Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

If you’ve ever tried to take a close-up macro photograph of a flower, you know that it’s tough to get your entire subject in focus. While autofocus or auto-blend layers tools can help a lot with macro photography sharpness, they still leave a lot to be desired.  In this article, we’ll explain how you can …

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If you’ve ever seen a photograph of a tourist appearing to hold up the leaning tower of Pisa, you’re familiar with the concept of forced perspective photography. Forced perspective shots can be incredible optical illusions, but many photographers struggle with taking forced perspective photos that look good.  In this article, we’ll discuss everything you’ll need …

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Learning photography is not just learning a new skill…it’s also learning a new language.  Understanding the language of photography, from ambient light to viewfinders, helps you become a better photographer and grow your skill.  Here’s our ultimate list of photography terms! Basic Photography Terms – The Fundamentals of Photography Photography Photography is the art or …

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Introducing RAW Files RAW files are uncompressed, meaning they’re in the original form directly from your camera. RAW images are “lossless,” so they have the most quality, allowing for small edits or large scale prints.  It contains so much more information about the conditions of the photo than a compressed file, giving editors more freedom …

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Wildlife Photography Basics: Mountain lions and tiger salamanders and grizzly bears, Oh My! I’ve always loved wildlife.  As a kid and as a grownup.  Before I became a pro photog, my job was to talk, and write, about wildlife for our state’s wildlife agency. I was surrounded every day by some of the most stunning …

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Business Owner at 17: Pushing Past Judgements and Forging Your Own Path to Success, with Hope Taylor. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Episode 05: Show Notes. Sometimes, we need to learn how to push past the judgments of other people, live the life that we want to live, and forge our own path to success. In …

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Fear of Running a Photography Business: Getting Past Insecurities and Embracing Your Uniqueness. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Episode 04: Show Notes. Today’s topic is a tough one because it touches all of us in some way—fear. While both new and seasoned photographers sometimes battle with fears and insecurities, it is mostly the upcoming ones who …

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Instagram Connections: How to Up Your Game and Stand Out with Bobbi Peterson. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Episode 03: Show Notes. In this episode of Find Your Focus, Logan chats to Bobbi Peterson, a member of the well-known Twig & Olive trio, about using social media for marketing purposes. Tuning in to the show, listeners …

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Pinterest for Photographers — Using Pinterest to Attract More Dream Clients on Google with Anna Bennett. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Episode 02: Show Notes. Did you know that using Pinterest can help your business rank on the first page of a Google search? Pinterest is a powerful, unique, and often overlooked tool for digital marketing, …

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Food photography is ubiquitous. It’s seen in TV commercials, magazines, blogs, cookbooks, billboards, social media posts and more. When great food photography is done right, one photo will convince hundreds or thousands of people to try that food. So how do you get started in food photography, and what do you need to know? We’re …

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Do you thrive on competition?  Love the energy, excitement, and physicality of sports?  Then sports photography might be the right play for you (pun fully intended!) There are lots of great reasons to make sports photography your passion.  Your kids, your job, or your desire for a new market.  Or maybe you just love playing, …

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Homeless to Happy – One Photographer’s Journey to Optimism and Success with Christopher Hall. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Episode 01: Show Notes. Welcome to the first episode of the Find Your Focus podcast with Cole’s Classroom, where you’ll hear inspirational stories and pro tips from our guests to help you on your journey with photography! …

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In other posts, you’ve read about aperture (opening in the lens that lets light pass into the camera body) and how aperture affects exposure. Hopefully, after several experiments, you now have a feel of how aperture works. While fidgeting with your camera’s aperture, you probably discovered (accidentally or on purpose) its side effect on your photo, …

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Photographers like to talk about golden hour photography and the beautiful, glowy light they find right before sunset or after sunrise.  Golden hour is amazing.  But for my money, you can’t beat blue hour photography for some peaceful, serene images.  Don’t be so hasty packing up your gear after the sun has set.  Stay a …

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Even though you may not have heard of the Brenizer method, you’ve definitely seen it. Just think of the photographs you’ve admired with beautifully expansive backgrounds and clear focused subjects. Most likely, these impossibly panoramic photos are products of the Brenizer method, an advanced and highly technical photographic technique. Keep reading to learn more about …

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Blue and orange are two of the essential colors in photography. Here’s what you should know about these colors, including the impact of light. The Basics of Color Theory Blue and orange are the most common colors in photography, and for a good reason. They’re dominant colors individually, which means they always stand out, but …

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