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a day in the life | elena blair

A Day In The Life with Elena Blair
It is the first rainy morning this school year!  Daddy is already off to work and has a late meeting so he won’t be home until after bedtime tonight.  Bummer.  Everyone always climbs into our bed first thing.  I call it a Marlo love fest as the older two love to start their day loving on their baby sister.

Time to change the babies diaper and get her dressed.  Meanwhile, I encourage the other(…)

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circle of friends | ginger unzueta

circle of friends | ginger unzueta

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this joyful swimming picture by Ginger Unzueta won us over. Congratulations, Ginger!

To see more of Ginger’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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bedroom makeover: using photography to create wall art

by Christina Klahn
Whenever I see a blank wall, I am tempted to fill it with something as quickly as possible.

Sometimes I simply pick a few photos from my hard drive, print them large, hang them up, pat myself on the back for not procrastinating, and move on. And sometimes I plan the entire room around the photos, as was the case when I did a little makeover in my boys’ bedroom.

Our boys are seven and five and have always shared(…)

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macro photography without a macro lens

macro photography without a macro lens

by Nina Mingioni

Macro photography is one of my most favorite genres of photography!

It forces me to slow down and appreciate all the tiny little details of ordinary, every day objects, their gorgeous shape and divine texture. Undoubtedly, a macro lens is the best way to shoot macro. However, if you are not sure if macro is for you and want to try it out, or if a dedicated macro lens is not in your budget, other options are available.

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10 ways to encourage your children’s cooperation for photos

**This photography tutorial was posted on the ever-growing CM forum; however, we think it’s so rad that we just had to share with you, too**
by Lacey Meyers
I take a lot {A LOT} of photos of my boys. You can see just how many HERE, on my blog! I think it is as much a part of their day as eating! So, one question I receive more often than any other is “How do you get your children to cooperate??”(…)

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pink skirt | jennifer nobriga

pink skirt | jennifer nobriga

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this incredibly fun child photo by Jennifer Nobriga won us over. Congratulations, Jennifer!

To see more of Jennifer’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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3 tips to bring emotion into your pictures

by Kristy Dooley
I recently spent some time flipping through photo albums with my girls.
It’s always fun to hear the excitement in their voices when they come across an image they love and together we decided on some favorites.  For me I noticed my favorites are the ones that not only bring me back to a specific moment, but that evoke a certain feeling.  Images that not only remind me of how something was but how it felt.
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how to use the clone tool in lightroom and photoshop

how to use the clone tool in lightroom and photoshop

by Elicia Graves

One of my very favorite and often used tools in Adobe’s Lightroom editing program is the clone tool.

I love how it can very quickly clean up my images and add a bit of polish.  The clone tool is found in the develop module in LR, just under the histogram and above the basic panel.  It looks like a circle with a small arrow extending to the right of it.

It takes a little bit of practice and use to(…)

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elena blair’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Elena Blair sharing what she loves!
elena blair’s favorite things

1.  Artifact Uprising soft cover books:  I am currently obsessed with these.  I have an app on my iPhone that makes making these out of my(…)

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a day in the life | melissa gibson

A Day In The Life with Melissa Gibson
A day in the life at my house is usually quite busy.  Things can get a little hairy with three girls, two dogs, one husband, soccer, horse riding lessons and homework.  I chose to photograph a typical Tuesday around here.  I’m now realizing that I somehow missed photographing homework time or all girls having their teeth brushing time, but I assure you that we did both.

Our day begins at 5:45 in the morning. (…)

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peach by Jan Tyler

peach by Jan Tyler

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this amazing pool picture by Jan Tyler won us over. Congratulations, Jan!

To see more of Jan’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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happy 4th birthday to the daily project!

happy 4th birthday to the daily project!

by Lisa Benemelis
It is hard to believe that the Daily Project was first created four years ago.

It started in the hope that it would encourage participants to shoot and share on a regular basis.  Over the years, it has grown to be so much more than a place to view beautiful work.  It has given opportunities to laugh and cry with one another, travel to far away places, enjoy each other’s lives, pay closer attention to details, and enjoy new(…)

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product review: RFi Speedlight Speedring and Softbox RFi Octa 3’

product review: RFi Speedlight Speedring and Softbox RFi Octa 3’

Have you been eyeballing a new photography product? Would you like to hear a Pro’s opinion on the product prior to purchasing? We have a new series for you, Click It and Pick It, where the CMpros will be reviewing several of the most talked about photo products! In this installment of the Click It and Pick It series, CMpro Michelle Turner takes the Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedring and Softbox RFi Octa 3’for a spin.
RFi Speedlight Speedring and Softbox RFi Octa(…)

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how to setup and use lightroom export presets

by Mickie DeVries
I think most people that use Lightroom are familiar with presets used for editing in the develop module, but did you know that there are also export presets?

Export presets allow you to save settings that you use frequently to size your photos.  I know that I upload my photos to various websites for display and for printing purposes, and all of these have different optimal settings.  It’s hard to remember how my image needs to be sized for(…)

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a day in the life | marissa gifford

a day in the life | marissa gifford

A Day In The Life with Marissa Gifford
Hi there, everyone! I’m excited to share a special Day in the Life with you! Every summer our family visits a cabin on Swan Lake in NW Montana with my husband’s family. He’s one of 7 children, so it’s a week filled with fun, family, relaxation, reading, card games, water sports and cousin heaven for the little ones. This place holds a very special place in my family’s heart and visiting is always(…)

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comfort | gina yeo

comfort | gina yeo

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this sweet lovey photo by Gina Yeo won us over. Congratulations, Gina!

To see more of Gina’s photography visit her CMpro daily images.

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1 quick tip to improve your editing in Photoshop

by Megan Squires
Photoshop is not magic, we all know that.

And although we constantly strive to get things right in camera every time, there are many tricks and tweaks done simply with an editing software that can really take your image to the next level.

For me, that’s quite literally the “levels” tool in Photoshop. I cannot think of one single image that I’ve edited where I haven’t used it. It can mean the difference between slightly blah skin tones and just(…)

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beth wade’s favorite things

beth wade’s favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Beth Wade sharing what she loves!
beth wade’s favorite things

1. The Lake: My home in Lake Wylie, SC (right outside Charlotte, NC) also happens to be my favorite place in the world. There is something(…)

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editing by mood and vision

editing by mood and vision

by Sarah Vaughn
Editing photos is a funny process.

Each one of us could take an image into Lightroom or Photoshop and we would each come up with a different end result. That individual vision of an image – for shooting or for editing – is part of what makes us special as photographers.

When I first started out, editing was an exciting and creative process. Unfortunately, I got a little too excited and creative – as I discovered the heady thrill of(…)

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8 simple ways to balance family life with photography

by Celeste Pavlik

I am a full time hobbyist photographer.

But don’t stop reading just yet, even if you’re a working photographer actively taking clients. I wrote this for you too. :)

My job as a hobbyist may not be to go out and photograph other people’s families, but it is to photograph my own family and the things that speak to me. And I am guessing that those of you that earn an income as a photographer or work in another field(…)

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9 questions with photographer Ardelle Neubert

9 questions with photographer Ardelle Neubert

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to September’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Ardelle Neubert! And now for a fun interview with Ardelle!
september cmpro of the month | ardelle neubert

by Kristin Dokoza

Hi Ardelle, I’m so excited for you. Congratulations on being CMpro of the month! We would love to hear more about you and your family.
Thank you so much Kristin!  It is such honour to be Clickin(…)

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hey | jessica lutz

hey | jessica lutz

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this awesome sheep picture by Jessica Lutz won us over. Congratulations, Jessica!

To see more of Jessica’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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5 tips for taking photos at the fair

5 tips for taking photos at the fair

by Brittany Chandler
Cotton candy, funnel cakes, deep fried anything, scream inducing rides, fits of giggles, and prizes larger than your head… the fair is coming!

With carnival season approaching, I thought it would be fun to give some pointers for those of you who will be braving the trip with your camera. These tips will work whether you are photographing clients, your family, or loading up on stock images for your portfolio. All images were taken with my Canon 28mm 1.8.
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a day in the life | annie morris

a day in the life | annie morris

A Day In The Life with Annie Morris
August is my favorite month.  The weather is warm, but there is a coolness in the air. The crowds of tourists drift away and we are left to squeeze in as much summer fun as we can before the sun sets. This is what a day in the life on Cape Cod looks like.

Annie Morris, Massachusetts
CMpro
website | facebook | instagram
Annie Morris is a hobbyist photographer living on Cape Cod, MA. She enjoys capturing(…)

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Photographer Shoot-Out: Sheila Clapperton & Lindsay Moeser

Photographer Shoot-Out: Sheila Clapperton & Lindsay Moeser

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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launch | ardelle neubert

launch | ardelle neubert

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this fun summer picture on the lake by Ardelle Neubert won us over. Congratulations, Ardelle!

To see more of Ardelle’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

To view(…)

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5 tips for taking outdoor self portraits

5 tips for taking outdoor self portraits

by Alice Che

I am a huge fan of nature and I have a slight obsession with beautiful skies (it’s the dreamer in me!) so I absolutely love taking self portraits outside.

Outdoor self portraiture is one of my favorite things now, but that wasn’t always the case. I always wanted to get a photo of myself outside, because there’s no easier way to get a gorgeous setting than to turn to nature, but it took me a while to get comfortable(…)

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7 reasons to avoid eye contact in your photos

7 reasons to avoid eye contact in your photos

by Lacey Meyers

We have all heard it said that the eyes are the window to the soul.

And in a photograph, eye-contact holds great power in connecting the viewer to the subject.  Sharp, intentional focus on the eyes plus lovely catchlights is a timeless combination and one that most of us set out to embrace early on in our photography.

But as my children’s photographer, I know I’m not alone in recognizing the challenge that that is time and again.  As well(…)

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my photography journey | sarah kossuch

my photography journey | sarah kossuch

My Photography Journey by Sarah Kossuch

My journey.

Most of the time, when you read about photographers, there, at some point, was a love for photography early on. I was not one of those. To be honest, it took me a bit to sit down and really dig into my mind of when did my journey start?

I noticed my love for photography really hit home in 2004-2005. At that time my oldest son was 2-3 years old and I wanted nice pictures of(…)

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amy ames’ favorite things

amy ames’ favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Amy Ames sharing what she loves!
amy ames’s favorite things

1. Sunrise photos: My favorite type of photo.  It takes an act of God to get me up and moving early enough to catch these great(…)

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