Forget the settings…we have 6 OTHER ways to improve your photo sessions! One of the questions I get asked the most about my images is “What were your settings?” I totally understand why. It can be hard to conquer aperture, ISO and shutter speed, and the give and take between those elements. …

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Amp up the impact by capturing motion in your photos We spend a lot of time talking about how to avoid blur in our photos. But sometimes blur is exactly what you want! Why? Because inducing blur is one way to convey motion in an otherwise static image. This tutorial will cover …

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What are the best and hottest gifts for photographers this year?  We’ve got a list! Do you have a photographer in your life?  Do you know what’s on her holiday wish list?  You better believe she has one!  If you need ideas, we have you covered! From stocking stuffers to new gear, …

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Do you need photography insurance?  Short answer…yes. Are you prepared for the worse case business scenario?  I’m not talking some blurry shots or forgetting your ideas for posing.  I’m talking ruin your business and your personal finances kind of stuff.  That’s what photography insurance is all about – protecting you against business …

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What lens filters do you need and why?  We’ll give you the basics! Have you ever heard a photographer talk about using a lens filter but didn’t really understand what that meant?  You’re not alone!  Lens filters are simple in design but can have many different functions.  They are also incredibly useful …

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Get ready for the coming decade with these ideas on planners for photographers! I scheduled two clients for the same mini-session spot.  They both showed up, families in tow, ready to go.  But I’d messed up big time.  That mortifying moment (and a few near misses) is why I’m such a nerd …

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Understanding the zone system in photography makes you a better, more consistent photographer. Have you ever photographed a session and felt like you rocked it, only to pull those images up in post-production have your exposure completely out of whack?  Have you ever photographed a white dress only to see it looks …

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Nail exposure and white balance with the inexpensive, practically primitive, gray card Do you struggle setting white balance during sessions?  How about nailing exposure with or without a flash?  If I told you that I could solve both your problems for less than $25, would you believe me?  It’s true.  With the …

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Use these lists for photographers to keep track of tasks and implement new ideas!! Are you a list person?  I most definitely am.  I use lists to keep track of small tasks, big goals, places to check out and blogs to write.  As I get older, I find that lists help me …

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How to Care for your Camera and show some love to your other photography gear Fall is an absolute madhouse for our family.  I’m usually running around the county taking pictures.  My daughter is busy with school and soccer, and my husband is smack in the middle of his busy season, too.  …

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We give you the lowdown on buying used photography equipment! Just about every photographer I know has a wish list that’s at least a dozen items deep.  But let’s face it…lenses, camera bodies and other camera accessories are expensive.  To save money and expand their kit more quickly, some photographers turn to …

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Thinking about a mega zoom?  Here’s a Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 lens review If you’re a wildlife photographer, nature photographer or sports photographer, sometimes you want to fill the frame with your subject.  Problem is, you can’t always get closer to your subject.  That’s where a super-telephoto lens or a mega zoom like …

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Online galleries, file-sharing sites or digital files via a device? We’ve some ideas on the best way to deliver digital images to your clients. Establishing a photography business requires about two-thousand decisions right off the bat.  Nikon or Canon?  Lifestyle or traditional?  Wide-angle or telephoto?  Digitals or prints?  Even if you decide …

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Explore new partnerships and expand your client base when you collaborate with vendors Photography can be a lonely business if you let it.  Or, you can step out of your comfort zone and seek out other business owners or creative types and work together for the benefit of all.  There are hundreds …

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Don’t panic.  Your images probably aren’t really gone, they are just missing from Lightroom. It’s happened to just about all of us at one point.  We open Lightroom, start scrolling through our images and we get it.  The dreaded punctuation of despair.  That little symbol in the upper right-hand corner of our …

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10 ways to keep your sanity this fall and survive the photography busy season Fall.  It means beautiful leaves, long-sleeve shirts, football, maybe a pot of chili simmering on the stove.  Unless you’re a photographer.  Then it means chaos.  Lots of sessions.  Lots of editing.  Little sleep.  Coffee.  More editing.  Even more …

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