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how to load and use actions in adobe photoshop by April Nienhuis

How to install and use actions in Photoshop

The thought of installing and using Photoshop actions may seem difficult but it’s actually pretty easy. In the video below, I will quickly show you two different ways to install your actions (I used The Organic Set actions from Marissa Gifford) and then customize them to your liking. Remember, you can do more than just hit play and be done; you can adjust all those wonderful layers to tweak the actions to beautifully enhance your images to complete your vision.(…)

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family picture at the lake by Elena Blair

5 family poses that always capture connection

I like to think of my posing technique as directing rather than posing. When working with families, it is important to be able to guide and direct them into pleasing poses that ultimately demonstrate the connection within their family. There is so much connection to be captured within every family. I invite you to think outside the box and beyond traditional stiff family portraits. Here are five poses that always capture connection.(…)

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Vironica Golden

18 pictures that describe the word first to us

Last year the CMteam collaborated to begin a united introspective project and it’s something that very quickly become close to our hearts.

Each month the team were given one word to interpret in their own way using a single image. It’s been so fun and interesting watching the different variations of each word as the months have passed and the team were able to show their distinctive and unique variations of the word.

We are excited and happy to be continuing The Word Project as we roll into 2015.

To kick the year off, the CMteam came up with the word ‘First’, something that aptly brings us all into this exciting new year, where I’m sure you’ll also be seeing images from some amazing new mentors and members of the CMteam.(…)

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cell phone prints by Elicia Graves

Forget to print your photos? 5 tips to help you remember!

There was a time when I was chronically behind on printing my personal photos. There were months upon months of my children’s lives that were documented on the computer but were nowhere to be seen in print.

I had many good intentions to create a photo book of each year, but somehow they never materialized. I would get overwhelmed comparing books and book templates and reading reviews, and was left paralyzed with indecision. Meanwhile, I was still photographing my children and our lives and the images kept piling up on my hard drive. After the birth of my second child, I decided that I had to start printing my photos from that moment on, and that my system had to be simple and easy. (…)

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newborn yawning photo by Alicia Gould

4 ways to prepare for a newborn session

I’m a list maker and planner.

When we go to Disney, I’ve made our lunch reservations 6 months in advance and know what our route will be through each park. If I forget my grocery list at home, I’m guaranteed to forget something so why should my newborn sessions be any different? Since I’m so focused on the details during the session, preparing makes me feel more in control. In the heat (literally 80 degree heat) of a newborn session with a baby crying, it’s really easy to forget what you wanted to do! On the flip side, if you have an extremely sleepy baby and you run through your regular poses, sometimes you can draw a blank on what to do next.(…)

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7 cures for the photographer blues

Let’s face it. The longer you make images, the harder it becomes to feel creative, and that leads to boredom and sometimes sadness. What used to send chills of excitement up your spine, now may make you feel a bit ‘meh’ about the whole thing. Ruts are just part of life and they are actually a good thing because they spur on growth. The true benefit comes when you jump over the hurdle and find the inspiration on the other side.(…)

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close up of desktop of photographer Melissa Stottmann 10

DIY desk for 2 people

When we moved into our home we knew that eventually the front formal “living room” would serve us better as an office type of space. After living in our home and having a single small desk for 3 years, we knew it was time to create something that could be functional for both of us.
After researching for quite a while, we saw this DIY desk tutorial and knew it could work for us with a few tweaks. We measured the wall (11 feet, 10 inches across) and considered what cabinets to purchase. A small roadblock was realizing that using cabinets would be taller than a typical desk and after finding counter height chairs, we forged ahead!(…)

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Jennifer Nobriga 5

Meet our 10 new Mentors!

We have so many exciting things planned for the Clickin Moms community this year, and the absolute best way to kick things off is by by announcing the incredible, talented photographers who have just joined the CMteam as Mentors. Please join us in congratulating the following women who inspire and help our community so much:(…)

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8 ways to successfully grow your Instagram by April Nienhuis

8 ways to successfully grow your Instagram

Whether you’re running a full time business or just wanting to get your work out there to others, Instagram is a great and underutilized tool.

Instagram is by far my favorite social media outlet. I started using it personally just over 4 years ago (my first photo there was of my almost 5 year old toddling across the living room) and part of my focus at Clickin Moms has been curating the Instagram account for about 2 years now. I’ve learned a few things along the way and I’m excited to share them with you today!(…)

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5 tell-tale signs it's time for a new camera by Meredith Novario

5 tell-tale signs it’s time for a new camera

As fun as it is to fantasize about getting a new camera body, it isn’t always, or even often, the most practical course of action. Since photography is a wildly expensive pursuit, we need reason on our side before throwing cash at a new camera body. Give your daydreams a bowl of popcorn and a seat on the couch while we talk reason at the grown-up table.

You really, truly may need a new camera body. If you are hankering for one just because the newest models look “better”, bigger, or more professional then consider these signs to decide whether or not the time is right for a new camera. (…)

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Fisherman photo essay by Vironica Golden

Personal Photo Project: fishermen

In Newport Beach, California there’s no better place to buy fresh seafood than directly from the fishermen. In 1891, a local fisherman grew tired of selling his fish to wholesalers and founded Dory Fleet Fish Market, where fishermen could sell directly to the public. Not long after I moved to Newport Beach a friend of mine told me about it and being a seafood lover I shortly became a regular. Today many of the fishermen have switched from dory boats to commercial boats, which are required to dock at the nearby Newport and Huntington Harbor. Now, just one boat keeps the Dory Fleet Market tradition alive. I really wanted to document the dory boat tradition so I decided to do a photo essay on the routine of fishermen that sell their fish at the Dory Fleet Market.(…)

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mom swinging daughter by Heather Lazark

17 photos that bring us joy: the word project

2014 has seen a wonderful start to the CMteam Word Project, with almost a years worth of images and words. Each month, the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.

This month, to represent the festive season, the word Joy was chosen. It’s particularly poignant to end this years project with such a word, and it perfectly sums up what this project has meant to everyone who has participated.

The CMteam look forward to continuing the Word Project into 2015, expressing creativity and diversity through their unique styles and perspectives.(…)

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newborn portrait by Texas photographer Jenni Jones

The gear that turns my vision into reality

There are things you just expect from your gear: that your lenses will focus, that they’ll attain apertures that deliver the impact of depth of field, that they’re tack-sharp — you know, table stakes. But then there’s the intangible, the hard-to-put-your-finger-on-it “thing” – the way your equipment renders an image, the way it handles depth of field, tonality, and light – that makes a camera and lens more desirable than any other.(…)

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girl in the snow wearing a red coat by Kristy Dooley

How to read a histogram: 7 examples for you!

What does the perfect histogram look like?

Like many new photographers, I remember asking this question when I purchased my first DSLR.  That complicated looking diagram flashing on the back of your LCD screen can be confusing and it’s easy to assume there is a correct way it should look.  This is certainly a common misconception as there is no such thing as a “perfect histogram.”(…)

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mom and dad lifting caughter picture by Lisa Tichane of Tout Petit Pixel 7

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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oranges by Lisa Benemelis

The Word Project: details

Each month, the CMteam is asked to interpret a different word through their own personal images.  It’s been so fun watching the different variations of each word and this months chosen word was ‘Details.’  A word that can be interpreted in so many different ways, and the team were excited to show their different variations of the word.   We think they’ve come up with some really lovely and unique images, and we hope that you enjoy them.

If you’d like to(…)

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photo of empty window by Sarah Lalone

To Title, or Not to Title (that is the title)

by Elle Walker
With a formal background in Speech Pathology, and a passion for language in general, I have such a fascination with verbal and non-verbal communication, and the way in which this translates into photography. This relationship is something that I explore with my students in my workshop Fine Art and Visual Expression and lately I have been thinking a lot again about how these concepts relate when giving our work a formal title.
Often when submitting our work to shows(…)

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sunset over Salt Lake by Oklahoma photographer April Nienhuis

The Word Project: new beginnings

It’s time for another blog post of The Word Project, where members of the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  We look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives.

This month was a special one, we were given the words ‘New Beginnings’ to capture and translate as we wished, all the while keeping one of our CMteam in mind. Someone who we adore and who has had(…)

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