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 Crystal Samson
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(…)
by Melissa Koehler
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(…)
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(…)
by Melissa Gibson
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(…)
by Pam Korman
What is a double exposure? Quite simply, it is the combination of two images. How those images are combined can happen a few different ways. It can be done in a photo-editing program like Photoshop, after the fact, but I like the creative freedom that comes from deliberately planning and shooting one image on top of another. This can be done digitally (and I will talk about that in a bit) but, for me, the fun comes in(…)
by Kristin Ingalls
While some of my favorite portraits don’t have eye contact, or maybe even show a face, there’s no denying that strong eye contact is a great way to pull your viewers into your image. It can really help a viewer to connect with your subject. With older cooperative subjects it’s usually easy to get a mix of images with eye contact and without, but with the littlest ones it can be tricky. Here are some of my favorite(…)
by Rebecca Spencer
If you are looking to add a little variety into your portraits why not try using a wide angled lens? Often overlooked as just a landscape lens, a wide focal length can open up a whole new world of possibilities and, contrary to popular belief, you can still get a flattering portrait of your subject – you just need to shoot in a slightly different way.
On a full frame camera a wide angle is anything smaller than 35mm,(…)
And that’s a wrap for Birthday Week! We had an incredible time celebrating 5 years of Clickin Moms with everyone on the forum, facebook, instagram, and here on the CM blog. We’ve spent our week reminiscing, laughing, crying, and sharing virtual hugs. To top it off, we gave away $5400 in prizes from our incredible sponsors! Congratulations to all the Birthday Week winners listed below!
birthday week winners
*image by Kelly Wilson, CMpro favorites winner
Random CMglimpse winners:
Jo Clark ‘bluella’ – Diana mini(…)
Kendra Okolita and Sarah Wilkerson are the masterminds behind Clickin Moms and we, the CMteam, wanted to take a moment during Birthday Week to tell them how much we appreciate them. Our thoughts and feelings are hard to put into words but we’ve done our best.
dear kendra and sarah,
To say thank you would be such an understatement. I have learned so much from both of you over the past five years, both personally and professionally. I love saying that I’m(…)
Birthday week is still going strong but we’re nearing the end. There are numerous reasons to love CM between the helpfulness, education, knowledge, and photography shared daily but one of our personal favorites is the friendships that are formed. We though, how fun would it be to interview a group of photographers that have grown close after meeting one another on the forum! Today we have Kim Lane, Adele Humphries, Jessica Remus, Sarah Zalan, Stacey Vukelj, and Krista Sodt to(…)
Are you enjoying the CM birthday party this week? The festivities are in full swing everywhere you can find us whether it be the forum, facebook, instagram, or here on the blog! Do you follow CM on Instagram? We’re having a party there as well with birthday related CMglimpse prompts and random drawings each day with prizes for those who tag their images with #cmis5! Head on over and participate but first, read up on these great iPhoneography tips from(…)
We are having a blast celebrating Birthday Week on the forum with all the games and contests so we wanted to have a little contest here as well. Sometimes, the photo outtakes are the best ones and leave us with a smile for hours. We would love to hear your captions for this hilarious photo! Leave your caption in the comments below by 9pm EST this Friday, March 22, 2013 and we will announce the winner by Saturday. Are you(…)
We love photography books here on the Clickin Moms blog and, according to your response to Sarah’s 19 Must Read Books for Photographers, you do too! We thought it would be fun to compile another list of books for photographers that the CM Team particularly loves. Now just to try not to spend too much on Amazon!
book suggestions for photographers
*image by Jodi Arego
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
This best-selling book of essays and assignments is an inspirational read for anyone(…)
by Lisa Tichané
If you read photography forums, you are probably aware that toddlers are supposed to be a photographers nightmare. They don’t listen to instructions, move all the time, run away from you whenever they can, drive their parents crazy, throw your props away and will probably hate all of the brilliant ideas that you had carefully prepared when you planned the shoot. I have to admit that every single thing in this list is true (and can be even worse(…)
by Ashley Spaulding
It’s been two months and 24 days since we wrapped up the last run of the Shooting 201: Lifestyle with Kids workshop, but who’s counting, right?!? I am!!! I cannot wait for the next run of the workshop to begin in less than four weeks!! I’m so excited to meet a new group of students, to be back to teaching again because I love it so much, and to see four weeks of gorgeous lifestyle images shared in(…)
by Jennifer Dell
The HSL/Color/BW tab in Adobe Lightroom can be used for lots of reasons when editing. One of my favorite ways to start a clean edit in Lightroom is with the Color tab. It can be used for a variety of things including brightening skin tone, adjust specific colors and their saturation as well as increasing or decreasing the luminosity of specific colors.
For this example, I decided to use an image of my daughter from this summer. Here in(…)
by Michelle Turner
I love my speedlights – they provide me with one more tool in my kit, giving me the flexibility and ability to create beautiful portraits in any lighting condition. Whether I want to bounce my flash from my camera’s hot shoe or whether I want to shape the light by taking my flash off camera, my speedlights give me portable, adjustable sources of light.
There are a few items out there that make my speedlights even more utilitarian, and(…)
Have you seen our Dream Giveaway? Have you entered yet? One lucky person will win a Grand Prize Pack with over $5000 in prizes from Clickin Moms, Tamron, SHUTTER|bag, Adorama, Pinhole Pro, and Creative Motion Design … plus EVERY entrant instantly receives an incredible Digital Gift Pack with 19 downloads featuring digital tools, templates, educational guides, and more!
What are you waiting for? Enter the Dream Giveaway for photographers here!
Update! Congratulations to Katie Dowens who won the Dream Giveaway!
by Emma Wood
If you’ve never used a lensbaby before, they almost seem like a mysterious kind of secret, something unique and totally different. This is how I felt before I joined in on the fun about nine months ago. Lately I’ve found more and more people experimenting with them, and loving them. They bring something fresh and new to images and they are not expensive compared to most lenses. I remember being totally intrigued with them before(…)
It’s time for another edition of our monthly series “Ask a CMpro” her on the CM photography blog in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish. Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them, “What method do you use for setting your white balance in camera and why does that method work for you?”
*image by Lora Swinson
Beth Orey, Texas
I use Kelvin for my white balance. I always prefer warmer images and can usually just(…)
win an iPad mini!
How would you like the opportunity to win a free iPad mini? We’ve got one waiting for one of you! To enter to win, visit the Clickin Moms facebook page, share the Black Friday sale with all of your friends, and then come back here to comment by 12pm EST Sunday November 25, 2012 so we know you participated. Winner will be announced right back here on this post by Wednesday, November 28th. Happy Holidays friends!
by Josh and Jenny Solar
On any given Wednesday morning, you’ll find me rushing around the kitchen like a madwoman…packing two healthy lunches, signing kindergarten permission slips, filling up water bottles and snack packs, and pleading with my kiddos to eat a little more breakfast. My husband Josh is filling bowls with oatmeal or cheerios and making sure the kids are dressed. Now, if this mental picture makes you believe that we’ve got our act together and we have it all(…)