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Photo Submission Contest

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Is there a juicy lens you have been dreaming of? There is an ongoing quarterly contest by Chasing Light - one talented lucky photographer will win a cash prize that will go towards any new lens you may be dreaming of!

What do you have to do?

To enter, submit your best water marked images to us via email chasinglightactions {a} gmail dot com and all photo's deemed amazing will be placed in a public image folder on our Chasing Light Facebook page.

Every month we will award the top three photograph's on our blog and social media!  Every quarter someone will win the BIG prize!

We want your best of the best!  You have to use Chasing Light Actions or our other tools to process your image.  You have to indicate what tools you used and the recipe, that's it!

Good luck everyone and please share this blog to spread the word!

Boudoir Images and Chasing Light Actions

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Just finished my first session of the year yesterday, here are a couple images I processed. This one was processed with "Moody Black & White" from the Kiss Set + "Butterflies" from the Love Set + "Old Hollywood" from the Chemistry Set.

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This next one was processed with "Love Story 2" from the NEW Robust Romantic Actions Set 2 + "Rockefeller Center" from the NYC Texture Set.

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Chasing Light Actions

Retouch like a Pro?

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So many people contact me, asking how I retouch my images.  I have pretty much showed everyone in my video tutorial's how I retouch my images.  I retouch (edit my images) first in every portrait I do, then when I am finished, I simply start applying my actions and overlays until I get something that appeals to me.  Remember that this is a creative process.  I am providing you with all the tools I use, nothing more.

My tools are my camera, lenses, and photoshop.  Same as you.  How well you become technically skilled at using your camera and lenses, lighting, to create the image you want to, is always going to be up to you.  How well you develop your artistic side technically, by learning all of the possibilities that Photoshop offers, is up to you as well.   I cannot teach people how to be "Creative".  You do see people trying to mimic other photographers work, this will always happen.

You can either be a trail blazer, or a follower, the choice is yours.  Instead of trying to emulate another photographer, try to find out what makes YOU feel warm and fuzzy all over.  Find out what it is that gives YOU that big AH HA moment and makes y our heart sing!  I know that I am able to emulate many photographers and their editing style.  But do I want to?  Not really, I have slowly developed my own style, and have many people tell me now, "I don't even have to read who the photographer is, when a Nikki Harrison image pops up, I KNOW its yours."  THAT is what I love. You need to find YOUR niche.  Your image style.  I developed mine by combining skills I learned from MULTIPLE sources.  Multiple.

It is even easier now than it was when I started out.  You can find free educational resources EVERYWHERE online.  I have blogged about it before, you can find that blog HERE. I recently was interviewed by Portrait Professional on their blog.  I too started out using Portrait Professional, years ago when I started learning photoshop.  Do I use it now?  No, I have developed my own action in my retouch set which suites my style of editing today.  Would I recommend Portrait Professional?  Absolutely!

If you are more interested in hand editing and learning how to edit INDEPTH like the professional retouchers for magazines and fashion photographers, I highly recommend Pratik Naik.  He recently did an amazing workshop on Creative Live that is fabulous. Bottom line, don't limit your learning curve OR don't ever feel like you  have nothing left to learn.  I feel like I am stagnating if I am not learning something new every week!

NEW SPRING BUNDLE is HERE FOR PSE 11+ as well!

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NOW AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 11+ With winter killing us this year with cold and snow, I didn't want to wait any longer to launch the NEW SPRING BUNDLE!

There are FIVE unique and very different photoshop actions here - these actions are fabulous for so many different types of looks.  Dramatic or soft, stunning colors or muted soft tones, these have everything.

Limited Introductory Price is 50% off what the final retail price will be, so hurry now before March 8th or you will miss out.  Click here to go to the purchase page!!