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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**
by Lacey Meyers
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(…)

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Workshop Preview: capturing joy

Do you want to capture children and family images filled with true smiles and carefree laughter?

Would you like to learn how to enhance the emotion perceived in your images to make them memorable and strong?

Would you feel happy if people smiled irresistibly when looking at your work?

If the answer is YES, then the Capturing Joy photography workshop by Lisa Tichané is the class you need!

In this workshop, you will learn how to embrace joy in lifestyle family photography. Whether you(…)

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Capturing Joy: a photography workshop recap

by Lisa Tichané
When I created the Capturing Joy photography workshop, I was expecting it to be a joyful experience in itself. Of course we were going to work (sometimes hard!) on how to make these authentic happy pictures happen, but the very first goal of this workshop was to reconnect to our inner joy, in order to ooze happiness so irresistibly that our subjects simply couldn’t resist.

I was both exicted and scared when the first run started – excited to(…)

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a new perspective on photography

by April Nienhuis
When I was little, I loved to color.

I loved it so much, and was pretty good at it, that I won several coloring competitions held in my town one Halloween when I was about 5 years old.  While I may not color much anymore, my youngest child shares the same joy for coloring that I once did.  Of my 3 kids, she’s the one most likely to color inside the lines too.

What does this have to do with(…)

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a workshop preview: photographing with heart and vision

Photographing with Heart and Vision workshop is designed as a reflective and invigorating experience to connect your art with your soul.  In this 4 week online workshop with Jodi Arego, you will explore your heart and voice as an artist while at the same time examine the intentional choices to be considered when creating photographs that are both emotionally impactful and technically strong. Be inspired and encouraged to embrace who you are and express yourself authentically through your images.

Are you(…)

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New Shutter|bag colors, Win a trip to Click Away, sleeping children

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a workshop preview | mastering manual exposure

Mastering Manual Exposure is designed to help you learn how to meter in-camera and control your exposure and white balance while making informed decisions about ISO, shutter speed, and aperture in order to achieve your vision in-camera! You’ll examine common exposure pitfalls and how to correct them, and engage in a variety of creative assignments which will give you the confidence you need to capture consistent and beautiful images in any kind of situation. This four week online workshop with(…)

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a workshop preview | storymaking

What makes a good story anyway? We know one when we hear one. But how do we see a compelling story in a photograph? What elements make a narrative image powerful? How can our shooting and processing lend to the story we aim to tell? In CMU’s new workshop, Storymarking with Meredith Novario, you will learn to plan and build powerful narrative images.  You will dissect images for their story elements, consider what stories you are driven to tell and(…)

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3 tips to capturing joyful photos

by Lisa Tichané
Some might say that I’m obsessed with photographing joy and laughter, and this is probably true. I guess every photographer has a topic that he or she can photograph over and over again without ever getting tired of it. This is how I feel about laughter and carefreeness. Capturing joy feeds my soul, and makes me a happier person.

This is probably why I’ve become a children’s photographer in the first place; there is something about kids’ giggles and(…)

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a workshop preview | exploring creative photography

Exploring Creative Photography is designed to help you discover the emotions behind setting choices which will enable you to move past traditional photography and begin to pursue creativity and art in your work.  This four week online workshop with April Nienhuis will help you to explore the technical aspects of creative photography and learn to decide when to choose creative settings to tell the story you wish with your photography!

Here are just a few reviews from past students in this course:


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creative moon photography

by April Nienhuis

When photographing the moon, you have many creative choices to think about.  While there are basic tips for moon photography, choosing your lens and the time of day is entirely up to you and your vision.

How does time of day effect your image?

The moon is extremely bright and when you meter for the moon to keep it from being overexposed, the exposure of the sky will be effected.  If it’s late at night and you’ve lost all ambient(…)

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a workshop preview | timeless photography and emotive expression

Timeless Photography and Emotive Expression has been created for photographers who are ready to push the boundaries in their everyday work and to progress their classic portraits into enduring works of art.  This four week online workshop with Emma Wood will help you take your photography to the next level and will increase your confidence in your work and abilities!

Here are just a few reviews from past students in this course:

I’ve admired Emma’s work for some time and to be able(…)

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a workshop preview | natural light with atmosphere

Learn how to capture the beauty of natural light no matter what the weather conditions are in Natural Light with Atmosphere!  This four week online workshop with Megan Squires will help you take your natural light photography to the next level and will give you the confidence to embrace all kinds of light!

Here are just a few reviews from past students in this course:

I came into this course at a point in my journey where I felt I had really hit(…)

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best of CMU | october 2013

Every day our members create amazing images in CMU Workshops and Breakouts! Here are some recent images that we’ve seen and loved in CMU:

Courtney Karban in Exploring Creative Photography:

Erica Collins in Timeless Photography and Emotive Expression:

Heather Stockett in Exploring Creative Photography:

Jessica Zeamer in Mastering Natural Light Indoors:

Kellie Bieser in Fine Art and Visual Expression:

Kim Jane in The Art of Observation:

Patricia Brogan in First Steps With A DSLR:

Veronica Golden in Timeless Photography and Emotive Expression:

Stay tuned next month for even more(…)

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embrace the grain

by Emma Wood

It seems as though we spend so much time, effort and money to find the highest definition cameras and the sharpest lenses. We aim for low, or no digital noise (aka electronic noise – usually caused by signal amplification at high ISOs within the camera processing magic). We get the highest resolution of camera we can find and the lowest f-stop capable lenses, so we can shoot at lower ISOs. You may shoot in raw rather than in(…)

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snapshots vs virtual copies

by Jamie Rubeis
Adobe Lightroom offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to saving various versions of one image which often generates some confusion among its users. So, I wanted to take a moment to offer a little review on Snapshots vs. Virtual Copies.
Snapshots in Lightroom:
If you are familiar with Photoshop, the term Snapshots should be very familiar to you. In fact, Snapshots in Lightroom and Snapshots in Photoshop are very similar in concept. Snapshots keep a record of what your(…)

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best of cmu | september 2013

Every day our members create amazing images in CMU Workshops and Breakouts! Here are some recent images that we’ve seen and loved in CMU:

Amy Smith in Intro To Natural Light:

Erica Collins in Exploring Creative Photography:

Jennifer German in First Steps With A DSLR:

Jessica Thomason in Mastering Natural Light Indoors:

Laura Froese in One Light Off Camera Flash:

Lisa Turney in Intro To Macro:

Melissa Stottmann in The Art of Observation:

Stay tuned next month for even more of our favorites created in the CMU courses!


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creating the perfect bio photo

by Jennifer Dell

*self portrait bio image by Jennifer Dell
As a photographer we are often asked to help a client create the perfect professional head-shot or biography photo. This is a common thing that many professionals use on a regular basis. That said, the head-shot can be a tricky beast to take on, especially if you’re a photographer. Seeing as we are constantly behind the lens we tend to get a little antsy when we are pulled out of our comfort(…)

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editing with textures

by Caroline Jensen

I have always loved playing with textures. Textures are a tool box of resources for taking your images in new directions. We all love a nice, clean edit, but sometimes it is fun to try new things and the Escapism Textures really help me to create dreamy, pastel images. I love to blur the line between photo realism and painting in my images, and the Escapism Textures help me to do that. They help to fill blank areas(…)

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the art of observing

by Caroline Jensen
I absolutely love the art of observing. I fully believe that we can only capture the world around us in an effective way if we are really seeing it.  We live in a fast-paced, media-driven world. Every spare second of our day is bombarded by information. Years ago, I used to read a good book at a long stop light. Times have changed! The art of photography has also changed, but the need to see and connect with(…)

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new photography workshop offerings

Are you ready to see the amazing new photography workshops we have available for you through CMuniversity?  Below are just a few of the new courses being offered and we’ll be back very soon to let you know what else is in the works so make sure and check back!
new photography workshops
Shooting 102: Mastering Manual Exposure
Instructors:  Michelle Turner, Melissa Gibson, Megan Squires

Description:  Take your photography to the next level with this four week course designed to help you master manual(…)

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preserve backgrounds with ocf

by Michelle Turner

We’ve all seen it– the lovely sunset or the beautiful blue sky.  You want to use this gorgeous scene as the backdrop for your photographs, but the light just isn’t right.  You have to choose– either you expose for the background and your subject is underexposed, or your expose for the subject and your background is totally blown out.

The good news is that you can expose for both with your off camera flash!  First, you’ll set your camera(…)

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best of cmu | august 2013

Every day our members create amazing images in CMU Workshops and Breakouts!  Here are some recent images that we’ve seen and loved in CMU:

Ana Collins in Intro to Macro:

Sarah Joos in One Light OCF:

Erica Collins in Exploring Creative Photography:

Heather Pich in The Art of Observation:

Bethney Backhause in Fine Art and Visual Expression:

Heather Stockett in Exploring Creative Photography:

Jennifer Bogle in One Light OCF:

Jessica Thomason in Mastering Natural Light Indoors:

Lisa Turney in Intro to Macro:

Stay tuned next month for even more of(…)

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go beyond auto | first steps with a DSLR

The next run of CMs First Steps with a DSLR photography workshop with instructor Amy Lucy Lockheart is starting in September. If you’ve always wanted to take better photos of your kids, but haven’t ventured outside of Auto Mode, then this is the perfect class for you! Some of the students from the first run of this class were brand new DSLR owners and had no experience outside of auto mode. Within 3 short weeks they were already shooting in(…)

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Finding Inspiration through Classic Art

by Caroline Jensen
I have always loved to look at art. Paintings were something that I really gravitated to as a child. Art can take so many forms, but photography embodies that progression of technology from painting an image with brush and canvas  to capturing every detail in a photograph.  One cannot supersede the other though. Paintings and photographs, while similar, will never replace the other, but they do stand side by side as visions of our reality.

When I was(…)

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create an awesome blog(site)

Your web presence is important but customizing your website can be difficult and frustrating.  If you’re frustrated with your site, we have just the workshop for you, CMs Hands-On Wordpress Clinic taught by Courtney Keim!  In this online workshop, Courtney will walk you through setting up your site from the very beginning, including domain choices, to fully customizing your ProPhoto template.  Are you intrigued?  We have alum Allison Chewning here today sharing her experience from this incredible class!
by Allison Chewning

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interview with melissa stottmann

Another month is here and that means it’s time for another CMpro of the Month.  For July, we are happy to announce that the wonderfully talented Melissa Stottmann is that CMpro!  Please take a moment and enjoy her beautiful work and the inspiring words she has left here for you!
july cmpro of the month | melissa stottmann
by Kristin Ingalls

Hi, Melissa. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about you. To start, can you tell us a little bit about(…)

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my photography journey | emma wood

My Photography Journey by Emma Wood
It began long before I even knew it began.  My love for images and photography, so deep seeded that I see now it probably couldn’t have been any other way.  I used to spend hours flicking through images that my parents had taken of my sisters and I – literally in awe of the fact that moments could be frozen and re-lived through images.  I spent my childhood watching old black and white movies, and I really wasn’t(…)

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interview with elena blair

It’s June (how?!) and we’re kicking off this month on the CMblog with an interview from CMpro of the Month, Elena Blair.  We are thrilled to have Elena here sharing her beautiful work and inspiring words!
june cmpro of the month | elena blair
by Melissa Koehler

Congratulations on being this month’s CMpro of the Month, Elena!  I’d love to start your interview with you telling us a little about yourself and how you became interested in photography.

Thank you so much, I am(…)

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macro photography

by Monica Wilkinson

Like many of you, when I started my journey into photography, my favorite subjects to shoot were my two daughters. They were young and I wanted to capture as many memories as possible. As time passed by,
I still found joy in photographing them, but I felt myself succumbing to the pressures of getting it just right in camera. I felt overwhelmed with all the rules of photography. I would hear things like the skin tones are off, they(…)

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