CMPro

silhouette of bird in tree by Mabel Chow

4 creative ways to add impact when taking photos outside

At the start of this year, my family and I began taking hikes every weekend as a means to get more exercise, spend more time together, and just explore.

The exploring part is what excites me the most, photography-wise. I love not knowing what to expect because it means less planning. I’m not one for scouting locations and planning an entire photo session around it. More often than not, my family and I would do our hikes in the afternoons. It’s not the most ideal time for photography but that time is the most convenient for my family so I go with the flow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve interesting images. The lighting might not be optimal, but there are other techniques that I look for to make my images intriguing such as perspective and scaling, framing, textures, and just experimenting.(…)

Read More
a day in the life | liz behm

a day in the life | liz behm

Hi guys! Here’s a quick peek into our crazy life! When I took this DITL, our youngest wasn’t even two weeks old yet. So things were a bit more crazy than usual. And it was one of the dreariest days so far this fall, so my usual light filled home was a complete cave! I’m not a fan of the dark and gloomy winters! Anyways, here’s a look at a “typical” day as we figure out life with 5 kids!(…)

Read More
Snow Photos: 4 things to consider

Snow Photos: 4 things to consider

The leaves have fallen and the cold has set in. The gorgeous, bold and bright colors of fall that acted as a magnet to compel us to pick up our cameras and head outside are gone. We are left with barren trees, short days, and winter weather. Time to shoot inside, right? Hardly. The winter months can be gorgeous, especially when we are graced with freshly fallen snow. Winter landscapes provide beautiful scenery to be captured.(…)

Read More
my photography journey | mickie devries

my photography journey | mickie devries

2004 was the year my son was born, and while I always loved taking photos before that, his birth made me want to document every waking moment of his life. I did not yet own a DSLR, but I began scrapbooking and began playing around with images in Photoshop. (…)

Read More
Before and After: converting to black and white

Before and After: converting to black and white

Some images strictly call for color, and some you can’t imagine in anything but black and white!The kind of black and white depends on you and your style as a photographer. I like to call my black and whites, “Clean with Depth.” I vary rarely create a deep, moody black and white, I like my images to be light, airy, but with contrast. You’ll also see a different side of the coin when I create black and whites with a matte overlay in the video below.(…)

Read More
Product Review: shootproof

Product Review: shootproof

Sponsored: ShootProof
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 Karyn Lee takes ShootProof for a spin.
shootproof

How was the ordering process?
I was really excited to try out ShootProof. I(…)

Read More
The gear that turns my vision into reality

The gear that turns my vision into reality

There are things you just expect from your gear: that your lenses will focus, that they’ll attain apertures that deliver the impact of depth of field, that they’re tack-sharp — you know, table stakes. But then there’s the intangible, the hard-to-put-your-finger-on-it “thing” – the way your equipment renders an image, the way it handles depth of field, tonality, and light – that makes a camera and lens more desirable than any other.(…)

Read More
How to use fill flash outside

How to use fill flash outside

As much as we might long for lovely light that gently wraps around our subjects, there are times when the light is anything but. And what then? How do you photograph the image that you want (or need!) in the light that you have?(…)

Read More
5 ways to launch your photography business on the cheap

5 ways to launch your photography business on the cheap

With new photography businesses popping up every day without much investment or knowledge, it’s hard to know the correct way to go about it. You don’t need to go into debt when starting a photography business, but you do need to know where to invest your money wisely. Here are some tips:(…)

Read More
girl in the snow wearing a red coat by Kristy Dooley

How to read a histogram: 7 examples for you!

What does the perfect histogram look like?

Like many new photographers, I remember asking this question when I purchased my first DSLR.  That complicated looking diagram flashing on the back of your LCD screen can be confusing and it’s easy to assume there is a correct way it should look.  This is certainly a common misconception as there is no such thing as a “perfect histogram.”(…)

Read More
How to create impactful photos with mediocre light

How to create impactful photos with mediocre light

by Lisa Tichané
Sometimes you stumble upon an image on Facebook or on your favorite blog, and the fabulous light in this image stops you in your tracks. A gorgeous golden hour shot, a stunning silhouette, or maybe a low light image with fantastic depth… And you can’t help but think, “Oh how I wish all my images would look like this!!”.

And here comes the dreadful self-doubt, again. Because let’s face it, not all our images look like that. More often(…)

Read More
5 tips for the perfect Holiday card photo by Kristin Dokoza

5 tips for the perfect Holiday card photo

by Kristin Dokoza
You have taken everyone else’s family portraits for Holiday cards, but who are you missing? That’s right, your own family! Here are a few quick and easy tips to hopefully get you motivated, and get your cards sent out in time.
1. Get inspired.
Start looking through the many different photo card styles that are out there. This will help you select the colors for your photos, as well as the background and how many images you may want to(…)

Read More
The 4th annual CMteam favorite things list

The 4th annual CMteam favorite things list

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and time for our most favorite post of the year, the CMteam favorite things list. Perhaps not the most favorite post for our spouses or wallets though.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens: I’ve had and loved this lens for years, but in the past few months, it’s been on my camera more often than any other. Fast, versatile, and close focusing, it’s the perfect storytelling lens.
Cold Brewed Coffee(…)

Read More
10 questions with photographer Jessica Thomason

10 questions with photographer Jessica Thomason

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to December’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Jessica Thomason! And now for a fun interview with Jessica!
december cmpro of the month | jessica thomason

by Megan Cieloha

Congratulations on POTM, Jessica! What initially drew you to photography, and what made you stay?
Thank you so much Megan! I’m still pinching myself. So let’s see… as far back as I can remember I’ve been intrigued(…)

Read More
mom snuggling in bed with newborn photo by Anne Scherrer

love | anne scherrer

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 gorgeous photo by Anne Scherrer won us over. Congratulations, Anne!

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

To view more images from the(…)

Read More
The photography journey of Alabama photographer Lauren Sanderson

my photography journey | lauren sanderson

My Photography Journey by Lauren Sanderson

Like most things in my life, I procrastinated writing this blog post for way too long. I couldn’t really figure out where to begin or what y’all would think was important enough to talk about, but then I just decided to do what my Type A personality does best, and that’s go in order from the beginning. I can’t promise that this will be short, but if nothing else I hope to show that progress(…)

Read More
how to get sharp photos by Lissa Chandler

Can’t Nail Focus? Stop making these 3 mistakes!

I still remember the first time that I realized I could pick my own focal point.

Lying on my bed late at night, my six month old snuggled up against me as I browsed photography blogs, I came across a blog post that showed two photographs taken a breath apart. The first photograph was focused on a couple; the second photograph was focused on the grass in front of the couple.

I thought this was magic! “How did the photographer do that?!”(…)

Read More
Steaming Mandu by Jayne Cho

steaming mandu | jayne cho

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 gorgeous photo by Jayne Cho won us over. Congratulations, Jayne!

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

To view more images from the(…)

Read More
a day in the life | kelly rodriguez

a day in the life | kelly rodriguez

A Day In The Life with Kelly Rodriguez
Hi! Here’s a little peek into a typical day in our house.

We are new to NYC, moved up from Miami, and are enjoying our first real change of seasons!

My husband is in his 1st year of a medical residency, so he is long gone before we even wake up in the morning. So our mornings typically look like this… both kids in my bed.

After a little cuddle time, it’s time to get ready(…)

Read More