Tag Archives: hobbyist photographer

8 simple ways to balance family life with photography

by Celeste Pavlik

I am a full time hobbyist photographer.

But don’t stop reading just yet, even if you’re a working photographer actively taking clients. I wrote this for you too. :)

My job as a hobbyist may not be to go out and photograph other people’s families, but it is to photograph my own family and the things that speak to me. And I am guessing that those of you that earn an income as a photographer or work in another field(…)

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how aperture and distance affect depth of field

how aperture and distance affect depth of field

by Celeste Pavlik
One of the main things I wanted to learn when I first started snapping photos was how to make everything but my subject look blurry.

I thought if ‘I’ could do that, then my pictures would be so professional looking!!

Once I switched to manual mode, I learned quickly that if I shot a subject ‘wide open’ I could get that look I was going for. However, I also realized that only shooting wide open isn’t appropriate for every shooting(…)

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how to use the interval timer with your camera

by Megan Cieloha
We all know that we need to get in front of the camera more often.

Our children and other family members want to have evidence that we were at the parties, cookouts, reunions and simply present in everyday life, too. However, it can be unwieldy and limiting to hold (or quickly press and hide!) a remote while working on self portraits. Luckily, there is a simple and reliable alternative – Interval Timer Mode.

Interval timer mode is available on all(…)

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10 questions with photographer kristy dooley

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to May’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Kristy Dooley! And now for a fun interview with Kristy.
may cmpro of the month | kristy dooley
by Kristen Ryan

Hi Kristy! Congratulations on being May’s CMPro of the month!  First, will you tell us a little about yourself and your family?  Can you also tell us a fun or quirky thing about you unrelated(…)

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a day in the life | carolyn brandt

A Day In The Life with Carolyn Brandt
This is what a random Thursday looked like. Mostly routine, but some unplanned. My boy running around sans undies in the morning before preschool? Routine. A pop-in visit from my husband’s aunt and sister to teach me a couple of Belizian dishes? Definitely unplanned. But my day also consisted of a delicious lunch from a farmers market that magically appears every Thursday, the inspection and eating of amazing honey right from the honeycomb courtesy(…)

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a day in the life | sarah carlson

A Day In The Life with Sarah Carlson
Our Fridays are typically unscheduled for the most part. After a few days of being on-the-go, it is nice for us to have a leisurely morning. Our day starts at 7:30. Kate is already up and out of bed by the time I run upstairs with my camera, but Caroline is still stuck in her crib, so she gets the first shot of the day. She wakes up happy, as usual.

My girls aren’t huge(…)

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cmpro of the month interview with stacey haslem

Happy Spring friends! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to April’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Stacey Haslem! And now for an enlightening interview with Stacey.
april cmpro of the month | stacey haslem
by Jodi Arego

Hi, Stacey! First of all, congratulations on being Clickin Moms’ Pro of the Month!  Can you start off by telling us a little more about yourself?
I live in Modesto, California, but I grew up in Wyoming. I remember as a child(…)

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peek inside | sarah carlson

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today, we have one of our newest Mentors to feature, Sarah Carlson.
a peek inside | sarah carlson

Here’s my workspace! This is my grandfather’s old desk, so it has special memories for me. This area is located in my kitchen, so it’s easy for me to access it throughout the day without being away from my little girls. I keep my camera bag on the floor(…)

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tips for square composition

by Megan Dill
Square format photography seems to be all the rage, thanks in part to the popularity of Instagram and toy film cameras such as the Holga and Diana.  The 1:1 aspect ratio imparts a profound sense of simplicity and stability into images.  The viewer’s eye tends to gravitate towards the center of the frame, and takes in everything holistically instead of traveling from left to right, which is frequently the case with 35mm DSLR photographs with their 3:2 aspect(…)

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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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a peek inside | anne wick

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today we have Anne Wick.
a peek inside | anne wick

1. Nikon D700 – I  love this camera so much that I’ve had no desire to upgrade since I got it two years ago. I will probably use it until its last breath.

2. Nikon FM2 – My very first camera, the one that made me understand the power of connection through photography. I haven’t used it(…)

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self portraits for the self conscious

by Katrina Stewart
As a hobbyist with limited subjects to practice on, I have found self portraiture a great way to develop and enhance my photography skills. But by far the biggest benefit of self portraiture for me has been that I have taken some beautiful portraits of me and my son together that I otherwise would never have had.

But, for the longest time, I found it incredibly uncomfortable being on the other side of the camera. For those of you(…)

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a day in the life | jessica holden

A Day In The Life with Jessica Holden
When I was first asked about doing a Day in the Life post, I was a little intimidated, partly because I just don’t consider myself a lifestyle photographer! I have a deep-seated need to control everything, and I have found that need to be at distinct odds with the concept of capturing life as it happens. ;-P My other hesitation was that my life is not terribly exciting! Ultimately, though, documenting a normal, mundane(…)

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a peek inside | stacey vukelj

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today we have Stacey Vukelj.
a peek inside | stacey vukelj
It is a little embarrassing to say this out loud, but I love options. True for clothes, true for bags, true for books, true for take-out…and true for lenses. (To be clear, not true for husbands.) So with that confession, here is a look at my gear and my workspace.

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark(…)

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creative photography

by April Nienhuis

Do you struggle with who you are as a photographer?  Are you afraid to be yourself with your photography even it means shooting unlike everyone else? When raising children, we teach them that who they are is good enough. Even at a young age, peer pressure is around and we never want them to conform to others in an effort to ‘fit in’. Our goal as parents is to encourage the uniqueness that we see in each of(…)

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my photography journey | cassandra o’leary

My Photography Journey by Cassandra O’Leary
I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am to have this opportunity to share my photography journey with you as well as to share my love and appreciation of all things Clickin Moms! I have so much that I want to share that I don’t even know where to begin. So I apologize in advance because I am pretty sure that I am going to ramble and write way too much!

So let’s begin at,(…)

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a peek inside | celeste pavlik

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today, we have new CMmentor to feature, Celeste Pavlik.  Celeste is a brilliant hobbyist photographer who with a particularly appealing approach to lighting with some of the most beautiful black and white conversions out there.  We are so excited to have her on the CMblog today and know you will be too!
a peek inside | celeste pavlik
I upgraded from the Canon 7D (which I used(…)

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choosing your crop

by Emma Wood
  

It’s amazing how different crops can change the mood of an image or even just enhance them.  By just making a few little changes, you can add a lot more impact and drama.   I try as much as possible to think about cropping and where I want to place my subject within an image before I shoot.  But there are times when I realize during processing, how much more powerful an image would become with a certain(…)

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still | daily of the week

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 and soulful portrait by Emma Wood (taken with her Nikon D700 and Lensbaby Edge 80) stole our hearts.  Congratulations Emma!

To see more of Emma Wood’s photography(…)

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using a wide angle lens

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,(…)

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a peek inside | megan dill

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today we have Megan Dill.  Megan is an incredible photographer with a knack for stunning low light photography.  We are thrilled to have her on the CM team and thrilled to have her here on the CMblog today!
a peek inside | megan dill

1. Canon 5D Mark III: Oh how I love its focus system and low-light capabilities. The perfect camera.

2. Mamiya c330: First medium format(…)

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a peek inside | caroline jensen

It’s time for another edition of our ‘peek inside’ series and today we have CMmentor Caroline Jensen sharing her world with us!  Caroline is known for her soulful photography and is the instructor for one of CMU’s upcoming new online workshops, Shooting 301: The Art of Observation.  Please enjoy your glimpse into Caroline’s life!
a peek inside | caroline jensen
Someday soon my new studio will be built and I will have a lovely and professional work station. For now I have(…)

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keepin’ it real: finding your blogging style

by Melissa Gibson

Blogging has become an important part of businesses, but also a fun little hobby for people like myself.  You can showcase your latest work, your child’s art and recent happenings in your life.  Perhaps you own a business blog where you post images and advice for clients.  Maybe you have a how-to blog that includes tips and crafts for the home. Or?  You could be like me, and have a personal blog where you post images and stories(…)

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interview with stacey vukelj

I’m not quite sure how it’s possible but it’s already March and that means there’s a new CMpro of the Month to introduce you too, Stacey Vukelj!  Stacey may be a New York lawyer but she also has a passion for street photography.  She’s crazy talented at her passion and we are so pleased to have her here today sharing her thoughts with us and giving us a taste of what’s to come!
march cmpro of the month | stacey vukelj
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importance of hobbies

by Tracy Bradbury

Time – how do you find time to balance children, life, home and photography?  Its one of the questions seen an awful lot on the Clickin Moms photography forum.

I’m a single parent bringing up my children alone so for many years, to be able to follow my dream and pursue doing photography was put to one side, something that I used to dream I would “one day” make happen.  One day I decided that instead of just thinking(…)

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a peek inside | elle walker

It’s another day for ‘a peek inside’ with one of the CM photography forum Mentors and today we have the lovely Elle Walker all the way from Australia!  Elle is one of the kindest people you will ever have the privilege to talk to, an extraordinary photography, and instructor for one of the newest online photography workshops offered at CMU, Shooting 301: Fine Art and Visual Expression.  Enjoy your peek inside the world of Elle!
a peek inside | elle walker

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light and shadows

by Celeste Pavlik

It wasn’t too long ago that I would seek out perfectly even, perfectly bright and perfectly direct light.  I quickly realized how much this style of shooting, while it isn’t wrong in any way, just wasn’t me.  I love capturing my subjects in pockets of light and indirect light, especially indoors.  What this means to me is finding light that gently meets the shadows on my subject.  Give me that and I’m a happy girl!

I think most of(…)

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a peek inside | sarah wilkerson

It’s time for another ‘peek inside’ from the CMteam and today you get to learn about the CEO of Clickin Moms, Sarah Wilkerson!  Not only is Sarah hard at work being the CEO of CM and all that it requires behind the scenes, she is also the instructor to some of CMUs longest running online workshops – Shooting 301: Composition and Creativity and Shooting 301: Elements of Design.  Not only is Sarah an incredible photographer but she is also one(…)

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office area of Colorado photographer Lora Swinson

a peek inside | lora swinson

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today we have Lora Swinson.
a peek inside | lora swinson

1. Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home

I have tried a few other bags that were much cuter but they never worked for me.  I started out with a bigger version of this bag and sold it for some of the ‘girly’ brands out there – I tried 2 different kinds – but just didn’t love them as(…)

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a peek inside | lynne rigby

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside. Today we have Lynne Rigby.
a peek inside | lynne rigby

1. 70-200 ƒ2.8 L IS version one

2. 24-70 ƒ2.8 L version one

3. 16-35 ƒ2.8 L

4. 100 2.8 Macro (non-L)

5. 135 ƒ2.0 L

6. 85 ƒ1.2 L

7. 85 ƒ1.8

Main body: 5D MarkIII and 50 ƒ1.4

My first “good” lens and I still use it all the time. I think about upgrading to the 50L, but I’ve heard such mixed(…)

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