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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5 Must Read Posing Tips For Families & Couples! Posing is not a skill that is learned overnight. Just like all parts of photography, it takes practice. Posing can be stressful, complicated and even totally awkward at times… My name is Kylee and I have put together 5 of my very top …

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My Nikon to Canon Switch: A Tale of Slots and Worst Case Scenarios My Story In mid November of 2012 I photographed a high school senior and had the first compact flash card go corrupt on me in years. Prior to that I once had lost a couple of files on a …

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Tips for Stunning Daytime Long Exposure Waterfall Photos! Capturing the motion of a beautiful waterfall requires the understanding of long exposure photography, one of the coolest techniques you can use as a photographer. With a good location, the right light, and a little luck, you can capture some extremely interesting images that …

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Creative Night Portraits: How I Shot the “Moon Glow Halo” Some of the most opportune moments in photography happens when you least expect it. For me, this happens a lot when I am hanging out with my friends.  There is this thing that happens that the light-bulb goes on and the magic …

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What wedding photography gear and equipment do you need? The very first video that I ever recorded for the Cole’s Classroom YouTube channel was “Our Must Have Wedding Photography Equipment” which oddly enough has still been our most viewed video yet.  At the time that was our wedding photography kit that we …

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How Much Should You Charge for Your Photography? Note: This is an excerpt from the 19 page photography pricing guide – “Pricing Yourself for Success“. Without a doubt the hardest piece of the pricing puzzle is knowing how much you should charge for your photography.   There is plenty of information on the …

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Why the New Nikon 35 1.8G FX Lens is a Game Changer! (Above Photo Tech details: D800 + 50mm at f/1.8, edited with “Soft Creamy Color – Warmer” preset) For the vast majority of today’s photographers who’s first DSLRs are entry level “crop sensor” cameras (like the Nikon D3200 or a Canon …

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How to Edit Newborn Photos in Lightroom in Only 65 Seconds! A couple months ago I posted a question on the Cole’s Classroom Facebook group asking what is the one area within newborn photography that people struggle with the most.  Nearly all the responses were related to the photo editing process taking forever. …

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