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full body photo at different apertures by Alicia Gould

2 aperture excercises that you can do TODAY

When setting up an image, the aperture and lens you choose makes a big difference. It’s important to know when to isolate your subject by shooting with a large aperture like f/2 or when to stop down to capture more of the scene with a small aperture like f/16.

Experimenting in aperture priority mode can help you visualize how changing the aperture affects both your subject(s) and your background. These exercises will help you understand how your area of focus changes as your aperture changes and also how using a different lens drastically changes the affect.(…)

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clare barker wells photography

Announcing the VOICE image competition 2015

You loved VOICE last year and you’ll love it again this year.

The purpose of VOICE is to recognize and celebrate images that encapsulate the spirit of this special collection – vision, originality, inspiration, creativity and overall excellence. The 2015 VOICE collection will feature 12 categories. Select images will be featured in an online gallery, Click Away print showcase, and Click Magazine’s Images of the Year feature. Use the form below to submit your images for consideration for inclusion in the 2015 collection. The deadline to submit is May 22, 2015.(…)

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The photography journey of South Carolina photographer Beth Wade

my photography journey | beth wade

It’s hard for me to say exactly when my photography journey began. I’ve been an artist all my life using various mediums, mainly painting and charcoal. For photography though, I took my first class in high school. We made pinhole cameras, developed our own images in a darkroom and I can remember learning about some of the basics. But it wasn’t until college that I got my first SLR. And to be honest, I didn’t use it that much because it was right at the same time that digital (point and shoot) cameras came out.(…)

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The photography journey of California photographer Vironica Golden

my photography journey | vironica golden

As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved visual arts. As a little girl I was always making something or drawing something. Growing up in Indonesia where a degree in arts is not very lucrative and parents are a big influence in choosing your career path, my mother steered me towards getting a degree in accounting. I moved to the United States for college in 1995. A year into college I decided to switch my major to graphic/packaging design that was more in line with my interest as a child.(…)

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The photography journey of Nevada photographer Shannon Wilkinson

my photography journey | shannon wilkinson

When I was a child, I had an old 110 camera. We lived around the corner from a Kodak kiosk and I would ride my bike over to the kiosk to get film developed. I don’t remember how old I was or when I got that camera but for as long as I can remember I have loved photography.

I was born in the late 60’s and digital cameras were not even a blip on the radar. As I grew, I documented my life with that old 110. When my first child, Alyssa, was born in 1990, I purchased my first 35mm camera and used it to document her childhood and in 1997 I got my first digital point & shoot. It was then that my obsession with photography truly began.(…)

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young girl sitting on the floor by Allison McSorley

6 secrets to more compelling photos

Someone once said that the best camera is the one you have with you. Whether you’re shooting with an old school point-and-shoot camera or a fancy new dSLR though, there are some universal techniques to keep in mind that will help you create more interesting and visually pleasing photographs.(…)

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good crops in camera by Megan Squires

5 mistakes I made as a new photographer

We learn from our mistakes. We grow in asking questions. And we can encourage others forward by being open about our journeys and aha! moments in photography. While the basics come easy now, there will always be more for me to learn and always new ways to grow. That’s something that gets me excited each and every time I pick up my camera.(…)

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photography interview with CMpro Lauren Sanderson

11 questions with photographer Lauren Sanderson

Hi Lauren! Big congrats on being the CMpro of the month. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in photography?

Thank you! I’m a mom of three sweet girls five and under, and my husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for almost 12 years. I’m a part-time professional photographer in Huntsville Alabama and mostly photograph families and children, with a few maternity, senior and newborn sessions sprinkled in. I’ve always loved taking pictures… I was that girl in high school who was always taking pictures, had double glossy prints developed at a one-hour photo, and then passed out the doubles to all my friends. When I started a family, that natural love of photography turned in to a real passion and hobby, and before I knew it, I was in business.(…)

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Metering modes explained and how to know which one to use

Choosing a metering mode can be as important as choosing an ISO or aperture when you need to nail your exposure. Metering affects how your camera processes the scene, thus giving you a reading on your exposure in camera. I know that with the ability to “chimp”, or stop and look at the back of your dSLR after each image, we can take our meters for granted. As a wedding photographer (and as a mother to two young children that don’t allow “do-overs”), however, I simply do not have the time to second guess myself after each frame.

Most of today’s modern cameras have at least three different metering modes to choose from; matrix (evaluative), center-weighted, and spot. Some cameras are also equipped with a fourth metering type called highlight-weighted metering mode. Both of my Nikon bodies have this newer mode and so I’ve included it here.(…)

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The photography journey of South Carolina photographer Jan Tyler of One Boy Photography

my photography journey | jan tyler

I have always had an interest in photography…of taking pictures of the people I love and the places I visit. Like many of you, my full-blown passion began the minute my son was born. I spent the first year of his life happily taking pictures with my little Canon point and shoot camera…and life was good. (…)

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photo of Elizabeth Gilbert speaking at Click Away 2014 in Salt Lake City by Lacey Meyers

Interested in Teaching at Click Away?

Click Away 2015 is coming to San Antonio in October and is accepting applications from talented photographers who would love to share their passion, knowledge, and experience with attendees in boutique sessions and outdoor shooting experiences. Got a great idea for a program? Want to lead a fun session and connect with dozens of other photographers? Click Away wants to hear from you! (…)

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child looking at shark display by Jennifer Bogle

10 questions with photographer Jennifer Bogle

Congratulations on being featured as the CMPro of the Month, Jennifer! Would you please tell us a little about your photography journey? First memory including a camera, what made you pick up photography as a serious endeavor and how you came to be where you are today?

Thanks! I’m really honored to be interviewed!

I had a camera in high school, and vaguely remember snapping through rolls of film, but I was never a student of photography. And then, predictably, my first son was born and I bought a DSLR–a Rebel Xti. Unfortunately, it took me five years (and two more kids) to learn that a dslr isn’t just an expensive point and shoot. A friend introduced me to Clickin Moms and I started reading! That was about two and a half years ago.(…)

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black and white ballerina photo by Kate Luber

my photography journey | kate luber

My photo journey began when…wait for it…my daughter was born! Surprise!

I guess the seeds were planted long before that. My uncle is a photographer in San Francisco. We don’t see him often, but once a year, he visits and brings his fancy camera. He not-so-secretly follows everyone around during holiday gatherings and takes candid shots of the family. We don’t see the photos for a year. When he comes again, he brings the photos from last year. It’s always fun to look back at the previous year…and also hope you’re not wearing the same outfit…(…)

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Example photo of full frame vs crop sensor crop by Jessica Nelson

What the crop? Full frame and crop sensors explained.

As with many photographers, I started my interest in digital photography with a smaller and less expensive camera. I wanted to dabble without spending a ton of money. So in 2007 I bought the Canon 30D. I knew this camera was a crop sensor, or APS-C, when I bought it and I learned how to adjust the focal lengths of my lenses to make it work for me.

Let’s start with the basics, what is the sensor?(…)

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backlit photos of two girls laughing by Amy Schuff

55 amazing photos from 2014

We see a lot of photos in a single year. Between the CM forum, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, our minds are constantly blown at the amount of incredible imagery being created. Your talent astounds us. A few weeks ago, we asked the forum members to show us their 3 favorite pictures they took in 2014. After receiving hundreds of photos, we took on the grueling task of narrowing it down. That was hard, the photos were too great, but we eventually did it and below is 55 of our favorites for you to enjoy. (…)

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