• Patterns for Autumn

      by admin on September 22, 2021 , No Comments

      I absolutely LOVE Autumn! I created these fun paper prints and patterns for a class I am teaching at Ruby Bucket Retreat this October. I printed a few of these papers and created a couple of layouts and a card for the Ruby Bucket class. They’re simple, easy-to-assemble layouts. I will be uploading these patterns to my Clever Christie store on Zazzle if you’re interested in printing some paper of your own. I recommend printing on 8-1/2 x 11-inch matte paper. If you want the 12 x 12 versions, send me an email and I can certainly help you: christie@prettypaperbook.com

    • European Travel Icons

      by admin on September 22, 2021 , No Comments

      Recently I updated these European Travel Icons that I created back in 2019 (almost three years ago). The colors went from light grey, blue, and red to darker versions. There are some new additions too! I added the Colosseum in Rome and the Tower Bridge in London. I had a lot of fun creating these icons the first time, and it was even more fun giving them a little face-lift and adding a couple more to the collection. I’m thinking of printing them as small stickers for travel journals. What do you think?

    • Photo Printing Prep

      by cleverchristie on July 2, 2019 , No Comments

      Before & After My Photo Editing Process First Things First When I edit photos the first thing I do is lower my screen brightness. When I’m working on my iMac, I usually lower the brightness to about 50%. If I’m working on my Laptop, I lower the brightness to about 60%. Lowering your brightness helps to prevent your images from printing too dark. Basic Edits I always start with some basic photo editing. Using Adobe Camera Raw, I raise my shadows and blacks; this helps retain the photos detail when printing. Next, I adjust the sliders starting with the temperature […]

    • Idaho Falls Magazine

      by cleverchristie on June 14, 2019 , No Comments

      Photo Contest Entries On June 13th, 2019 I entered the following three photos in the Idaho Falls Magazine Photo Contest under the Nature and Wildlife category: I chose to enter the above photos because I LOVE IDAHO! My favorite photos to shoot are those that reflect the beauty in nature and Idaho is so beautiful! Even if I don’t win a prize for my photographs, I hope that those who view them will get a sense of the deep gratitude I feel for my beautiful surroundings here in Idaho.

    • 5 Best Photos

      by cleverchristie on June 14, 2019 , No Comments

      Skills Cultivated During Digital Imaging I have gains loads of new “smarts” while taking Digital Imaging this semester, much of which have to do with how to use my SLR camera’s full potential. One of the most useful skills I’ve learned is how to use photo bracketing. The picture above (Bannack Ghost Town) was taken using the bracketing setting on my camera. A bracketed photo consist of three photos: one over-exposure, one normal exposure, and one under-exposure, then all three are blended together during post. Speaking of post, I’ve picked up some new know-how when it comes to using Adobe […]

    • Experimenting with Macro

      by cleverchristie on June 9, 2019 , No Comments

      Learning to Focus This was my first time experimenting with Macro photography. I had a lot of fun focusing on tiny areas of objects. The jar below is less than an inch high. I zoomed in on the tiny black key. In this next photo, you can see the detail in the sand so clearly: Using Water While experimenting with Macro photography, I tried to capture water droplets. I love the way the water drops look on top of this peacock feather: The yellow rose below was spritzed with a spray bottle of water. I love all the tiny water […]

    • Bannack Ghost Town: Fine Art

      by cleverchristie on June 7, 2019 , No Comments

      I’m new to the world of Fine Art Photography but I gave it my best shot (literally). The day spent photographing Bannack Ghost Town was a beautifully overcast day. The sun would peek out every once in a while, though. Because of the overcast weather, most of the photographs were pretty saturated. Still, I added some saturation and played with the detail and color a bit in photoshop. The Hotel was my favorite place to shoot “Ghost” pictures but was bare-bones empty inside. On the contrary, the Doctors House was decorated authentically which proved for some fun fine art and […]

    • Bannack Ghost Town: Portraits

      by cleverchristie on June 5, 2019 , No Comments

      Traveling to Montana to visit Bannack Ghost Town with my Digital Imaging class was so much more fun than I thought it would be. I learned a lot about photography and made some new friends along the way. One of our assignments was taking portraits. This was the first time I had shot portraits using Auxiliary Light. Not only did I learn how to use added light when taking portraits, but I also learned the many benefits of added light. Portraits Using Auxiliary Light Following are a few examples of the portraits I was able to shoot using different forms […]

    • Bannack Ghost Town: Creative

      by cleverchristie on June 1, 2019 , No Comments

      Levitation I have to say, creating a levation photo was way more fun than I thought it would be. It was also easier than I thought it would be. I simply used a tripod to take a photo of Brenna (above) lying on a bench, then kept my camera in the exact same spot on the tripod and took a photo of the room without Brenna or the bench. I erased the bench in photoshop and blended the two photographs. Voila! Levitation achieved. Ghost The most fun I had during my Bannack Ghost Town trip was taking slow-shutter Ghost photographs. […]