The Basics Of Flash Photography: 3 Simple Tips ETTL. Manual Mode. 1/8th firing power. Bouncing the light. Sound familiar yet? Yes my friends, all of these terms are related to the use of flash in photography. More specifically, the proper use of flash. This is one of those subjects that doesn’t get …

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Backing up your photos is a must these days. Since there are no longer hard copies of photos, digital copies of photographs must be guarded like gold. In this article, I will explain why it is so important to keep your files in multiple places. I will also talk about different ways …

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Having trouble naming your photography business? Let us help! So maybe you’re just starting out, or have been in business for 10 years and want to make a change. Either way, naming your photography business is clearly one of the most important parts of establishing yourself in your local photography market, and …

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Introduction If you have been doing photography for any amount of time, you probably have heard the term f-stop. Aperture is another term for f-stop and they get used interchangeably. But what does f-stop mean and why is it important to photography? In this article I am going to explain what f-top …

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Your confidence and business will grow when you stop comparing yourself to other photographers “That is so beautiful. Why don’t my photos look like that?” “Her work is so good. I will never be as good as her.” “Compared to that, my work is trash.” “I wish I had taken that photo …

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Introduction We talk a a lot about prime lenses on Coles classroom. But when it comes down to price, lots of people can only afford to buy one prime lens. Although primes are wonderful and produce sharp stunning images, they can lack some functionality. The main thing being that you don’t have …

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What is Negative Space and How Can It Improve Your Photographs? Have you ever ventured into a popular store at the height of a sale or just before a holiday and been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people, the messy shelves, and the long check-out line? Sometimes, when we try to do …

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Your 18-55mm Is Still a Great Choice! My very first ‘serious’ camera (I say serious because it was the first camera that I owned with interchangeable lenses) came with all the starter essentials that I could hope for when I was starting out. I remember the smile from ear to ear when I …

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Could sending a style guide be the answer to improving your portrait photography? Do you want your family photos to look more polished and editorial? I think the answer to this is yes! This is exactly how a style guide can help! We so often get caught up in the bigger picture …

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Are you already familiar with the work of these famous photographers? Photography like any art, should not be practiced in an echo chamber. In order to become better at your craft you need to see what other artists are doing. This is how people grow and hone their specific skill set. Trying …

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Ever Struggled with Photographing Wedding Reception Details? Having trouble figuring out what needs to be photographed as far as wedding reception details?  Are you wondering which lens to use?  Also, you know that weddings are fast paced so how are you possibly going to photograph all those ‘must have’ wedding reception detail …

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Want to know WHY you NEED a 85mm Lens?! It’s no big secret that many photographers initially reach for their 85mm lens! I know adding a 85mm lens to my arsenal was a BIG deal! I researched my different lens options for months and came to love the idea of what the 85mm …

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Struggling with portrait photography? See our 18 tips and tricks! Sometimes portrait photography can get a bit boring…and worse, sometimes we just can’t figure out why! We’re here to help you, friends and fellow photographers! Whether you want to improve things like your composition or add a dimension of storytelling, there are …

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Couples Posing Tips to Capture Natural and Authentic Connections Are you struggling with posing couples? Do you want your images to combine the perfect amount of candid interactions with beautiful couples posing and placement?  I think it’s safe to say that we all want to pose our couples in a way that …

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Have you ever wanted to learn night photography? Expanding your photography repertoire to include night photography can be a lot of fun. I love the challenge of taking the existing light and creating an image that is artistic, eye catching and hopefully even mesmerizing. Although it’s quite different from portrait photography, I’m …

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If you’ve ever had a “grumpy dad” at one of your photo sessions, you aren’t alone. These tips can help! Here’s how it usually goes down: You arrive at your photo session, all pumped up and ready to rock. You’ve reviewed all your poses, you’ve got everyone’s names memorized, the light is …

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