Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

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 …

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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 …

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Learn why photographers love open shade for soft, flattering portraits! Find open shade they said. It makes for better portraits they said. At least that’s what photographers will tell you right after they tell you to shoot during golden hour. And open shade does make for better images. But what the heck …

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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 …

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Have you ever wondered how other photographers are able to capture so many candid moments in their portrait photography? We’re about to let you in on the secret world of photography prompts, and you’re never going to look back! Everyone has a style of portrait photography that appeals to them. The amazing …

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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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