Not too Dark, Not too Bright: 3 Steps to Get Exposure Just Right
April Nienhuis

**This photography tutorial was posted on the ever-growing CM forum; however, we think it's so rad t… Read More

 
5 tips for incorporating dogs into your photography
April Nienhuis

by Jessica Remus The special bond between humans and dogs goes back tens of thousands of years and… Read More

 
6 ways to capture a child's personality
April Nienhuis

by Tamryn Jones I remember when first starting out with my photography how all I wanted for an im… Read More

 
2014 Holiday Gift Guide for photographers
April Nienhuis

The holidays have rolled around on us again. Can you believe it?! This year, Clickin Moms is helping… Read More

 
10 questions with photographer Matt Day
April Nienhuis

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with an incredible… Read More

 

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8 ways to create connections between subjects (Creativity Exercise)

Can’t Nail Focus? Stop making these 3 mistakes!

6 ways to capture a child’s personality

Each month, the CMteam is asked to interpret a different word through their own personal images.  It’s been so fun watching the different variations of each word and this months chosen word was ‘Details.’  A word that can be interpreted in so many different ways, and the team were excited to show their different variations of the word.   We think they’ve come up with some really lovely and unique images, and we hope that you enjoy them.

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My Photography Journey by Lauren Sanderson

Like most things in my life, I procrastinated writing this blog post for way too long. I couldn’t really figure out where to begin or what y’all would think was important enough to talk about, but then I just decided to do what my Type A personality does best, and that’s go in order from the beginning. I can’t promise that this will be short, but if nothing else I hope to show that progress(…)

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On the hunt for charming little stocking stuffers for your friends and family this year? We’ve already found them! Here is our TOP TEN favorite Stocking Stuffers list from the CM Store!! Hand picked items just waiting to be slipped into those holiday stockings!

1. LED Camera Keychain Set of 2: Don’t leave home without this stylish little key chain set! Push the button and you will feel like a mini paparazzi with it’s flashing lights and shutter sounds! $12

2. Lenspen:(…)

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by Sarah Wilkerson

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The power of physical touch is well-documented, and within the frame, it is the obvious way to demonstrate a connection between two or more subjects — and for good reason: observing a touch tends to bring forth emotion and even convey a sensory experience for viewers. The embrace may be the first connection that comes to mind when we think about ways to capture a relationship between two subjects, but there are countless(…)

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by Lissa Chandler
I still remember the first time that I realized I could pick my own focal point.

Lying on my bed late at night, my six month old snuggled up against me as I browsed photography blogs, I came across a blog post that showed two photographs taken a breath apart. The first photograph was focused on a couple; the second photograph was focused on the grass in front of the couple.

I thought this was magic! “How did the photographer(…)

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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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steaming mandu | jayne cho

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 gorgeous photo by Jayne Cho won us over. Congratulations, Jayne!

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

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A Day In The Life with Kelly Rodriguez
Hi! Here’s a little peek into a typical day in our house.

We are new to NYC, moved up from Miami, and are enjoying our first real change of seasons!

My husband is in his 1st year of a medical residency, so he is long gone before we even wake up in the morning. So our mornings typically look like this… both kids in my bed.

After a little cuddle time, it’s time to get ready(…)

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The holidays have rolled around on us again. Can you believe it?! This year, Clickin Moms is helping to make your shopping a whole lot easier. I mean, basically, we’ve already done the shopping for you. All you have to do is browse the CMstore Holiday Gift Guide and *click* away. We have hand-picked our most favorite photography-related items, the big sellers, and the trendy must-haves. So scroll on down and check out the Holiday Gift Guide from the CMstore,(…)

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by Tamryn Jones

I remember when first starting out with my photography how all I wanted for an image was correct exposure and great eye contact.  Moving beyond the ‘cheese’ smile is an accomplishment in itself, but how do we go about getting that connection?
How do we capture personality and honesty?
Here are some tips I have picked up along the way.
1.  The laughter recovery.
This is a quick fix trick when I’m just not getting the shot I want.  My kids are(…)

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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 Jo Lien sharing what she loves!
jo lien’s favorite things

1. My coffee cup:  It’s big, it has my initial, and it has a flat base so it doesn’t easily spill, which is good because I(…)

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by Jessica Remus
The special bond between humans and dogs goes back tens of thousands of years and with good reason. There’s nothing quite like the relationship we have with our canine companions.

For those of us that have dogs, they truly are our “furkids”. When I photograph these furry subjects, I approach it as if they were any other family member, trying to learn as much about their personality as I can and then, hopefully, capture that.

Here are 5 tips to(…)

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Not too Dark, Not too Bright: 3 Steps to Get Exposure Just Right

**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
Like Goldilocks on the hunt for the perfect bed to nap in, we photographers are working to achieve the perfect exposure in our images.  Sometimes they’re too dark, sometimes they’re too bright, but with a few quick tips, you can get your exposures just right!

I help teach the Mastering Manual Exposure photography workshop(…)

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We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with an incredible film photographer, Matt Day!
by Megan Dill

Hello Matt! I’m such a fan of your work. Can you please start off by telling us a little about yourself?
Thank you! My name is Matt Day, I’m 23 years old, and I’m a photographer from Chillicothe, Ohio. I have a beautiful wife, Molly, a baby on the way, and two dogs that are with my wife and(…)

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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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sunset at the arch | kirsty larmour

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 gorgeous photo by Kirsty Larmour won us over. Congratulations, Kirsty!

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

To view more images from the(…)

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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 Beth Mancuso chose the theme of ‘Autumn’ and there were so many fantastic images submitted.  Enjoy…

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Would you like the opportunity to be featured in next month’s photo share here on the CMblog?  Our next guest judge has asked for(…)

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How I use my Lightroom presets

by Brittany Chandler

Here are two simple Lightroom edits using my new “Authentic Set” available in the Clickin Moms Store. Use code AUTHENTIC to save $15 through November 21st.

Here is my original photo I imported into Lightroom as a RAW file.

1. Import photo.

2. Tweak white balance. You can either tweak by eye, or use the eye dropper. Move the dropper around until you find the most correct white balance to start with. You can see the change of white balance in(…)

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by Dana Lauder
There is nothing quite like the first few months in the life of a new baby.

Getting to know this new little person in your life is an amazing thing, and if you’ve been through it before, you know just how fast it goes.  They almost seem to change before your eyes.  My goal in photographing these first few months is to be able to transport myself back, to almost be able to smell that new baby smell just(…)

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by Jennifer Nobriga
Editing is such a crucial, final step in allowing your vision to come through. For me, Adobe Lightroom is my choice for post processing, mainly because it’s so darn easy to use.

For this before and after, I’m going to show you how I took an image of my daughter playing in the sprinkler, from color to black and white using only Lightroom.

A little bit about this image before we get started. I was drawn to this image(…)

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by Elle Walker
With a formal background in Speech Pathology, and a passion for language in general, I have such a fascination with verbal and non-verbal communication, and the way in which this translates into photography. This relationship is something that I explore with my students in my workshop Fine Art and Visual Expression and lately I have been thinking a lot again about how these concepts relate when giving our work a formal title.
Often when submitting our work to shows(…)

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black and white birth photo by Calgary photographer Cat McAteer

by Cat McAteer
It was not until I started to document births this past year that I felt like I had found my inner artist.  I still remember the moment at my fourth birth, an intense yet beautiful home birth that I realized how much space I had to create art at the same time I was capturing a family’s birth journey.

One might not expect to find a lot of room to create art when you are photographing a birth. You(…)

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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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beachy love | tarah sweeney

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 gorgeous photo by Tarah Sweeney won us over. Congratulations, Tarah!

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

To view more images from the(…)

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by April Burns
When I think of my childhood, I think of the outdoors, the river that I played in, the round top barn that we worked in, and the animals that we raised. I spent so much time outdoors; I watched the clouds and listened to the wind and birds. What I wouldn’t give to have images of me as a child riding my horses in the pasture with the gorgeous blue sky above or the golden red sunsets to(…)

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Katie Woodard’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 Katie Woodard sharing what she loves!
katie woodard’s favorite things

1. I’m going to start with Lake Powell! It is one of our family’s favorite places to spend time. All 4 of us love it so(…)

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 by Jessica Thomason
Capturing an entire Day in the Life for your family is a huge job.

You still have to parent your kids, prep meals, run errands, keep everyone alive. It’s just too much.

Ever started to pat yourself on the back for finishing a DITL only to realize it’s 10am? Yeah. Me too. But you are going to love having these memories – and so is your whole family. So check out these simple tips to make shooting your DITL as(…)

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by Melissa Stottmann
I’m really excited to be sharing my growing family book!  When I started this, I knew I wanted it to have a scrapbook feel without the crate of items, the glue sticks, and the constant falling off pieces (at least that’s what my old scrapbooks currently look like).  In 2010 I purchased a 12×12 Finao Elements self-mount album with the fabric “Mimosa” as my cover.

What this means is that the pages have a white piece of paper that(…)

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