kids huddled up and looking at the camera photo by Heather Lee

my photography journey | heather lee

I always read about other photographers’ journeys and usually find that they were interested in photography from a very early age, or at least by high school. I can honestly say that I never cared much for photography at all, or even really thought about it, until I was in my 30s. In 2008, I found myself pregnant with three babies. While pregnant, my husband and I decided that responsible parents would own a camera. So, we went out and bought a point-and-shoot camera so that we could properly document our children’s lives and be responsible parents.(…)

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beach photo of boy standing with driftwood by Lacey Meyers

6 ways to keep traditions alive when capturing family events

How long does it take for a yearly event to become a tradition? Two years? Maybe ten? What is it called after 85? I’d say it goes beyond a tradition and is something in and of itself to be celebrated. However, after 8-decades, the focus of my family’s Fourth of July reunion isn’t glorifying that it is still going strong after all this time … the focus has always remained the same … freedom and family.(…)

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A day in the life with photographer Taryn Boyd

A day in the life with photographer Taryn Boyd

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is the first full week of of school for my boys so our days are still pretty unstructured and carefree. It usually starts we me laying in bed checking my phone for 20 minutes then getting up and having my morning coffee before the boys arise.(…)

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boot puddle

Liz Behm’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 Liz Behm sharing what she loves!(…)

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How to edit backlit photos in Lightroom by Cate Wnek

How to edit backlit photos in Lightroom

Light lovers, gather around! Don’t you just love dreamy, hazy backlit images? I do, it’s one of my favorites! Angling the camera toward the sun about a half an hour before it sets lets in so much yummy light . Often in this case, images can be a bit too flooded with light, causing important detail and vibrance to wash away. In processing these images, my primary goal is to add back richness in the tones with blacks. Usually my hazy SOOCs are peachy and creamy, which is lovely, but a bit washed out. It’s not as simple as adjusting white balance and contrast in the LR panel. Rather, I do a series of steps in LR with Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks and the HSL panel to accomplish a deeply toned final image.(…)

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baby being born by Bonnie Hussey

4 things to consider in birth photography

Breaking into birth photography can be difficult. Birth is such an incredibly intimate experience, and when that first mom invites you into her birth space it is a wonderful feeling! But then you start to worry about whether or not you can even do this. Believe me, you can. That is a normal feeling and I’m not sure I know any birth photographer who stops getting those butterflies before a birth, no matter if they’ve documented 10 or 100.

I remember my very first birth clearly. My youngest was only three months old, and still nursing. I had just basic gear; a Nikon D5100 with a 35mm lens (and not even the good glass). I learned many lessons with my first birth, and I am so thankful it was for a friend.

I’m hoping my lessons learned will help someone just starting to document births.(…)

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In My Driveaway photo project from Natalie Fay Green

Personal Photo Project: in my driveway

My project is called In My Driveway.

Driveways are mundane, ordinary places; everyone has one. As a mother, I spend a lot of time watching my children play in our driveway. Sun, rain, snow – it doesn’t matter – my kids are playing outside, on that little strip of asphalt. I realized, one day, in the middle of all that regularity, that a certain beauty was unfolding before me. Magic, even. The magic of childhood. Of imagination and bicycle races, of curiosity and long-forgotten conversations. Nothing unique or different, but a universal fantasticalness, nonetheless. And it was going on all the time, right in front of me.(…)

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Lensbaby Edge 80 photo from Marissa Gifford

Before and After: a composite in ACR and Photoshop

Hi there, everyone! I wanted to take some time to show you how I processed one of my new favorite images.

I took these with my Lensbaby Edge 80, but in one of the images, I chopped off the bottom part of the frame but had the focus on my son where I wanted it, and in the frame where I had the bottom intact, I missed the focus on my son. In this video I’ll show you how I combined the two images to get the composition I wanted as well as show you all the steps I took in ACR and Photoshop to achieve the vision I had for the mood and feel of this image. I hope you enjoy!(…)

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final edit with no reflector by Winnie Bruce

How I edit to get the glow of a reflector in Photoshop

For many photographers, a reflector is a great tool to use for bouncing and manipulating light. Often times, depending on the location and the subject, a reflector would really be very beneficial. For example, if it’s completely overcast, it’s a great way to introduce light to your subject. Also, it’s another way to enhance skin. I am, however, one of those photographers that notoriously forget my reflector. I love using it, but sometimes, I just forget it, or I use too long of a lens (like my 135mm lens) that I can’t hold my reflector and shoot at the same time.(…)

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wide angle beach photo by Nicole Begley

5 fun tips for wide angle photography

When I first started got interested in photography I thought that you chose your lens based on how far you are from your subject. Photographing something nearby? Use the 35mm. Photographing something far away? That calls for the 200mm. Turns out that our lens choice should be based on much more than simple distance!

Wide angle lenses are generally 35mm lenses and below. They have an incredible field of view and a 15mm fisheye on a full frame sensor can capture an approximate 180 degree view! This incredible field of view can make these lenses challenging to use, but also create some fun and unique images of your summer adventures!(…)

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A day in the life with Arkansas photographer Krista Campbell

A day in the life with Krista Campbell

Thank you for taking a peek into my daily life. My DITL in the summer looks very different than during the school year. In addition to photography, I am a literacy facilitator for a local public school. I am so blessed to have the summers off to spend with my 8-year-old daughter, Ava. My mornings are very quiet. Right now, Ava has been sleeping in until 9 or 10am, so I enjoy some quiet time curled up in a chair with a favorite book, or enjoying some tea on my back patio.(…)

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girl holding flowers by Thea Courtney of Cocoa Jones Photography

6 ways to capture the fleeting moments of childhood

I often tell people that I love to capture the ‘in-between moments’ most of all. Searching for and finding quieter moments is a skill that has come through practice, and I’ve found that the more observant and intentional I become as a photographer, the more pleased I feel about my images.

Here, I will share with you some of the things that I’ve learnt along the way, in order to help you recognise that enigmatic, fleeting ‘in-between’ moment.(…)

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bowl of popcorn by Ardelle Neubert

Ardelle Neubert’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 Ardelle Neubert sharing what she loves!(…)

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photo of girl looking at flower by Pooja Chauhan

Why artists need a personal project and 4 tips to accomplish it

We get into photography because it’s a great creative outlet, it’s an amazing hobby. But then as you get more into creating pictures for others or getting into business, it completely swallows you and you stop making the time to do what you love and what started you in it in the first place! It’s a shame to get burnt out and stop doing what you loved so much initially. I’m sure we can all relate to that, I certainly do!

For this reason, you need to purposefully allocate time for personal projects. If you don’t make the effort to do creative projects that you feel passionately about, you are just going to lose interest and get burned out very quickly.

Here are some tips to spark the fire again and get the creative juices flowing.(…)

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The photography journey of Megan Axelsson

my photography journey | megan axelsson

I wouldn’t say I’ve always loved photography. As a matter of fact, I can distinctly remember going to Mexico as a child and not taking a single picture. I had the camera and I had the film. I even loaded it. But there was this sense of dread. Dread of what? I’m unsure. I’ve always loved art. So much in fact the last two years of high school more than half of my school day was spent in the art barn (I went to high school in a small town in Kansas. Art was in a big metal shed). I essentially moved to Sweden after high school. Life happened and here I am some years later. A wife, a mother, an artist.(…)

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1 Jake! by Kristen Ryan

18 can’t miss shooting locations in Jackson Hole

Grand Teton National Park, in Jackson Hole, is one of the most incredible natural places to travel in the United States. The Teton mountain range, with its jagged peaks, rises majestically out of the valley, mesmerizing visitors from tiny toddlers to seasoned traveling adults. Just try to drive through without falling in love with this magical place. (…)

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