Author Archives: Teresa Milner

About Teresa Milner

Teresa Milner is a portrait and events photographer in Southeastern Wyoming and the creative drive behind Dirt Road Wife Photography. Teresa traded life in the fast lane as a public information officer to raise her family in her native rural Wyoming. Today, she lives on a commercial bird farm with her husband, daughter, a neurotic border collie, a lovable yellow mutt and more than 20,000 pheasants! A self-proclaimed country girl, she loves farm life, wildlife, fishing, hunting, wildflowers and singing loudly with the radio to any George Strait song she hears. Meet Teresa at www.dirtroadwifephotography.com. Or follow her on Facebook or Instagram!

How to Care for your Camera and show some love to your other photography gear Fall is an absolute madhouse for our family.  I’m usually running around the county taking pictures.  My daughter is busy with school and soccer, and my husband is smack in the middle of his busy season, too.  …

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We give you the lowdown on buying used photography equipment! Just about every photographer I know has a wish list that’s at least a dozen items deep.  But let’s face it…lenses, camera bodies and other camera accessories are expensive.  To save money and expand their kit more quickly, some photographers turn to …

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Thinking about a mega zoom?  Here’s a Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 lens review If you’re a wildlife photographer, nature photographer or sports photographer, sometimes you want to fill the frame with your subject.  Problem is, you can’t always get closer to your subject.  That’s where a super-telephoto lens or a mega zoom like …

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Online galleries, file-sharing sites or digital files via a device? We’ve some ideas on the best way to deliver digital images to your clients. Establishing a photography business requires about two-thousand decisions right off the bat.  Nikon or Canon?  Lifestyle or traditional?  Wide-angle or telephoto?  Digitals or prints?  Even if you decide …

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Explore new partnerships and expand your client base when you collaborate with vendors Photography can be a lonely business if you let it.  Or, you can step out of your comfort zone and seek out other business owners or creative types and work together for the benefit of all.  There are hundreds …

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Don’t panic.  Your images probably aren’t really gone, they are just missing from Lightroom. It’s happened to just about all of us at one point.  We open Lightroom, start scrolling through our images and we get it.  The dreaded punctuation of despair.  That little symbol in the upper right-hand corner of our …

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10 ways to keep your sanity this fall and survive the photography busy season Fall.  It means beautiful leaves, long-sleeve shirts, football, maybe a pot of chili simmering on the stove.  Unless you’re a photographer.  Then it means chaos.  Lots of sessions.  Lots of editing.  Little sleep.  Coffee.  More editing.  Even more …

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Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom CC.  What’s the difference and which one do I want for my photo editing needs? Learning photography can be confusing.  So can learning editing.  And now to further muddy the waters, Adobe offers two versions of its photo editing program, Lightroom.  And in a fun twist, what used …

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Battery grips.  Filters.  Memory cards.  Sort out what’s necessary and what’s nice to have when it comes to camera accessories To be a professional photographer, you only really need a camera, lens and a memory card or some film.  That’s it.  The rest of the equipment out there simply makes life easier, …

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Fight the frizz with these ideas on how to edit flyaway hair in Photoshop One thing we don’t have a shortage of here in Wyoming is wind.  We joke that our windsocks should be made out of tow chains so they’d last longer.  We also have a pretty dry climate.  So rowdy …

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Hand strap, cross-body strap or harness? Here’s what you need to know before choosing a camera strap! I never really gave much thought to my camera strap.  I left the default yellow and black strap on my Nikon for years.  But after really getting bit by the photography bug, I decided a …

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So what in the world does trying new foods have to do with overcoming fear in photography?  Bear with me and you’ll find out. I stood at my kitchen counter last night, eagerly slicing up mangos for my family’s dinner.  Just the smell of them had my mouth watering.  These mangos were …

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Stop being a slave to your inbox! 7 Photographer E-mail Templates You Need in Your Workflow! We’ve all heard the expression work smarter, not harder.  But how can you, as a photographer, do that, exactly?  One practice to start implementing as soon as you hang your shingle as a professional photographer is …

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Self-portrait photography will challenge your technical skills and your creativity! The word selfie didn’t become part of our cultural lexicon until sometime in 2013.  But self-portrait photography has been around almost as long as photography itself.  Robert Cornelius used his camera in the back of his family’s store to take his own …

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Loop lighting is an easy lighting pattern to master and implement Off camera flash doesn’t have to be hard.  Begin by understanding how to expose for your subject, then move on to mastering lighting patterns.  Once you know the basic lighting patterns, like loop lighting, you can start to use your knowledge …

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Help contribute to the industry and the environment and practice good photography ethics. How much is a social media like worth to you?  Is it worth a trespass fine?  The destruction of private property?  The loss of someone else’s income?  The life of an animal?  The lives of your friends and neighbors …

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