Ever wonder if you really need vibration reduction? We’re here to explain it all! Whether you are a Nikon or Canon photographer you are likely familiar with the terms “Vibration Reduction”  (VR) or “Image Stabilization” (IS). You have likely seen when searching for lenses to add to your ever growing wish list. …

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How to Take Photos in Low Light Conditions! One of the greatest initial challenges for most photographers is how to take photos in low light conditions.  It’s not uncommon at all for many to feel comfortable and more than capable of taking great photos outdoors and when the sun is out, but …

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 Learn Why and How to Use Off Camera Flash for Daytime Portraits! It’s no secret that photographers despise taking portraits under harsh, midday sunlight.  The midday sun can be overpowering, cause unwanted shadows and simply make it hard on your subjects to be comfortable and not squint in every photo.  But sometimes, …

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How to Prepare for a Newborn Photography Session – Our 3 Top Tips! Are you the type of newborn photographer who is always nervous or worried before leaving for a newborn session?  I know that I am! Perhaps you frantically ran out of the house and forgot your favorite newborn prop… Or …

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D5300 vs D5200 – What’s New in the D5300? It is remarkable how far technology has advanced and at how fast of a pace it is doing so!  Hot of the press tonight is the announcement of Nikon’s newest entry level DSLR, the Nikon D5300.  After reading through the Nikon D5300 specs …

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Wedding Photography Tutorials – 5 Top Tips to Prepare for a Successful Wedding Shoot! It is no secret that wedding photography can be a very lucrative career choice for the right type of photographer.  Weddings are fast paced and as the wedding photographer you are always dealing with different personalities on the …

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Should I Upgrade or Keep The Kit Lens? Here are my top 3 reasons why you should upgrade your kit lens… The beauty of having a DSLR camera is the versatility you have available by using a variety of lenses.  Despite this freedom of being able pick and choose the right lens …

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Nikon Lenses for Weddings – Get Started Without Going into Debt! Are you hoping to get started in the wonderful world of wedding photography but feel you are unable to at the moment because of the expense of equipment?  Don’t be.  I am here to show you 3 of my favorite Nikon …

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Feeling overwhelmed when you think about starting your photography business? Here’s our step-by-step guide to keeping things clean and organized when you start a photography business. So, how do you start a photography business? Deciding to transform your hobby into an actual job is no easy task! But having to research, and …

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What is a 50 mm lens good for?  Here are our top five reasons every photographer should consider adding this to their camera bag! It doesn’t matter if you shoot Canon, Nikon, Sony or any other camera brand, the fact is, every photographer should own a 50mm lens! The amazing thing about a …

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Photographer Pricing Strategies – Packages vs a La Carte One of the most common questions I see in various online photography forums is related to the topic of pricing. Have you ever asked yourself: am I charging too much?  Am I charging too little?  There are many variables that all play a …

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Join 159,316 others & grab my FREE Lightroom Presets, to give your photos a variety of rad new looks, let you edit photos (waaaaay) faster, and turn clients into raving fans! “I recently spent a ridiculous amount of money on “decent,” presets. I absolutely love yours and they were free. Thank you so much!” -Dana H. …

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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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