one for the bucket list: how to photograph the northern lights
April Nienhuis

by Christal Houghtelling On Christmas night I stood next to my car in -40 degree temperatures out… Read More

 
3 tips to bring emotion into your pictures
April Nienhuis

by Kristy Dooley I recently spent some time flipping through photo albums with my girls. It's alwa… Read More

 
how to use the clone tool in lightroom and photoshop
April Nienhuis

by Elicia Graves One of my very favorite and often used tools in Ad… Read More

 
8 safety tips for taking photos in fields
April Nienhuis

by Elizabeth Alexander If you’re like me, and love to shoot outdoors in pretty nature spots, ther… Read More

 
product review: RFi Speedlight Speedring and Softbox RFi Octa 3’
April Nienhuis

Have you been eyeballing a new photography product? Would you like to hear a Pro's opinion on the pr… Read More

 

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8 safety tips for taking photos in fields

3 tips to bring emotion into your pictures

10 questions with photographer alpana aras of storybox art

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with the amazing California photographer, Alpana Aras of Storybox Art!
by Elicia Graves

Hi Alpana!  I’m excited to share your work with our readers.  Could you tell us about how you got started in photography and a little bit about your business?


Following my childhood dream, I enrolled in J.J School of Art in Mumbai for my BFA in Design. While in college, I went to see an exhibit(…)

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One of our favorite posts here on the Clickin Moms blog each month is this one, the monthly member share.  We love throwing a theme out to the forum members and seeing how they interpret it.  This month, guest judge Lauren Ammerman chose the theme of ‘endings’ and there were so many fantastic and varying images submitted.  These were a few of Lauren’s favorites…

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**This photography tutorial was posted on the ever-growing CM forum; however, we think it’s so rad that we just had to share with you, too**
by Lacey Meyers
I take a lot {A LOT} of photos of my boys. You can see just how many HERE, on my blog! I think it is as much a part of their day as eating! So, one question I receive more often than any other is “How do you get your children to cooperate??”(…)

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If you’re not following the CMglimpse project on Instagram then you should be. The talent there is incredible!

The CMglimpse project is where we post a list of daily photo prompts centered around capturing a glimpse of your life each week (the list goes up on Sundays). To participate, simply shoot your themed image with your iPhone or Android, tag it #cmglimpse, and post it to Instagram!

Week after week, Instagramers are following the prompt list and rocking out one awesome photo(…)

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pink skirt | jennifer nobriga

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this incredibly fun child photo by Jennifer Nobriga won us over. Congratulations, Jennifer!

To see more of Jennifer’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

To view more images(…)

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8 safety tips for taking photos in fields

by Elizabeth Alexander

If you’re like me, and love to shoot outdoors in pretty nature spots, there are a few tips to bear in mind to keep you and your clients (especially all the sweet little children you’ll be photographing) safe

1. Find a good safe location.

When looking for a good spot to shoot, I always try to find a nearby community park, nature park, or public preserve.  Do a Google Earth search of your town and see what public parks pop(…)

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by Kristy Dooley
I recently spent some time flipping through photo albums with my girls.
It’s always fun to hear the excitement in their voices when they come across an image they love and together we decided on some favorites.  For me I noticed my favorites are the ones that not only bring me back to a specific moment, but that evoke a certain feeling.  Images that not only remind me of how something was but how it felt.
Would you like to(…)

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how to use the clone tool in lightroom and photoshop

by Elicia Graves

One of my very favorite and often used tools in Adobe’s Lightroom editing program is the clone tool.

I love how it can very quickly clean up my images and add a bit of polish.  The clone tool is found in the develop module in LR, just under the histogram and above the basic panel.  It looks like a circle with a small arrow extending to the right of it.

It takes a little bit of practice and use to(…)

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one for the bucket list: how to photograph the northern lights

by Christal Houghtelling

On Christmas night I stood next to my car in -40 degree temperatures outside of Denali National Park trying to capture the perfect photo of the Northern Lights.

Why?

Because photographing the northern lights is addictive, magical, and so much fun. It was also on my bucket list, and it’s probably on yours as well. The dancing lights can be fleeting, so I want to give you some tips on how to get it right the first time.

Protecting your camera:

Taking(…)

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Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Elena Blair sharing what she loves!
elena blair’s favorite things

1.  Artifact Uprising soft cover books:  I am currently obsessed with these.  I have an app on my iPhone that makes making these out of my(…)

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A Day In The Life with Melissa Gibson
A day in the life at my house is usually quite busy.  Things can get a little hairy with three girls, two dogs, one husband, soccer, horse riding lessons and homework.  I chose to photograph a typical Tuesday around here.  I’m now realizing that I somehow missed photographing homework time or all girls having their teeth brushing time, but I assure you that we did both.

Our day begins at 5:45 in the morning. (…)

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If you’re not following the CMglimpse project on Instagram then you should be. The talent there is incredible!

The CMglimpse project is where we post a list of daily photo prompts centered around capturing a glimpse of your life each week (the list goes up on Sundays). To participate, simply shoot your themed image with your iPhone or Android, tag it #cmglimpse, and post it to Instagram!

Week after week, Instagramers are following the prompt list and rocking out one awesome photo(…)

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peach by Jan Tyler

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this amazing pool picture by Jan Tyler won us over. Congratulations, Jan!

To see more of Jan’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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happy 4th birthday to the daily project!

by Lisa Benemelis
It is hard to believe that the Daily Project was first created four years ago.

It started in the hope that it would encourage participants to shoot and share on a regular basis.  Over the years, it has grown to be so much more than a place to view beautiful work.  It has given opportunities to laugh and cry with one another, travel to far away places, enjoy each other’s lives, pay closer attention to details, and enjoy new(…)

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product review: RFi Speedlight Speedring and Softbox RFi Octa 3’

Have you been eyeballing a new photography product? Would you like to hear a Pro’s opinion on the product prior to purchasing? We have a new series for you, Click It and Pick It, where the CMpros will be reviewing several of the most talked about photo products! In this installment of the Click It and Pick It series, CMpro Michelle Turner takes the Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedring and Softbox RFi Octa 3’for a spin.
RFi Speedlight Speedring and Softbox RFi Octa(…)

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10 questions with photographer Katy Tuttle

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with an amazing Seattle photographer, Katy Tuttle!
by Melissa Stottmann

Hi Katy! Can you tell us just a bit about yourself? Where you are from? What you love to do… etc?
Hello! I am from a very small town in Oregon. I have lived and worked in Seattle, Wa, but just recently moved with my family into the woods outside of Seattle. It is a whole different kind of(…)

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by Mickie DeVries
I think most people that use Lightroom are familiar with presets used for editing in the develop module, but did you know that there are also export presets?

Export presets allow you to save settings that you use frequently to size your photos.  I know that I upload my photos to various websites for display and for printing purposes, and all of these have different optimal settings.  It’s hard to remember how my image needs to be sized for(…)

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a day in the life | marissa gifford

A Day In The Life with Marissa Gifford
Hi there, everyone! I’m excited to share a special Day in the Life with you! Every summer our family visits a cabin on Swan Lake in NW Montana with my husband’s family. He’s one of 7 children, so it’s a week filled with fun, family, relaxation, reading, card games, water sports and cousin heaven for the little ones. This place holds a very special place in my family’s heart and visiting is always(…)

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If you’re not following the CMglimpse project on Instagram then you should be. The talent there is incredible!

The CMglimpse project is where we post a list of daily photo prompts centered around capturing a glimpse of your life each week (the list goes up on Sundays). To participate, simply shoot your themed image with your iPhone or Android, tag it #cmglimpse, and post it to Instagram!

Week after week, Instagramers are following the prompt list and rocking out one awesome photo(…)

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comfort | gina yeo

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this sweet lovey photo by Gina Yeo won us over. Congratulations, Gina!

To see more of Gina’s photography visit her CMpro daily images.

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by Megan Squires
Photoshop is not magic, we all know that.

And although we constantly strive to get things right in camera every time, there are many tricks and tweaks done simply with an editing software that can really take your image to the next level.

For me, that’s quite literally the “levels” tool in Photoshop. I cannot think of one single image that I’ve edited where I haven’t used it. It can mean the difference between slightly blah skin tones and just(…)

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beth wade’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Beth Wade sharing what she loves!
beth wade’s favorite things

1. The Lake: My home in Lake Wylie, SC (right outside Charlotte, NC) also happens to be my favorite place in the world. There is something(…)

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editing by mood and vision

by Sarah Vaughn
Editing photos is a funny process.

Each one of us could take an image into Lightroom or Photoshop and we would each come up with a different end result. That individual vision of an image – for shooting or for editing – is part of what makes us special as photographers.

When I first started out, editing was an exciting and creative process. Unfortunately, I got a little too excited and creative – as I discovered the heady thrill of(…)

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by Celeste Pavlik

I am a full time hobbyist photographer.

But don’t stop reading just yet, even if you’re a working photographer actively taking clients. I wrote this for you too. :)

My job as a hobbyist may not be to go out and photograph other people’s families, but it is to photograph my own family and the things that speak to me. And I am guessing that those of you that earn an income as a photographer or work in another field(…)

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With Click Away fast approaching, everyone is frantically trying to think of what they need to pack!  How many outfits, shoes, etc.? What gear should I bring? Don’t forget the gum, snacks, band aids!
We created a general packing list that is good, not only for Click Away, but just about any photography conference you attend. Best part? It’s a printable!  Go ahead and download the PDF here and print it out to help you with your packing!
We are hoping this(…)

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9 questions with photographer Ardelle Neubert

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to September’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Ardelle Neubert! And now for a fun interview with Ardelle!
september cmpro of the month | ardelle neubert

by Kristin Dokoza

Hi Ardelle, I’m so excited for you. Congratulations on being CMpro of the month! We would love to hear more about you and your family.
Thank you so much Kristin!  It is such honour to be Clickin(…)

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If you’re not following the CMglimpse project on Instagram then you should be. The talent there is incredible!

The CMglimpse project is where we post a list of daily photo prompts centered around capturing a glimpse of your life each week (the list goes up on Sundays). To participate, simply shoot your themed image with your iPhone or Android, tag it #cmglimpse, and post it to Instagram!

Week after week, Instagramers are following the prompt list and rocking out one awesome photo(…)

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