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my photography journey | mickie devries

my photography journey | mickie devries

2004 was the year my son was born, and while I always loved taking photos before that, his birth made me want to document every waking moment of his life. I did not yet own a DSLR, but I began scrapbooking and began playing around with images in Photoshop. (…)

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How to create impactful photos with mediocre light

How to create impactful photos with mediocre light

by Lisa Tichané
Sometimes you stumble upon an image on Facebook or on your favorite blog, and the fabulous light in this image stops you in your tracks. A gorgeous golden hour shot, a stunning silhouette, or maybe a low light image with fantastic depth… And you can’t help but think, “Oh how I wish all my images would look like this!!”.

And here comes the dreadful self-doubt, again. Because let’s face it, not all our images look like that. More often(…)

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10 questions with photographer Jessica Thomason

10 questions with photographer Jessica Thomason

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to December’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Jessica Thomason! And now for a fun interview with Jessica!
december cmpro of the month | jessica thomason

by Megan Cieloha

Congratulations on POTM, Jessica! What initially drew you to photography, and what made you stay?
Thank you so much Megan! I’m still pinching myself. So let’s see… as far back as I can remember I’ve been intrigued(…)

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The photography journey of Alabama photographer Lauren Sanderson

my photography journey | lauren sanderson

My Photography Journey by Lauren Sanderson

Like most things in my life, I procrastinated writing this blog post for way too long. I couldn’t really figure out where to begin or what y’all would think was important enough to talk about, but then I just decided to do what my Type A personality does best, and that’s go in order from the beginning. I can’t promise that this will be short, but if nothing else I hope to show that progress(…)

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how to get sharp photos by Lissa Chandler

Can’t Nail Focus? Stop making these 3 mistakes!

I still remember the first time that I realized I could pick my own focal point.

Lying on my bed late at night, my six month old snuggled up against me as I browsed photography blogs, I came across a blog post that showed two photographs taken a breath apart. The first photograph was focused on a couple; the second photograph was focused on the grass in front of the couple.

I thought this was magic! “How did the photographer do that?!”(…)

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smiling boy picture by Lacey Meyers

Not too Dark, Not too Bright: 3 Steps to Get Exposure Just Right

**This photography tutorial was posted on the ever-growing CM forum; however, we think it’s so rad that we just had to share with you, too**
Like Goldilocks on the hunt for the perfect bed to nap in, we photographers are working to achieve the perfect exposure in our images.  Sometimes they’re too dark, sometimes they’re too bright, but with a few quick tips, you can get your exposures just right!

I help teach the Mastering Manual Exposure photography workshop and wrote(…)

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10 questions with photographer Rachel Nielsen

10 questions with photographer Rachel Nielsen

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to November’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Rachel Nielsen! And now for a fun interview with Rachel!
november cmpro of the month | rachel nielsen

by April Nienhuis

Congratulations on being the November CMpro of the Month Rachel! Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
Thank you so much! I am so honored to be November’s CMpro of the month! I am based(…)

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my photography journey | samantha covert

my photography journey | samantha covert

My Photography Journey by Samantha Covert

My photography journey began in 2008, when my husband gifted me my first DSLR (a Nikon D40) just before our wedding.  I had no idea how to adjust any of the dials, but was happy that even in auto mode my images were better than those I took with my little point and shoot.

My interest and motivation for capturing images really ramped up after my first child was born in 2009.

I became quite photo-crazed soon after his(…)

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self portrait series of mom and child by Marissa Gifford

10 questions with photographer Marissa Gifford

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to October’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Marissa Gifford! And now for a fun interview with Marissa!
october cmpro of the month | marissa gifford

by Megan Dill

Congratulations on being October’s CMpro of the month, Marissa! Can you please start off by telling us a little about yourself? Also, do you have any special talents unrelated to photography?
Hi there and thanks for having(…)

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Motif #1: a photographer’s new perspective

Motif #1: a photographer’s new perspective

by Meredith Abenaim
See that little red fishing shack?

That’s called Motif #1 – because it’s the most painted building by artists in America.

Motif #1 is situated on Bradley Warf in Rockport, Massachusetts just about one hour north of Boston.  The little fishing village along Cape Ann is rich with art galleries, to-die-for New England seafood, cozy beaches, stunning ocean views and a vibrant and committed arts community of all mediums.  Remember the 2009 Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds film, The Proposal? (…)

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photography conference packing list: your free downloadable

photography conference packing list: your free downloadable

With Click Away fast approaching, everyone is frantically trying to think of what they need to pack!  How many outfits, shoes, etc.? What gear should I bring? Don’t forget the gum, snacks, band aids!
We created a general packing list that is good, not only for Click Away, but just about any photography conference you attend. Best part? It’s a printable!  Go ahead and download the PDF here and print it out to help you with your packing!
We are hoping this(…)

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child with red cape on picture by Ardelle Neubert of Lifeflicks Photography

9 questions with photographer Ardelle Neubert

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to September’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Ardelle Neubert! And now for a fun interview with Ardelle!
september cmpro of the month | ardelle neubert

by Kristin Dokoza

Hi Ardelle, I’m so excited for you. Congratulations on being CMpro of the month! We would love to hear more about you and your family.
Thank you so much Kristin!  It is such honour to be Clickin(…)

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bride getting ready photo by Sarah Kossuch

my photography journey | sarah kossuch

My Photography Journey by Sarah Kossuch

My journey.

Most of the time, when you read about photographers, there, at some point, was a love for photography early on. I was not one of those. To be honest, it took me a bit to sit down and really dig into my mind of when did my journey start?

I noticed my love for photography really hit home in 2004-2005. At that time my oldest son was 2-3 years old and I wanted nice pictures of(…)

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how aperture affects depth of field

How aperture and distance affect depth of field

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 scenario. Sometimes(…)

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newborn photo by Winnie Bruce

my photography journey | winnie bruce

My Photography Journey by Winnie Bruce

I didn’t start my photography journey with the goal for it to be what it is. I guess that is the beauty of life though. We are brought to different avenues, and then we make choices of what eventually would be best for us.

In the summer of 2008, my best friend Bruce, who’s a chef, brought over a Canon Rebel XSi to our house. We chatted about how he was going to take the camera to(…)

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12 questions with photographer Alice Che

12 questions with photographer Alice Che

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to August’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Alice Che! And now for a fun interview with Alice!
august cmpro of the month | alice che

by Megan Cieloha

Congratulations on being chosen as CM Pro of the Month, Alice! Will you start by telling us a little about yourself? Career outside of photography, best childhood memory and highest item on your current lifetime bucket(…)

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photographing with heart and vision: a workshop recap

photographing with heart and vision: a workshop recap

by Jodi Arego
Photographing with Heart and Vision was born out of my consuming desire to make connections… honest connections with people, with the essence of places, and with simple, ordinary moments.

Just like you, I crave a life full of rich and meaningful experiences that touch me deeply and stir something inside my heart.  But, honestly, the ebb and flow of the responsibilities of everyday life have their way of reminding me time and time again that these life-giving experiences don’t(…)

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my photography journey | alana rasbach

my photography journey | alana rasbach

My Photography Journey by Alana Rasbach

I feel as though I need to have a polished journey in order to write this–one that has resulted in me feeling satisfied with my work as a photographer. But I don’t. I think I am just at the beginning of my journey as an artist.
(This is me with my camera, 11 years old)
I received my first camera when I was 9 or 10 years old. It was a film Kodak instamatic. My older sister(…)

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10 questions with photographer liz labianca

10 questions with photographer liz labianca

Another month brings a new CMpro of the Month! Let’s start this month off with a huge congratulations to July’s CMpro of the Month, the fabulous Liz Labianca! And now for a fun interview with Liz!
july cmpro of the month | liz labianca

by Sarah Carlson

Hi, Liz! We’re so thrilled to see you as July’s CMpro of the month! We would love to hear all about you and your family.
Thank you so much! What an incredible honor to be CMpro of(…)

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my photography journey | jennifer jabbour

my photography journey | jennifer jabbour

My Photography Journey by Jennifer Jabbour

As a little girl, I was always creating something. My favorite gifts were always new art supplies. In elementary, our school competed against other schools across the state in several categories, one being art. I submitted some pencil drawings, water color and oil paintings, and won several awards!

As a mother, my love for the visual arts was crowded out by lack of time and space. It’s been at least 10 years since I’ve seriously attempted to(…)

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