Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

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 …

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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.  By the end …

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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 buying used photography …

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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 buying used photography …

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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 portrait as early …

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Loop lighting is an easy lighting pattern to master and implement Off camera flash doesn’t have to be hard.  Begin by understanding how to expose for your subject, then move on to mastering lighting patterns.  Once you know the basic lighting patterns, like loop lighting, you can start to use your knowledge of them to …

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Have you ever been frustrated to find lens flares in your photo? Maybe it’s covering your subject’s face, or distracting from your image’s aesthetic. The good news is you can prevent this! You are in control of your camera, so you control if your image shows a lens flare. The lens flares don’t control you! …

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Learn to take pictures of the carnival, fair or amusement park in all its whirly, night-time glory! You don’t have to be a kid to love the carnival.  The lights, the food, the noises and colors…it’s a feast for the senses.  It can also be a fantastic place to take a camera and experiment!  Join …

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What is bokeh, and how do you get it? You’ve heard photographers throwing that term around like everyone knows what it is, but you’re left in the dark trying to understand it. Not to worry, bokeh isn’t so mysterious once someone explains what it means which is what we’re here for. We’ll also let you …

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Have you ever wondered how photographers get those gorgeous glowing outdoor portraits of their clients? You know – the ones that evoke thoughts of happy days and lazy summer evenings, using only backlight photography.  After diffused light aka cloudy days, backlight photography is one of an outdoor photographer’s best kinds of lighting. Soon you’ll know …

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Have you ever seen a tilt shift photo or video? It’s a fascinating photography niche whose effect can be achieved both with a specialized lens and during the editing process.  Seeing a tilt shift video or photo makes you feel like a giant overlooking a miniature world. Even if you’re seeing a real photo with …

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It’s not all the time that I show the back of my camera to the client BUT…sometimes with the loud, boisterous, child scolders, you have to let the image do the talking! The backseat photographer-mom enters the scene. Keeping control on a photo session is tough, y’all! When Mom Takes Control…and Won’t Relax! You’ve probably …

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We’ve gathered together our best photography tutorials in one location! Are you overwhelmed with learning photography?  There are so many awesome resources, it’s hard to know where to start.  Or what to learn next.  Or maybe you start learning one skill only to get sidetracked by a separate lesson and you fall down a rabbit …

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Make Your Portraits Soar with Butterfly Lighting! Using flash in portraits doesn’t have to be scary or complicated.  Today, we’ll talk about one of the simplest, and happiest sounding lighting patterns, butterfly lighting.  With one light and a reflector, you’ll be on your way to shooting off-camera flash with confidence.  Learn why it’s called butterfly …

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Learn when, and how, to achieve Rembrandt lighting! If I said Rembrandt, what would you think of?  A really old painter?  Toothpaste?  Off camera lighting techniques?  If it’s the latter, you’re definitely a photographer and you’re in the right place.  Let’s talk about Rembrandt lighting…what it means, how to get it and when to use …

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Play all day with flat lay photography! Did social media make flat lay photography popular?  Or did flat lay photography drive the rise of social media?  It’s almost a symbiotic relationship.  Either way, these days you can’t have one without the other.  But what is a flat lay, exactly?  Who uses this style?  Does it …

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