SHINE workshop | my new site!

For a long time, people have been asking me if I would sell my sky overlays and cloud brushes. And for whatever reason, I never got my act together to do it. Until now.

Introducing My new store, SHINE WORKSHOP!!!!

I’m selling my sky overlays, brushes, actions to help you with placing your skies, AND video tutorials on how I do what I do to get a believable sky. I am obsessed with skies. Obsessed. I have a huge catalog of sky images that I have compiled over many years and am sharing my favorites with YOU.

Besides being able to get this sky package which is totally amazing, if I do say so myself, I also am being a little more open about the fact that I offer one on one mentoring and portfolio reviews. Until now, I only really shared my pricing on that if someone asked. So, I’m changing things up. I plan on continuing to add to the store, so be sure to check back!

Check out these before and afters! My tutorials walk you through the steps to get each of these edits!


Light and Shadows | Underwater Backlighting | Laura Morita Photography

Gosh, I love this little blog circle. Each month, we explore a different type of lighting. All of us have been waiting for that bright ball of fiery light to grace our skies because, come on, who doesn’t love backlighting? Here in California, we could have done a backlighting post months ago, because, well, because we’re in Sunny California, home of the sun. It lives here. Almost permanently apparently. But because the rest of the world was shrouded in clouds, we had to wait. But, it’s JUNE now, so guess what? We’re all golden.

Perhaps you don’t know me, and perhaps you don’t know that I have just embarked on an underwater journey. But I have. And I’m in deep, so to speak.

I recently got SPL waterhousing for my Canon 5DMkIII and have taken that bad boy out into the water a total of three times, well, four, if you count my testing it in my sink.

I still have a lot to learn, but I am already so freaking thrilled with what I have been able to create, not only in camera, but through editing. I find that editing images shot underwater presents a unique challenge, and by gum, I’m addicted.

Did I just say “by gum?”

Let’s move past that.

So the underwater journey has just begun, and I’m discovering that backlighting is amazing not only on land, but in the water. Let me show you what I’m talking about.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

And while I shared this before, I’ll share it again, because it’s a wonderful example of backlighting under the water.Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

And seriously? Look how amazing images look underwater with a little backlighting?

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

Can I get an “Amen?”

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorI asked her to do a somersault, and this is what happened. Not what I imagined, but I love them more than what I imagined. I love that about photographing kids.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorAnd this one makes my heart sort of beat a little faster. I told her I wanted to get a closeup of her and asked her to take off her goggles and just look peaceful. The bubbles on her eyelashes make my heart go pitter pat.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

My sunshine girl.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorBacklighting is my favorite.

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing Mentor

This one, I really struggled with editing. The SOOC is lacking a great deal of contrast and color, but there was something about the light and her body position that just begged to be showcased. So I worked and worked at it and got this. And I love it. When underwater photography meets editing, I find myself in a happy place. :)

Laura Morita Photography | Underwater Kids | Editing MentorI hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these and much as I’ve enjoyed creating them!

Next up is the wickedly talented Adelle Dazeem…. no, wait, no. Next up, is Lynn Nalty, creative genius behind Square Balloon. 

I’ve gotten a sneak peek already, and yeah, they’re amazing. Go check it out!

And if you want to see more of my underwater photography, I posted more from my first session right here.

You can follow me on Facebook, if you’re so inclined. I tend to be better at posting there. Or there’s Google+ too!

Online Editing Workshop | Lightroom and Photoshop | Laura Morita Photography

I am gearing up for another “SHINE ~ Unleash Your Awesome” workshop, and I’m so excited! When I first started out with photography, I had no idea how to edit an image. I relied on actions and a lot of guesswork to get an okay image. Over the years, through lots and lots of practice and lots of trial and error, I found what worked for me. It took me a long time to even consider using Lightroom but I now am so comfortable editing in Lightroom. It is so easy to edit one image from a set of images and then just sync them all. I save SO much time now. I’ve always loved teaching (all my siblings are teachers) and so this workshop for me is a chance for me to teach something that I love doing: taking images and processing them.

If you are ready to take control over your editing and get the results YOU want, then this workshop is for you.

In this image, I loved the interaction but the colors were drab, and dang it, I wish I had noticed that the little girl’s dress was hiked up a little bit too much. No worries. I can fix all of that. I did most of the editing of this image in Lightroom, and then brought it into Photoshop for some final touches.

SHINE ~ Unleash Your Awesome ~ Laura Morita Photography | Online editing workshop

Who doesn’t love a good sky? I know I’m obsessed with them. A blown out sky can be so boring and adding a sky can make all the difference. Problem is, it’s hard to get a sky looking believable. Learn all my secrets of how I add a sky while keeping it looking natural. And yes, that is my foot in the original image. This was shot with a 15mm fisheye. SHINE ~ Unleash Your Awesome ~ Laura Morita Photography | Online editing workshopWhen I first shot this image and all the ones shot that day, I was really disappointed in my SOOC’s. The color was so drab when I looked through my viewfinder. I remember driving home really upset. But once they were edited, they popped right off my screen! They went from drab to fab. :) Here, I achieved beautiful rich colors in Lightroom and then brought it into Photoshop to improve my framing by adding another tree. I also flipped the image and will talk about why I did that in the workshop. And please excuse my son’s expression. He wasn’t so thrilled with me making him hold his sister’s hand. Ha!

SHINE ~ Unleash Your Awesome ~ Laura Morita Photography | Online editing workshop

I loved the action in this, but regrettably, I had cropped off more of the bottom than I would have liked. No problem. Photoshop to the rescue! And that fence? Meh. That had to go.  And thank you Lightroom for making it so easy to get my colors just the way I wanted them, rich and warm. And then, boom, sync all of those images from the series, and I’m done and playing with my kids, instead of fretting in front of my computer.

SHINE ~ Unleash Your Awesome ~ Laura Morita Photography | Online editing workshop

I loved his expression (he saw a bee!) but again, the color needed work, and that road behind him really was distracting. No problem. Want to see more from this session? Right here. SHINE ~ Unleash Your Awesome ~ Laura Morita Photography | Online editing workshop

This workshop is just around the corner. Don’t miss out, because honestly, I don’t know when the next one will be.

Interested in learning more? Get some details right here! 

And be sure to read the reviews. Makes me proud. :)