What would you do if a client asked you to capture some last photos of their dying family member? Perhaps you’ve thought about joining an organization that captures the last memories a parent has with their still born baby. We’ll share our tips for how to approach bereavement photography with empathy, respect, and dignity. Bereavement …

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Help contribute to the industry and the environment and practice good photography ethics. How much is a social media like worth to you?  Is it worth a trespass fine?  The destruction of private property?  The loss of someone else’s income?  The life of an animal?  The lives of your friends and neighbors caught in a …

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Crawl before you walk!  We’re starting at the beginning of baby photography to start your growth spurt in this industry off right! Baby photography is not for the faint of heart.  It requires patience, stamina, a gentle touch and a strong stomach.  But if snuggling, shushing and swaddling make your heart clench in absolute joy, …

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Learn to take pictures of the carnival, fair or amusement park in all its whirly, night-time glory! You don’t have to be a kid to love the carnival.  The lights, the food, the noises and colors…it’s a feast for the senses.  It can also be a fantastic place to take a camera and experiment!  Join …

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We have vision.  But sometimes not the words.  How to master the world of blogging for photographers. Does this sound like you?  You pull up some images, open a text editor and wait for inspiration to strike.  And wait.  And wait.  Argh!!  It’s as if all your thoughts are wayward sheep and there’s no border …

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 Get the inside scoop from a former magazine head on getting photos published in publications and on blogs Ask 10 emerging photographers about one of their biggest photography dreams.  At least a few of them will say getting photos published in a magazine is one of their goals.  For landscape or wildlife photographers, it might …

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What’s so nifty about the fifty?  Let’s find out! It’s inexpensive, easy to use and optically sound.  So what’s not to love about a 50mm nifty fifty lens? In a word, nothing. There is a reason the 50mm lens is nicknamed the “nifty-fifty.”  Learn why this lens is one just about every photographer owns and …

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What is bokeh, and how do you get it? You’ve heard photographers throwing that term around like everyone knows what it is, but you’re left in the dark trying to understand it. Not to worry, bokeh isn’t so mysterious once someone explains what it means which is what we’re here for. We’ll also let you …

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Family photography might just be the most universal type of photography out there, the type of photography most widely appreciated across the world. So how do you master this photography genre? By most widely appreciated, we don’t mean everyone everywhere is going to care all of your family photography. In fact, each family photo session …

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We’ll help you build a smart product photography pricing strategy that works for YOUR business! On any given day in the Cole’s Classroom Facebook group, we see a request for help on product photography pricing.  The post usually goes something like this… “A store has contacted  me to take pictures of their new product line.  …

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Have you ever wondered how photographers get those gorgeous glowing outdoor portraits of their clients? You know – the ones that evoke thoughts of happy days and lazy summer evenings, using only backlight photography.  After diffused light aka cloudy days, backlight photography is one of an outdoor photographer’s best kinds of lighting. Soon you’ll know …

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Have you ever seen a tilt shift photo or video? It’s a fascinating photography niche whose effect can be achieved both with a specialized lens and during the editing process.  Seeing a tilt shift video or photo makes you feel like a giant overlooking a miniature world. Even if you’re seeing a real photo with …

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What’s the best macro lens for your kit?  Read this first! Macro photography can be a lot of fun to shoot.  There is just something fascinating about seeing tiny details at life-size.  There’s a whole teeny, tiny world out there waiting for an explorer like you! The problem?  To uncover these bijou realms, you need …

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It’s not all the time that I show the back of my camera to the client BUT…sometimes with the loud, boisterous, child scolders, you have to let the image do the talking! The backseat photographer-mom enters the scene. Keeping control on a photo session is tough, y’all! When Mom Takes Control…and Won’t Relax! You’ve probably …

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What’s worse than a potential client turning you down for another photographer? A potential client telling you that you’re too expensive? A potential client saying they’ll book “possibly in the future”? A ghost. A ghost by definition is a person (in this case a potential or existing client) who inquires and initiates a conversation with …

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We’ve gathered together our best photography tutorials in one location! Are you overwhelmed with learning photography?  There are so many awesome resources, it’s hard to know where to start.  Or what to learn next.  Or maybe you start learning one skill only to get sidetracked by a separate lesson and you fall down a rabbit …

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