My photography secrets

I see the Google analytic keywords, and I also get your sweet questions and comments. “How do you get the soft focus, what processing do you use, what’s your secret?”  The keywords include: Diana Elizabeth style, Diana Elizabeth techniques, and Diana Elizabeth actions. The questions are vague and the answers are never ending.  I’d love to tell you my 1-2-3 recipe but I can’t.  Not because I don’t want to, but because there’s a lot of steps that go into it.

First, I should let you know of a few things:

  • I don’t edit much.  I adjust color temperature in LightRoom and if there’s blemishes to retouch, I do so in Photoshop.
  • Which means, I try to shoot as perfectly as I can using the light around me and manual mode.
  • And, I don’t say this to be like, look, I’m so naturally good because I’m not.  I just studied it and shot, a lot.

For certain sessions, I give clients RAW files if they do headshots which can be awfully scary to some, but not for me.  If you know you’re getting it correctly out of camera, you’ll have little editing to do.  Every photographer’s dream right?

So my answers are what I’m going to tell you starting this Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 5 pm PST in my online workshop, Creating the Image for only $160.  We have a private Facebook group so you can upload weekly assignments, I’m teaching you manual mode so you’ll master it, then find lighting scenarios.  If you can’t join LIVE, you can download the recorded playback right away and catch up.  You actually never have to be present but just make sure you participate over Facebook or email me your assignments if you’re shy.

Who is this workshop for?

New DSLR owners and intermediate photographers.  But someone who doesn’t know how to use their DSLR is so different than one who already knows manual mode, is what you’re thinking.  Not really if the manual mode photographer still isn’t getting the images he or she wants or is still asking me questions on lighting and how I get a soft focus.  This puts every student at the beginning to know the basics and relearn/correct what you may have thought you knew, including finding lighting.  If you’re a new DSLR owner who knows nothing, you’re going to take away a ton from this.  If you’re already shooting on manual mode, you’ll learn how to cultivate your shooting style.

I have seen many of my past students do amazing things – take images I wish I could have taken and get published on Style Me Pretty.  The change has been amazing and seeing the lightbulb go off in their heads makes me smile.  Just read the testimonials.

You’ll get as much out of it as you put it – so be involved, ask questions through FB or email, and let’s learn. Sign up now.

Diana Elizabeth guess she needs to make sure she’s hair and makeup appropriate in time for the sessions.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Elizabeth Riva

    Good morning! I missed this workshop but was wondering if there was still a way to see the videos and material? Or if you plan on doing this workshop again?

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for your message! Yes you can still watch the videos and receive the material! If you want to move forward, you can purchase the class for $160 (contact Jen at Creative Groove) and get access to the recorded workshop and get the worksheets. I do plan on doing this workshop again, but no dates have been set yet. However if you do purchase the recorded version, we invite those to watch it again LIVE when the new class is scheduled so you sorta get it twice to feel like you can participate again :) Hope to have you in a class!


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