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!

Wondering why you should use back button focus? Back button focus usually confuses photographers at first but once they “get it”, they love it! If there is anything I wish I had known sooner in my journey as a photographer, it would be this one simple thing: Back Button Focus. Back button focusing has been …

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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! In this tutorial, we will break down using a histogram so you understand what your …

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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, quick method. My Easy Fix My favorite method for fixing under eye circles is …

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Ever wonder how the heck to swap faces in Photoshop? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! I’m mostly a Lightroom girl, but every now and then there are things I need to do that make Adobe Photoshop a must-have. One of those things is doing a head swap. Every now and then, I run …

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Are you looking to accentuate beautiful lighting in your images? With this tutorial, you will know how to add a light flare overlay in Photoshop! What is Lens Flare? Lens flare happens when a bright directional light hits the camera directly or by reflection. The light scatters inside the lens, creating visible marks like-colored circles, …

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If you’ve ever had a “grumpy dad” at one of your photo sessions, you aren’t alone. These tips can help! Here’s how it usually goes down: You arrive at your photo session, all pumped up and ready to rock. You’ve reviewed all your poses, you’ve got everyone’s names memorized, the light is gorgeous and up …

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Have you ever wondered how to make your posing better? Are you looking for natural and relaxed photos, but always seem to end up with clients who look stiff? These natural posing tips can help! We all want to be able to pose our clients in a way that gives us the photos we imagine, …

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Learn our 5 Keys for Photographers and Start Taking Better Family Photos Today! If you are just venturing into the world of family portraits, the idea of managing an entire family photo session and turning out great images can be an intimidating one. But after shooting hundreds of family sessions, I can tell you that …

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Your Key Steps for Growing Your Photography Business from the Ground Up Starting your photography business from the ground up can feel like an intimidating task. Whether you have just moved to a new city, or even if you haven’t moved but are looking to grow your business right where you are, it can be …

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In This Family Portrait Tutorial You’ll Discover the Key to Capturing Natural & Authentic Moments That Your Clients will Love! One of the best ways to set your photos apart is to grow in your ability to capture authentic connection in your family sessions. While traditional, posed portraits are fine, there is something unique and …

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Looking for tips to grow your photography business? So you made it official: You started your photography business! At this point you’ve probably done some portfolio building, created a Facebook page, set some prices, and have had a few sessions with family and friends. You might even have a couple brand new clients! But… then …

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Get Sharper Photos FAST With These Easy to Implement Tips for Sharper Photos! If there is ONE thing a photo needs to be, it’s sharp. Unless you’re purposefully aiming for an out of focus, creative look, getting sharper photos is something I think all of us are working towards. And guessing by the number of …

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We’ve all been there: the butterflies in the stomach, the anxiety, desperately hoping to remember everything you want to do… Preparing for a photo session can be nerve wracking! And to be honest, even after photographing hundreds of sessions, I still get butterflies before heading into a shoot. But I also have a few ways that …

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What is the best way to save money on new photography gear? Let’s face it: as photographers, all of us love some new gear don’t we? It comes with the territory, I think. We are always interested in what kind of gear others are using, and it’s fun to see what using new gear is …

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The graduated filter tool is an excellent resource when you need editing across a certain area of an image. This tool is incredibly versatile, and a great one to have in your post-processing back pocket! What is the Graduated Filter? The Graduated Filter tool in Lightroom allows you to make adjustment to a certain area …

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Some of the terms in photography can be a little confusing. Take focal length, for example. We know it refers to the lens on our camera, but what exactly is it? Understanding focal lenght will help you know which lens to purchase and how to use it for a wide variety of photographic applications. Which …

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