Why Shoot RAW? As we’ve discussed on Cole’s Classroom before, there are many reasons as to why shoot RAW vs shooting JPEG, but in my opinion without a doubt the top reason to shoot RAW is for the extra flexibility you have in post processing.  Since a RAW file contains an exponentially …

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DSLR for Video Tips – The 5 Main Essentials for Recording Video with Your DSLR. So you own a DSLR camera and have heard that not only does it take great pictures, but it has video capabilities, as well. BUT, you know nothing about using your DSLR for video, or how to …

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Wedding Photography Reception Tips: How to Shoot Open Air Receptions! To be a great wedding photographer – you have to be very experienced and versatile to be prepared to take on all kinds of different lighting scenarios and conditions.  Weddings in particular are such a dynamic event to photograph because each and every one is …

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By now you likely have heard a lot of chatter on the web discussing Adobe Creative Cloud.  In fact – odds are whatever you have heard surrounding the Adobe Creative Cloud, it has been negative since many Adobe customers are up in arms.  This post is to give you insight into what …

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Nikon D800 Megapixels: Why Having 36 Megapixels Doesn’t Suck! Why the heck does anyone need 36 megapixels!?!?!? I will be the first to admit – I was disappointed when Nikon announced the D800, with 36 megapixels.  Everything else about the camera I loved and wanted and after lots of thinking over a …

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The final portion of any any photographers photo shoot is the editing process and fine tuning the photos so they look their absolute best.  There are numerous photo editing software programs out there but many applications are expensive.   Fortunately there are some free photo editing programs available for you, but are they …

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Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Stunning Photos! If you’re reading this you likely are a little intimidated by using off-camera flash and trust me, I’ve been there.  But I promise it’s nothing to be afraid of and this quick off-camera flash tutorial will get you on the right track. I primarily am a …

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Just go with the flow.  Do you ever tell that to yourself?  I sure do. The truth is, one of the best skills you can have if you want to be a great wedding photographer is to learn when to just go with the flow.  More times than not, weddings never go …

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10 “Must Know” Newborn Photography Tips! Newborn photography can come with many surprises, especially if you aren’t a parent.  I’ve compiled a list of newborn photography tips that have helped me tremendously and I am sure will be helpful for anyone interested in learning more about newborn photography.  Of course every photographer …

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Edit Like a Pro & Fix Crazy Skin Tones in Lightroom in 3 Clicks! Have you ever cringed a little bit when you show up to a wedding or photo shoot and realize your clients have “overcooked” themselves a little bit while in the tanning salon?? I sure know that I have as it …

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How many of you wedding photographers absolutely love shooting family portraits? Despite the significant importance of family portraits on the wedding day, for many of us wedding photographers – family portraits are certainly not the most exciting part of the day.  There are many reasons why family portraits can become quite stressful …

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Prime vs Zoom lenses – that is the question.  There are many reasons why photographers opt to go one route over the other or in some cases use a mixture of both. What is a Prime lens? – A prime lens is simply a lens that is a fixed focal length and …

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Photography Basics – ISO Explained the Easy Way! There are three key elements in photography work together with each and every photo you take that create an “exposure” – Aperture, Shutter-Speed and ISO.  It is paramount that every photographer fully understands how these three components work with each other, and what happens …

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We all do it.  We make sure we take our cameras with us when we “go” places.  Whether to a birthday party or far away travels, we typically make sure to grab the camera.  Sometimes on our travel excursions you might become frustrated when you are snapping photos of a truly amazing …

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