More Black & White…

…not sure what’s wrong with me lately, but all I seem to want to do is process in Black & White.  I read a quote somewhere today that said “When you photograph someone in color, you capture their clothes….but when you photograph someone in black & white, you capture their soul..”  Interesting.  Maybe I’m doing a little soul-searching of my own.  Regardless, here are a few crafty snaps I thought you all may enjoy.  They were from an ultra quick shoot that I’ll tell you more about later.  Let’s just say, I think this little girl is going to be famous one of these days!


Have a great weekend!  XOXO – PB

August 17, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Jennifer German - I pinned that quote on Pinterest last week! 😀 I agree about that little girl, as well as yourself!

New Online Mentoring Class dates announced! (Plus $30 off for the first 10!)

Hello Friends,
Last month, I held my first ever online mentoring class – The Photoshop Creativity Class – and I’m pleased to say it was met with rave reviews!  Therefore, I have chosen to open up two more classes this fall.  One is an evening class (for those of us in North America, at least!) and will be held on September 27th.  The other is a daytime class, and will be held on October 23rd.  In addition to two hours of instruction and an hour for Q&A participants will also receive their own copy of my “Create” texture mini-collection, and access to the Mentoring Video Library – an exclusive collection of video tutorials that cover the demonstrated techniques, tips, and tricks I go over in class.  Participants will also receive a $50 gift card to the Kaleidoscope Shoppe after class!
In addition to being an extremely comprehensive class, which has been very well received, The Photoshop Creativity class is also a tremendous value!  I firmly believe that by utilizing the techniques taught in class, you will have an edge over your competition throughout fall’s busy shooting season, and throughout your entire photography career.
For full details, click here.  Class is currently priced at $225 per seat, however, the first ten registrants for each class will receive a $30 discount by entering the code: photoshop upon checkout.   I am also offering Private Online Mentoring throughout the fall, which is a one-on-one experience where we can go over absolutely anything you wish!  Email me at for information on Private Online Mentoring.
As always, thank you for your continued support.  It has always been my goal to provide high-quality, well priced products, and I’m very excited to be able to continue that tradition by offering a mentoring experience that will leave you excited, enabled and inspired!
Look for some new images to make their way to this blog pretty soon too.
How did Summer become so busy?  Until next time, here’s hoping we can all carve out a little lazy before the season ends.

Get ready for fall with 40% off all Textures & Light Overlays! (Expires August 10th)

Can you believe how quickly summer has gone by?  Soon we will all be sending kids back to school and prepping for a busy fall and holiday season!  Get ready for it all by stocking up on textures & overlays from The Kaleidoscope Shoppe!  Enjoy 40% off everything in the shoppe (except for mentoring) by entering  code: GETREADY upon checkout.  By stocking up now, you’ll have some time to explore all of the video tutorials available, which will walk you through everything from applying texture to utilizing my favorite tips and tricks!  You will be creating amazing color & light in no time! Hurry though…this discount will expire August 10th, and can’t be combined with any other offers or discounts.


As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at prior to your purchase.  In addition, if you’ve made a purchase within the last 5 days, contact me and I will be happy to do a price adjustment.

Thanks for your continued support! – PB

November 29, 2013 - 8:13 am

Patti - Hi Ashley,

Right now I’m re-structuring several aspects of Kaleidoscope, so I’m not doing any guest editorials at this time. Thank you so much for asking, maybe in the future? 🙂 – PB

November 26, 2013 - 11:34 am

Ashley Bratcher - Hi,

I emailed you previously about a guest editorial on your site and just wanted to see if you had a chance to think about it?

We can pay an administration fee of $60 annually for your time spent reviewing and publishing our content. Payment can be made by PayPal.

Thanks again for your time.

Ashley Bratcher
Marketing Assistant

Phone: (919)-457-9038
514-137 Daniels Street
Raleigh, NC 27605

On November 21, 2013, at 12:10 PM, Ashley Bratcher – wrote:

> Hi,
> We would love to work with your site in some capacity such as through contributing content to your site. The article will tastefully reference our client who provides cloud storage, secure file sharing and online collaborative solutions- things I think your audience would enjoy learning more about.
> We would be happy to pay an administration fee of $60 for your time spent reviewing and publishing our content.
> Payment can be made by PayPal (or check delivered via FedEx US/Canada only).
> I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.
> Sincerely,
> Ashley Bratcher
> Marketing Assistant
> Web:
> Phone: (919)-457-9038
> 514-137 Daniels Street
> Raleigh, NC 27605

September 11, 2012 - 6:01 am

Patti - Hi Connie,

I will likely have at least 2 more sales before the year is up, but I don’t have dates yet. HTH – PB

September 4, 2012 - 6:09 pm

connie miles - Hi Patti – I just discovered you and your Light and Textures. So sad that I missed the discount that expired in August. I would appreciate knowing of your next sale and if you have a newsletter, I’d like to subscribe.

Thanks so much!
Connie Miles

August 1, 2012 - 4:51 am

Patti - Hi Charlene, You can find bundle pricing on the Kaleidoscope Shoppe page referenced above. Just visit any texture or overlay page, and you can will see the bundles below. I offer a bundle for the light overlays and a separate bundle for the textures, and once you add them to your cart and apply the code, the price will come up before you have to purchase. HTH – PB 🙂

July 31, 2012 - 5:38 pm

Charlene Reeves - Patti,
How much would all of you Light and Textures be including all Kilidescope sorry for the spelling those compatable with Elements 10 with the 45% off I love your stuff so much I want it all. Please let me know. Thanks,

Feeling Black & White.

I’ve been playing around with different black & white finishes lately, and it’s so much fun.  I know most photographers typically try to finish up their editing as quickly as possible, and I get why, but I just get lost in mine sometimes.  It’s like painting for lazy people.  I don’t have to get out my paints and brushes, canvases, set up my easel and then spend hours, days, weeks and months perfecting a painting.  I just click and drag, click and drag….it’s awesome.  Photoshop has always been part playground part laboratory to me, and I love it, I do.

Especially when I have an amazingly adorable little subject like the one featured above.  Thank you, Miss C for a wonderful time!

July 5, 2012 - 9:50 am

Donna (Texas) - Oh, These are Beautiful!!

July 2, 2012 - 4:11 am

Patti - Hi Gail – yes I am overall. I wrote this post and this post reviewing Nikon a bit more in depth. As of right now, still happy. And no I haven’t gotten the recompose thing figured out yet. But also, I haven’t spent much time concentrating on that. Getting used to the focus points in Nikon and enjoying them a lot. HTH – PB

July 1, 2012 - 10:35 pm

gail - Just wondering if you are happy with your switch over to Nikon and did you ever figure out the recompose thing?

Online Mentoring is finally here! Join me July 17th, 2012 – SOLD OUT!

Hello Friends,

Well, after many requests, I’m finally launching my first “Pilot” Online-Mentoring Class – The Photoshop Creativity Class – on July 17th 2012.  It will be an online class that you can take from your own home, and will be largely focused on creative post-processing.  I’ll demonstrate how I quickly and easily create B&A’s like the ones below, and I’ll share my workflow in Lightroom, ACR, and Photoshop CS.  You’ll also get the added bonus of a $50 Kaleidoscope Gift Certificate for completing the class!  For full details and pricing information, please click here.    In addition, the first 10 people to sign up using the discount code: pilot will receive $30 off their seat price!  You’ll need to enter the code upon checkout.  In the meantime, scroll through to see a little of what we will be covering…

August 15, 2012 - 12:30 pm

Patti - Hi Meg, I think so but I typically recommend it for CS users or those looking to transition into CS. I had a couple of Elements users in my last class, and they really enjoyed it. There are a few techniques in the form of filters that I use which don’t transition into Elements, but I think that most of the class does overall. I talk a little bit more about what software is recommended here.

I hope that helps! 🙂

August 15, 2012 - 11:46 am

Meg - Do you think I could still benefit from your class if I only have Elements? I’m very comfortable with the tools and understand layers, masks, etc. Thank you!

July 17, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Arwa Saifee - This was an amazing class. I learned a lot of information that I will be able to use to edit my pics.

Thank you Patti.


July 17, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Linda C - Thank you Patti for a great class tonight. I am so excited to work on a few of the techniques that you taught us! You put a lot of thought into the best way to instruct your “students” and did such a thorough job… Well Done! I can’t wait for the next class and the Lightroom 4 preset update!
Linda C

July 2, 2012 - 4:07 am

Patti - Hi Charlene – I likely will offer more classes after I get the July 17t one under my belt. I want to make sure everyone really enjoys it. 🙂 PB

June 26, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Charlene - Patti Please offer this again! I would love to be toutered by you not in cameras but in how you you create the textures that like kiledscope. Excuse the spelling I know there is spell check somewhere. I love your work.

June 6, 2012 - 11:21 am

debbie - Yay!! I’m so excited about this and signed up the minute I received your email!! I absolutely love your work and I’m really looking forward to learning your technique!!
I also think it’s wonderful you are covering the differences between Canon & Nikon captures. I just bought the new 5D Mark lll and love it!! 🙂