Even though you are a beginner, you know you want to create beautiful images, and you want to create them starting today. It can be hard to remember that it takes time to master something new. When faced with beautiful image after beautiful image online and elsewhere, it is easy to think that there must be a shortcut, that if you get that latest piece of equipment, or you only knew some processing secret that your favorite photographers surely must know, your images will instantly be great. Those kinds of shortcuts don’t exist, but with hard work, permission to grow at your own rate, and following some of the tips below, you can become the kind of photographer you want to be.(…)
Siblings have a relationship like no other. They can be super close one minute and fighting the next.
Still, there is something special about the fact that they have each other. It’s only natural to want to document that special relationship in images, whether photographing your own children, as a professional for other people’s kids, or hiring someone to photograph your siblings.(…)
Photography is a journey. There is no finish line. As long as we continue to take pictures, our body of work is going to evolve and change over time. That is to be expected and part of the beauty of this medium we all love. When we first start this journey we are often carefree, happy and oblivious about the images we are taking. Then we learn. We grow. We experiment. We find ourselves doing a bit of this and(…)
Who doesn’t want the people in their images to look healthy and vibrant?
Getting skin tones correct is a great start towards this goal. However, getting skin tones in your portraits to be correct and consistent isn’t as easy as it might seem. Paying attention to the light and white balance before you ever snap the shutter can go a long ways towards making that goal easier and to cutting down on your editing time.
1. Pay attention to the light.
There is no(…)
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 strategies for(…)
When shooting portraits on an overcast day, the sky can act like a giant soft box creating soft, even light. You generally don’t have to worry about bright sunshine making your subject squint, dappled light coming through trees, or harsh shadows on your subjects. However, because this giant softbox is positioned directly overhead, it can be hard to have anything other than flat lighting, catchlights can be hard to come by, and portraits can sometimes seem flat and boring.
1. Try shooting from slightly above(…)
It’s time for another installment of our ‘peek inside’ series and today is CMmentor Kristin Ingalls! Kristin is an incredibly talented natural light photographer who is so kind and knowledgeable. Our photography forum wouldn’t be quite the same without Kristin and we are happy to have her here today on the blog sharing a little glimpse into her world!
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1. Ketti camera bag – I’ve always wanted a Ketti bag, and when Clickin Moms came out(…)
Congratulations to our CMPro of the Month, Kristin Ingalls! Kristin has created a mini-breakout session that is full of beautiful imagery, plus great tips and suggestions for those of you who are working to perfect sooc image composition and basic light use. By covering how she uses the same lighting situation in several different ways, Kristin offers you ideas on how to add wonderful variety to any session in a short amount of time.
Getting it Right in Camera | Considerations(…)
August is here, the beginning of school is looming and it’s time to introduce you to the newest CMpro of the Month, Kristin Ingalls. Kristin is an incredible photographer that produces such captivating work. Her work with light is amazing and she has three of the most adorable subjects, her daughters. She is also one of the most kind and sincere people you will ever meet. There is no one quite like Kristin and we are so thrilled to have(…)
For me a great portrait usually starts with the light. Since I don’t often use anything other than natural light – occasionally adding a reflector — I start by studying the light. Once I know where there light is coming from and what direction I want my subject to face to get great light, I then look at what is around to make a nice, or at least decent, background. Honestly, I’ll take a so-so background and beautiful light over(…)