3 Photo Composition Tips to Transform Your Photos Today! Do you ever just pick up your camera and snap a quick photo without much thought?  If so – it’s my goal today to show you why you should never just pick up and snap away.  A proper exposure and technical expertise will …

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5 Tips for Better Candid Photos! Everyone loves a good candid photo.  Everyone.  Well, unless they are making a funny or awkward face, but assuming that it’s a nice capture – we all love candid photos! The problem though, is actually getting the candid photos – especially when your subjects are more …

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For most of us, when first starting our photography businesses, we aren’t too picky about exactly “who” our clients are.  Rightfully so, in the beginning, we are focused primarily on building our portfolio, gaining experience and making some money to help offset the costs of our new and often growing collection of …

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Having the latest and greatest camera or most expensive lens won’t make you a great photographer.  It takes knowledge, creativity and motivation to excel at photography.  However, there are certainly equipment and tools that are available for you that can drastically help make your job a bit easier.  Today I am going …

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Let’s face it, it’s often a sigh of relief when we arrive at our photo location and it’s a photographers paradise, right?  We instantly know that our job is going to be just a tad bit easier given our “location perfection.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way and it is …

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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 is the exposure triangle? 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 between your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. These three components …

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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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