Progression | Before and After Photo Editing | Craggy Mountain in February

Before and After Photo Editing | Global Adjustments | Craggy Mountain

Two weeks ago I relocated with Marshall and our cat Darcy to Asheville, NC. The first weekend, we were stuck inside on the couch due to rain and pure exhaustion. After a week of rest (an exaggeration as a move is never restful), we hit the mountain trails for some hiking. The first day, consisted of a short hike to a waterfall at Pisgah National Forest in the rain. The second, an early morning climb at a 5000 ft elevation along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our trail brought us to to Craggy Gardens. While lushly green in the spring/summer months, winter is a little desolate but allows for light to streak onto the path in a beautiful way. I immediately knew this was the shot and began editing it that day. Keep reading so I can walk you through my photo editing steps.

Progression | Before and After Photo Editing | 2017 Austin, TX

February 19, 2018 Blog, Lightroom, Photo Editing, Progression
Before and After Photo Editing Austin, Texas

Progression | Before and After Photo Editing 2017 Austin, TX In my 2017 Year in Review post I mentioned that one of my resolutions is to write a blog post a week. While I haven’t been off to the best start I plan to correct that moving forward. So I’m jumping on board by discussing what I know best… photo editing. In my new blog series Progression, I’ll be focusing on the photo editing process by sharing before and after examples. I’ll walkRead More

2017 Recollection | A Photo Editor’s Year in Review

February 3, 2018 Blog, Journal
2017 Recollection Blog Post - Favorite Images

2017 Recollection | A Photo Editor’s Year in Review On January 20, 2017 the Obama administration came to an end, closing my chapter as the Digital Imaging Specialist/ Photo Editor in the White House Photo Office. I was exhausted and at a complete loss on where to go next in my career. The Photo Office had been this amazing opportunity; beyond the obvious, my position allowed for growth, experimentation, and breaking limits. How and where was I to find that again?Read More

Create Animated GIF’s in Photoshop

November 30, 2017 Blog, Photoshop
Create Animated GIF in Photoshop

Create Animated GIF’s in Photoshop If you’ve been on the internet lately, you’ve most likely come in contact with an animated GIF. From High Fashion to Commercial Advertisements to Fine Art, the GIF is revolutionizing how we interact with moments in the digital age. The format (Graphics Interchange Format) allows the playback of sequential images, creating a  video like file. GIFs have the ability to endlessly loop or stop animation after one to a few sequences. This tutorial will instructRead More

In Transit | Photo Exhibit to Raise Money for Refugees

October 16, 2017 Blog, Print
Anna Ruch Photography - In Transit Exhibit

In Transit | Photo Exhibit to Raise Money for Refugees How do you (or did you) imagine celebrating your 30th birthday? For Anna Ruch the obvious answer was to throw a party, but not just any party.   Early 2016, I remember sitting with Anna and our friend Kelly Jo in the White House Photo Office. While taking a break from the work that flooded our plates, we began discussing future plans for the flexibility that awaited us in February ofRead More

Relink Missing Folders or Files in Lightroom

September 27, 2017 Blog, Lightroom
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Relink Missing Folders or Files in Lightroom 2017 began with my entire life in boxes and numerous hours spent in a car traveling to daily changing destinations. As a result I focused on creating a digital archive that would be immediately accessible on both my desktop and laptop. I determined using a cloud based system as a replacement for an external Hard Drive was the most effective manner to accomplish this. Unfortunately errors happen and I accidentally uploaded a fewRead More

Importing Photos from Computer or Hard Drive into Adobe Lightroom

September 26, 2017 Blog, Lightroom
Import Photos from Computer or External Drive into Adobe Lightroom Cover

Importing Photos from Computer or Hard Drive into Adobe Lightroom Breaking old habits and building new ones is a struggle. You debate whether the outcome is worth the hassle of constant errors and frustration. For some, transitioning to Adobe Lightroom is one of these. Years of utilizing PhotoMechanic to caption, keyword, rename and rate perceived as a waste. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. You can have your cake and eat it too. For this post, I’veRead More

Complete Guide to Importing Photos from Camera into Adobe Lightroom

September 6, 2017 Blog, Lightroom
Complete Guide to Importing Photos from Camera into Adobe Lightroom Cover

New to or struggling with Adobe Lightroom CC? Wondering how to import your camera’s photos into Adobe Lightroom? Well, you have come to the right place!

I’ve decided to start at the beginning; focusing on how to build a photo library with Adobe Lightroom CC. Over the course of the next few blog posts, we will cover topics essential to developing a highly functioning archive. You may be asking yourself, “why does this matter?!” Consider this. The Obama White House Photo Office had an archive of approximately 4 million photos at the end of 8 years. Pete Souza created 2 million photos alone! By adhering to specified standards for filenaming, captioning, and tagging photos we were able to locate the needle in the haystack. Implementing a consistent workflow and utilizing Lightroom will save your future self time. Now, let’s start with a quick overview of Lightroom and then move on to how to import photos from your camera!


Hey there! I’m Shelby, a Digital Designer & Imaging Specialist based in Asheville, NC. Check out my site and contact me with any questions or comments! I’d love to hear from you.



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