The million dollar question! Do I need a full frame camera? Whether you are a beginner getting ready to purchase your first DSLR, or a advanced photographer considering if you need to upgrade your camera, at some point you may find yourself scratching your head and wondering: crop vs full frame, which …

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How Groupon Skyrocketed My Photography Business! Considering Groupon “I looked at it as a necessary sacrifice.” I launched a Groupon in April 2010, when my business was around 1 ½ years old. It was the best thing I ever did for my business, which is an opinion you might not hear from most …

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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 …

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We may all be photographers now, but most of us come from very different backgrounds before getting ourselves into this crazy business.  As I have discussed in detail in many of my other business or photography pricing tutorials, being a photographer today is no easy task. Why?  Because everyone is doing it.  …

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Importing Photos in Lightroom – Build Previews Explained! Once you are in ready to import your photos in Lightroom you will see a panel in the upper right hand side titled – “file handling”.  Understandting what the heck the different file handing options are can be a bit confusing so I am going …

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Lunar events are some of the coolest events to take place.  Throughout the year a lunar eclipse happens at least twice a year and it can be seen in different parts of the world.  The occurrence of the lunar eclipses are not as rare as many might think. However this particular occurrence …

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Lightroom Collections vs Smart Collections – Explained! I don’t want you to be like me.  You see, despite always being a raving fan of Adobe Lightroom, I only was familiar with my normal routine within the program.  I knew what I knew (and very well at that) but there is so much …

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What exactly is the exposure triangle and why do I need to know about it? 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 …

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How to Prepare for Your First Wedding! 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 …

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How to Take Amazing Sunset Photos!   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 …

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It’s been about nine weeks since I got dumped, and duped.  I have never ever felt so betrayed, taken, mistreated and robbed.  Robbed from the months of time and hard work I invested, robbed from my dollars spent and robbed emotionally. Nine weeks ago, I wasn’t ready to share my story.  I …

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Nikon 16-35 f/4 Lens Review! When you need to go wide, you need to go wide! While I managed to photograph over 47 weddings with only 3 prime lenses (the 28, 50 and 85) I decided that I want to add a couple lenses to our collection that would add versatility to …

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3 Simple Steps to Get Sharp Photos – All the Time! Many photographers struggle with how to consistently get sharp photos within each and every photo shoot.  I was once one of those photographers too.  Sometimes I’d get an awesome winner and other times the photos wouldn’t be as sharp as I’d …

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Embracing Shadows in Your Photography for Impact & Intrigue! 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 …

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Quick Tips for Using Instagram to Market Your Photography Business! “It’s important to keep up with all the top social media sites to continue to stay connected to our clients and future clients” Social media is one of the most powerful tools we have as business owners. For years Facebook has been …

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Understanding Autofocus Modes – Which Should You Use? One of the questions that I get asked the most often is – how can I get sharper photos? Unfortunately, it’s a tough question to give a specific answer because there can be a handful of reasons why you may not be getting as …

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