An artists palette

Learn to create unique and beautifully crafted images in Photoshop & Topaz using these painterly techniques, with Award Winning Digital Artist – Julie Powell…BRAND NEW!

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Creating your own Classic Backdrops

With a love of studio portraits, it was only a matter of time before I heard the words Oliphant Backdrops, sure gorgeous, but also a little out of my price league (Or so I thought). But perhaps I could try creating my own, I know other photographers are doing it too. So I went to…

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Tech Talk – Shooting into the light

One of the most asked about images I take is the backlight ones, regardless of whether its still life or portraits. It can be one of the most difficult ones to master, I know it took me awhile, but follow a few simple tips and I am sure you will find things much easier than…

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Tech Talk, In the Studio – Backdrops

I often get asked what I use for backdrops in the studio, and people are often quite surprised with what I use, so I thought I might write a post. Still Life I thought I’d start here, as in some ways it is easier, due to a smaller area. I often shoot outside on the…

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The creation of Rapunzel #1

This week, I thought I would do something a little different for In the Studio and write a behind the scenes for a recent shoot I did on location in Victoria’s Redwood Forest in East Warburton. What As a child, I had a deep love and fascination for stories, particularly fairy-tales, and especially the Grimm…

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Gold and Silver Processing

While in Bali we visited several places a Batik Factory and Coffee and a Chocolate Plantation, and we also visited a Gold and Silver Smith workshop. We were guided through how the refind and make silver jewelry and we were given a pamphlet of the process. However, this particular establishment did rip us off with…

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Batik Processing

We recently visited an Artist Village in Bali and were shown through a Batik Factory, this is where they weave various materials for fabric, as well as print the patterns, either by hand painting or stamping them with paint. We watched the whole process but were also given hand-outs describing the process, by the people at…

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A word about my YouTube Channel

I don’t really have an ‘In the studio’ today, as last weekend was all about the Pixel Sisters workshop, so jump on over there to read more in depth about our Floral Fantasy Workshop. Today I thought I might share something a little different, are you aware that I have a Youtube channel? I know…

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Topaz FX Labs

I have fallen in love with an old program that is fairly new to me; Topaz FXLabs, I received this in a bundle I got a little while ago from Topaz Labs. Sure I regularly use other programs in Topaz; Adjust, Denoise, B&W, Impressions, just to name a few. Some of them seem to crash…

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Creating a Concept Shoot

I thought today I might share a little of the behind the scenes information on shooting a conceptual shoot, as I find it is the most often asked question…….. “how or where do you get your inspiration?” Firstly I find if I work in a series it is far less stressful. I can work out…

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