Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

Chasing the Summer: Getting and Selling the Coastal Shot! Capturing memorable coastal photographs, those that can evoke emotion in the viewer, are a combination of good planning, good composition, a great eye, and the always welcome touch of good luck! Most of my work is shot on Cape Cod where I am …

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6 Street Photography Tips for Better Photos! Power on, set your camera to favorite mode, and adjust for light. Oh! And take the lens cap off and you are all set… smash down on that shutter button.  If that is more or less how you go about getting your photos, then you …

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Artificial Lighting Tips from a Natural Light Lover I am a natural light lover! Window light. Morning light. Golden hour light. I love it all. For the longest time artificial light scared me! But now what scares me even more is terrible light. Have you wanted to start using artificial lighting but …

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How to Get a Shallow Depth of Field to Your Photos! In other posts, you’ve read about aperture (opening in the lens that lets light pass into the camera body) and how that affects exposure. Hopefully, after several experiments, you now have a feel of how aperture works. While fidgeting with your camera’s …

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ISO Setting Like a Pro! You’ve seen the ISO button, but do you know what it does? ISO can be thought of as the control you have over the level of how sensitive your camera’s sensor is to light. That said – the more light you have, less sensitive your camera’s sensor …

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Curious about how to achieve those fantastic sunset silhouette photos? Here are some tips to capture the perfect sunset! Who doesn’t love a GREAT sunset silhouette photo? Have you ever wanted to create that artsy silhouette shot with your kids jumping against a sunset? There is something magical about getting that perfect sunset …

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The 11 Best Off Camera Flash Tutorials on the Web! For many photographers, the thought of learning how to use flash scares the be-jeezus out of themselves.  It’s no mystery that in photography, one of the most important concepts to learn, if not “thee” most important concept is: lighting. “flash is truly a …

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11 Tips to Put Your Clients at Ease in Front of the Camera! How often do you hear the words, “I’m so awkward in front of the camera,” or “I’m not photogenic”? And let’s be honest, some clients might be totally awkward and might not like having their picture taken. At all. We …

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Have you ever noticed that your photos seem to look grainy, noisy, or pixelated?! Today, we’re breaking down the reasons why! I totally get it, I’ve been there, and it’s frustrating! You see all these pretty photos everywhere and they look so nice!  The colors pop and they are simply beautiful and …

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3 Photo Composition Tips to Transform Your Photos Today! Do you ever just pick up your camera and snap a quick photo without much thought?  If so – it’s my goal today to show you why you should never just pick up and snap away.  A proper exposure and technical expertise will …

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5 Tips for Better Candid Photos! Everyone loves a good candid photo.  Everyone.  Well, unless they are making a funny or awkward face, but assuming that it’s a nice capture – we all love candid photos! The problem though, is actually getting the candid photos – especially when your subjects are more …

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Let’s face it, it’s often a sigh of relief when we arrive at our photo location and it’s a photographers paradise, right?  We instantly know that our job is going to be just a tad bit easier given our “location perfection.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way and it is …

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10 Quick Tips – How to Photograph Fireworks! Summer is here and with USA’s Independence Day just about upon us, I wanted to share with you some quick tips on how to photograph fireworks. By the end of this tutorial you will have the preparation needed to bring your camera along with …

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What is the exposure triangle? Switching the camera mode dial from auto to any non-auto mode is a nice start, but to truly be a proficient photographer who must truly understand the exposure triangle, is tough. The exposure triangle is simply the relationship between your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. These three components …

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How to Prepare for Your First Wedding! Wedding photography isn’t for the faint of heart!  The action at a wedding is fast and furious and if you aren’t ready for it, it can be a recipe for disaster.  I fondly remember my first wedding, the nerves started the night before and didn’t …

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How to Take Amazing Sunset Photos!   Earlier in the week I was asked by a loyal Cole’s Classroom subscriber if I had any guidance on the best “camera settings” for sunset photos.  While I did give some guidance and suggestions, the key to taking great sunset photos is more involved that …

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