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!

Photographers everywhere rave about their Sigma Art lenses.  But is the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens worth the hype? When I needed a fast 35mm lens for my kit, I settled on the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens. It wasn’t without reservations. I’d read reviews but my experience with Sigma lenses was less …

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To list or not list your prices on your website…that is the question. Any photographer with a website has probably faced the pricing dilemma. No, not how to price your images. That’s a WHOLE other can of worms. The one about posting prices. Should you list your prices on your website? It’s …

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Before you make the switch, find out exactly what is a mirrorless camera and decide if it’s the right camera for you! Have you heard other photographers rave about their mirrorless cameras? Ever see another photographer shooting a tiny camera and wonder what the heck it was? Today, we’re going to tackle …

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Are you leaving on a jet plane soon? Flying with your camera can seem intimidating. But it’s really not. Be prepared with these five simple tips. I don’t do much air travel anymore. And until recently, I’d never traveled with my “big camera.” But I was flying from Denver to Indianapolis for …

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Get ready to crush it next year with these 20 (+4 more) Photography Goals for 2020! As the decade draws to a close, our thoughts turn to reflection and planning. Was your decade meaningful? Was your year everything you wanted to to be? Why or why not? If you need a little …

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From blankets and buckets to ribbons and bows…here are some items to stash on your list of best newborn photography props! Having a gorgeous newborn in your studio is a treat. Their sleepy smiles and tiny little noses are pure perfection in and of themselves. But experienced newborn photographers know that having …

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Forget the settings…we have 6 OTHER ways to improve your photo sessions! One of the questions I get asked the most about my images is “What were your settings?” I totally understand why. It can be hard to conquer aperture, ISO and shutter speed, and the give and take between those elements. …

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Amp up the impact by capturing motion in your photos We spend a lot of time talking about how to avoid blur in our photos. But sometimes blur is exactly what you want! Why? Because inducing blur is one way to convey motion in an otherwise static image. This tutorial will cover …

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What are the best and hottest gifts for photographers this year?  We’ve got a list! Do you have a photographer in your life?  Do you know what’s on her holiday wish list?  You better believe she has one!  If you need ideas, we have you covered! From stocking stuffers to new gear, …

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Do you need photography insurance?  Short answer…yes. Are you prepared for the worse case business scenario?  I’m not talking some blurry shots or forgetting your ideas for posing.  I’m talking ruin your business and your personal finances kind of stuff.  That’s what photography insurance is all about – protecting you against business …

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What lens filters do you need and why?  We’ll give you the basics! Have you ever heard a photographer talk about using a lens filter but didn’t really understand what that meant?  You’re not alone!  Lens filters are simple in design but can have many different functions.  They are also incredibly useful …

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Get ready for the coming decade with these ideas on planners for photographers! I scheduled two clients for the same mini-session spot.  They both showed up, families in tow, ready to go.  But I’d messed up big time.  That mortifying moment (and a few near misses) is why I’m such a nerd …

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Understanding the zone system in photography makes you a better, more consistent photographer. Have you ever photographed a session and felt like you rocked it, only to pull those images up in post-production have your exposure completely out of whack?  Have you ever photographed a white dress only to see it looks …

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Nail exposure and white balance with the inexpensive, practically primitive, gray card Do you struggle setting white balance during sessions?  How about nailing exposure with or without a flash?  If I told you that I could solve both your problems for less than $25, would you believe me?  It’s true.  With the …

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Use these lists for photographers to keep track of tasks and implement new ideas!! Are you a list person?  I most definitely am.  I use lists to keep track of small tasks, big goals, places to check out and blogs to write.  As I get older, I find that lists help me …

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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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