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good crops in camera by Megan Squires

5 mistakes I made as a new photographer

We learn from our mistakes. We grow in asking questions. And we can encourage others forward by being open about our journeys and aha! moments in photography. While the basics come easy now, there will always be more for me to learn and always new ways to grow. That’s something that gets me excited each and every time I pick up my camera.(…)

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5 ways to stay creative with your photography

Anyone that is familiar with my work at all knows one thing…I love to shoot ONE subject. That’s it. One. One subject. One child. One Boy.

I have shot my fair share of landscapes…of flowers…of buildings…of babies…of sunsets…of friends and relatives…and I love all of those images. Honestly, I really, really love them. I am delighted to give gifts and to make others happy through images. It continually challenges me and pushes me in different ways, and I am sincerely grateful for that push. Those images, however, are not where my Creative Heart truly lies; where my Mommy Heart lies. I really and truly love to shoot one subject.(…)

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photography interview with CMpro Lauren Sanderson

11 questions with photographer Lauren Sanderson

Hi Lauren! Big congrats on being the CMpro of the month. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in photography?

Thank you! I’m a mom of three sweet girls five and under, and my husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for almost 12 years. I’m a part-time professional photographer in Huntsville Alabama and mostly photograph families and children, with a few maternity, senior and newborn sessions sprinkled in. I’ve always loved taking pictures… I was that girl in high school who was always taking pictures, had double glossy prints developed at a one-hour photo, and then passed out the doubles to all my friends. When I started a family, that natural love of photography turned in to a real passion and hobby, and before I knew it, I was in business.(…)

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two brothers hugging picture by Celeste Pavlik

5 easy ways to photograph kids together

Often, I am asked…. How do you get all your boys to sit for you at the same time for a picture? Or how do you get them all to cooperate and look so natural? Or, I’m told, it’s so great how your boys like to be in front of the camera AND with each other!! Well, the truth is, it’s not so much that my boys like to be in front of my lens, it’s more about what ‘I do’ and ‘don’t do’ before I ever click that shutter. Seizing the opportunity to document those moments when they are being themselves; playing together, sharing a silly joke, tickling one another, and even just sharing a quiet moment is a huge part of who I am as a photographer. I want to remember and I want them to remember what it was like growing up together as brothers and friends.(…)

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kids playing at a splashpad by Megan DeShazo

Why I pick my camera up…and why I put it down

As we were preparing to pack up for the long 8-hour car ride we had ahead to visit family, I looked at my camera bag and groaned. “It’s so heavy,” I thought. “I’m already packing half of our house. It’s just another bag to load.” If I’m being honest, as “The Photographer” of the family, I sometimes get tired of hearing, “make sure you bring your camera!” But I knew my husband’s grandparents weren’t getting any younger and since we only get to see them once a year, I would be grateful to have the pictures from our trip. And they would love to have pictures with the boys.

I packed the camera. I’m so thankful I did.(…)

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picture of woman by Alice Che

9 secrets to working with dappled light

As a photographer, you hear a lot about how important it is to know how to see the light. This is absolutely, 100% true!

Much of my photography journey can be marked by how I use the light. I went through a phase of flat, even window lighting with beautiful big catchlights followed by portraits with 45 degree window lighting, then backlighting, and finally, dramatic lighting. One of the very first things I learned was to avoid dappled lighting. For a good two or three years, I avoided uneven lighting and direct sunlight at any cost. I would drape sheer curtains over my windows to diffuse the sun, I’d shoot in open shade, I’d backlight. Back in August, however, I moved to a new place and my move also coincided with the opportunity to do a photoshoot with the amazing Sarah Vaughn. And the way she used light… it was incredible and like nothing I had ever tried before! Instead of shying away from the direct sun or uneven lighting, she’d find the patches of even light and use the uneven light around it to add interest in the shadow patterns. Ever since then, I have been keeping my eye out for the interplay of light and shadows.(…)

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A day in the life with North Carolina photographer Christy Johnson

a day in the life | christy johnson

Like a lot of working moms out there, I strive for balance between my job as a portrait photographer and my job as a mom. On this day, my daughters are tracked out of school (they attend year round school, which we love!). I try to slow down a bit during track out to spend a little quality time with my girls. With a busy baby photography studio, it doesn’t always happen, but luckily I have an amazing partner in my husband. He helps keep us all steady and moving forward.(…)

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girl and her dog photo by Krista Campbell

Krista Campbell’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 Krista Campbell sharing what she loves!(…)

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examples-of-different-metering-modes-in-a-backlight-situation-by-Amy-Kolodziej

Metering modes explained and how to know which one to use

Choosing a metering mode can be as important as choosing an ISO or aperture when you need to nail your exposure. Metering affects how your camera processes the scene, thus giving you a reading on your exposure in camera. I know that with the ability to “chimp”, or stop and look at the back of your dSLR after each image, we can take our meters for granted. As a wedding photographer (and as a mother to two young children that don’t allow “do-overs”), however, I simply do not have the time to second guess myself after each frame.

Most of today’s modern cameras have at least three different metering modes to choose from; matrix (evaluative), center-weighted, and spot. Some cameras are also equipped with a fourth metering type called highlight-weighted metering mode. Both of my Nikon bodies have this newer mode and so I’ve included it here.(…)

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how to load and use actions in adobe photoshop by April Nienhuis

How to install and use actions in Photoshop

The thought of installing and using Photoshop actions may seem difficult but it’s actually pretty easy. In the video below, I will quickly show you two different ways to install your actions (I used The Organic Set actions from Marissa Gifford) and then customize them to your liking. Remember, you can do more than just hit play and be done; you can adjust all those wonderful layers to tweak the actions to beautifully enhance your images to complete your vision.(…)

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photo of awake newborn by Carla Bagley

5 secrets to photographing an awake newborn

When I first started working with newborns, I was always worried about when would the baby fall asleep? How would I get them to sleep? What if they didn’t sleep at all?

Any photographer who has worked with newborns knows that having them asleep is ideal. Alert babies will flail their arms and legs and show you how strong they can be, they are less likely to curl up into a pose. The muscles in their eyes are not very strong or coordinated, which can result in crossed and rolled back eyes, and they cannot maintain focus on any object very long.(…)

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family picture at the lake by Elena Blair

5 family poses that always capture connection

I like to think of my posing technique as directing rather than posing. When working with families, it is important to be able to guide and direct them into pleasing poses that ultimately demonstrate the connection within their family. There is so much connection to be captured within every family. I invite you to think outside the box and beyond traditional stiff family portraits. Here are five poses that always capture connection.(…)

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woman laughing picture by Heather Lazark

5 tips for a successful photography session

If I were to summarize what is most important for me to capture with my camera in two words it’s “honest beauty”. So when I create my art it is paramount for me to communicate the authenticity of my subjects, whatever or whoever they may be. The phrase “less is more” resonates heavily with me, especially with my photography. With those concepts in mind here are five simple steps I use to help cultivate a successful photo session.(…)

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The photography journey of South Carolina photographer Jan Tyler of One Boy Photography

my photography journey | jan tyler

I have always had an interest in photography…of taking pictures of the people I love and the places I visit. Like many of you, my full-blown passion began the minute my son was born. I spent the first year of his life happily taking pictures with my little Canon point and shoot camera…and life was good. (…)

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cell phone prints by Elicia Graves

Forget to print your photos? 5 tips to help you remember!

There was a time when I was chronically behind on printing my personal photos. There were months upon months of my children’s lives that were documented on the computer but were nowhere to be seen in print.

I had many good intentions to create a photo book of each year, but somehow they never materialized. I would get overwhelmed comparing books and book templates and reading reviews, and was left paralyzed with indecision. Meanwhile, I was still photographing my children and our lives and the images kept piling up on my hard drive. After the birth of my second child, I decided that I had to start printing my photos from that moment on, and that my system had to be simple and easy. (…)

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Virginia Beach Pier at Sunrise © Jennifer Carr Photography

5 tips for photographing where you live

It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday life and to overlook the amazing things that your town has to offer. Most people think that you have to travel to see something new and exciting. But, more often than not, we take for granted the things that our towns have to offer. It only takes an hour or two to do something new. I encourage you to grab your camera and hit the streets of your own town!(…)

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A day in the life with Vermont photographer Kristy Dooley

a day in the life | kristy dooley

Hi everyone! When I was asked to photograph a Day-In-The-Life I put it off for weeks, waiting for the “perfect” day when I would have nothing to do except photograph our day. As I’m sure many of you can relate, that day never came. On this particular day, I was at the end of a head cold and hit snooze a few too many times. My normal 5am start got pushed back to 6am and shortly after I made my way downstairs, I was reminded of why I wake up so early. My youngest followed me downstairs in the dark claiming she was thirsty.(…)

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How to make an abstract macro photo with oil and water by Monica Wilkinson

How to make an abstract macro photo with oil and water

Want to make some abstract art?? It is easy. Let me show you how!!

For the past 3 years I have been teaching the Intro to Macro class on Clickinmoms. During each week I have a “mid-week challenge” to kind of add a little fun! These challenges are a great way to step out of the box and have a little fun shooting something you may not shoot on a normal basis or even think to try! In week one we have the oil and water challenge. This challenge is always a hit for the students so I thought I would share the tutorial with you!(…)

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