The Technical Side of Photography

If there is one thing I could go back and tell my past self when I started in photography over 20 years ago, it would be that I need to get used to learning. Because there is always something new to learn with the technical side. Even after mastering manual mode.

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6 Tips To Help Improve Your Pet Photography

Photographing your pet can be an incredibly rewarding experience.  Done well, it will allow you to immortalize Fluffy or Spot - that significant member of your family - the pet that shared your food, chewed your shoes, and brought you the newspaper.  In fact, the act of seriously photographing your pet will bring you both closer because the process opens you to noticing the small, wonderful things that you might have missed before - the way he wags his tail, etc.  

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How to Use The Cloning Tool in Picmonkey

I completely understand that Photoshop can be overwhelming to learn. I am still learning about it all the time. Maybe you are a mom or dad that just wants to have nice every day photos of your kids, or you just like to play around with photos in your free time. Pickmonkey is a great tool for that! In the video below, I am going to show you how to use the cloning tool in Picmonkey in LESS than 5 minutes!

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How To Use Christmas Tree Light Overlays in Picmonkey

I know that not all beginner photographers are quite ready to learn all about Photoshop, so I hope this 3:50 video helps you to add a little something extra to your images in Picmonkey.

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Understanding Composition in Photography

So you posted a picture in a photography Facebook group, and someone comments on it, “Hey great composition!” You tell them thanks, but your actually confused and really have no idea what composition means. The art of photography is not always just art. Like some people will say “Art is in the eye of the beholder”....sure. However, a good photograph is also technically good as well as artistic. When all the elements of creating a good photograph come together so perfectly. Composition plays a huge roll in a great photo. Here are 8 tips to help you better understand composition, and how it can help you improve your skills.

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6 Tips to Help Capture Amazing Prom Photos

This will be my 3rd year not taking my oldest daughters photos for any sort of school dance as she is now 21. The first year she was out of high school and it was homecoming or prom season was so ODD for me! I was always the one that took their pictures, drove them to dinner and ate with them along with the other parents, and then dropped them off. It was a bit hard to get used to. My youngest is 13 so I don't have very much longer until I get back into it again! Ugh...I really don't want to think of my youngest getting older right now!

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What Are Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions

What exactly are Lightroom Presets and Photoshop actions? How can you use them to improve your photography?

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The Top 6 Photography Mistakes to Avoid

We all start somewhere with any type of hobby or career. For beginner photographers, its not any different. The craft of photography can seem so overwhelming at times. Here are the top 6 mistakes you can avoid just by being introduced to the topics.

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How To Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

Today’s world revolves around images. Its what we as business owners promote with to catch a potential client's eye. Its what you use when you want to express your happiness on Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. You probably have a smartphone on you the majority of your day correct? It even has a quick swipe to get to the camera app super fast when your little ones are doing something extremely cute and you have to capture it NOW!

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5 Easy Ways to Break Your Creative Slump

Every photographer goes through a time when they are feeling uninspired, frustrated, and stuck. Everything you try isn't turning out the way you have it planned out in your head. Or you just can't seem to come up with the amazing creative ideas that you have in the past. This is completely normal.

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How To Watermark Your Photos When You Don't Have Photoshop or Lightroom

There are a couple simple reasons why a photo needs a watermark. The first and obvious reason is so that it is immediately recognizable as your logo and brand. When people are scrolling through their newsfeeds, images stand out first. The more they see your watermark or logo, the quicker they recognize you and your business. Just like with corporate businesses like Apple, when you see their logo, you immediately know it's the company, Apple.

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6 Tips For Shooting Winter Landscapes

Some of us, regardless how harsh the weather gets, will brave the tough elements in search of the crisp winter light. Planning well in advance will help make your trip more enjoyable.

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5 Tips For Taking Photos In Front Of The Christmas Tree

Christmas morning is a magical time. The excitment of what Santa left under the tree. The joy of of seeing that he loved the cookies and milk and its all gone except for a few crumbs. Mom and dad watching with a huge smile on their face and in their heart as the little ones smile ear to ear tearing open the wrapping paper to see whats inside. Photographers naturally want to capture all of these moments. And naturally, most of us are overcome by wanting the image to be perfect. Continue reading for a few tips and advice on how to get those perfect Christmas images.


Astrophotography 101: Advice and Tips From Photographer Joshua Rhoades

When I saw the image above in my Facebook newsfeed, I was blown away! I had to know who took that stunning image! Joshua Rhoades is a photographer from Elkhart, Illinois. And I think its safe to say he is very modest when he says he is still in the "amature ranks". I was so excited when I asked and Joshua was happy to contribute a guest post for the blog about astrophotography! After reading this myself, I am beyond inspired by his talent, patience, and knowledge!

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How To Prepare For Your Winter Family Photo Session

Some people shy away from winter sessions because, well, it's cold. But winter sessions make for some prime photo ops, so don't write off the brr months!

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How To Get REAL Smile's From Kids During a Photo Session

Kids are completely unpredictable. They can be so adorable and easy going and laughing uncontrollably one minute, and the next minute, turn that charm off completely. They will typically smile for you all day long until you put them in front of a camera, then they freeze up like a deer in headlights. We want to avoid the gritted teeth and bug-eyed forced smiles during our session. So here are a few things you can do to get that real, un-posed adorable smile!

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7 Easy Ways To Improve Your Photography

Whether you consider yourself an amateur photographer, or you just want to create better photos, there are many things you can do to improve. Something as easy as organization. As well as, did you know there is a right and wrong way to hold your camera? Here are some easy tips to use starting right now!

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6 Tips on How To Purchase Your First DSLR Camera

There are so many digital cameras that it can be confusing trying to figure out what to purchase. Here are some tips to help you decide what the best choice is for you and that you will get the best results with.

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6 Photography Tips For Moms

Imagine this Moms: You just got your little princess a brand new dress and she never wants to take it off. She twirls and sashes side to side, dancing around the house like a little ballerina. She stops and the pose she is in is perfect!!! "Wait don't move honey! I want to get a picture of you!!" You grab your camera to snap a pic and you are so proud of yourself! You know this is going to be the one that goes in a frame on the wall. And post it on Facebook to show off that photography skill to all your friends, and they will just ooo and ahhh at that adorable little punkin of yours AND that stunning image!! A Smithsonian masterpiece!!!

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4 Tricks To Create Unique Photos

When you are just starting out in photography, there are so many things to learn about. And one of the main ways to learn is by experimenting with what works and what dosen't. Here a 4 tricks to help you bring out the uniqueness in your images:

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Newborn Photography For Beginners

I have a special guest for today's blog post! I am so excited to welcome Alicia Leffler from Looking Glass Photography By Alicia Leffler in Michigan! I do not photograph newborns. I have tried. Its just not my thing. They are SO MUCH WORK! You wouldn't think those little bundles of joy that sleep all the time would be! But they are!! And that is why Alicia is here today to talk a little bit about newborn photography and give us some tips to think about before getting started.

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Posing Children 101 (Loaded With Tons Of Tips And Tricks!)

When it comes to posing children, it can be tricky! As soon as you pick the camera up to take their photo they turn into a tiny Jim Carry that can't take anything serious, and over react till the sun goes down with their crazy hyper little noodle bodies.

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300 Mini Session Ideas (*With Pricing Guide Help)

I love doing mini sessions. I pick the location, they are 30 minutes, not a lot of editing, and I can schedule as many as I can fit in to my allotted time. But, some times I have a hard time coming up with ideas if I want to do a themed mini session.

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Senior Photography Tips For Beginner Photographers

What is your passion? What was the real reason that you picked up your camera for this first time? Why did you decide to make photography your career? Who do you want to affect, and it what way? Do you want to be specific? Intentional?