Author Archives: Betsy Davis

About Betsy Davis

Betsy Davis is a wife, mom, and portrait photographer living in northwestern Missouri. She is the owner and principle photographer of Betsy Davis Photography. Her love of photography was born out of a lifelong passion for documenting memories, and is rivaled by an (almost) equal love for good coffee and sunny weather. Stay connected with Betsy through her website, Facebook and Instagram pages!

What is a Model Release? A Guide for Photographers Obtaining a model release from your clients is an important step for any photographer. This type of release can protect photographers and ensure you have the proper documentation in place for the use of the images you take. This tutorial will help you …

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Our Top 5 Beginner Photography Tips So you’re ready to tackle the world of photography! Maybe you just got an awesome new camera, or maybe you’ve had one forever and you’ve finally decided you’re going to learn how to use it. Photography is such a rewarding hobby, and for many, a career. …

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6 Simple Family Posing Tips for the Photographer Family photography is so rewarding. Life moves by quickly and kids change so fast, that parents love to capture these fleeting moments while they can. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not without its’ own set of challenges! We get asked frequently about how to …

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Using the Rule of Thirds in Photography The Rule of Thirds is one of several guidelines for composing visual images. The rule of thirds divides an image into a 3×3 grid, created by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. This technique suggests that placing the subject or …

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7 Simple Tips to Dramatically Improve Your Photos TODAY If you are anything like me, you are probably always looking for ways to improve your photos… searching to find ways to take them to the next level. Sound familiar? We jump along from webinar to webinar, blog post to blog post, in …

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Beyond the Snapshot: How to Meaningfully Photograph Birthday Parties My love for photos started long before I ever even owned a DSLR camera. I have always been a “memory keeper” of sorts, documenting special moments in pictures, and reveling in the memories long after the moment was gone. Now that I’m “a …

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Photo Projects and the Photographer: Are They Worth It? If you’ve been around the photography community for long, you have probably seen a wide variety of photography projects out there. Photo projects range in structure from submitting images daily to weekly, or even just following a certain theme for a given time …

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4 Tips for Taking Photos in Cold Weather With winter upon many of us, questions are beginning to come about taking photos in the cold weather. While it’s true that for most of us, business slows down in the colder months and we find ourselves with less work than the rest of the …

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When We Fail: 4 Tips to Recover from Failure as a Photographer It happens to all of us. It can be painful. Maybe even embarrassing. It’s definitely not something we love to talk about… but we should. At some point, each of us will face some sort of failure as a photographer. …

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What to Say When a Client Asks for the RAW Files I see this question a lot: My client is asking for the RAW files from their session, what do I say? This can be a hot topic, and everyone comes down somewhere differently on this one. Just do a quick search …

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How to Mirror a Background in Photoshop Mirroring a background is a neat little Photoshop trick that can come in really handy. I have used this method to remove unwanted parts of an image, or to just add some interest to a photo. With a powerful tool like Photoshop, there is always …

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The Photographer’s Off Season: 4 Things to Do When Business is Slow Winter can mean slower business for many of us, especially wedding and natural light, non-studio photographers. And even more so for those of us who live in regions with cold weather. The inquiries are slower to roll in and for …

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Ready for Anything: The Importance of Being Prepared as a Photographer I will never forget the day my biggest fear as a photographer was realized. It was gut-wrenching. And as much as I had feared this happening, there was nothing that could prepare me for the unfathomable sickness I would feel in …

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Low-Light Weddings: How to Shoot in a Dark Church One of the common questions I hear floating around is how to take good photos in a dark church. As photographers, we frequently have a lot of creative freedom with where we photograph our subjects, but weddings are the exception. When you are …

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Canon 50mm f/1.2L Lens Review: a Hands On Practical Review I love 50mm lenses, mostly for their versatile and natural focal length. Whether you are shooting portraits, smaller details, lifestyle, or just looking for a good every day lens, you really can’t beat the focal length of a 50mm. I recently had …

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How to Nail White Balance Every Time: Discovering the ExpoDisc I’m going to be honest with you. When it comes to White Balance, I have always been one to shoot in Auto White Balance (AWB) mode and “fix it later.” “It’s such a quick, easy fix in post-processing,” I told myself. Until …

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