Free Online Tutorials for Lightroom 3

Today I want to share some free online tutorials for Lightroom 3 with you.  Everyone LOVES free things, right?! 🙂

Pretty Presets has a few published tutorials by Elizabeth Halford posted on their site.  Check it out!

A great tutorial about customizing your presets issued by Pretty Presets and Elizabeth Halford:

Other random videos on YouTube by Elizabeth Halford:

Elizabeth Halford also has other online videos that cost $10 (there’s some Photoshop tutorials on there, too):

Elizabeth Halford’s blog is also one of my most favorites to follow. Go to: and register for email notifications.  She gives great practical advice/tips for photography a few times a week.  Hope you find this information helpful!  Happy Tuesday!!


Free Online Photography Classes- CreativeLIVE!!

If you are someone who wants to learn more about photography, you HAVE to check out CreativeLIVE!  It is an amazing free online classroom that hosts around 2-3 different online workshops per month.  It’s only free if you sign up for a class before it starts.  You can pay to see past workshop videos, but it’s 100% free if you register before the class starts.  Happy happy joy joy!

Here’s the great thing, you can actually start it and pause it when you need to.  I registered for the last class and started viewing it a few hours into it around the time the segments started that I was interested in.  I didn’t watch all of it.  I only followed it for a couple hours while I did other computer work. :)   I found it to be a fantastic resource!!

Tomorrow they are starting a new class on Photoshop.  It’s a 4 day class.  I SO wish I had the time to do all 4 days for free.  That would be super awesome!  Check it out at!  I

Look ahead at the calendar for future classes!  Enjoy!!

Bokeh: Part 2…Inspiration & Experimentation

Here’s a few photos to inspire you to create different types of bokeh.  Aren’t they fun? Seriously the sky is the limit with the shape of the bokeh.  Read this tutorial to learn how to make your own.  It’s pretty easy.  All you need is a sheet of black cardboard!! To see a bunch of examples, check out this Flickr site:  Hope you try this yourself and have some fun!  I can’t wait for Christmas to try with the Christmas lights!!!

Also, here’s a few sites that show how to make it:

PS.  These photos are not mine and have been taken from the virtual abyss.  REALLY wanted to try this out, but this homeschooling Momma has been busy. 🙂

Beautiful Bokeh- Part 1

Did you know that the word “bokeh” comes from a Japanese root word called “boke”?  It means fuzziness or dizziness- blur.  Bokeh describes the feel and look of the out of focus areas.  It’s the character of whatever blur is present in the background of the photo.  It is the quality, amount, and shape of blur.  There’s two distinguishable types of bokeh that I’ve seen…hard and soft!  Perfect lenses create a circle pattern of bokeh, which is a hard bokeh.  You can create this when there’s distinctive highlights coming from a light in the background (from sunlight bursting in between leaves or actual lights.)  I’ve read once that “good” bokeh has soft edges, but I tend to like the hard edge bokeh, too!  I say, “It’s ALL good!”  🙂  To get the creamy soft bokeh look, you have to position yourself really close to the object.  The closer…the creamier!  The further you are, the less blur!  You can get the creamier bokeh with a little bit of higher apertures even up to 5.6 or so.

Notice the bokeh here...the circular patterns are smaller and more distintive because my distance was further away from the baby.

Now notice the difference with the bokeh here. Same settings just moved closer to the baby! The bokeh is creamier (more distorted) and a bit larger in size.

The only way to get amazing bokeh is to have a lens that will go down to the range of 1.2-2.8.  You have to have a lens that will give you the shallow depth of field.  Prime (fixed) lenses are amazing for this!!!  I am a prime lens lover!!!  I own a Nikon 35mm 1.8, a 50mm 1.8, and a 85mm 1.8.  LOVE them!!!  When I can shoot with bokeh, I do!  I REALLY love the feel bokeh adds to a photo!  Here’s a few more of my photos with bokeh:– Blog with 100 other photos with bokeh– Blog with 7 tips for creating bokeh!

I hope you’ve enjoy this weeks tip!  Stay tuned for next week’s Tuesday Tip.  Beautiful Bokeh- Part 2…creating shaped bokeh!!! 🙂