Accordion-style FAQ design for Squarespace pages

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Accordion-style FAQ design for Squarespace pages

Creating a "frequently asked questions" page on your website is a wonderful way to provide your potential clients with a fair amount of useful information, and hopefully to save you some time in responding to questions that are, in fact, frequently asked.  :)  As I wrote out the FAQs for my photography website, I realized that there was a lot of information that could be shared, and wanted to figure out a way to present it in a more user-friendly format than a giant wall of text.  Enter the accordion-style clickable FAQ!

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Photoshop tutorial video: Creative composite portrait

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Photoshop tutorial video: Creative composite portrait

Confession: there are often times when I can't quite get a creative vision to work out in-camera.  I tend to rely on Photoshop to get me out of those jams.  ;)

So I created a little video tutorial to walk through some of the basic principles of putting together a plausible creative composite!  I redid one of my favorite examples of Photoshop magic -- an engagement portrait where I had wanted to shoot through magnolia branches to frame the couple in blurred out bokeh loveliness, but I just wasn't quite tall enough to pull it off.  So I took a separate flower bokeh photo with the goal of putting this all together in post!

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Squarespace blogging: Creating a beautiful Pinterest-like blog grid

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Squarespace blogging: Creating a beautiful Pinterest-like blog grid

I love how beautiful and elegant Squarespace's templates all are.  And the native blogging pages are no exception.  However, sometimes you want to have a bit more control over how your blog posts are presented -- and it can also be useful to know how best to use categories and tags to help your viewers navigate your blog posts more easily.  And one of the trendiest ways to do this these days is by creating a lovely grid of blog post thumbnails!  This tutorial will take you step by step through this relatively simple process.

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Photoshop tutorial: Multiple headswaps in a family portrait

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Photoshop tutorial: Multiple headswaps in a family portrait

Any photographer who creates family portraits, for family sessions or wedding family formals or any other group setting, knows it can be nearly impossible to get everyone looking at you and looking pleasant in a single shot.  Sometimes you get magically cooperative subjects who are all perfectly cooperative at the exact same moment -- but more often than not, it's very useful to know how to do head and body swaps in Photoshop!

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Splitting your navigation bar in a responsive way on Squarespace

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Splitting your navigation bar in a responsive way on Squarespace

I absolutely love my Squarespace template -- my website is currently on the Shift template, which is a Marquee clone just like Alex and Adversary.  I love the parallax scrolling, the wide banner images, the clean and professional look.  I didn't, however, love the left-aligned logo in the main navigation bar.  So I set out to figure out a way to center my logo and split my navigation bar around it!

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Getting the right image to show up for your website in the Facebook preview

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Getting the right image to show up for your website in the Facebook preview

One of the biggest questions that gets asked over and over again in Squarespace forums is "How do I get my Facebook preview to look right??"

Perhaps you've just created your new Squarespace website.  Maybe you've redesigned your brand and want a new logo to show up when you post links to your site on Facebook.  Or maybe you just want your latest blog post to show up with a photo, any photo at all, when you link it.

This article will walk you through all you need to know in order to have total control over your Facebook preview!  (And while the first part, making sure your website settings are correct, is specific to Squarespace, the second part, force-refreshing your FB preview, is universally applicable!)

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Lightroom trick: Batch adjust timestamps to sync multiple cameras

As a wedding photographer handling files from multiple cameras from a single event, I always need to be able to sync the timestamps across the camera bodies, in order to have a full set of photos that can be sorted in chronological order.

But most of the time, I'm not starting in the same physical location as my second photographers -- I usually start with bride prep and have my second start at groom prep.  And, let's face it -- I often just forget to sync my own two cameras to each other before I go out to shoot.

There's a ridiculously easy way built right into Lightroom to batch adjust all the timestamps from one camera to get them perfectly synced up to the timestamps from another camera.

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Lightroom color space settings

One of the simplest and yet most impactful things you can do to set yourself up for good output files is to make sure that you're editing your files in the sRGB color space.  All web browsers render files in sRGB, and the vast majority of print labs print in this space as well.  Saving your files with the wrong color space embedded can result in gross gray-green desaturated colors, so be sure to embed sRGB at all times!

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