Crawl before you walk!  We’re starting at the beginning of baby photography to start your growth spurt in this industry off right! Baby photography is not for the faint of heart.  It requires patience, stamina, a gentle touch and a strong stomach.  But if snuggling, shushing and swaddling make your heart clench …

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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 …

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We have vision.  But sometimes not the words.  How to master the world of blogging for photographers. Does this sound like you?  You pull up some images, open a text editor and wait for inspiration to strike.  And wait.  And wait.  Argh!!  It’s as if all your thoughts are wayward sheep and …

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 Get the inside scoop from a former magazine head on getting photos published in publications and on blogs Ask 10 emerging photographers about one of their biggest photography dreams.  At least a few of them will say getting photos published in a magazine is one of their goals.  For landscape or wildlife …

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What’s so nifty about the fifty?  Let’s find out! It’s inexpensive, easy to use and optically sound.  So what’s not to love about a 50mm nifty fifty lens? In a word, nothing. There is a reason the 50mm lens is nicknamed the “nifty-fifty.”  Learn why this lens is one just about every …

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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 …

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Family photography might just be the most universal type of photography out there, the type of photography most widely appreciated across the world. So how do you master this photography genre? By most widely appreciated, we don’t mean everyone everywhere is going to care all of your family photography. In fact, each …

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We’ll help you build a smart product photography pricing strategy that works for YOUR business! On any given day in the Cole’s Classroom Facebook group, we see a request for help on product photography pricing.  The post usually goes something like this… “A store has contacted  me to take pictures of their …

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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. …

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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 …

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What’s the best macro lens for your kit?  Read this first! Macro photography can be a lot of fun to shoot.  There is just something fascinating about seeing tiny details at life-size.  There’s a whole teeny, tiny world out there waiting for an explorer like you! The problem?  To uncover these bijou …

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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 …

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What’s worse than a potential client turning you down for another photographer? A potential client telling you that you’re too expensive? A potential client saying they’ll book “possibly in the future”? A ghost. A ghost by definition is a person (in this case a potential or existing client) who inquires and initiates …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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