Registration is now OPEN for The Personal Project You Already Shot

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

To everyone who has been waiting so patiently, I am incredibly excited to announce that The Personal Project You Already Shot starts February 20th. Woohoo!!!

Come join me and let's spend 4 weeks together reigniting your creativity and creating an inspiring personal project all from images you have already shot. Intriguing, right?  If you would like the full details on the course or want to sign up, head on over to www.thepowerofpersonalprojects.com. As a bonus, I am offering very special pricing for this run only, so don't' miss out! I sincerely hope you will join me!

And, as a special treat for you, I am sharing a free preview of the first lesson in the workshop. Check out this video just to get a small taste of the workshop and what I have in store for you!

I hope you enjoy that little preview. If you are as excited about this workshop as I am, head on over to the registration page. Or, if you have questions, I am here to answer them! Just shoot me an email at hello@pamkorman.com and let me know.

 

 

Welcome Click It Up A Notch Fans

Hi and Welcome Click It Up A Notch Fans,

I hope you enjoyed my blog post on What You Need To Know About Your Next Photography Project! Below is a guide that continues that conversation and will help you create a rewarding personal photography project that brings you inspiration in 2017. I am always happy to answer questions, so please reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram if I can be of help. Enjoy!!

 

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HOW TO SET AND ACHIEVE GOALS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT

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What do you want to accomplish this year?

It’s the million-dollar question that is on the minds of so many of us as we start the new year.

Truth be told, I am not a big New Year’s resolution maker, but I do like taking stock, at the beginning of each year, of what I have accomplished and setting some new goals.  Over the last five years, I have developed a system that I have found very effective for how I do this. While, I can’t lay claim to inventing what I am going to share with you, hopefully by sharing my process and what has worked for me, I can inspire you to create some achievable goals for yourself in 2017.

I begin by choosing a word of the year for myself. I started this practice back in 2012. My goal in choosing the word is to find one that resonates with me, and that will be the foundation for what I want to accomplish over the course of the year.  For example, the first year I began doing this, one of my main goals was to encourage myself to try new things, without the fear of failure, so the word I chose was fearless. Over the last five years, other words I have chosen include- deserving, daring, bold and gentleness.

On my desk, I have a small, framed chalkboard and on it, I write my word each year. I have found seeing the word each day to be very motivating, and it works as a great reminder of what I want to accomplish. I find it even gives me a kick in the pants when I am feeling like some of my goals might be out of my reach.

 
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Once I have chosen my word, my next step is to set 3-5 year-long, or overall, goals. I like to dream big when I set these goals! My aim is to choose goals that feel a bit daunting to push myself outside my comfort zone. Once these goals are in place, my next step is to break them down into achievable pieces, first by quarter then by month. This is simple sounding, yet a key step. It is also the step that has led to the successful completion of my goals over the years.

Thinking about big, year-long goals as a whole often make them feel unachievable but breaking them down allows you to tackle manageable pieces. Then systematically working through the manageable pieces on a monthly and quarterly basis is what leads to accomplishing the bigger goals.

Let me give you a real example of how I used this process over the last couple of days. One of my overall goals this year is to launch three new courses, one in February, one in April and one in July. This is definitely a daunting goal for me when I think about all three courses in broad terms, so I pulled out my quarterly and monthly planners for 2017. As I began to map out and put on my calendars the work required to create and launch each course, the goal became much more doable. Seeing what I needed to do laid out quarterly and monthly allowed my to get a realistic idea of the time I would need to complete the goal and gauge if that was reasonable within the realities of my life.

One of the interesting things I have learned over the years is laying out goals like this occasionally leads me to new goals along the way. Sometimes the new goals override my original goals, other times they get added into the year, and sometimes they get held until the following year. That happened with the first course I am launching this year. The idea for the course came to me in the second half of 2016 based off of another goal I was working to complete. As I looked at my schedule for the last few months of the year, it became apparent I wasn’t going to be able to fit it into my planning, so I moved the launch to February of this year.  

Now here we are at the beginning of 2017, and its time for me to set a new word for the year and to finish my goal planning. I would love to invite each of you to join me. If setting a word for the year feels overwhelming right now, try setting a word for the first quarter. Similarly, if setting year-long goals feel intimidating, try setting a single goal for the first quarter.

Start small, make it attainable and build from there. I promise it is incredibly satisfying to reach a goal you set no matter how big or small. The important thing is to write it down! Putting your word or your goals on paper makes them real.

To help you do this, I am sharing my Goal Setting Cheat Sheet. This is what I use each year to document my word and my goals. I use these sheets throughout the year as a reference; updating them as needed. And, at the end of the year, I add them to a master file I have because it is reaffirming to look back over what I have already accomplished.  

I hope you find the cheat sheets helpful and using them becomes part of your New Year’s planning. As always, please reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram if you have questions. I promise I will be back with a blog post in the next week or so to share my word of the year with you!

I wish you a warm and wonderful 2017 filled with dreams, hard work and great successes!

 

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COMPOSITING AN IMAGE: THE ORDER OF THINGS

 
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Today I am sharing an image from my ongoing series “The Ways You Will Go”. For those of you new here, “The Ways You Will Go” is a series dedicated to the visual exploration of the life lessons I have for my children. You can read more about the series HERE. For me, this image, "The Inevitability of Change”, is about accepting that change will always be a part of life and learning to embrace it can open new doors. This is a lesson I hope my children take with them as they create their own journeys.

I often get questions about what order I do things when I composite and edit an image. Because this image required a fair amount of compositing and heavy Photoshop editing, I thought it would be helpful for me to share the steps I took. The editing happened over the course of a couple of days so I couldn’t do a speed editing video. Instead, I am going to show you the progression of the image in a slideshow format. With the help of Animoto, I compiled screenshots of the image, with explanations, into a video that I hope you will find helpful. My goal is to share both a bit about how I think about the editing of an image and to show the order in which I do those steps. As always, I am happy to answer any questions so feel free to reach out on Instagram or Facebook. I hope you enjoy!

I want to thank the amazing Emma Wuillermin for being such an extraordinary model. And, for being brave enough to stand on this stump on a very windy day. I also need to give a shout out to my friend, Susan, for being the best leaf thrower I could ask for. And, lastly, thank you to White Hill Mansion for providing such a beautiful backdrop.

If you want to learn more about compositing and editing in Photoshop, check out my FREE 22-PAGE EDITING EBOOK. The link is below. In it, I walk you through all of the steps I took to edit one of my favorite images.

WHY CURVES IS MY FAVORITE TOOL IN PHOTOSHOP

 
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As far as I am concerned the single most powerful tool in Photoshop is Curves. That is a BIG statement I know because Photoshop is one powerful program with a host of tools, adjustments, filters, and plug-ins. But if I had to use only one tool to handle the vast majority of my editing it would be the Curves Adjustment Layer.

If you are not familiar with Curves, you can open the adjustment layer by going to LAYER-->NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER-->CURVES. See the image below for a visual.

 
 

Now that you have the Curves panel open, let me show you some of the adjustments you can make to an image. Check out this video for a quick walkthrough.

 
 

I hope you found that helpful. Please reach to me on social media if you have questions. I am always happy to help!

If you want more information on using Curves, check out my FREE 22-PAGE EDITING EBOOK. The link is below. In it, I walk you through all of the steps I took to edit one of my favorite images.

And, if you want to learn more about using color, color theory and harnessing the light in your images, please check my online workshop THE ART OF COLOR AND LIGHT: Directing the Visual Narrative. 

I will see you soon here on the blog or anytime on social media! Happy Sunday!