Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

Getting in the Frame: How to Take a Self Portrait As the one behind the camera, chances are, you aren’t in photos very often. But it can be so rewarding to actually be in the frame… to not just capture the memories, but to be in them, too. That is precisely why …

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4 Tricks on How to Get Catchlights with Natural Light The next time you look at a portrait, take notice of the subject’s eyes. If the photographer has done a good job of lighting the subject, you will notice that the eyes are illuminated and have life in them. See those bright …

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7 Tips for Elevating Your Everyday Images I really used to struggle when it came to taking pictures of my kiddos in their everyday environments when they were just playing or just hanging out being themselves. I had spent so much time learning, honing my craft, to take these perfect, clean, dreamy …

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No Excuses: How to Make Any Location Work for You! We arrived to the wedding venue, and to put it briefly, we were quite underwhelmed. It was one of those locations full of tile from the 1990s, furniture to match, and a bridal room that doubled as a storage closet. Right away, …

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Using Your Integrated Light Meter, Part Two: Metering Modes In the first portion of this blog series I discussed how to obtain correct exposure in your camera by following the guidelines of your integrated light meter on your DSLR. Today we will take the process one step further by metering isolated areas …

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Using Your Integrated Light Meter, Part One: What is the Light Meter When working in automatic mode on your DSLR, your camera will make the decision for you regarding what it thinks the correct exposure settings need to be by using its internal light meter. So, what exactly is light metering? Light metering …

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Finding the Light, Part 6: Using Creative Light Sources One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, …

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Finding the Light, Part 5: 3 Ways to Use Window Light One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding …

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4 Tips To Rock Your Ring Shots Wedding ring photos – one of the most symbolic images you will capture on a wedding day. While every detail from the nuptials is extremely important to photograph, there is nothing that signifies marriages more than a photo of two perfectly polished eternal wedding bands. …

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How I Dramatically Reduced my Editing Time (Without Touching the Computer) Time is valuable. So much so that we often hear people say that time is money. This couldn’t be more true. Think about the choices we have with our time: We can spend it with the people we love… We can spend …

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Finding the Light, Part 4: How to Shoot in Harsh Light One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding …

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How to Find Your Style: 5 Tips for Every Photographer It’s one of the most common questions new photographers have. When starting out, we’ve all asked, we’ve all wondered: How do I find my style? At the heart of this question is a deep desire to find our place in this industry. …

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Depth of Field, Bokeh and Compression: What’s the Difference? We talked recently about some tried and true methods to get that envy-worthy background blur in your photos, and since then I have seen a lot of the same questions popping up. Achieving background blur is based on a variety of factors. With …

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Finding the Light, Part 3: Shooting the Golden Hour One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, …

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How to Help Your Clients Look Their Best So…let’s be honest…what are the odds that your client is a former model? Probably slim ;). Back when I was shooting countless weddings, engagements and portraits, a big part of my job was not to simply just capture, but to also make every day …

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The Histogram Explained: Using a Histogram & What it Means One of the most valuable tools, but perhaps one of the most misunderstood, is your camera’s histogram. Histo-what? We aren’t talking about Instagram’s cousin here. If you’ve been confused by that fancy chart they call a histogram, you’re in the right place! …

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