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how to use a lensbaby by nina mingioni

how to use a lensbaby: your starter guide

You may be seeing photographers share photos with delicious blur – they very well may have been taken with one of the many Lensbaby lenses. Whether you’ve never heard of these before, just getting started with yours, or looking for more tips on using a Lensbaby, this post is for you!

I never leave my house without one of these. It’s true – my camera bag is my purse, and even if I leave my camera at home, I will usually(…)

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how to install lightroom presets tutorial by Caroline Jensen

how to install lightroom presets

Lightroom is the perfect program to use when you want to experiment and try new things. I like to save new presets all the time, but I don’t always want them all in my Lightroom Develop module at once. I like to keep a Dropbox (or similar, synced storage program) folder of my presets and then I can install what I want, when I want, and still know that I have everything tucked away for safe keeping.

It is also handy(…)

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how to get a high-key photo without studio lighting

by Crystal Samson
Have you ever wanted to make a high-key headshot, but don’t have studio lighting, or enough equipment to pull it off?

If you have a window, or even just a bright sky, you can!  No fancy lights to learn…just a simple reflector (if you want, you can even do it without a reflector) and a bright light source behind your subject is all you need.

Place your subject in front of a bright window, the less distractions the better.  Blinds,(…)

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funny photography out-takes from Clickin Moms forum members

Birthday Week Celebration: outtakes, readers choice

In one of our many games on the Clickin Moms photography forum in celebration of Birthday Week, we asked members to share their funniest session outtakes and boy did they!  We’ve managed to narrow it down to 9 hilarious photos but we need your help in choosing a winner (there will actually be TWO winners).  Can you tell us which one is your favorite?










So what’s you’re favorite outtake shown above? 

And don’t forget that we’re giving away prizes each day(…)

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Birthday Week Celebration: throwback thursday contest

The ‘CM is 6!’ celebrations continue and today we’re going to honor Throwback Thursday by sharing some CMteam members at the age of 6.  Fun right?!  We want to see if you can pair the 6 year old with the right team member.  Need some help?  Dig through the team page to see if you can find any clues!

[fourcol_one]1 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]2 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]3 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]4 [/fourcol_one_last]

[fourcol_one]5 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]6 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]7 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]8 [/fourcol_one_last]

[fourcol_one]9 [/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]10[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]11[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]12[/fourcol_one_last]

[fourcol_one]13[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]14[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one]15[/fourcol_one] [fourcol_one_last]16[/fourcol_one_last]


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give someone else your camera so you can get in the frame

Birthday Week Celebration: the 10 best photography tutorials

Did you know that we have well over 300 photography tutorials archived here on the CMblog?  That’s a lot of info to learn right there!  We thought it’d be fun to share with you the top 10 tutorials in the history of the blog here with you.  Let the count down begin!

10. Top 10 List For Photographing Families
by Courtney Keim[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]
9. How To Photograph Your Christmas Morning
by Melissa Stottmann[/twocol_one_last]

8. Back Button Focusing Made Simple
by Lisa Tichané[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]
7. Creative Wall Displays:(…)

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Lynn Taborga

Ask the Pros: the best tips for photographing a birthday party

It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” here on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this month we asked them, in the spirit of CM’s 6th birthday celebration, “What are your favorite tips for photographing your own child’s birthday party?”
*image by Heather Lazark
Nicole Everson, Florida
I always shoot with my 50mm, I make sure to be set up 15(…)

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CMteam wish list items

Birthday Week Celebration: what’s on the CMteam’s wish list

Happy CM Birthday Week everyone!  Are you ready to get this party started?!
We’re going to start the celebration of the Clickin Moms forum’s 6th birthday with the motherload of all wish lists.  We asked the CMteam what they’re wishing for when their birthday’s come up and they gave us an incredible list of goodies…


[twocol_one]2 Seductive Spirit Essence:
I am in LOVE with this scent from Intelligent Nutrients–Seductive Spirit Essence. It is a little bit earthy/ spicy and a little bit sweet,(…)

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how to modify your flash by Crystal Samson

modifying your flash

by Crystal Samson
A few weeks ago, I was checking out flash modifier options for my Speedlite.  I like to keep things portable, easy to use, and uncomplicated.  I currently have a 43” Brolly Box and 43” shoot-thru umbrellas….but those aren’t always good options outside, and they definitely can’t be used on-camera.  Enter the Rogue FlashBender with diffusion panel.  It’s small, lightweight, foldable, and easily portable.  They can be used on your flash on-camera or mounted on a lightstand.  Since they(…)

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card inspiration from Pinterest

by Carol Swaitkewich
As fall comes to a close and winter starts to make an appearance, that’s when I start to think about my own family Holiday cards and pictures.
Last year wanting something different, but not knowing what, I hit Pinterest to get some inspiration.
When I am looking at Pinterest, or anywhere online really, for an image as inspiration I, of course, am not wanting to copy a picture exactly. If a pinned image strikes me, I ask myself what it(…)

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shooting with albums in mind

by Elicia Graves and Kelly Garvey

Have you ever attempted to piece together a photo album only to find that your images just aren’t working well together on the page spreads or the album does not feel cohesive?   Today I will be sharing what I have learned about photographing for albums from a personal and hobbyist perspective, and the lovely Kelly Garvey will be sharing with you from a professional point of view.

1. Photograph your intended image, then photograph a(…)

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photography journal aticle by photographer Melissa Stottmann

How to keep a photography journal

For my entire life I have been a documenter.  In an effort to remember every tiny detail I have scrapbooked and journaled.  In fact, I picked up a camera for this same purpose.
My journaling habit began the moment I learned to write words and in high school I really began preserving memories. I wanted to remember every little moment, emotion, and ahem, details… way too many details… ask my mom.
Journaling began to taper off around college and scrapbooking became too(…)

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Clickin Moms 5th annual Scavenger Hunt

5th annual scavenger hunt

It’s that time of year again…time for the anxiously-awaited, much-anticipated 5th annual Clickin Moms Scavenger Hunt!  For those who don’t know what the Scavenger Hunt is, it’s a super fun competition for all CM members, regardless of skill level.  In fact, this is an awesome summer activity for the entire family to participate in!!

What: Clickin Moms Fifth Annual Scavenger Hunt

When: July 1-July 21st, 2013

Who: All members (includes mentors and vendors), regardless of skill level

Why: To get out, shoot, and have(…)

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gray Girls Day Out leather camera bag

our 1000th blog post!

Today on the CMblog we’re checking off a milestone, 1000 blog posts.  How exciting is that?!   We’ve shared a lot on here since that first post on January 18, 2010 including over 250 photography tutorials, over 80 photographer interviews, numerous giveaways, tons of inspiration, and much more. We thought this milestone deserved a celebration so we asked forum members to share a photo from their favorite tutorial from the CMblog.  We have some incredible blog inspired photos for you(…)

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PIF summer lovin from Clickin Moms

summer lovin’ pay it forward: share the love

Summer is nearly here for some of us, and Clickin Moms would like to challenge our members to spread a little
love around our community…so we’re bringing back our Summer Lovin’ Pay It Forward (PIF) event!

How does this PIF event work?

It’s easy!  There’s a dedicated PIF sub-forum on the board where members can offer something
they would like to give to another member.  These offers range from website critiques to portfolio
reviews to breakout sessions to just about anything photography-related you can think(…)

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Millers Professional Imaging

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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using gels on your flash

Gels can be great tools to enhance the look of your flash photographs– they can be used to creatively change the light or to match the look of another light in the frame.  Most of the time when I pick up my flash for use off camera (OCF), I gel my flash to a certain color to change the color of the light that strikes my subject. Usually the effect is subtle, but you can also use gels to dramatically(…)

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tips for sucessful mini sessions by Melissa Koehler

where to watermark

Watermarking, it’s something that we should be doing to every single image that we share online. That means facebook, blog and any other public sites. The topic of watermarking gets brought up a lot and I want to spend some time talking about the importance of watermarking your images all the time.

Let’s talk a bit about the placement of your watermark. Everyone tends to watermark their images differently, some in the corners, some at the very bottom and some in(…)

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maximize your time and sales

Photographers often ask each other “how many images do you show in your galleries?” The answer for me is always, it depends!  Each family I photograph is unique; they have different dynamics, different decorating styles and different reasons for wanting to book a session.  If you don’t take the time to find out some of that before the session, you could be wasting a lot of your time processing images that don’t mesh with their style.
Before the Photo Session
Wedding photographers(…)

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backlit photo of girl sitting on bed by Melissa Gibson

4 Photoshop Elements tools I can’t live without

I know I’ve mentioned this before and I’m certain you all know this by now, but  I really dig Adobe Photoshop Elements.

If you are a beginner looking for editing software, this is the one for you.  On the other hand, if you are more advanced in your photography journey, this may also be the software for you.  In fact, I know loads of extremely talented photographers who use Elements.  It is an editing program that is highly underrated and definitely(…)

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