It’s begun, 2018


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Yes another year has started and I am excited to see what it brings.

I plan on continuing with my digital art and am opening a small gallery at my house.

Hopefully I will have this up and running within the next few weeks. I will let you know details as they happen.

Have you been out enjoying your photography?

Did you get some great Christmas photos?

I hope so. If you like what you got but want to improve I am available for individual coaching, just email me at jules@juliaharwood.com and we can go from there.

If you received Photoshop for a present or if you have had it a while but want to learn how to use it better, I can help you. I work on your photo with you, so you are learning how to use Photoshop with your images as well as I will give you advice on how to improve the shot when you are actually taking it.

I hope your 2018 is one filled with happiness, love and joy.

Remember we can always find the treasures in life if we stop and look for them.

Alternate view of the heavenly dimension

the Eye of God

This is my latest art piece, hope you enjoy it.

Or another piece you might like:-

Born free

Born to ride

Digital Art


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There has been much talk about digital art and what it is and if it is a legitimate art form.

Recently someone took someone else’s work added a few basic adjustments, such as contrast, brightness etc and entered the work in a competition as their own. This is obviously not an acceptable thing to do.

With my digital art, I take a series of images that I have shot or have the rights to use and then combine the layers. Most of my pieces have over 30 layers in them, most are over 100. This is a combination of images, textures and grunge effects. Most of my pieces are done over many, many hours, often days and weeks. This is what I refer to as digital art.

I have found it a great release for me and it has really drawn me out of my comfort zone and I have been able to create pieces that express deep meaning.

You can see some of my work here

You can learn how to do this kind of art here.

This is a piece I did on always being watched over, even in the traumatic times of my life when I felt very alone.

Never alone

Angels always watching over me.

Great course at 50% OFF, be quick so you don’t miss out.


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This is a letter from David Peterson letting me know of a great discount on his course.

It is such a great offer for beginner or intermediate photographers that I wanted to pass the opportunity onto all of you.

David is the owner and creator of digital-photo-secrets and “The Dash” program.

I would encourage anyone who wants to learn more and do it at there own pace to have a look at this video series.

Here is the letter:

Hi, Today, I was given an ultimatum… As a growing number of photographers worldwide have embraced my products, I’ve been spending more and more time in my home-office. Writing photography articles; handling customer support; paperwork etc.

Over time, my wife has been seeing less and less of me. Today she walked in and said “Enough is enough! Today’s Sunday! Time to get a proper office and some staff so you don’t need to work on weekends. I’m kicking you out.”

Of course, she is right. I love my wife and I do want to spend more time with her. So I’ve set myself the challenge to move the business into a separate office, and find an assistant by the end of July.

However, it’s way more expensive than I expected. Gulp! To make sure it happens (and to help calm my nerves), I’m calling a snap sale.

VIDEO COURSE SALE

For a limited time, I’m offering you my complete Digital Photography Video Course for 50% off – an insanely good deal.

And it’s also a win-win. You’ll get a HUGE discount on a terrific course, and I can start looking for an office.

In the course, you’ll receive step-by-step training that will transform the quality of your photos.

Because I understand what you want to know about how your camera works to get the shots you want. – Create visually appealing images with simple composition tricks. – Quickly take awesome photos in 11 common situations. – Eliminate blurry photos forever. – And much much more! And you’ll still get all the generous bonuses.

The videos are paced to your speed, with hands on learning. All in non-technical plain English! Get your hands on this unexpected deal here:

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/video/

Don’t miss out. The sale ends on 23rd June. I appreciate your help in giving me my weekends back. And my wife will thank you as well!

Yours in Photography,

David.

P.S. I’ve never offered this course for this low price before, and because of the circumstances, probably never will again. So don’t miss out. Purchase before the 23rd June when the price goes back up. http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/video/

Update


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Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to give you a quick update. I have just finished my sixth book in the “Quick Tips from a Pro Photographer” Series

You can see all the titles here http://amzn.to/1DG8tbD

I am still doing photo critiquing and coaching and am enjoying helping others as well as getting some spending money.

If you are subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud then there is a new Lightroom called Lightroom CC which you get as part of your subscription, so be sure to download it. If you don’t subscribe LR6 is the stand alone version. There are some cool features such as HDR and Panorama within LR, which means you can leave your files as RAW files or DNG and convert all the data, so then have a lot more pixels and detail to play with. There is also a face recognition feature, which is pretty cool. You can search for people by name or just by their face.

Camera RAW also has an update for newer camera models.

Hope you are all well, enjoying life and getting out and getting some great images.

This month of the Dash is just starting so you can still join, but get in quickly. Go here to see the subjects that are available this month. http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/aff/Jkh/20854b63.html

Sunset

Sunset over ocean in Busselton

Photo Courses, Which one and Why?


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Do you want to take better pictures?

Do you have a new baby in the family?
Know someone who’s getting married?
Are you going on holidays?
Taking a trip?
Looking for a new hobby?
Got children or grandchildren who you want to capture as they grow?
Love Scrap Booking?
Dealing with illness?
Someone getting engaged?
Birthdays or Christmas coming up?
Have pets?

Whether it’s a special occasion or just part of everyday life, we like to capture the moments so that we have something to look back on and to share, so we want to take photos that look good. Sometimes you get great photos and other times it just doesn’t come together. You can learn how to take good photos no matter what the time of day, what the lighting is like or how much people or animals are moving.

Learn portrait photography

Captue treasured moments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is something available that can help and is affordable.

Nearly there, keep reading…..

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a professional coach look at your images and tell you how to get them right?

But who could afford that?

You can!!!

There is a photo course called “The Dash” it caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Never alone

Trick photography, create a fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few different options you can choose from so that you get what you are looking for.

For the course, which includes lessons, challenges and bonus critiques picked from each stream it is $25 for 1 stream and you get an extra discount if you choose more than 1 stream.

What is a stream? It is what you will be learning about. For October it is Portrait Photography, Flower Photography and Trick Photography. You can do just one or two streams or all three, it is entirely up to you.

Isn’t this fantastic, you can learn what you need for less than $1/day in fact it works out at around only 80 cents per day!!!

But there’s more….

You can then upgrade to Gold or Platinum to have your own personal coach/ critiquer, who will look at each image you upload for the lessons and tell you what works and what doesn’t, but better than that they will teach you how to make it to work.

The critiques/coaching is tailored to your level so it doesn’t matter if you are a total beginner or a pro, there is something for everyone.

How much would it cost you to hire a professional photographer as a coach/Critiquer for a month?

A lot more than most of us could afford, so how do they do it for the Dash?

The Dash’s philosophy is to make learning available and affordable and so they have got with some professional photographers and worked out a special rate….are you ready…..

For only $79/month you can have a professional assigned to you.

You will do 8 challenges a month, so that works out at less than $10-00 an image and to top it off, you don’t just get one critique, you get to put into practice the coaching the professional gives you and upload a second image to check that you are on the right track and have understood what the coach has told you.

That means 2 images for under $10.

Learn how to take great flower photos

Learn Flower photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why would professional photographers do this?

I can only answer for myself as I am one of the coaches/critiquers.

My love of photography is just that, a love or a passion as I call it, but I don’t just want to share my images, I want to be able to share the experience of photography, so that you can enjoy taking images, whether just for special occasion or as a hobby or if like me, you discover the joy and healing photography brings, then it will be something that becomes your passion.

I was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia 7 years ago and so was very limited in what I was able to do. I was struggling with pain and feelings of worthlessness until I became re-immersed in photography, suddenly I had a purpose, there was something I could still do and I found that getting outdoors and into nature brought healing to my soul. I found even though the pain was still there, life was worth living, there was so much beauty all around us that I just had to stop and see. As my focus changed I was able to let go of disappointment and disillusionment and come to a place of peace and joy. Having done this, I realized I wanted to empower others to be able to do this to and so through the Dash I am able to achieve this.

So if you have ever thought about doing a photography course, now there is one that is affordable and worth doing.

The Dash is run by David Peterson of Digital-Photography-Secrets and is his brainchild. He sets the lessons and provides the teaching, there are then 3 other coaches/critiquers like myself and together we strive to bring you a fantastic course.

This is some of the feedback I have personally had.

Heather Steele 

Thanks for the critique Julia. It is very useful. I tried cropping it as you suggested and it is much improved. As it was a busy week I just popped the point and click in my pocket and was completely unsuccessful in getting a blurred background until I read about using the zoom as well….and it worked. I plan to practice however with my SLR camera as I like the blurred background effect and would like to experiment more with it so I am comfortable in attaining it when I want. Such a great course! I am really enjoying it! Thanks again for your help.

Joe Auck

Ms. Julia, You are the best, I appreciate u looking into that for me. I will try the adjustments u mentioned and send u copy. May not be till this weekend when I have time. Thanks for all the help.

So click here to have a look at “The Dash”.
If you want the Professional coaching as well, it will be offered to you after you have signed up for whichever stream/s you want to.
i love this quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”
this really sums up what the Dash is all about.
I would love to see you there and have the opportunity to travel with you on the next leg of your photographic journey.

 

New Camera, where do I start?


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This is a question I am often asked.

We upgrade either because our old camera died or because we want a camera with more options or some lovely person buys us a fantastic gift, but suddenly we are looking at something that seems to talk a different language to the one we are used to.

My first instruction is going to sound really basic and overwhelming at the same time, but keep reading.

Firstly, read the manual….I know it’s huge or only online or full of goobly gook.

So read one section or chapter at a time, holding the camera as you do. Look at where it tells you each function is and find that before moving on. This is an excercise in familiarizing yourself with something new. You may not remember where everything is, but you will know where to go to find it.

Affter the first instructions on where things are and what they do, read one section at a time and then go and try it. If it is talking about the different programs, set up a scene, it can just be a chair on the deck and take a photo of this using all the different settings, go and load them on he computer and go through them looking at the difference in each.

I would suggest you keep working through your manual, even if only a section each week, read it and then put it into practice. This will familiarize you with this particular cameras features and abilities

Having done this, especially the first bit, I would suggest you look at taking a course. The reason you have upgraded or got a new camera is usually connected to the fact that you want to take better shots. Just as buying a new oven will not make you a better chef, buying a new camera will not make you a better photographer, however with the right tools you can let your craft shine, but first you need to learn that craft

I have been a photographer for over 20 years and have done numerous photography courses and training and yet I am still constantly learning. You want a course ideally that is affordable and where you will receive feedback from pro photographers or coaches, so that if you get stuck you don’t end up getting frustrated, instead you get help.

There is a course I would highly recommend, it is run by Digital-photo-secrets and is called “The Dash” http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/aff/Jkh/20854b63.html

I took the course myself to see if it was one I would recommend and was amazed at how much I learnt. I am now one of the coaches for this course. Why this course, firstly it is affordable at as low as $19/month. Each month is a course In Itself and you have the option of a coach. This option costs a bit more but is a lot, lot less than it would cost you to hire a photographer even for an hour. If it is more than you can afford then ask family or friends to give it to you as a gift. Doing the course without the one on one of a photo coach is still very worthwhile.

Am I just promoting what I am involved in? No, the reason I work with the students in this course is that it is a course that works for people who are just starting out right through to the professionals. You will be amazed at the change it will bring to your photography.

NT Wildlife park

Owl

The course also offers three levels for each challenge, beginner, intermediate and advanced, so there is something for everyone.

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/aff/Jkh/20854b63.html

Whether you opt for this course or a different one, I encourage you to do a course that will hone your skills or teach you the skills in the first place if you are new to photography.

What if I don’t have the time or the money?  Don’t worry! If you have a camera, even if it is just a phone you can go out and start taking pictures. Photography to me is one of the healing arts, if you are in pain, lonely, at a loss of where to go in life or anywhere in between, grabbing the camera and going outside has a real healing quality. It helps us to forget ourselves and just be. Even if you can only go to the back yard, you will be amazed at the world you will discover.

So I would encourage you to get out and play, even if you only use the automatic or scene settings to begin with, get out there and start to discover the joy of photography. If you want help or some motivation and direction have a look here. http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/aff/Jkh/20854b63.html I would be honored to walk part of your photography journey with you. If you have any questions please feel free to ask