Frequent Questions Answered & a Give Away
Hello friends, how are you?
Can you believe it's February? Where did January go? I remember when it used to drag on and on.... When did that change? How?
Of course if it means warmer weather is on its way, I shall not complain.
Today, I have a confession.
I can no longer keep up with my inbox. It's so frustrating... I wish I could, but I just can't seem to get to every message. This really makes me sad. 'sigh'
I get lots of amazing mail. People are so kind and generous and I'm so thankful for every single message. Please don't stop. I promise that I read every note and every comment posted. But often I get a lovely, whole-hearted letter and I want so badly to respond. I struggle with being too short...not giving it the time it deserves, so I set the message aside and hope to get back to it...and then before I know it.... I'm 50 emails behind....
I know you know how that goes.... Ugh.
If it's a class or a shoppe purchase question or concern I do my best to reply quickly, but if it's general questions about photography, processing, blogging.... or life stuff... I don't always find my way back to it.
I thought I'd start sharing some of the most FAQ's here...... and log them together under one link. Perhaps it will be helpful to some....
Here's a few of the most frequently asked questions.
1. I love what you do. How did you get started? I really want to take my business to the next level. Do you offer coaching or one on one sessions?
I get many versions of this message. To be honest I always feel a little strange about it.... like who me? You want me to coach you?
But with that said, I understand that sometimes people need specific, one on one help with things. A lot of people ask for help with setting up classes, and one on one processing assistance...Lightroom help....some want squarespace tips, others want to talk about creative business and setting goals.
I haven't ventured into this yet, but I'm seriously considering some form of mentoring. It's like with each email, the universe is telling me ...Kim, this is next..... and so, for now I will say, rather shyly..... stay tuned.
2. What breed is Ben. He's so cute.
Yep, this is a very frequent email question. I love when people tell me Ben's cute.... 'smile'
Ben is a goldendoodle. And obviously more golden that doodle.
We adopted him because he was a doodle and we were hoping for a dog that didn't shed. Surprise... He's very golden and we have lots of white hair floating around the house. We do get him clipped, and that helps tons.... But when it's cold we keep it long..which is hard for him in the house, because he finds it too warm, even when I keep the thermostat down.....This means I walk around in Uggs and lots of layers. But he's worth every hair in this house. I think it's all that golden that makes him so darn sweet.... He is my beloved boy. 'smile'
If you are not a dog lover this next statement may sound strange... but this photo makes me just wanna nuzzle my nose right into his furry little head... Please don't judge me... hah.
3. I love your work. I'm just getting started. Can you tell me which editing program you would recommend.
This question pops into my inbox, at least once….. almost everyday…
I would recommend Lightroom. If you would like to add texture and/or text to your images then I would suggest purchasing Photoshop Elements as well.
When I first started processing I used photoshop. I didn't know there were other options. Lightroom was pretty new.
I wish I began with Lightroom. Not just because it's image processing capabilities are amazing, or that I can edit video, slideshows, and make gorgeous print layouts super fast… Not because I can edit hundreds of photos in record time or that all my edits are non-destructive.
But because I would have had a catalog system up and running from the beginning.
Wow, what a treat that would have been.
I look back on years of images here, there and everywhere… file naming all mixed up…. 4 hard drives full of images! What a mess!
Lightroom changed all of that for me. My files are organized in a clean and easy to access file system. When I open LR my photos are all there....ready and waiting.
This alone would be enough for me to use Lightroom.
Imagine a catalog system that allows you to find photos based on keywords, the camera used, lens, aperture, date, location....and more!
It really is awesome. Of course it's so much more than that…..
I do about 90% of my processing in LR. I then move into photoshop to work with layers…add texture and type…all the extra touches.I could never live without Photoshop. If you asked me to pick one over the other, Oh my…that'd be hard. I'm so glad I don't have to choose!
Side note: If you are not interested in Lightroom, and you own a full version of photoshop CS, then I recommend learning more about ACR and Bridge, which is a part of full photoshop's bundle.
I used to use it, but I discovered Lightroom's magic and I haven't looked back….. it's smooth and clean and the interface is just really fabulous….. (Please don't email me and tell me I'm wrong or that ACR & Bridge is better... I've tried both...and I just love Lightroom so much more... that's just my opinion....)
There are all kinds of opinions out there. I wouldn't begin to argue them. I just know what works for me, and what I love.
Okie doke...that's more than enough about me for today......
Before I dive into the give away... I wanted to thank you for your input on a CS6 and Elements 11 class. I will be offering both.... most likely to start the end of February...early March. Registration info coming very soon.
Also if you wanna grow and stretch your photography and creativity... I'd love to see you in Beyond Beyond. It's just getting started and it's really, truly an amazing community. Click HERE for details.
Give Away Time
I have another Mystery 'Something I love' Give Away today!! It's a good one.. I promise... Surprises are so much fun...What do you have to lose.... Right?
To enter, simply share a question/comment below...
I'd love to hear what you are interested in learning more about? What would you like to see more of here at the Café or maybe in an eCourse. What are your photography goals this year? Can I help in some way? Any questions that you may have...Perhaps I can post the answers in an upcoming FAQ post or on facebook. Share away.
I will announce the give away offering and the winner here on Sunday.....
Until next time....so much gratitude...