My Photography Process

I’m a sucker for secrets, not of the gossip kind, but of the “OH! So this is how it’s done?!” kind. I love behind-the-scenes anything, especially photography, which is why I’m finally following up on the post I wrote earlier this year about my camera equipment. Today, I’m going to share with you my photography process, from start to finish.

Photography Tips by brittanyMakes

I’ve had this post half written for longer than I’d like to admit, but was hesitant to post because I know how much I don’t know, and I didn’t want to come across as if I was a know-it-all. Trust this, I’m no professional! But, I have learned a lot over these last 4-ish years of blogging, mainly out of trial and error, and I think it’s only fair to share.

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Ikat Photoshop Tutorial

Who doesn’t love a beautiful ikat print? Like many home decor enthusiasts, I probably covet a dozen or more items in various ikat prints, and I don’t see myself getting over them any time soon.

Ikat is a pattern that has been around the textile industry for centuries, and happens to be one of the oldest forms of textile decoration.  Like all traditional designs,  it makes sense that this technique would stand up to the tests of time, and continue to be reinvented with each new design trend.



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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: how to remove the background from an image

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Hello! I’m coming up for air today! Between work, wedding planning and kitchen projects, life has been busy! Today I’m sharing a Photoshop Elements tutorial that probably answers one of the most frequently asked questions – how do you remove the background from an image?  It’s been a while since I posted a PSE tutorial.  Last year I wrote two tutorials, one on how to create your own chevron print in Photoshop Elements, and the other on how to make your own argyle print (apologies, I still have to update the images on these two!).  Both tutorials are shockingly easy.  If you haven’t tried either, I suggest downloading the 30-day free trial of PSE and experiment for yourself!

Yesterday I was playing around with the Olioboard on Layla Grace’s Design Your Dream Living Room contest, (I created 2 entries just for kicks, here and here, feel free to vote on them if you like!) and I realized how handy it is to know how to remove the background from an object!

The popularity of online home design has encouraged average joes, like myself, to take on learning photo editing software, such as Photoshop or PSE, to further our own creative juices.  We’re able to experiment in home design changes, create style boards, or make changes to a bedroom, like changing a wall color with the click of a button, without actually having to pick up a paint brush.  Even better, we’re able to design rooms and spaces without having to spend a dollar! Well, maybe a couple bucks on the software, but it sure beats spending thousands on furniture designing a space just to showcase your talents!

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