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!

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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The Happy Client: 4 Tips for Managing Client Expectations Some of the most challenging client situations we run into as photographers can be avoided. Most of them stem from unmet client expectations. As the photographer, it is our job to manage our client’s expectations to ensure they know exactly what they can …

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How a Carnival Worker Challenged me to Be a Better Photographer A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our family to a local Fall Festival. What started out as a typical fun day with our family very quickly took shape as a huge lesson for me. As we strolled along …

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How to Prepare for a Photo Session in 4 Simple Steps I don’t know about you, but I still get butterflies before my photo sessions. Thankfully, the butterflies have become more from excitement than from nerves as they used to be, but they can still throw me “off” if I’m not careful. …

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How to Take Photos with Overcast Skies I’ll be honest, I love to take photos with that soft, golden light that is only found early in the morning or just before sunset. The golden hour has such a magical quality to it that if I’m not careful, I could find myself stuck …

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Blogging for Photographers: 4 Tips for Staying on Top of Client Blogs We’ve all heard it: When it comes to business, blogging for photographers is gold. Not only is it great for SEO (search engine optimization), but your blog is a great way for your clients to share your work and your …

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How to Edit Transition Lenses in Lightroom Every now and then, we run into things as photographers that can trip us up a little if we aren’t prepared. Have you ever had a client wearing glasses during your session, and the next thing you know they’re wearing sunglasses?! Transition lenses are incredibly …

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How to Use Leading Lines for Better Photos One of my favorite ways to utilize composition to make a big impact in my photos is through the use of leading lines. Leading lines are any kind of lines that are present in your photo that draw your viewer’s eyes to a specific …

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Difficult Client Situations: 3 Photography Clients to Avoid I will never forget the first time I had to fire a client. It was SO uncomfortable. There were warning signs from the very beginning, but being overly-optimistic and being a people-pleaser, I ignored them. I learned a hard lesson that day: If you …

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Choosing a Photo Session Location: 3 Things to Look For When I first began taking clients, the only thing I thought about when picking out the location with my clients for their session was how the location looked. Was it eye catching? Was it pretty? And it makes sense, right? Who doesn’t …

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5 Tips on How to Avoid Photographer Burnout It can happen to all of us. Questioning what we do, whether or not this is the career for us, whether we are good enough, or even if we want to continue pursuing our photography career. It doesn’t help that in photography, the seasons …

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3 Surprising Results from Shooting Every Day I used to wait to pick up my camera until I wanted to shoot, or until I had something to shoot, or until I had time. Let’s face it: there are days I just don’t want to pick up my camera. And some days, the …

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How to do a Head Swap in Photoshop I’m mostly a Lightroom girl, but every now and then there are things I need to do that make Photoshop a must-have. One of those things is doing a head swap. Every now and then, I run into a situation where I have an …

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Getting in the Frame: How to Take a Self Portrait As the one behind the camera, chances are, you aren’t in photos very often. But it can be so rewarding to actually be in the frame… to not just capture the memories, but to be in them, too. That is precisely why …

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