them better, make them new and make them art. Soon you'll be seeing things in a whole new way!

 

Susan is giving away a book to one lucky reader! Enter below and winner will be drawn in one week! Thank you Susan!

 

Pinhole Press Giveaway!

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I've been working with Pinhole Press for a number of years now and I absolutely adore their designs, quality, and products they offer. They are the first place I go to create personal cards, photo books, or calendars.

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I use their photo cards every year for the holidays, and I really love the ease of personalizing their products. Their templates are sleek and the designs really showcase your photographs!

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Pinhole Press is offering ONE lucky winner a $50 gift certificate towards any Pinhole Press item!

Just leave a comment here telling us what your favorite product is! Good luck! And thank you Pinhole Press!

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Clickinmoms Giveaway!

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I am so pleased to announce this week's giveaway...a 6-month subscription to a new Clickinmoms member! I have been a member of Clickinmoms for almost three years now. The forums contain a wealth of information that would benefit any photographer of any level. I've found tips on shooting, lighting, running a business, editing, and more! It's an extremely supportive community and I can't say just how valuable it's been for me.

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Also, they offer online courses, have a blog with lots of additional information, and a store full of templates and products!

Thank you Clickinmoms for the wonderful giveaway! Comment below to enter. Good luck!

Broward Patch Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce our first giveaway! Broward Patch designs amazing camera straps, and Jen is giving away one to one lucky participant!


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I am in love with her camera strap designs! The fun fabrics, awesome pairing, and quality of these straps instantly caught my eye.

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I asked Jen to tell us a little more about herself and here's what she had to say...

I actually accidentally got started with my Etsy shop and never really imagined that it would take off in the way that it has!! I started making straps for a couple of my photographer friends and decided to just post one or two on Etsy to see how they did. They sold immediately and started getting requests for more straps and in more colors and it's just sort of grown from there. I have been very fortunate to be featured on some awesome blogs and sites which has really helped get my work out there.
I am a photographer but very entry level. I lust after true photographer's work and can't wait for the day that I have time time to actually sit down and learn from some of them!! I am sure with two young boys in my house that time will be very soon from now:)

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So go check out her shop here. Thank you Jen! Comment below to enter! Winner can pick out a camera strap for $20 and under!