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5 keys to bringing in the right seniors

by Jen Basford

Senior portraits are one of the most highly competitive markets in the photography industry today.  As such, more and more photographers are struggling with how to get the ‘right’ seniors in the door, and how to do it with little or no budget for marketing.

While this may seem impossible when faced with so much competition, by focusing on a few key factors in your marketing you can not only bring in more of the ‘right’ seniors for your(…)

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the friendly photographer

by Emily Krbec

*image by Carol Lynn of Freckle Face Photography
The photography world is a fascinating thing to be a part of. Each person is on their own unique journey, exploring the world around them with camera in hand. As exciting and satisfying as this journey can be, it can also be challenging, discouraging, and even lonely at times. I’ve come up with a few suggestions on how each of us can take on the role of “The Friendly Photographer” and(…)

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photographing surfers

by Courtney Keim
I think of the last eight vacations that we took, 99% of them has revolved around my husband’s love of surfing. I really can’t complain though since we’ve hit two islands in Hawaii and Costa Rica most recently.  I tell myself every time that I will pack my equipment and get some photos of him surfing but I’ve realized that the prime time he surfs, I’m usually staring at my eyelids or am taking photos of my kids(…)

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indesign for album design

by Haley Lorraine

I’ve said it before and I will say it again I LOVE designing albums! You can review my ten step album workflow here. InDesign is my favorite album design tool, hands down!

Today I want to touch on one of the best time saving features of InDesign for designing albums – InDesign Libraries.

Libraries allow you to store objects for future use. I have a library filled with each and every album page layout I commonly use. This makes designing(…)

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successful center compositions

By Adele Humphries
Are you a rule-follower?  I am.

I get anxious even bending the rules – social or actual.  So no-one is more surprised than me to see that I have embraced the dreaded center composition in my personal style.  I had always understood this to be a big photography no-no so I avoided it at all costs, believing it to be a lazy, unimaginative and visually less pleasing method of composition.

Then, last Christmas, my husband surprised me with a 35mm(…)

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portraits in the snow

by Carol Swaitkewich
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada or Winterpeg as we are affectionately called. It snows. A lot. It’s also cold. Like REALLY cold. For 5 months of the year we are surrounded by white and ice. If I wanted to take pictures I needed to learn how to shoot in the cold and snow fast!

The 3 main problems I found shooting in the snow are flat lighting, exposure issues, (blown out or grey looking snow), white balance issues(…)

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a video photoshop tutorial: before and after in CS6

by Lisa Harrison
So are you still undecided about making the jump to Adobe Photoshop CS6? Go for it!  You’ll love it! If you’re familiar with CS4 or CS5, you really won’t have much of a learning curve at all. The main thing that is different is how the adjustment panel works. You still have an adjustment panel but you now have a Properties Panel where you make changes to your chosen adjustment. You still choose your adjustments from the adjustment(…)

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the crop tool exposed

The crop tool seems simple enough right?  Yeah, I thought so too.  No need to fret though because CMU Instructor and Photoshop mastermind Lisa Harrison is here to reveal all the secrets of the crop tool in Photoshop CS6.  She has created an eye opening video to show all of you the ins and outs and dirty little secrets that you didn’t know about the crop tool!
the crop tool exposed
by Lisa Harrison

Thank you Lisa for sharing with us!  Have you(…)

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photoshop friday: a before & after

by Lisa Harrison
One of our wonderful members, Mara, posted this in picture play, looking for some help on the skintones. So I asked her if I could use it for a Photoshop Friday tutorial and she said yes. It’s a really lovely sooc image and doesn’t need much. The main issue is that mom and baby both have excess magenta on their faces and are a bit underexposed as well. To fix this, I used 4 adjustment layers.
This was our(…)

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thoughts on converting to black and white

Have you ever wondered why a photographer chooses to have a particular image in color or black and white?  I think we all have and it takes time to learn when color or black and white is the best choice to enhance your photograph.  Our utterly fabulous CMmentor Stacey Haslem is here to share her thought process on color vs black and white!
thoughts on converting to black and white
by Stacey Haslem
Why do you convert an image to monochrome? Do you(…)

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photoshop friday: hue/saturation vs vibrance adjustments

by Lisa Harrison
What’s the difference between Hue/Saturation and Vibrance adjustments? I saw someone ask this question the other day so I thought I would give a quick explanation and illustration. You’ll find the vibrance slider in Lightroom, ACR and Photoshop. Since this is Photoshop Friday, I’ll show you where you can find it in Photoshop. It’s located in the Adjustments Panel (a). You’ll find Hue/Saturation there as well (b).

a)                                                                             b)

When you use the hue/saturation master sliders(…)

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photoshop friday: a trip to the dentist

CMmentor, Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more Fridays here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to submit questions in the comments section if there’s a topic you would like Lisa(…)

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photoshop friday: time saving technique when retouching

CMU Instructor, Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more Fridays here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to submit questions in the comments section if there’s a topic you would like(…)

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Confessions of a Natural Light Photographer

Does the thought of using anything but available light make you twitchy?  If so, CMmember Amy Drucker, can relate.  It wasn’t long ago that she considered herself strictly a natural light photographer.  She has recently delved into using alternative lighting sources and couldn’t be happier!  She’s blogging today about stepping out of her comfort zone.

Confessions of a Natural Light Photographer
by Amy Drucker
When people first find out you’re a photographer there are a few questions they inevitably ask:  “Nikon or Canon?”; “Film(…)

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photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid

We’re back!  First Photoshop Friday of 2012!!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more Fridays here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to submit questions in the comments section if there’s(…)

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photoshop friday: before and after image edit

Photoshop Friday time!  The last one for 2011 – wonder what 2012 will bring?  We are having lots of fun with these!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each Friday here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to(…)

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photoshop friday: creating lens flare

Photoshop Friday is here again!  We are having lots of fun with these!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each Friday here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to(…)

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photoshop friday | a quick black & white conversion

by Lisa Harrison
Everybody is in search of that perfect black & white conversion. There are so many actions out there and so many different ways to convert. You need to take into consideration that not every photo is going to make a nice black and white. So what makes an image a good candidate for a black and white conversion? Good light and a wide tonal range.  When you find a conversion you love, you’ll probably discover that what works(…)

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photoshop friday: creating an animated gif

Photoshop Friday is here again!  We are having lots of fun with these!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each Friday here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to(…)

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photoshop friday: skin smoothing in acr

She’s baaaaaaack!  I can’t believe it’s already Friday again but here we are!  Our awesome Photoshop workshop instructor, Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each Friday here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers(…)

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photoshop friday: creating a watermark brush

by Lisa Harrison
Continuing on with what I said last week, that time is money and the main goal is to speed up your workflow, I wanted to do a quick tutorial on how to create a watermark in Photoshop and then turn it into a brush.
The first step is to create a new blank document. To do that go to file > new

You will get the following dialog box. Enter 1 for the height and 3 for the width and(…)

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My Photography Journey | Gigi McGill

At ClickinMoms we are so thrilled when we see our members learn, grow and excel at their craft.  It is so amazing and inspiring to watch and we’re thankful to be along for the ride!

We started our “My Photography Journey” series a few months ago and our members have loved seeing how their peers have grown in their work.  Today we have a an amazing  CM member who started out as a beginner and is now a CMPro, Gigi McGill.  (…)

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photoshop friday: creating an action

by Lisa Harrison
Time is money! That is why you want to speed up your workflow in any way possible. Creating actions in Photoshop is a great way to do that.  What’s an action? An action, simply put, is a recording of a sequence of steps that you can save and access later on.  With the push of a button, Photoshop will run the steps for you. I’m sure many of you have installed and used action sets that you’ve purchased(…)

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photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green

Wow, the past week has just flown by and it’s already time for another Photoshop Friday!  Our awesome Photoshop workshop instructor, Lisa Harrison will be showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more each week here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she might choose their question to answer in her post – so fun.  You’re also welcome to submit questions in the comments section(…)

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photoshop friday: masking made simple

by Lisa Harrison
Masking!! One of the many reasons I can’t live without Photoshop. A lot of people think masking is complicated but it’s really a pretty easy concept. All you need is a layer of some sort with a mask and a brush to paint on the mask. A mask sits next to your layer and depending on whether it’s a white or black mask, it will reveal or conceal your layer. White reveals and black conceals. Your brush can(…)

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photoshop friday: a clean edit video

The amazing Lisa Harrison, our Clickin Moms resident Photoshop guru, has put together this fantastic clean edit video where she takes her SOOC (straight out of the camera) image and applies adjustments that include exposure and skintone corrections with curves, contrast, slight eye pop and resize and sharpen for web.  If you want to learn more be sure to check out Lisa’s  Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers.  It’s open for registration now!

Lisa’s before and after image of her adorable(…)

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October CMU Workshop Lineup

Registration for the October lineup of CMU workshops is currently underway!  Registration is currently open to Lifetime members only and will open to everyone else this Friday.

Shooting 301: Composition and Creativity has already sold out (in three hours!).  We still have seats in the other workshops but once registration opens to all this Friday make sure to grab your seat as they’ll go fast and this will be your LAST CHANCE to take these workshops in 2011.

More details can be(…)

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My Photography Journey | Stacey Haslem

At Clickin Moms we are so thrilled when we see our members learn, grow and excel at their craft.  It is so amazing and inspiring to watch and we’re thankful to be along for the ride!

We thought it would be a fantastic idea to start sharing some of their journeys here on the blog.  Today we have  an amazing longtime  CM member and now CMPro member, Stacey Haslem.   We hope you enjoy reading about her journey as much as we(…)

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11 More Tips for New Photographers

A couple of weeks ago we published 17 Tips for New Photographers and got a great response.  We realized we had a bunch more tips left that we just needed to share.  We have eleven more fabulous tips from our CMpros along with an exciting announcement!  Our brand new CMpro site is launching today!  You can find easy links to our “Ask the Pros” threads on the CM forum (must be a member to view), an amazing CMpro gallery, learn(…)

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17 Tips for New Photographers

Are you just getting started in photography? Do you spend time stalking pro photographer’s blogs and websites? Ever wish you could ask them for just one piece of advice? Well, we asked them for you! There’s no doubt that we have a very talented pool of CMpros in our photography forum and they were so generous as to offer up little tips and tidbits of advice for the budding photographer.

Your journey is not a race. Stop comparing your journey to(…)

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