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!

My Simple Trick to Fix Under Eye Circles in Lightroom It’s not uncommon to have a photo that needs some touch up due to under eye circles, or dark circles under the client’s eye. There are several ways to edit something like this, and today I’m going to show you my favorite, …

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No Excuses: How to Make Any Location Work for You! We arrived to the wedding venue, and to put it briefly, we were quite underwhelmed. It was one of those locations full of tile from the 1990s, furniture to match, and a bridal room that doubled as a storage closet. Right away, …

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Digital Noise: What Is It & How to Correct It Have you seen the term “noise” thrown around and wondered what exactly it is? Or maybe you’ve noticed that some of your images aren’t as crisp and clear as you want them to be, and almost have a grainy appearance to them. …

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Should You Work for Free? A Lesson for Every Photographer At some point or another, if you own a nice camera and have at least minimal skill using it, the time will come (and probably more than once): Someone will ask you to work for free. Or maybe no one will ask …

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Finding the Light, Part 6: Using Creative Light Sources One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, …

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Selecting Photos for a Blog: 3 Easy Tips to Making Your Images Work For You I love putting together a blog post after a photo session! I really enjoy going through the images and selecting which pictures to include and thinking over the details of the session. But sometimes it can be …

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Finding the Light, Part 5: 3 Ways to Use Window Light One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding …

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4 Reasons Why You Need a Website for Your Photography Business For the majority of photographers, having a website will be a crucial element to having a successful business. Having a place where you can visually display your work is key to your photography business. There are a few reasons why having …

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How I Dramatically Reduced my Editing Time (Without Touching the Computer) Time is valuable. So much so that we often hear people say that time is money. This couldn’t be more true. Think about the choices we have with our time: We can spend it with the people we love… We can spend …

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Finding the Light, Part 4: How to Shoot in Harsh Light One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding …

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How to Find Your Style: 5 Tips for Every Photographer It’s one of the most common questions new photographers have. When starting out, we’ve all asked, we’ve all wondered: How do I find my style? At the heart of this question is a deep desire to find our place in this industry. …

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Depth of Field, Bokeh and Compression: What’s the Difference? We talked recently about some tried and true methods to get that envy-worthy background blur in your photos, and since then I have seen a lot of the same questions popping up. Achieving background blur is based on a variety of factors. With …

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Finding the Light, Part 3: Shooting the Golden Hour One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, …

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Best Portrait Lens on a Budget: 5 ways the 85mm f1.8 Delivers! If you are making your way into the photography industry, chances are you are looking to get killer photos of your clients while building your business on a budget. And who can blame you? We want our clients to look …

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How to Fix an Underexposed Photo in Lightroom Last week, we talked about how to correct an overexposed image in Lightroom, where I showed you the quick and easy methods I use to recover information from overexposure. Today, we are going to visit the other side of the spectrum and talk about underexposure, …

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The Histogram Explained: Using a Histogram & What it Means One of the most valuable tools, but perhaps one of the most misunderstood, is your camera’s histogram. Histo-what? We aren’t talking about Instagram’s cousin here. If you’ve been confused by that fancy chart they call a histogram, you’re in the right place! …

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