Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

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 than aware you are there taking photos and having …

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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 our job, as …

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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 you for the …

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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 work together to …

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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 let up until I parked the car, at which time …

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  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 you might think.  So today I am going to …

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Not all shadows are created equal.  There are good shadows and there are bad or even….horrendous shadows that can make or break our photos.  But which are the good ones and which are the bad ones?  After reading this quick post you will know exactly the how to utilize shadows to add a lot of …

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Need help understanding autofocus modes?  We can help! One of the questions that I get asked the most is how can I get sharper photos? It’s a tough question to give a specific answer for because there can be lots of reasons why your photos aren’t sharp. But sometimes, it’s simply a result of not understanding …

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Posing is not a skill that is learned overnight. Just like all parts of photography, it takes practice. Posing can be stressful, complicated and even totally awkward at times… My name is Kylee and I have put together 5 of my very top posing tips that will help you have more success when posing families …

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Capturing the motion of a beautiful waterfall requires the understanding of long exposure photography, one of the coolest techniques you can use as a photographer. With a good location, the right light, and a little luck, you can capture some extremely interesting images that will most likely leave others with a sense of wonder. LIGHT …

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Some of the most opportune moments in photography happens when you least expect it. For me, this happens a lot when I am hanging out with my friends.  There is this thing that happens that the light-bulb goes on and the magic of collaboration and creativity come together.  This is what happened to me recently …

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What is Depth of Field? Depth of field is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appears acceptably sharp in an image. In other words, it’s how much of the photo that is in sharp focus relative the out of focus areas of the image. Lens aperture as well and …

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Let me start by saying that I love aperture and I think YOU love aperture too, you just might not know it yet 😉 You know how sometimes you see photos that have a gorgeous blurred background and the subject just “pops” right off the screen like the photo below? Aperture helps you get that “blur” …

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After months of planning & creating, I am so pleased to announce the release of our online Newborn Photography Workshop for the On-Location Photographer! My goal for this online newborn photography workshop was to be able to create a comprehensive and complete newborn photography training resource that anyone could watch and have the knowledge, tools …

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 Learn Why and How to Use Off Camera Flash for Daytime Portraits! It’s no secret that photographers despise taking portraits under harsh, midday sunlight.  The midday sun can be overpowering, cause unwanted shadows and simply make it hard on your subjects to be comfortable and not squint in every photo.  But sometimes, a high noon …

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Are you the type of newborn photographer who is always nervous or worried before leaving for a newborn session?  I know that I am! Perhaps you frantically ran out of the house and forgot your favorite newborn prop…Or maybe your own baby was up all night sleepless & your exhausted or you are just wondering …

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