How to Watch creativeLIVE and other Videos on an iPad without iTunes

I watch a lot of educational videos on my iPad, especially the ones I purchase from creativeLIVE.  To be able to watch them offline, I download them to my iPad and use an app called Buzz Player to play them.  I always forget how I do it, so I made myself some notes and thought I would share them here.  To get them to my iPad, first I upload them to my web host via FTP and the connect to it with Buzz Player to download.  There are also ways to connect through your network but I wasn’t smart enough to get that to work.

The First step is to create a folder for your downloaded videos.  Then select the FTP icon to add your FTP site.  (The icons looks different since I took these screenshots.  Sorry ’bout that.)  You will only have to add your site once and it will remember the settings.



Click the “+,” enter your server information, and click “Add”



All of your folders should show up in the right side panel.  Navigate to the folder with your videos.


If the site is not connected, click on the site name under “Shares.”  Click the arrow in the box to get the action dialog box.  Select “Copy All Files to Device” and pick the appropriate folder.  Click the down arrow in the bottom left corner to monitor the downloads.



Happy video watching!

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Janelle – 2014 Senior Portraits {Seymour High School, Cheerleading}

I absolutely loved working with Janelle and her family for her senior portraits.  She chose my Storybook Session so we were able to do two different sessions with different looks.  The first was in Downtown Louisville and we were lucky enough to have an amazing sunset at the Falls of the Ohio.  It was a little chilly but I was able to talk her into getting a little wet.  I think she’ll agree It was very much worth it!  The 20×30 Metal print of her getting splashed looks amazing.  I loved that dress so much that I 1) made her wear it to her second sessions and 2) went out and bought it for myself!  I also just got in her Posh Tri-Fold graduation announcements and they are adorable.

Seymour High School Graduation Announcement


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (2)


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (3)


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (4)


Seymour Cheeleader Senior Pictures GymTyme Awards Uniforms Louisville


Louisville Senior Pictures Falls of the Ohio water splash



Falls of the Ohio Senoir Pictures Louisville


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (9)


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (10)


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (11)


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (12)


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (13)


Seymour High School Senior Pictures (14)


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How to Use Lightroom to Prepare Images for Instagram

One of the best ways to post your DSLR images to Instagram is to add them to your Dropbox account. You can easily export images from Lightroom to your Dropbox folder so that they are available to your smartphone or tablet. You can crop the images square before exporting, or you can keep the original aspect ratio by using the print module method below.

If you want to learn how to use Lightroom to export .png files for Facebook  so that they aren’t compressed, go to this blog post.

Square Images – Export Method

1. Create a Dropbox account

If you don’t have one, use this link and you will get 500MB of bonus space.

2. Create an Instagram folder on your Dropbox

Dropbox will synchronize your online storage with your Dropbox folder on your computer.  Create an Instagram subfolder in your Dropbox folder to keep your images organized.  I call mine Webpix because that the name I use when I sell them to my clients.

3. Create a Watermark (optional)

There are plenty of tutorials on creating a watermark.  Here is a video from Adobe TV

4. Select and Crop your images

I like to keyword my images so that I can easily filter the ones I want to post on Instagram.  Once you have all of the images selected, use the crop tool to crop them to a 1:1 ratio.  You will then probably need to adjust the crops individually.  If you do not want to make your image square, use the Print Module method below.

5. Create Export Preset

Adjust the following export settings:

Lightroom Export Instagram

Export Location: Select your Instagram folder.  I like to create subfolders for each client with the name Clientname-Instagram so I can share it with them.

Rename to:  If you need to rename your files you can do so in this step.  My filenames are short and not necessarily unique so I like to rename my file with the folder name as a prefix, which is my clients name.  {Folder Name>>}_{Filename>>}.  That makes it easy for me to find when I’m posting and makes sure I don’t have duplicates.  This step might not be necessary for you.

File Settings: JPEG, RGB, 100% Quality (you could get by with less.  I don’t like to go below 92%)

Image Sizing:  Instagram pixel dimensions are 612×612.  I use a slightly larger file size so that I can use the same image for Facebook.  I have found that a 780 pixels image when saved as a .png file will almost always stay under the 1Mb limit (more about that in this blog post)

Output Sharpening: Optional

Metadata: Select desired settings.  I have Copyright Only.

Watermarking:  Select the appropriate watermark

Post Processing:  Do Nothing or Show in Explorer

Now create a preset so that you won’t have to adjust the settings again (click the “Add” button).

After you export the images, they should be in your Dropbox folder and automatically synchronize with your online storage.

If you have an Android phone, Dropbox shows up as one of the sources so there aren’t anymore steps.  If you have an iPhone or iPad, you will need to save the image from Dropbox to your camera roll.

Rectangular Images – Print Module Method

1. Follow steps 1-3 from above and then go to the print module to create a new layout with the following settings


Lightroom Export Instagram

2. Save Presets

Click the “+” next to the template browser to create the preset.  Name it “Vertical” in a new preset folder called “Instagram.”  Then swap the “Cell Size” height and width dimension and save that as a preset called “Horizontal.”

3.  Save in your Dropbox folder.

Select the image and the appropriate horizontal or vertical preset.  Adjust the cell size if needed.  Click “Print to File” and save to your Dropbox folder.

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