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2 New Workshops/ Photoshop and Elments Workshops, Online Editing Tutorials, Online Photography Workshops

Rachel and I are so very excited to announce 2 NEW DDS Workshops….

(drum roll please…….)

DDS Photoshop Elements


DDS WordPress/Customizing Prophoto Workshop.

Learn the ins and outs of Adobe Photoshop Elements and how to create amazing edits that you will love!

Rachel will teach you how to customize your WordPress Prophoto Blog/Blogsite with ease!

In addition to our 2 new PSE and WordPress/Customizing Prophoto Workshop… ALL of our actions will now be Elements compatible!

Check out our Digital Darkroom Secrets website or Facebook page on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 for our new workshop release and actions…. and also sale to sweeten the deal;)

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Valentine Sale- Online Editing Workshops, Photography Workshops Online, Photoshop Tutorials

We are having a sale at Digital Darkroom Secrets.  Everything in our store is 35% off right now.  That includes all of our Editing Workshops, Actions, Templates, Tutorials and our Backlighting Workshop!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Digital Darkroom Secrets!

Click HERE to visit our website.

Click HERE to visit our blog.

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Debbie Tibbs - Hi,
Is the Valentine Day sale still going on or was that just for Valentine’s day. I need some help with Lightroom and Photoshop and really want to take your courses. I use Prophoto too so I’m excited to see that. I have Lightroom 4, Photoshop cs4 and my husband bought be a Nikon D800. I’ve only used Canon in the past so still learning the camera. I only know the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Krista and Rachel - Hi Debbie! The Valentine’s Sale was just for that day, but we will be having a sale with the release of the 2 new workshops on Wednesday the 27th!! :) I think you will love our workshops!

Sweet Cream Action/ Online Photography Workshops, Newborn Skin Actions, Newborn Editing Tutorials

Are you a newborn photographer?

Our Digital Darkroom Secrets Sweet Cream Action is a MUST HAVE if you photograph sweet newborns.

It lightens skin, smooths it out, and gives your newborn images a gentle softness.  I absoultely love it!  I use our Sweet Cream action on every newborn photo and most of my wedding photography, too!

To purchase our Digital Darkroom Secrets Online Photoshop Workshop’s Sweet Cream Action, visit our website.

These images were edited with our Sweet Cream action at 100% and finished with our Secret Sharpen Action.

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DIY Valentine Kissing Booth/ Online Photography Workshops, Photoshop Tutorials, Lightroom Tutorials

I wanted to set up a fun, Valentine-inspired shoot this year.  I repurposed my lemonade stand (made by my hubby with pine wooden fence planks from Home Depot) and created a Valentine Kissing Booth.

The accessories were inexpensive vintage store finds or props that I already had.

The chalk board is a repurposed frame with chalkboard paint.

The footstool was repainted in red complete with a foam and yellow chevron top.

I found the white bucket for $15 at a local thrift store and filled it with a dozen red roses.

The Love banner was purchased at a local vintage store but would be super easy to make.  Just hot glue triangles onto twine and stamp hearts and Love with paint and foam brushes from your local craft store.

I found the wooden chicken coop door at a vintage store for $20.  It’s perfect to hang adornments from and adds to the vintage feel of the shoot.  I cut hearts out of scrapbook paper that I had in my craft bin at home and tied them onto the chicken wire with string.

The large chevron heart was created by gluing two pieces of burlap together (leaving a small space to stuff) and stuffing it with plastic shopping bags to make it three-dimensional.  I cut a large heart from red chevron fabric found at a local thrift store and glued it onto the three-dimensional burlap heart with a hot glue gun.  Easy peasy!  A ribbon and burlap bow is wired onto the top.  So cute!

Lips on sticks are a cute way to add props to your kissing booth.  Mine were created by cutting lips out of scrapbook paper and taping them onto a small wooden dowel purchased for just pennies at a local craft store.

The aqua chair was a thrift store find for less than $10 and repainted and distressed using a chain, sandpaper, a screwdriver, and a hammer.

I “borrowed” the accent pillow from my bed and added my two vintage cameras: a Brownie and a Kodak Duaflex III that I purchased at a thrift store for $5 a few years ago.

Add some sweet treats like frosted heart cookies and Valentine cupcakes and three adorable models and you have an adorable themed set-up!

My daughter’s Valentine dress is from Corinna Couture and her headband is from The Pink Elephant Bowtique.

To find out more about mastering buttery backlight or how I edited all of these images using simple steps, visit our Digital Darkroom Secrets Workshop website.

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A Personal Project/ Online Photography Workshops, Photoshop Editing Tutorials, Photography Actions & Templates

During the slower months of winter, I like to take on personal photography projects.  I saw some gorgeous headdresses online and decided to create one for my 5-year-old daughter.  I purchased ribbon, silk flowers, and feathers from Hobby Lobby and busted out my hot glue gun.  30 minutes later, I had a unique headdress for a creative shoot.  I found a perfect wooded location and put my daughter in a vintage slip that I purchased from Etsy a few months ago.  I wanted to create a unique and whimsical shoot… just for me.

“Advice from a Tree

Stand tall and proud.

Sink your roots into the Earth.

Be content with your natural beauty.

Go out on a limb.

Drink plenty of water.

Remember your roots.

Enjoy the view.”

Verses from a beautiful poem by llan Shamir



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Andrea - Very beautiful! Love these