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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 for the job, …

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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 lenses for weddings that we just about exclusively use for every single engagement and …

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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 know exactly what …

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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 50mm prime …

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[fusion_text] Second Shooting Weddings – How to Get the Opportunity! It doesn’t matter if you have your heart set on becoming a wedding photographer, portrait photographer, newborn photographer, commercial photographer or any other kind of photographer, without a doubt the best way to learn the ropes and jump start your own business or dream career …

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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 role into knowing …

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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 larger amount of …

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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 capture it. Look …

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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 so different from …

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By now you likely have heard a lot of chatter on the web discussing Adobe Creative Cloud.  In fact – odds are whatever you have heard surrounding the Adobe Creative Cloud, it has been negative since many Adobe customers are up in arms.  This post is to give you insight into what exactly is Adobe …

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Nikon D800 Megapixels: Why Having 36 Megapixels Doesn’t Suck! Why the heck does anyone need 36 megapixels!?!?!? I will be the first to admit – I was disappointed when Nikon announced the D800, with 36 megapixels.  Everything else about the camera I loved and wanted and after lots of thinking over a couple months I …

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The final portion of any any photographers photo shoot is the editing process and fine tuning the photos so they look their absolute best.  There are numerous photo editing software programs out there but many applications are expensive.   Fortunately there are some free photo editing programs available for you, but are they really any good?  …

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In need of a macro lens? You’re in the right place! Here’s a practical lens review of the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR macro. It’s no secret that I absolutely love shooting prime lenses.  In fact, when I first started Cole’s Classroom, the first video that I recorded was our “Must Have Wedding Equipment.” In that …

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Are you totally intimated at the thought of using off-camera flash? You’re not alone! Read on for our tips and tricks to master off-camera flash! If you’re reading this, you likely are a little intimidated by using off-camera flash and trust me, I’ve been there.  I promise it’s nothing to be afraid of! This quick …

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Just go with the flow.  Do you ever tell that to yourself?  I sure do. The truth is, one of the best skills you can have if you want to be a great wedding photographer is to learn when to just go with the flow.  More times than not, weddings never go perfectly as planned …

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Edit Like a Pro & Fix Crazy Skin Tones in Lightroom in 3 Clicks! Have you ever cringed a little bit when you show up to a wedding or photo shoot and realize your clients have “overcooked” themselves a little bit while in the tanning salon?? I sure know that I have as it always makes for …

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