Do you get confused when photographers start talking about depth of field, bokeh and compression? You’re not alone! So…what’s the difference? We talked recently about some tried and true methods to get that envy-worthy background blur in your photos, and since then I have seen a lot of the same questions popping …

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Finding the Light, Part 3: Shooting the Golden Hour One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, …

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Are you looking for the best portrait lens on a budget? If you are making your way into the photography industry, chances are you are looking to get killer photos of your clients while building your business on a budget. And who can blame you? We want our clients to look their …

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How to Help Your Clients Look Their Best So…let’s be honest…what are the odds that your client is a former model? Probably slim ;). Back when I was shooting countless weddings, engagements and portraits, a big part of my job was not to simply just capture, but to also make every day …

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Need to learn how to fix an underexposed photo in Lightroom?  Learn why your photos are dark, how to brighten dark photos and how to fix issues with noise Perviously, we talked about how to correct an overexposed image in Lightroom, where I showed you the quick and easy methods I use to …

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The Histogram Explained: Using a Histogram & What it Means One of the most valuable tools, but perhaps one of the most misunderstood, is your camera’s histogram. Histo-what? We aren’t talking about Instagram’s cousin here. If you’ve been confused by that fancy chart they call a histogram, you’re in the right place! …

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Finding the Light, Part 2: Using Shadows and Light for Dramatic Portraits One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, …

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Oh no! You load your images into Lightroom after a session and notice they are overexposed! Read on for our tips and tricks to how to fix an overexposed photo in Lightroom! It can be so frustrating: You snap the “perfect” shot and beam momentarily with pride, and then you look at …

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Finding the Light, Part 1: Using Natural Light to Create Standout Photos One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding …

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How to Transform Your Photos by Cropping I typically try to get my photos “right” in camera. I try to really think about what I want the end result to be, and shoot with that in mind. But occasionally, I will shoot an image, and as I begin the editing process, I …

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How to Install Photoshop Actions & Tips for Using Actions Congrats on purchasing our brand new Photoshop Actions – The Uptown Collection!  If you’ve never used Photoshop much you might be a little intimated but as you will see in this quick tutorial, you have nothing to worry about, installing & using …

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6 Photo Composition Tips to Enhance Your Images We spend a lot of time talking about how to get technically perfect photo, but there is more to a great image than technicalities. A technically flawless photo doesn’t matter as much to a client if the photo isn’t INTERESTING, so let’s chat a …

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How to Get a Blurred Background in Your Photos, Without Shooting Wide Open! We chatted recently about how to master shooting wide open, and I wanted to follow up that post with more discussion on achieving a nice blurred background, or bokeh, in your photos. Who doesn’t love it? It’s that creamy …

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Growing Your Photography Business on a Budget One of the things that gets under my skin more than anything is stumbling upon articles insinuating that a new photographer must spend top dollar and go into inordinate amounts of debt in able to be considered a “real” photographer. As if the amount of …

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Are you ready to take your photography business to the next level? Are you excited to show potential clients what you can do and grab their attention? Here are some simple, yet very important steps toward achieving your goals of becoming a professional photographer. How to Make a Photography Portfolio – 10 …

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Not Good Enough: Disbanding the Lie and Growing as a Photographer We don’t talk about it much, but we’ve all been there: the doubt, the discouragement, the hidden, quiet thoughts rooted in the fear that we are not good enough. “Am I good enough to be a photographer?” “Do I have what …

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