How to Get Better Summer Photos

Lightroom 101: Summer Photos

With summer upon us, we thought it would be helpful to share some tips for getting great photos outside. As photographers, sometimes we find ourselves in less than ideal lighting conditions, such as the sun being too harsh and right overhead, or maybe a there is a rainstorm during your beach vacation. Regardless of the circumstances, you should definitely keep taking pictures. I have put together a number of example images below from a variety of outdoor summer lighting conditions and will suggest both what you can do with your camera to mitigate the situation as well as how Lightroom can help you in post.


Chat Online with our Lightroom 101 Teacher This Wednesday!

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Happy Monday Nicole’s Classes readers! Do you have burning Adobe Lightroom questions that you’ve been dying to ask an expert? Well, look no further… we’re opening up our monthly student-only online chat this week to all our blog readers and social media followers!

Lightroom 101 teacher Mark Weinberg will be online this Wednesday, July 23 at 5pm PST/8pm EST and will be ready to answer all your Lightroom related questions.

To join this free, online live chat all you need to do is click the image above (or click here!) to add your email to the list. Then we’ll send you a link to join the chat right before it starts… it’s that easy! Plus, after the chat, we’ll be giving all attendees a special discount code to use if you loved the chat (which you will) and want to sign up for the Lightroom 101 class!

We hope to see you all online on Wednesday (don’t forget to sign up for the invite)!

New Floral Arranging Student Work

It’s been a big week for Nicole’s Classes — 1 new class announced, 2 favorite classes are being re-released and now we have 3 amazing student work examples from our Floral Arranging 101 class! Keep reading to see some amazing floral creations!

First we have a floral crown from Elka Adamowicz. We love the shape of her crown, it’s not too big, but still has a little wildness to it. We just read a piece in the NYT about floral crowns selling for over $400 — why pay that when you can learn to make your own? Great job Elka!

Floral Arranging Student Work


Drum Roll Please… We’ve Added 2 More New Classes!

3 New Classes Summer 2014

On the heels of Tuesday’s announcement about our new online class Food Styling 101, we have more new classes coming your way! Technically they’re both returning favorites, but they’re back and better than ever with Holly at the helm. Without further ado, we are now offering…

Illustrator 102 & Photoshop 102!


A New Online Class: Food Styling 101!

Food Styling 101

We have some really exciting news to share with you… we have a brand new online class that is opening for registration today…
Food Styling 101 with Tara Bench!


5 Tips for Harvesting & Arranging Summer Flowers

5 Tips for Harvesting & Arranging Summer Flowers

If you are lucky enough to have your own garden, or access to one, during the summer, it’s the perfect time to make your own arrangements at home! Here are a few tips for you as you gather and design your garden arrangements this summer:


More Illustrator 101 Student Work

We have been so overwhelmed lately by the amazing student work coming out of our new and improved Illustrator 101 class that we had to devote another whole post to just their pieces! Holly has been teaching up a storm and the students have been creating up a storm as well! Click read more to see just a few of the great designs our students have dreamt up this month!

Our first design is from Jessica Alonso, who took one of our favorite quotes from the movie Frozen and turned it into the most adorable poster for her Week 3 homework. We can totally see this hanging in a little girls bedroom — great work Jessica!

Illustrator 101 Student Work


Printable Illustrator Shortcuts!

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I’m starting a new series on the Nicole’s Classes blog of printable shortcuts for the Adobe programs that I teach, Illustrator and Photoshop.

The first printable I’ve created for you includes my list of must know Illustrator shortcuts. Download it, print it, and have it next to your computer to be a faster and more efficient designer!


To download a free copy of the shortcuts pdf, simply click on the “Download It” link above, and save it to your computer.

Happy 4th of July!


And don’t forget that you have until Monday 7/7/14 at 11:59pm PST to use the code NC4THOFJULY to save 25% off your online class purchase!

Stars, Stripes & Savings!

4th of July Promo

Happy almost Independence Day everyone! We have a fun little promo for you today in honor of the 4th of July – save 25% off any online class purchase with the code NC4THOFJULY! That means you can save 25% on our super popular Photo 101, Lightroom 101, Illustrator 101 classes and more!

We know you’ll be really busy watching fireworks this weekend, but don’t wait on this promo too long! The discount code expires on Monday, July 7th at 11:59pm PST!

So before you grab those sparklers, grab a spot in a Nicole’s Classes course and let us help make this your most productive summer yet!