One of our favorite posts here on the Clickin Moms blog each month is this one, the monthly member share. We love throwing a theme out to the forum members and seeing how they interpret it. This month, guest judge Jessica Lutz chose the theme of ‘Emotion’ and there were so many fantastic images submitted. Enjoy…(…)
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(…)
by Caroline Jensen
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.
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,(…)
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(…)
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!
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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
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9. How To Photograph Your Christmas Morning
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8. Back Button Focusing Made Simple
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7. Creative Wall Displays:(…)
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(…)
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,(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
by Melissa Stottmann
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
by Michelle Turner
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(…)
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(…)
by Alicia Gould
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(…)