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girl holding a stuffed chicken toy by Liz Behm

1,269: the story of a 6 year 365 project

What started as a way to keep my husband connected to our family while he was deployed overseas grew into a Project 365 that’s documented three new babies, two moves and five plus years of a crazy life with no sign of putting the camera down anytime soon.(…)

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final black and white picture by Sharon Covert

Before and After: a black and white Edit in Lightroom

Those that know me or follow along with my art know that expressing myself through dramatic black and white images is how I speak straight from my heart. Today I’m going to walk you through how I edited one of my favorite flower images. I captured this gorgeous peony one cloudy morning while visiting one of my favorite gardens.(…)

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side-by-side photo edit by Rachel Nielsen

Before and After: a clean and subtle Lightroom edit

Over the years, I have gone through many editing phases and trends. In the past few years though, I have realized the importance of a beautifully clean edit. Not only does it make the image timeless, but it also truly enhances the image instead of distracting or overpowering the natural beauty of the photo.(…)

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Christina Klahn

Inspiring wall displays that you can create, too!

Every year I have a goal and that is to print my photos.

It’s important to let your photos and your work live outside your hard drives. Sometimes it is simply to print snapshots of my family and keep my many scrapbooks up to date so that my kids can flip through the pages and relive their memories. But I also love the idea of filling my house with my work and my children. So I set another goal when I moved into my new house three years ago which is to print photos that I can display on my walls each year. Here are some examples of those displays.(…)

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child laying in bed smiling by Courtney Rust of Rusty Lens Photography

7 tips for getting better light in your pictures

Lighting can make the difference between a so-so photo and a stunning image. It is one of the most intimidating technical categories of photography because it is out of our control, and we don’t always have control of our locations either. Being able to work with light, understand it, and use it to our advantage is critical. Here are seven basic tips to getting images with stronger light.(…)

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after adding leaf overlays in Photoshop by Krista Campbell

5 Secrets to Amazing Fall Photos

I don’t know about you, but I just love fall. Apple crisp, brisk morning walks, warm clothing, football, pumpkin picking… what’s not to love? I want to capture every autumn sight, scent, and taste with my camera. Here are 5 Secrets to capturing amazing fall photographs.(…)

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backlit photo of girl in a field by Marissa Gifford

7 secrets to tack-sharp pictures

You see pretty light, a fleeting moment, or a stunning vista and rush to grab your camera to document it. You look at the back of your LCD screen only to be disappointed that you missed focus and your image is a blur. Your shutter speed was high enough to stop the motion, so what gives? Keep reading for a few tips to achieve sharply focused images.(…)

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girl standing in the living room by Amy Brownridge

There’s no room in this room! 4 tricks for photos in small homes.

Your life, so full and dear, is a photographic disaster. You envision charming lifestyle photos, but end up with unremarkable snapshots. Your Instagram flows from an alternate universe where all homes are lovely and everyday moments live on as fine art. You’re desperate for more order, more light, more room and suddenly you’re browsing the MLS. Mostly, though, you feel defeated, and your precious everyday moments get a phone snapshot, if that. This is not how it should be. Here are four basic tricks to get you taking better photos, anywhere, with any camera, starting now.(…)

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photographer meet up photo

8 cheap (and some free) ways to learn photography

Let’s face it, photography is an expensive hobby.

Between camera bodies, lenses, camera bags, and other accessories, photography can quickly drain your bank account. However, all that fancy gear does very little in helping you achieve the images of your dreams if you don’t know how to use it. While I believe classes and workshops are wonderful for learning photography, they can be quite expensive too. Fortunately, there are many ways to learn the craft of photography without breaking the bank. I’ve compiled a list of eight ways to help develop your photography skills on a budget.(…)

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kids playing on the beach by Mickie DeVries of Fresh Modern Photography

7 tips for getting a variety of shots from one location

During the summer months I often shoot at the beach at golden hour. My kids are happy to let me take photos of them because they get a night swim out of the deal. I try to make the most out of them being willing to be photographed! I particularly love getting shots of them backlit playing in the sand or water, but I also want to make the most out of the time I have with them without having all the shots look the same. Our beaches don’t offer too much in the terms of different spaces to shoot in as it is pretty much just sand and water with a very occasional tree if we are lucky. Even if your location doesn’t have different spaces to shoot in you can still get a lot of variety from any location. These tips are not specific for shooting at the beach, and are a great list to keep in mind anytime you are shooting!(…)

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Creativity Exercise: 4 exercises to help you find the light

This newest challenge is deceptively simple: to identify, shoot, and produce a photograph predicated entirely on light. It’s not enough that your image has beautiful light or that you use light to enhance your subject; the goal is capture an image that integrates light in a way that is so unusual, so beautiful, or so compelling that the viewer can’t help but remark on the light itself. It doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate your normal subject matter if you wish (doing so can be a challenge in its own right), but your goal will be to ensure that the visual strength or interestingness of the light will be as noteworthy as your “main” subject (such as a person, object, or scene). (…)

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painterly nature photo by Anna VanDemark

Moving your camera to show motion in a photo

You’ve probably spent months perfecting the ability to get tack sharp focus in your photos. While this is an admirable and important skill to have in your photography tool box, today we’re going to throw sharp focus out the window, so to speak.

In the spirit of having fun, let us now play with “ICM”, Intentional Camera Movement. ICM is freeing – no photography police looking over your shoulder or need for perfectionism here. ICM is about embracing blur, experimentation, impressionism, and maybe even abstraction. With this blur and impressionistic representation of our world also comes the added possibility for engaging subjective emotion and viewer interpretation.(…)

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young girls having a tea party in a field by Allison Zercher of Snippets from Suburbia

1 way to fall back in love with your photography

It happens.

We slowly, sometimes unknowingly, slip into a creativity slump with our art, and before we even realize what has happened, we’re questioning every brilliant idea we’ve ever had, every original thought we’ve ever managed to bring to life.(…)

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picture of girl wearing a scarf by Allison McSorley

4 tips to master the modern classic portrait

If you’ve ever walked out of a department store or mall studio chain disappointed in the outcome of your kids’ portrait session, you’re not alone.

In fact, many of us who either have children or photograph children regularly are familiar with the assembly-line business model that has given those places a reputation of producing dated, lifeless and oftentimes awkward formal portraits. The good news is, classic portraits of your kids or your clients’ kids do not have to look like they just won first prize in the annual awkward family photo contest!(…)

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man riding a fair ride pic by Missy Mayo

Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Family Photos at the Fair

I admit it. I am a fair lover. Like the magnet of a kid to freshly spun cotton candy, my camera and I are drawn to the rides, colors, games, and regretful food choices at the State Fair. As a photographer who embraces joyful and colorful imagery, I have found that taking my family to our local and state fairs each year is a win-win for everyone. I prepare for taking photos of my family at the fair in much the same way I do with any photography shoot – I plan ahead, gulp a Starbucks, and enjoy every minute of the ride. Here are my Do’s and Don’ts for successfully photographing your family, or even clients, at your State Fair.(…)

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watch with brown leather band by Amy Schuff

An introvert’s 5 step guide to photography sessions

There’s a misconception when it comes to viewing photographers, that they are a generalized bunch of loud, boisterous, eccentric, extroverted people. I’m here to let you in on a little secret. We’re not all extroverts, in fact, I’d be willing to bet that out of all the photographers you knew, the majority of us would come out on the introverted side of things.(…)

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sister spraying sister with a water hose by Melissa Gibson

4 keys to making fun photos that will make you smile

As a mom, it seems as though I’m always wanting things ‘just so’. Clean faces, clean rooms, children who are following the rules and not climbing the walls. However, I’ve found out that breaking the rules will result in fun, happy, and joyful moments for my children as well as for myself. It’s when I’m letting go, being patient and allowing my kids to be themselves that the great images unfold.(…)

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two brothers standing in the light by Meredith Novario

Snapshot vs Good Photograph: 7 photographers weigh in

What’s the difference between a snapshot and a good photograph?

No photographer rolls out of bed hoping to take crappy pictures. Rather we all hope to take spectacular photographs. What usually happens rests somewhere in between the two extremes. How we define the crappy versus the spectacular varies based on our intent, experience or what we had for breakfast. We don’t all see things the same way, thank goodness. The world is better off for it. While there needn’t be rigid, uncompromising definitions of what is lousy and what is solid photography, it’s worth pondering how we draw these boundaries in our own work. Seven photographers, including myself, set out to answer this question in an effort to give shape to the divide between a snapshot and a good photograph.(…)

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