Photography, the Best Kind of Project Creep

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Project creep gets me every time.

1) I broke a pot that had a succulent in it.

2) I went to the nursery to replace the pot.

3) I ended up buying 12 more succulents (I mean seriously, how do you decide on just one, when they’re all so unique!)

4) I decided that they were so beautiful that I had to photograph them before I planted them.

5) So I did.

See what I did there? I took a 30 minute project and turned it into an all day event. But it was worth it. Ha!

I used my Canon 5Ds with a 45mm tilt-shift lens with a closeup filter on it. Because I wanted a very shallow depth of filed, I shot tethered, directly into Lightroom CC in order to quickly check focus. It was fun to use my tripod/lights etc. and shoot in the studio – well, ok, in the enclosed porch, I don’t have a studio — we do what we can with what we have, right?

I pulled one of the images into Photoshop and added a texture.

If you want to know how to add a texture like this, here is a free video (Adding a texture to a photo) from Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Photography on

I hope to do more with the individual photos at some point, but with all of my other project creep, well, I don’t know when that might happen. : )

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Posted on 06-22-2017


  • By Dave Benson - 6:08 AM on June 22, 2017  

    Nothing like combining the joy of two passions into a fun project

  • By R - 7:08 AM on June 22, 2017  

    I really like your concept of “project creep” – it happens to me so often.

    Having the extra information about how you photographed the plants is a bonus too.

    A really inspirational post; thank you.

  • By Denise - 8:57 AM on June 22, 2017  

    Love this!

  • By Mike Baginy - 11:57 AM on June 22, 2017  

    Beautiful! A simple concept, wonderfully developed

  • By Mirela - 3:53 AM on June 23, 2017  

    Great! Thank you for the tutorial and for buying all 12 succulents! Love them!

  • By Lanny Nagler - 7:49 AM on June 23, 2017  

    Always an interesting approach. Great lecturer too.