Category Archives: Photo Tips & Technique

9 Wedding Photography Posing Tips from Roberto Valenzuela A wedding day is full of so many challenges, many of which are completely outside of your control. Posing is not one of those. With training and practice, you can master the techniques of posing. Today, we’ve invited ShootDotEdit to help you advance your posing …

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How to Prepare for a Photo Session in 4 Simple Steps I don’t know about you, but I still get butterflies before my photo sessions. Thankfully, the butterflies have become more from excitement than from nerves as they used to be, but they can still throw me “off” if I’m not careful. …

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How to Take Photos with Overcast Skies I’ll be honest, I love to take photos with that soft, golden light that is only found early in the morning or just before sunset. The golden hour has such a magical quality to it that if I’m not careful, I could find myself stuck …

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How to Use Leading Lines for Better Photos One of my favorite ways to utilize composition to make a big impact in my photos is through the use of leading lines. Leading lines are any kind of lines that are present in your photo that draw your viewer’s eyes to a specific …

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Capturing Everyday Life: The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful Many photographers that I know, myself included, got started with photography so that they could take pictures capturing everyday life.  Not wanting to miss a moment or milestone.  Sound familiar? If so, you probably started by aimlessly clicking the camera at your baby, your …

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Choosing a Photo Session Location: 3 Things to Look For When I first began taking clients, the only thing I thought about when picking out the location with my clients for their session was how the location looked. Was it eye catching? Was it pretty? And it makes sense, right? Who doesn’t …

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5 Sunny Day Photography Tips for the Beach or Lake Everyone loves to head to the beach on vacation or summer break, but it’s often thought of as a difficult event to photograph. It doesn’t have to be. With these photography tips for the beach and lake, you can feel comfortable and …

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Above & Below: Shooting from Different Angles for Better Photos In regards to children’s photography, we are often advised to shoot at eye level. We are warned of all the dangers of shooting from above or below them. More specifically, shooting from above a child can make the subject appear weak, subservient …

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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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