Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

Check out our Lens Calibration 101 guide on why and how to adjust your lenses! There are a lot of different reasons your images might not be as sharp as you want. Dirty equipment, the wrong camera settings or even your shooting stance can affect the sharpness of your images. But if you find that …

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As a sub-genre of portrait photography, you’ve probably seen plenty of milk bath photography images pop up as a recent trend. By turning everyone’s favorite drink into a prop, photographers have been able to capture stunning, minimalistic portraits.  If you’ve never experimented with milk bath photography, the genre can feel intimidating. Whether you’re an amateur …

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If you look up aesthetics in a dictionary, you will find a definition that focuses on the artistic value of a work of art, or that discusses the characteristics of things we find beautiful and pleasing. The concept of aesthetics is central to photography. Here is what you need to know about aesthetic photography, why …

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Want to be a better photographer? Here are our recommendations on the things every photographer needs to learn to start mastering the craft! When you first start trying to improve your photography, it can feel overwhelming. What should I learn first? Do I need to learn A before I learn B? What should I prioritize …

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Stuck with the muck? Here are some photography tips for making ugly locations look amazing! One of the most iconic images from my home state of Wyoming is the T.A. Moulton Barn. If you’re a fan of landscape photography, I’m sure you’ve seen an image of it. There are about 8.98 million images of it …

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Improve your consistency and confidence with a photoshoot checklist Are you looking for ways to improve the flow of your photo sessions, your post-production workflow or your consistency? Consider developing and following your own photoshoot checklist! Have you ever finished a photography session that felt awesome at the time only to feel disappointed later with …

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What’s the best camera to take to Disney World? What lens should I take to Disney World? We have some ideas to make the most of your time at the Happiest Place on Earth About three years ago, my family started planning our vacation to Florida, including stops at Walt Disney World, central Flordia and …

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If you find understanding white balance to be a mysterious concept, you are not alone. Many do. The numbers and settings used can be a little confusing if you aren’t familiar with them. In addition, this is not something we notice in our day-to-day lives. It is something that our digital camera picks up that …

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Get to know your camera’s BFF from inside to out with our guide to lens basics! If you’re new to photography or just have a new lens, you might not know what all the bits and pieces of your lens are there for. We’ll help you identify what this switch does, decode those lens numbers …

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Photography Editing Trends: What’s in and what’s out as we head into 2020 We just started a new decade. 2020. I remember thinking about the year 2020 back when I was a kid and it seemed so far away. Like flying cars run by garbage kind of far away. And yet here we are. So …

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Don’t freak out over the photography slow season.  We have some ideas! The photography slow season is upon us.  After a fast and furious fall season, it can feel good to slow down and enjoy a few weeks off. You can work on your website, get caught up on blogging, or clean your office! But …

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A stop of light is to photography what a cup of flour is to a bakery. Learn what it means and why understanding it makes you a better photographer. I’m honestly not sure how I ever got an A in my college photography class. Looking back some twenty years later, I had absolutely no real …

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Did you know about Image Stabilization when you got your first IS capable lens?  I sure didn’t! Confession time…I had a lens with image stabilization for years before I really understood how it worked or when I needed it.  I just kind of turned it on and left it on.  Why pay more for a …

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Flat light.  Golden hour.  Hard light.  We’ll decode them all for you here! As you begin your photography journey, you’ll hear lots of talk about light.  And photographers have come up with about six dozen ways to describe it.  Flat light, soft light, open shade, dappled light…so many terms it can be hard to keep …

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Use an email list to add value, gain clients and expand your reach Do you have an email list for your photography business? Why not? Is it because you think email is outdated? Or are you like me and felt intimidated by the idea of starting one? Or maybe you just don’t want to add …

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Sometimes auto white balance is just a frenemy posing as a time-saving setting.  We’ll tell you why. Photographers are a picky bunch. We will tweak settings, move here and there and wait for the light to be juuuuusssst right before we take an image. We want to shoot in manual and choose focus points so …

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