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beach photo of boy standing with driftwood by Lacey Meyers

6 ways to keep traditions alive when capturing family events

How long does it take for a yearly event to become a tradition? Two years? Maybe ten? What is it called after 85? I’d say it goes beyond a tradition and is something in and of itself to be celebrated. However, after 8-decades, the focus of my family’s Fourth of July reunion isn’t glorifying that it is still going strong after all this time … the focus has always remained the same … freedom and family.(…)

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Creativity Exercise: 10 Tips for Creative Overhead Shooting

This month’s creativity challenge is all about changing your perspective. Approaching a subject from all sides, far, near, overhead, and beneath is a wonderful way to explore light, angles, composition, and qualities of your subject you might otherwise have missed. This month, however, we are going to focus strictly on overhead shooting, from the extreme birds-eye view to a simple standing position with the camera pointed downward.(…)

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How to edit backlit photos in Lightroom by Cate Wnek

How to edit backlit photos in Lightroom

Light lovers, gather around! Don’t you just love dreamy, hazy backlit images? I do, it’s one of my favorites! Angling the camera toward the sun about a half an hour before it sets lets in so much yummy light . Often in this case, images can be a bit too flooded with light, causing important detail and vibrance to wash away. In processing these images, my primary goal is to add back richness in the tones with blacks. Usually my hazy SOOCs are peachy and creamy, which is lovely, but a bit washed out. It’s not as simple as adjusting white balance and contrast in the LR panel. Rather, I do a series of steps in LR with Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks and the HSL panel to accomplish a deeply toned final image.(…)

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4 tips for posing men

I always get a little nervous when I have to pose male clients. As a wedding photographer I realized I had to get over that quickly as half of my clients are male! Over time I discovered a few go-to poses that worked every time.

When posing male subjects you want to remember a couple things. (…)

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baby being born by Bonnie Hussey

4 things to consider in birth photography

Breaking into birth photography can be difficult. Birth is such an incredibly intimate experience, and when that first mom invites you into her birth space it is a wonderful feeling! But then you start to worry about whether or not you can even do this. Believe me, you can. That is a normal feeling and I’m not sure I know any birth photographer who stops getting those butterflies before a birth, no matter if they’ve documented 10 or 100.

I remember my very first birth clearly. My youngest was only three months old, and still nursing. I had just basic gear; a Nikon D5100 with a 35mm lens (and not even the good glass). I learned many lessons with my first birth, and I am so thankful it was for a friend.

I’m hoping my lessons learned will help someone just starting to document births.(…)

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Lensbaby Edge 80 photo from Marissa Gifford

Before and After: a composite in ACR and Photoshop

Hi there, everyone! I wanted to take some time to show you how I processed one of my new favorite images.

I took these with my Lensbaby Edge 80, but in one of the images, I chopped off the bottom part of the frame but had the focus on my son where I wanted it, and in the frame where I had the bottom intact, I missed the focus on my son. In this video I’ll show you how I combined the two images to get the composition I wanted as well as show you all the steps I took in ACR and Photoshop to achieve the vision I had for the mood and feel of this image. I hope you enjoy!(…)

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final edit with no reflector by Winnie Bruce

How I edit to get the glow of a reflector in Photoshop

For many photographers, a reflector is a great tool to use for bouncing and manipulating light. Often times, depending on the location and the subject, a reflector would really be very beneficial. For example, if it’s completely overcast, it’s a great way to introduce light to your subject. Also, it’s another way to enhance skin. I am, however, one of those photographers that notoriously forget my reflector. I love using it, but sometimes, I just forget it, or I use too long of a lens (like my 135mm lens) that I can’t hold my reflector and shoot at the same time.(…)

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wide angle beach photo by Nicole Begley

5 fun tips for wide angle photography

When I first started got interested in photography I thought that you chose your lens based on how far you are from your subject. Photographing something nearby? Use the 35mm. Photographing something far away? That calls for the 200mm. Turns out that our lens choice should be based on much more than simple distance!

Wide angle lenses are generally 35mm lenses and below. They have an incredible field of view and a 15mm fisheye on a full frame sensor can capture an approximate 180 degree view! This incredible field of view can make these lenses challenging to use, but also create some fun and unique images of your summer adventures!(…)

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girl holding flowers by Thea Courtney of Cocoa Jones Photography

6 ways to capture the fleeting moments of childhood

I often tell people that I love to capture the ‘in-between moments’ most of all. Searching for and finding quieter moments is a skill that has come through practice, and I’ve found that the more observant and intentional I become as a photographer, the more pleased I feel about my images.

Here, I will share with you some of the things that I’ve learnt along the way, in order to help you recognise that enigmatic, fleeting ‘in-between’ moment.(…)

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photo of girl looking at flower by Pooja Chauhan

Why artists need a personal project and 4 tips to accomplish it

We get into photography because it’s a great creative outlet, it’s an amazing hobby. But then as you get more into creating pictures for others or getting into business, it completely swallows you and you stop making the time to do what you love and what started you in it in the first place! It’s a shame to get burnt out and stop doing what you loved so much initially. I’m sure we can all relate to that, I certainly do!

For this reason, you need to purposefully allocate time for personal projects. If you don’t make the effort to do creative projects that you feel passionately about, you are just going to lose interest and get burned out very quickly.

Here are some tips to spark the fire again and get the creative juices flowing.(…)

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vase and flowers pullback by Beth Deschamp of Bethadilly Photography

How I took these photos in my small 700 square foot apartment

When I first started my journey with photography, I was living in a 700 square foot high-rise apartment in the city with only one wall of windows. My windowless kitchen was completely dark and living in a tiny space brought on its challenges when it came to photographing my everyday. It was in this tiny apartment that I started and completed my first 365 photography challenge, by taking one photo every single day for a year. Not only did I learn so much about my camera skills, but I also found myself learning about how to take a small space and portray it completely different in photographs.(…)

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1 Jake! by Kristen Ryan

18 can’t miss shooting locations in Jackson Hole

Grand Teton National Park, in Jackson Hole, is one of the most incredible natural places to travel in the United States. The Teton mountain range, with its jagged peaks, rises majestically out of the valley, mesmerizing visitors from tiny toddlers to seasoned traveling adults. Just try to drive through without falling in love with this magical place. (…)

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boy sitting in a lawn chair while camping by Lacey Meyers

6 adventurous ways to photograph your camping trip

As the temperatures are warming and the days are stretching longer it means camping season is near! For most people, camping means getting away from it all and soaking in nature, relaxing, family-time, and living a bit primitively. But for the photographer, camping means all that and more. It means the chance to branch out of our box, live amongst the light and shadows, shoot in a new environment … all the while, documenting the trip in a way that will bring our family back to the moments image by image. It means countless photo opportunities! Here are 6 thoughts to help you make the most of your photography experience when you and your family venture out into the great outdoors for your next camping adventure.(…)

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boys playing by an abandoned barn by Eliz Alex Photography

6 outdoor photography ethics and etiquette

As an outdoors enthusiast, I’ve done a lot of traveling, hiking, camping, and exploring in the many beautiful national parks, bureau of land management properties, state parks, local parks, preserves and privately owned flower fields across our wondrous country.

In the outdoor world there are 7 Leave No Trace Principles that help to protect and save our environment for the animals, trees, and nature that live there and to protect it for others to enjoy now and in the future. A(…)

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girl smooshing her face against a window by Meredith Novario

Pictures no one should take but we all do (and how to fix them)

Photographers vigilantly and earnestly learn how to see, compose, shoot and edit yet we continue to make rookie mistakes. We know better but we don’t always do better. Sometimes we still mix colors and whites, lock ourselves out of the car, cut our own hair, share too much on Facebook or take a picture looking straight up someone’s nose. It happens to the best and worst of us. Rest assured, we all fall prey to these common mistakes despite knowing that we shouldn’t. The following blunders are as easy to make as they are to fix. At least we’re in good company.(…)

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indoor photo during the golden hour by Megan Squires

6 things you probably didn’t know about the golden hour

Who doesn’t love that beautiful time of day when the suns slants over the horizon, washing the landscape in rich, fiery hues? For photographers, golden hour often becomes the hour: the time to schedule our sessions, the opportunity to create dreamy and angelic portraits, the hour to count on for its consistency and beauty. Golden hour is commonly our “go-to,” but there are several aspects of this shooting time that may not be so commonly known.(…)

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silhouette of tree and child by Lauren Penland

The versatility of backlighting

Backlight is my absolute favorite.

If given the choice of any lighting situation, I always choose backlight, no matter my subject. It is magical and it is flattering and believe it or not…versatile. I can place my subject in-between me and the sun and get so many different effects. I can create a sun-soaked, low contrast dreamy image or even a dramatic, moody image with emphasis on shadows. Here are some examples and how to achieve the desired result.(…)

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girl dressed up by Sarah Carlson

Children’s View: photographing the way they see the world

Motherhood drives me to photography. My memory is a sieve, and I pick up my camera to document each milestone, each expression, each phase and cling to these moments. My goal is to create images that one day will bring these memories flooding back, not just for myself, but for my girls as well. To make images that recall to their minds these days of childhood, here are a few tips for photographing the way our children see the world.(…)

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