beginner photography advice

rules of portrait composition tutorial by Georgia Nelson 4

6 rules of portrait composition

Rules! Yay! Wait, why should I care?
So what exactly is composition? To put it simply, it is all of the elements of your photograph that make it stand out, that draw the viewer in, and engages them emotionally in your work. Positioning, framing, lighting, the background, movement, and more all help tell your story. With portraits, there are some very basic rules that should not be broken, because it can confuse the viewer. Portraits are a whole ‘nother animal that(…)

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6 custom white balance Expodisc

White Balance: comparing the choices

Oh white balance. Why are there so many different ways to set you?

I remember when I was new to photography I really wanted to see a side by side of images using all the common ways to set white balance so I could really compare them all. Well two years later, here we are! I really hope this is a help to some of you new to photography as well as the seasoned pros out there who just really love(…)

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beginner photography online workshop assignment from Jennifer German

get yourself off auto

The second run of CMs First Steps with a DSLR photography workshop with instructor Amy Lucy Lockheart is starting in just a few short weeks. If you’ve always wanted to take better photos of your kids, but haven’t ventured outside of Auto Mode because all those buttons and dials are confusing, then this is the perfect class for you! Some of the students from the first run of this class were brand new owners of their cameras and had no(…)

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choosing your aperture correctly by Jessica Holden

The exposure triangle explained

The crux of shooting in manual—in fact the crux of photography itself—is the exposure triangle: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Composition and focus aside, every shooting decision you make affects how much light will be recorded onto your “film,” which in the case of digital photography is your camera’s sensor. The three facets of exposure for both digital and film cameras are ISO (which correlates to film speed), shutter speed, and aperture. In selecting the exposure for any given shooting(…)

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ask a cmpro | how do you set your white balance

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” her on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “What method do you use for setting your white balance in camera and why does that method work for you?”

*image by Lora Swinson
Beth Orey, Texas
I use Kelvin for my white balance. I always prefer warmer images and can usually just(…)

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what's the best photography advice you've ever received

ask a cmpro | the best photography advice you’ve received

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “We’ve asked before what tips you would offer to a new photographer but this time we’re wondering what the best advice you received was when you first got started in photography?”
*image by Caroline Jensen
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
Don’t sell myself short. I was priced way too low(…)

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focus and recompose tips by Katy Regnier for Clickin Moms

Focus and Recompose: the good, the bad, and the ugly

One of the first “rules” many photographers learn is the rule of thirds – images are generally more visually appealing if the subject is not smack dab in the center of the frame. It can be fun to push that rule and to have subjects that are even more off center and come up with more visually interesting compositions.

Sometimes starting to experiment with new and exciting compositions with the subject off center can lead to images that are less sharp, and the camera’s side(…)

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how to create stunning locations by Krista Campbell

How to create stunning locations

When I first discovered this passion called photography, I would always admire those lovely photographs that photographers had on their blogs of children and families in gorgeous fields of wildflowers.  At the time, I lived in the city- Phoenix, Arizona, the heart of the Sonoran Desert.  Wildflower fields and large fields of tall grass and wheat were few and far between, so I learned to create the illusion of lush fields and wildflowers with my photography.

Since then, I have relocated(…)

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