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The 27 Most Tender Photos You’ll See This Year

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 Ardelle Neubert chose the theme of ‘Tender’ and there were so many fantastic images submitted. Enjoy…

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girl playing in the snow with her daughter by Krista Campbell

10 Ways to Break the Winter Photography Rut

Winter is a slow month for many photographers. Instead of suffering with the winter doldrums, I use this time to get myself organized and reflect on my previous year. It is also an excellent time to focus on personal projects, take time to shoot just for YOU, and try your hand a new skill or two. Here are 10 ways to break the winter photography blues…

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kids playing at a playground by Renata Plaice

How Leading Lines Will Improve Your Photos

Leading lines are probably one of the most well known compositional tools in photography and visual art, alongside the rule of thirds.

Great composition can make a photograph stand out, regardless if it was taken with a point-and-shoot or a high-end DSLR. In fact, this is the first “trick” I teach my teenage students in camera club in the school where I work. At the beginning, they might have no more than a camera phone but are observant and eager to learn. Working on composition is a great step to take at the start of the photography journey (or at any stage) as it doesn’t rely on the quality of photography equipment.

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girl holding a red heart pillow by Angie Kuna

10 Valentine’s Day Pictures You Need to Take

‘Tis the season for love. Valentine’s is a celebration full of hearts, chocolate, and much more and every bit of it is worth documenting. We asked the CMpros what their must-have photos for documenting their Valentine season are and boy did they dish. So read below, grab your camera, and then get to photographing this happy season!

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family hugging and kissing portrait by Elena Blair

The 10 Most Common Photography Questions Answered

I will never forget when I was first starting out on this photography journey.

I knew I wanted to learn how to use my camera. I knew my images looked very different from the professional photographers I was following. I knew I might want to start a business, but knew very little else.

It was overwhelming, and was enough to make me want to curl up into a ball and forget about this whole photography thing! Thankfully, I found Clickin Moms and was able to get some of the toughest initial questions answered. I have searched far and wide and found ten of the most common questions asked by the new photographer. This is guaranteed to jump-start your beautiful and worthwhile journey!

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