Photography, Tutorials

Quick Edit with Some Gradient – Tutorial

Babushka Christmas Window

Here is the edited image of today’s tutorial.  I decided to try something different.  Recently I was told to try doing some screencasts of my tutorials, so you have one today.  I don’t think it is very good, but it is a start.  I hope you can follow it.

I am going to practice doing this, and hopefully I will get better.  It will be so much easier doing these that the tutorials I was doing, though, I don’t have a problem with the other ones.

This could open some whole new doors for me.  I really want to make this blog work, and if I can’t make money then I am going to have to go out and get a real job.  I can’t believe sometimes that I can do all this stuff, but hardly ever get paid for it, or have people paying me to do some for them.  It is so frustrating.  This is my little rant for the day.  I hope you don’t mind.  I just don’t want to end up a checkout lady at the supermarket or a making coffee in a coffee shop, not that they are bad jobs, I just want to keep doing photography. Okay, end of rant.


    • It just gets me sometimes, I did have a good start in my photography business, and then some other stuff happened and now I have to start again, I just want to be good and have other people pay me for it, I know I just have to keep trying. Thank you for your support. I really appreciate it.

  1. For some reason WordPress wouldn’t let me see the video but i did get to look at the picture of the shop window a few times.

    With your rant in mind. Maybe I could ask a question, what is more important; the blog, the photography or the money?
    I have been for the last 5 years working my way from uni graduate to “photographer”. The truth for me in that time is that I have worked as; a betting shop deputy manager, Banking Customer Service adviser and now as a teacher of English and Photography. It has taken me five years to have photography as part of my work. During the five years i have worked on my photography and have had exhibitions and websites come and go. During this time i remembered something i was told by one of my uni lecturers. You need a bread and butter job to pay the way for the photography until the photography becomes the bread and butter job. I am still not at the “photographer” stage but i am working towards it still.

    It is not easy. I know. What i am trying to say is Don’t sacrifice what you love for money. If you do have to get a McJob to pay the bills don’t be ashamed to do so because it will spur you on more and more to succeed in your passion.

      • Your questions, they are all important, but I have a husband who doesn’t want me to keep doing this if I can’t support myself, he wants to pay off the mortgage, so if I can’t make this pay, then I have to go and get a normal job.
        I am just being impatient really, I don’t think it is expected that I have to earn a lot, but something would be good. I just need to keep going. I will be doing some teaching next year, voluntary, but the experience will be great and that will hopefully lead to paid teaching jobs.
        You are right it isn’t easy, but if I can start making some, then it will be good and Dave, my husband will lay off some. I hope that all makes sense, thank you so much Ben, I really appreciate your thoughts.

  2. I’ve seen how much you’ve accomplished since I started following your blog. I hope you do too. Don’t give up :)

    • Thank you EllaDee, I have approached some people to help me make this blog work, so I can continue doing it and hopefully earn some money from it. I would like to keep doing it, but it does take up a great deal of my time. :)

  3. I learned the basics of Photoshop, Illustrator and inDesign last week, power learning rocks However, I cant see what you are doing very clearly. Maybe it’s me or my bad computer mojo idk but I so want to understand what the book doesn’t tell and Your my door just need the key.

    • It isn’t your bad computer, it was my bad screencast, it was my first and I didn’t realise until afterwards that it was bad at full screen, hopefully the next one will be better. I will get better at them, I hope. Thanks

  4. Hear hear to all of those comments above! Keep your heart up Ly-Anne. All it takes as one hit from the right person at the right time. In the meantime as Ben says, just do what you need to do to key by & keep this going!

  5. How fun to hear your voice! I loved it. The tutorial was good, too. I need to listen to it again just to get a few parts I might have missed because it is so small and because photoshop looks different depending on the versions. You are very talented, and earning money free-lance is a difficult task. I have read a photographer’s blog who is very successful. You might follow her blog, and engage her in conversation about how she does what she does to be successful. I know she has done really well. Her name is Eric Cobb Photography. You can just google her. I personally haven’t ever tried to live on any creative endeavor I’ve done, and I don’t think I ever could. My dad was an amateur photographer, I’ve probably told you. He tried publishing books, and had some success. But he had a career as an engineer that paid the bills. Hope this helps.

    • Thank you Marsha, I’m glad you like the tutorial, though I didn’t do it very well, I need more practice. I have a few ideas for next year, so fingers crossed, I would like to continue doing this blog, I do love it. My husband really wants me to work and earn money. I can’t blame him, but I would like to earn money doing this. I do earn some, maybe I just need to start working on that more. I do appreciate your support and suggestions Marsha, you are wonderful

      • It’s a dilemma You do need money to take the pressure off, and yet, you are doing what you love to do. I know it takes a long time to get a business off the ground. My husband started a tutoring business in computers when we first got married. It took probably 3-4 years before he was earning a decent amount of money, then basically his expertise and connections landed him a better job with a company. :)

      • I think that is what I am understanding, I want to be able to offer classes through the blog and on the internet, I just need to be patient, not something I’m good at. :)

      • Hi Leanne, You need to find a way to charge for your services. I think you’re going to have to start another separate website, one that people subscribe to for a fee. Maybe they get one or two tutorials free, then for private instruction there is a charge. Or when you do something like you did for me, you charge. You just hook it all up to pay pal, and then it’s all automatic. You have built up a pretty good sized client base on your website, and that should get you going. One thing you might offer is a critique of people’s photographs for a fee. The other thing you can do is to self-publish little pamphlets. You could also sell your photos online, and bring in other people’s photos. I think you can do that on Etsy, and any number of other websites. You should use other sites as well as a new site that you create. If you want to write a book or two jus use some of the questions that people have asked you, and write a series of lessons. Then you can sell your books on both sites. My dad published some how to photography books, and did pretty well. You might even be able to get a publisher since you have so many followers and comments each day. You need to read the book by Kristen Lam, Are You There Blog, It’s Me Writer. It will help you market yourself. Marsha

  6. Ack Leanne I love this type of tutorial better. I was able to follow along. I don’t have the software you were working on but I was able to see what you were doing and understanding your direction a lot better. I hope this type of forum worked for you too as I would love to see future tutorials this way.

    As far as the money goes, have you considered teaching what you have learned? There are some people such as myself that admires your work greatly and would follow you to paid tutorials. I personally would love to see something from beginning to end, from the time I load my picture to the time I’m done with my edits. More in depth kind of. Sounds simple enough for the experienced folks; but, not for myself. Hence why my photo’s usually don’t have much of an edit to them.


    • Thank you Maria, I loved doing it this way, I still have some things to sort out, the resolution, but it was a much faster way to do it. So I hope to continue with them.

      I am planning on working on some, though, I do offer some one on one now for editing Maria, I have to work it all out, but next year, I will be pushing more, I hope. Thanks for your support and thoughts, always appreciated.

  7. Thanks for this tutorial. It was very helpful. I have never thought of doing this to a photo. I will try it. Great explanation.
    The only problem was that I couldn’t get the screen up big enough to see the detail of what you were doing.

    And as regards the money – I think you should think about teaching Photoshop. I did an evening class at my local adult community college. I still have loads to learn.

    And you could start a course you teach in your home as well and advertise on or create a photoshop meet up to teach it. I know photographers who do it in London. They charge about £10 per person per lesson (which lasts about 2 hours) and teach a couple of techniques or the basics per lesson.

    Just a thought – as you are a very good teacher.

    • YOu are welcome, sorry about the resolution, I am still working it all out, hopefully the next one I will be better and you will be able to see it in full screen mode.

      I have been trying to teach, I have offered classes on here and some one on one, but no many have seemed that interested. I might have to push it more in the new year. I do like teaching, so it would be good. With the internet now and skype and various other programs, you can do classes online now.
      Thanks for your advice and support, very appreciative.

  8. Hi Leanne,

    I’ve only recently come across your blog but I enjoy your posts, especially the ones on editing.

    I’m not a big fan of video posts in general – I resent being forced to watch for 5 minutes when a quick scan of a post would tell me if it was worth more attention or not.

    I also like to see instructions written down as I find them easier to refer back to if I need them, but it seems that plenty of people like the videos.

    I would have watched yours but the image quality rendered it pointless, I’m afraid so I only got a few seconds into it before giving up. If I watch it the size it is within the post, the images are clear but too small for me to see what you’re doing with them, but when I play it full screen, the images are pixellated and distorted beyond usefulness.

    I don’t usually have problems watching videos on my PC so maybe this is something that needs looking into – certainly if you’re planning to charge for them or build a course around them.

    If you were going to start charging for tutorials, I’d recommend having a PDF to go with the video so that you cover more bases.

    • Thank you Julie, as you are aware, I usually do them written down, but they take a long time to organise and write, so the chance to do a screencast was brilliant. I did have trouble with it, and I didn’t do the right resolution, that is something that I have to work on.

      I will continue doing them though, they are so much easier, and so much quicker. I have received great feedback, well except for not being able to look at on full screen.

      Your problems with watching it, weren’t with your computer or screen, it was from me not really knowing what I am doing. Lesson learned.

      I will take on board your suggestions. thanks Julie, I do appreciate it.

    • Good luck with your pictures, I am sure you will improve, hopefully I won’t confuse you too much. Thank you.

  9. Very nice, but I miss seing before and after photos though :-) And if you’re doing videos, it could be nice with a short discription about what the video will be showing.. PS. I think you’re doing a great job, and I hope things will work out!

    • Great suggestions ks3nia, I will think about those, I was feeling a bit flustered when I did it, things kept going wrong. :( I hope next time, it will all work out better. Thanks

  10. I just finished watching this Leanne … EXCELLENT … well done. More, more, more! My wife was across the table from me … and she LOVED the accent! I’m gonna go play with gradients! D

    • Thank you Dave, so glad you liked it, I have things to work on, but it was good to do. I am bit embarrassed about my accent, I hope it isn’t too strong or broad.

  11. I’ve only been visiting for a short while but I enjoy your posts…you are a great teacher, who explains in a language students can understand…maybe you should consider teaching offering to teach photography at a community college near you???

    • What a lovely thing to say Heather, thank you. I am teaching some classes next year at the an adult education facility. I hope to learn heaps and then I can teach more.

  12. That was great Leanne! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :D And I love your accent BTW… I had a dear friend move back to Australia and I miss hearing her voice :D

    • Thank you so much Lisa. sorry about the quality, still things to work out. :) My accent, I hope it isn’t too strong and you can understand me. :)

  13. A babushka window – like it! :)

    You sound so such much like a close friend, though she’s from Texas. I’m still trying to figure out how she has an Aussie-like accent and cadence.

  14. This is great, Leanne – and very nice to hear your voice. Yes, I understand your frustration as well – you should be able to get paid for doing this.

    • Thanks Richard, I am going to start working on that. I will keep trying, I just get frustrated at time to time, I am an impatient person.

  15. Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL!!! You’ve outdone your usual self here, Leanne…BRILLIANT!!!

    You have a great voice, and your Australian accent is not as thick and harsh as some…perhaps , do this more often (I don’t know how much of a hassle it was?), then make a DVD and send it to your various camera people, and even one to Adobe? I think there are many prospects out there, and so happy you attempted this! Kudos, my dear friend…a fantastic Christmas gift!!!

    • Thank you so much 1000, I really liked doing it, and it was so much easier than writing it all out.
      I am so glad to hear that my accent isn’t too strong, the Australian accent can be horrible. I like your suggestion. I will have to work on doing some more. I need to solve the resolution problem first. You are so supportive, I really appreciate it and love hearing from you. You always have great suggestions.

  16. From one Leanne to another, (Lea is a nickname) I understand how frustrating photography and business can be! I hope you continue your work; As a recent photo graduate, I appreciate seeing more seasoned photographers’ work and their experiences. Thank you!

  17. What photographers such as you and I need to realise is that we have chosen a hobby, and we are trying to make it, at least, self fund. There is absolutely no ingrained right that because we have spent thousands of dollars on equipment, that the public are obliged to reimburse us, or that the parent companies of the gear we use should sponsor us for it.

    What the world of digital photography has done is make EVERYTHING more accessible. You now know straight away that you took a crap shot, and you don’t need to wait til you get your 36exp film back from AmCal to realise it. You don’t need to record your settings anymore in a notebook, telling you what you set your exposures for for each frame.

    And you know what else it has done? It has meant that SO MANY MORE PEOPLE can do it, and get results that 20 years ago they could only dream of. The technology is better, the resources are better in terms of education, and the ability to compare your work to others’ is better than ever before. It’s meant that there are more good photographers, more middle of the road photographers, and more shithouse photographers.

    There are very few fields of photography that can give you a steady income. If that is what you’re looking for, take photos of weddings and children.

    Just because you love what you do doesn’t mean people will pay you to do it. Treat it as a hobby, identify what income streams you can draw from it, and don’t get frustrated that you can’t pay a mortgage with it. Plenty of photographers with bucketloads more experience than you and I will tell you it’s hard, unless you can find a niche or build your network of publishers who think you are better and provide a simpler sale than anyone else they know.

    • Filterless says


      Also another couple of thoughts to add. First, online success is all about having an original idea. People generally won’t pay for something they can get for free from somewhere else.

      Second is pick your target audience. Not a criticism by any stretch, but telling people you ‘played with a few things’ and ran an image through a couple of presets probably won’t convince people who know their way around a computer & Photoshop to part with their cash. Like you, their photography is probably a hobby and they need to limit their spending too.

  18. hutchphotography2020 says

    Terrific, Leanne. Please keep it up. This type of tutorial helps me absorb more info by witnessing the possibilities of how I might apply these tools to my work. Thank you.

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