Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 is “open shade” …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

Running a business is hard enough without pixel peeping and stressing yourself out over things that don’t always matter. So stop it already! Are you guilty of pixel peeping? How about wasting HOURS tweaking your logo time and again? Do you constantly waffle between two edits for an image and cripple yourself with indecision? Yeah, …

Read More

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 some additional props …

Read More

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 inspiration to start …

Read More

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. We naturally stress …

Read More

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 five different methods …

Read More

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 for getting your …

Read More

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 gray in your …

Read More

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 help of the …

Read More

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.  By the end …

Read More

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 buying used photography …

Read More

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 buying used photography …

Read More
[w-.]
[w-.]
[[0-9]
[[0-9]
[0-9]
[0-9]
[0-9]
[0-9]
[w-]
[w-]
[a-zA-Z]
[a-zA-Z]
[0-9]
[0-9]