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how to photograph fine art school portraits

by Elena Blair

I have done many things to grow my custom portraiture business in the past four years but I would have to say that the most beneficial venture has been the launch of my Fine Art School Portrait service.

I was hugely inspired by a photographer friend of mine who lives on the other end of the country.  Many of you may have heard of her, Michelle L Morris. I took that inspiration and ran with it.  Providing Fine Art(…)

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One Photog’s Comparison: Nikon D700 vs Canon 5d Mark III

by Marissa Gifford
I have been a happy Nikon shooter since I got my first DSLR in late 2008.

I started with a Nikon D60 and joined the full frame ranks with a D700 a few years ago. It’s a wonderful camera and has provided me with many treasured images. But I’ve always heard people raving about the famous “Canon colors” and there just seemed to be a dreaminess about Canon that I could never quite put my finger on. My curiosity(…)

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how to make location scouting fun by geocaching with your kids

how to make location scouting fun by geocaching with your kids

by Mickie DeVries
What is Geocaching you might ask?

Well, in the simplest of terms it’s a treasure hunt.  Yep, you heard me right, treasure!! Who doesn’t love treasure?!

Let me tell you my children love treasure, and they love the search for it almost as much.  I love that I can get outside with my children for a fun activity that involves exercise, and an awesome opportunity to location scout while still incorporating fun.  Now let me tell you more about geocaching(…)

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capture them where they are today

by Heidi Hicks

I started my photography journey when my niece and nephew were babies. I vowed to learn how to use a camera so that when I had children of my own, they wouldn’t go months (or years in some cases) without nice pictures like my own niece and nephew.

Fast-forward seven years; my own son is two and a half (and super awesome). And while I have thousands of client images on my computer, there’s only a small folder of(…)

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8 ways to balance photography on your family vacation

by Kristen Ryan
Are you going on a family vacation this summer and contemplating how to balance photography and family time?

Then I have some tips for you!

1. Choose your time wisely.

Spend your time shooting earlier in the morning or later in the day to take advantage of the best light.

2. Forget pictures for a while.

Put the camera away during the midday hours and give your family your undivided attention.

3. Find fun locations.

Seek out places that will be fun for the kids(…)

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how to use a lensbaby: your starter guide

by Nina Mingioni

You may be seeing photographers share photos with delicious blur – they very well may have been taken with one of the many Lensbaby lenses. Whether you’ve never heard of these before, just getting started with yours, or looking for more tips on using a Lensbaby, this post is for you!

I never leave my house without one of these. It’s true – my camera bag is my purse, and even if I leave my camera at home, I(…)

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9 ways to rock your brand experience video

by Alison Winterroth
Had you ever wished that there was a way your website could speak directly to your client?

Not just with images in a slideshow but with actual spoken words? A way to show your passion and your love for what you do, at the same time displaying how you work and building confidence in your brand?

Well, simply put, there is! Before you go any further, watch this brand experience video that we created for my business:
Alison Winterroth Photography |(…)

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10 easy tips for sibling photos

by Kristin Ingalls
Siblings have a relationship like no other. They can be super close one minute and fighting the next.

Still, there is something special about the fact that they have each other. It’s only natural to want to document that special relationship in images, whether photographing your own children, as a professional for other people’s kids, or hiring someone to photograph your siblings.
Tips for photographing your own kids:
1. If you want the traditional posed, smiling picture of all your kids,(…)

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5 simple ways to take a better selfie

by Beth Deschamp

It is no secret that I love selfies.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have a selfie or two in my gallery.  I think the reason why I love them so much is because they help to tell a story about a person and you can get a little glimpse into someone’s world, just through their selfie.  Selfies can help you tell others about you.  Who you are.  What you like to do.  Who(…)

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how to use the interval timer with your camera

by Megan Cieloha
We all know that we need to get in front of the camera more often.

Our children and other family members want to have evidence that we were at the parties, cookouts, reunions and simply present in everyday life, too. However, it can be unwieldy and limiting to hold (or quickly press and hide!) a remote while working on self portraits. Luckily, there is a simple and reliable alternative – Interval Timer Mode.

Interval timer mode is available on all(…)

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Trash To Treasure: finding beauty everywhere

by Lisa Benemelis
Inspiration comes in many forms, even garbage.

Have you exhausted all the shooting possibilities in and around your home?

Are you feeling uninspired? Are you looking to push yourself creatively?

I realize that many people will wince or roll their eyes when I recommend shooting garbage.  I know I probably would have prior to capturing “garbage” quite accidentally.  It forced me to think about art in a whole new way – and it also has been a very enjoyable experience!

Inspiration from(…)

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Beyond Color: expressing your vision in black and white

Fine art photographer and Click Away presenter Cole Thompson has always preferred black-and-white; it’s how he “sees” as an artist. This summer, Cole shared his vision with Click Magazine (“Vision Quest,” July-August issue) and generously added some advice on creating your own high-impact black-and-white images. – Susan Brinkley

There’s all the difference in the world between a black-and-white image created in the camera or simply de-saturated, and an image that you’ve planned and processed as a black-and-white expression of your art.


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Creativity Exercise: 4 steps to break out of your rut

(aka “The Unplanned Diptych”)
by Sarah Wilkerson

Rather than focusing on technique or compositional principles, this month’s assignment is an exercise in observation, conceptualization, and execution. We’re going to capture a pair of images, and the key to making the most of the exercise is that you not plan too much. Be patient, embrace the process, and permit yourself to be receptive to where your art leads you. You do not have to complete the whole exercise at once and can do(…)

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5 ideas for creative fireworks photos

by April Nienhuis

Warm sun on my shoulders, the smell of the grill, cold green grass between my toes, and the laughter of excited children all scream 4th of July to me.  Oh yeah, and fireworks too!  Fireworks are beautiful to watch and fun to photograph (am I the only one that loves the smell of them too?).  In the past, we’ve shared the basic techniques for photographing fireworks and today I want to encourage you to have some creative fun(…)

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5 tips to achieve natural looking poses from seniors

by Jodi Arego

Oh how I love working with senior girls!  The clothes, the make-up, the fact that they actually WANT to have their photos taken… in my book, spending time with a senior and her mom for her portrait session is like a fun filled 2 hour playdate.

Of course these teens want to have amazing photos, so they’ll do pretty much anything you ask of them.  But even though they’re excited and will totally cooperate for you, sometimes they cooperate(…)

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10 tips for traveling with your camera equipment

by Jen Cooke
Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or a business trip (Click Away anyone?), if you decide to bring your camera equipment with you here are a few helpful tips.
1. Use a well padded camera bag.
I use a bag that is sturdy and well padded for my camera equipment. I don’t like to draw attention to the fact that I’m carrying camera equipment with me because I don’t want to attract any unwanted attention from potential thieves. I(…)

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creatively capturing couples: 5 tips for thinking outside the box

by Danielle Hatcher
Staying creative when photographing couples is tough.

On the one hand, when compared to photographing young children, it’s nice to have subjects who willingly stay where you place them.  But on the other hand, what do you do after you’ve captured the safe, stand-and-smile-for-the-camera shots?  Don’t get me wrong!  Everyone loves the classic “prom pose” shown below.  Especially when you’ve got light as gorgeous as this…

But let’s talk a bit about thinking outside the box when it comes to(…)

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Move It: Summer Murdock’s secret for authentic photos

by Summer Murdock
As photographers, our goal is to make compelling images right? Images that make people stop, look a bit longer,and feel something.

So how do we do that?

There are a few elements that make an amazing image. Those things are interesting light, composition, and authentic emotion. You hear and read a lot about compositional rules and how to use light effectively. These topics are a little easier to give concrete tips about. It is harder to describe how to create(…)

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5 ways to save your photos from disappearing forever

by Lisa Tichané
A few months ago I was attending a dinner and the conversation came to a sad story about one of the guest’s relatives whose house had recently burnt. We all agreed about the fact that even if the most important thing was that nobody was hurt, it would be pretty traumatic to lose some of our most precious belongings. Suddenly, one of the guests asked us: “If you had two minutes to save something in your house before(…)

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An Editing Experiment: 2 photographers challenge one another

by Mickie DeVries and Vironica Golden
Vironica and I met while taking the Fine Art and Visual Expression workshop in April of 2013.  I admired her style from the moment I saw it.  Our FAVE group of full participation ladies was quite active during our run, and many of us have kept in touch and supported each other since finishing the class.  Vironica and I have talked through Facebook almost daily since shortly after FAVE ended.  Our conversations started with photography,(…)

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how to install lightroom presets

by Caroline Jensen
Lightroom is the perfect program to use when you want to experiment and try new things. I like to save new presets all the time, but I don’t always want them all in my Lightroom Develop module at once. I like to keep a Dropbox (or similar, synced storage program) folder of my presets and then I can install what I want, when I want, and still know that I have everything tucked away for safe keeping.

It is(…)

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how to get a high-key photo without studio lighting

by Crystal Samson
Have you ever wanted to make a high-key headshot, but don’t have studio lighting, or enough equipment to pull it off?

If you have a window, or even just a bright sky, you can!  No fancy lights to learn…just a simple reflector (if you want, you can even do it without a reflector) and a bright light source behind your subject is all you need.

Place your subject in front of a bright window, the less distractions the better.  Blinds,(…)

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DIY Photo Frock In 3 Easy Steps

by Sarah Vasquez

Tulle is all the rage right now.  Lucky for me (and you) it is super cheap, photographs well, and it’s appropriate for everyone from boudoir clients, to seniors, to children.  I was originally inspired by Sue Bryce and her style of tulle dresses but I came up with my own similar process.  It’s nothing new – tutu style skirts have been quite popular for a while now – but I’m going to show you how to make an(…)

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the anatomy of a desert maternity shoot

by Michael Kormos
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
- Ansel Adams

With my origins as a landscape photographer, I still make the time to travel to the West Coast at least once a year for some artistic adventures.  Some of my favorite settings have been Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in Arizona.  This year, I decided to do something different.  I wanted to combine my love of landscape photography with my passion for maternity portraiture.

I chose the location of Badwater(…)

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5 ways to create the perfect diptych

by Nina O’Connell
A diptych by description is a pair of pictures or carvings on two panels, usually hinged together.

Why use a diptych? A diptych is a wonderful way to pair two strong, technically sound images together. It lets the viewer delve into the details and beauty of what you saw; making parallel connections between the two.
1.  Appealing to the senses.
When we take photos, we want to feel a connection to them. Appealing to the senses is a great way to make that connection. Whether it is the smell or texture of(…)

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inspiration from urban exploration

by Allison Zercher

Over the years, I’ve certainly been a victim of the dreaded photography rut, a feeling that comes from some mixture of:

“I have nothing to photograph.”
“I have no one to photograph.”
“Every photo I take lacks creativity.”
“I need better equipment.”
All of the above, or some combination of countless others reasons why we doubt our work…

My personal cure for such a rut is to occasionally get into my car and take a drive with my camera in tow.  I’ll even gather(…)

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3 inspiring tips from an experienced 365er

by Roxanne Bryant
365:  A year-long journey in erasing fear, making mistakes, and creating art.

It is a distinctly great challenge to pick up your camera and shoot every single day for one year.  When I decided to begin a 365 project, I had no idea how the journey would stretch me.  For most of my life, I had been making art in the constraints of a very tight box.  Folded upon myself, I was fearful of everything – mistakes, judgment, taking(…)

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creativity exercise | 7 ways to capture contemporary culture with your camera

Picking up your camera, shooting, and challenging yourself is the best way to improve your photography. The Creativity Exercises within the Clickin Moms photography forum are a great source for finding new ways to challenge yourself. On the first Monday of every month the wonderful Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to shoot with the exercise in mind. While the exercises are ongoing, at the end of each month we choose a few images as the(…)

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underwater photography: discovering a passion

by Ardelle Neubert

For me, this journey of discovering a passion for water photography began July 2012.

Our family was spending the day at the lake.  After swimming to a dock out in the lake my husband started throwing my oldest son into the water from the dock.  It was in that moment I captured, to this day, one of my all-time favorite images.  The feeling I get from that one image probably stems for my love of swimming as a child,(…)

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3 photography pullbacks you need to see

by Lissa Chandler
I don’t know about y’all, but I love a good pullback.

I mean, let’s be honest, they are pretty magical. There is something so awe inspiring, breathtaking even, about a wide angle shot of a location and, immediately after, seeing several photographs nestled underneath it taken in the exact same spot at nearly the exact same time. I find pullbacks to be incredibly inspiring and, today, when I sat down to write this post, I had every intention of(…)

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