About thedigitaljeanie

I’m a self-taught photographer and way back when I used to love taking photos, but I allowed a business that I started in 2004 to take over my life and my photographic repertoire was reduced to quick product shots and how-to tutorials. When I joined the PhotoChallenge in December 2015, I was looking to rekindle my creativity and bring some joy back into my photography. I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back. I believe that photography can change the way we see and interact with the world around us. Some people may think that I hide behind the camera, but I feel that I experience the world in a much more intimate way when I am creating a composition in my viewfinder. In those moments distractions disappear, my mind focuses and I am fully present. It is just me and my camera capturing a moment in time that might otherwise go unnoticed. My background is as varied as the photos that I take. I’ve trained and worked as a software engineer, a massage therapist, an English teacher in Vietnam, a photo restoration artist (which is how I learned Photoshop) and for the past twelve years I have run a small software business with my husband where I have been published in numerous books and magazines, appeared on PBS television, created designs for fabric, quilts and machine embroidery and won awards for some of my quilts. It should come as no surprise that I am intensely curious about life and love to learn new things. I am blessed to live in the beautiful state of Colorado, USA in the Rocky Mountain foothills outside of Fort Collins with my husband and cat. You can find me online at: Photos: flickr.com/photos/the-digital-jeanie/ Day job: KaleidoscopeCollections.com Facebook: facebook.com/jeaniesa

2020 WEEK 11: Feathers

This week we’ll be taking photos of feathers. How you choose to photograph those feathers is up to you. You might choose to photograph a single feather or arrange multiple feathers together. You might choose to photograph the entire feather or get close and photograph the fine details. You might choose to photograph in color or B&W. You might choose to photograph feathers on a bird, though I encourage you to make the photo about the feathers and not the bird itself. READ MORE →

2020 WEEK 8: Shoshin (aka Beginner’s Mind)

This week’s photochallenge is based on the concept of Shoshin or “Beginner’s Mind.” I want you to take a photo of a familiar subject or location, but I want you to photograph it differently than you normally would. I want you to discard your first instinct for how to photograph your subject and think of a different way to capture it that you haven’t considered before. To achieve Shoshin, I encourage you to channel your inner child and his/her innate curiosity. This week is about experimenting and challenging what you think you “should” do – not about achieving the perfect image. READ MORE →

2020 WEEK 4: Jewelry

This week we’ll be taking photos of jewelry. There are a couple of ways you can approach this. One option is to imagine that you are taking a product shot for a client (or yourself) to help sell the jewelry in an online shop. Alternatively, the jewelry can be part of a larger scene such as a model wearing jewelry or the jewelry arranged on props, e.g. wedding rings on a flower, etc. READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 52: Peace

When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world. — Maha Ghosananda

This time of the year is frenzied and chaotic for many people and so I thought I would challenge you to look for and notice peace this week. It could be that you photograph something that brings you peace. Or perhaps you take a photo that evokes a peaceful feeling.

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2019 WEEK 51: Gold

This week we are looking for gold: real gold, fake gold, the color gold, etc. Your photo may have other colors as well, but I encourage you to approach the challenge from the mindset of “looking for gold”. This might mean that you pre-visualize the post-processing that you intend to apply to whatever photo you take. READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 49: Action Sequence Photography

I was recently in Moab, UT and came across some base jumpers at the top of a cliff. I quickly grabbed my camera out of the backseat of the car and shot in burst mode as each person jumped. This style of photography is called “Action Sequence Photography” and can be used with any subject that moves through the frame, i.e. sports, wildlife, a pet or child playing in the yard, etc. READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 46: Flat Lay

Flat Lay is a sub-genre of still life photography. It is typically a group of objects that tell a story when put together and then photographed from a bird’s eye view. It is particularly popular in food photography and product photography, but there it is certainly not limited to that. Often times a hand-written note or some other creative wording is included in a flat lay for inspiration. READ MORE →

2019 WEEK 39: Circles

A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end. – Maynard James Keenan

This week we are focusing on circles (no pun intended). There are a few ways you can approach this challenge. Perhaps the most straightforward is to simply take a photo of something that looks like a circle or a collection of circles. However, there is a lot of room for creativity this week if you want to create a circle to photograph. Some ideas include:

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