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how to use a lensbaby: your starter guide

by Nina Mingioni

You may be seeing photographers share photos with delicious blur – they very well may have been taken with one of the many Lensbaby lenses. Whether you’ve never heard of these before, just getting started with yours, or looking for more tips on using a Lensbaby, this post is for you!

I never leave my house without one of these. It’s true – my camera bag is my purse, and even if I leave my camera at home, I(…)

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9 ways to rock your brand experience video

by Alison Winterroth
Had you ever wished that there was a way your website could speak directly to your client?

Not just with images in a slideshow but with actual spoken words? A way to show your passion and your love for what you do, at the same time displaying how you work and building confidence in your brand?

Well, simply put, there is! Before you go any further, watch this brand experience video that we created for my business:
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10 easy tips for sibling photos

by Kristin Ingalls
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.
Tips for photographing your own kids:
1. If you want the traditional posed, smiling picture of all your kids,(…)

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how to use the interval timer with your camera

by Megan Cieloha
We all know that we need to get in front of the camera more often.

Our children and other family members want to have evidence that we were at the parties, cookouts, reunions and simply present in everyday life, too. However, it can be unwieldy and limiting to hold (or quickly press and hide!) a remote while working on self portraits. Luckily, there is a simple and reliable alternative – Interval Timer Mode.

Interval timer mode is available on all(…)

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Trash To Treasure: finding beauty everywhere

by Lisa Benemelis
Inspiration comes in many forms, even garbage.

Have you exhausted all the shooting possibilities in and around your home?

Are you feeling uninspired? Are you looking to push yourself creatively?

I realize that many people will wince or roll their eyes when I recommend shooting garbage.  I know I probably would have prior to capturing “garbage” quite accidentally.  It forced me to think about art in a whole new way – and it also has been a very enjoyable experience!

Inspiration from(…)

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Creativity Exercise: 4 steps to break out of your rut

(aka “The Unplanned Diptych”)
by Sarah Wilkerson

Rather than focusing on technique or compositional principles, this month’s assignment is an exercise in observation, conceptualization, and execution. We’re going to capture a pair of images, and the key to making the most of the exercise is that you not plan too much. Be patient, embrace the process, and permit yourself to be receptive to where your art leads you. You do not have to complete the whole exercise at once and can do(…)

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5 ideas for creative fireworks photos

by April Nienhuis

Warm sun on my shoulders, the smell of the grill, cold green grass between my toes, and the laughter of excited children all scream 4th of July to me.  Oh yeah, and fireworks too!  Fireworks are beautiful to watch and fun to photograph (am I the only one that loves the smell of them too?).  In the past, we’ve shared the basic techniques for photographing fireworks and today I want to encourage you to have some creative fun(…)

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5 tips to achieve natural looking poses from seniors

by Jodi Arego

Oh how I love working with senior girls!  The clothes, the make-up, the fact that they actually WANT to have their photos taken… in my book, spending time with a senior and her mom for her portrait session is like a fun filled 2 hour playdate.

Of course these teens want to have amazing photos, so they’ll do pretty much anything you ask of them.  But even though they’re excited and will totally cooperate for you, sometimes they cooperate(…)

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10 tips for traveling with your camera equipment

by Jen Cooke
Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or a business trip (Click Away anyone?), if you decide to bring your camera equipment with you here are a few helpful tips.
1. Use a well padded camera bag.
I use a bag that is sturdy and well padded for my camera equipment. I don’t like to draw attention to the fact that I’m carrying camera equipment with me because I don’t want to attract any unwanted attention from potential thieves. I(…)

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creatively capturing couples: 5 tips for thinking outside the box

by Danielle Hatcher
Staying creative when photographing couples is tough.

On the one hand, when compared to photographing young children, it’s nice to have subjects who willingly stay where you place them.  But on the other hand, what do you do after you’ve captured the safe, stand-and-smile-for-the-camera shots?  Don’t get me wrong!  Everyone loves the classic “prom pose” shown below.  Especially when you’ve got light as gorgeous as this…

But let’s talk a bit about thinking outside the box when it comes to(…)

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Move It: Summer Murdock’s secret for authentic photos

by Summer Murdock
As photographers, our goal is to make compelling images right? Images that make people stop, look a bit longer,and feel something.

So how do we do that?

There are a few elements that make an amazing image. Those things are interesting light, composition, and authentic emotion. You hear and read a lot about compositional rules and how to use light effectively. These topics are a little easier to give concrete tips about. It is harder to describe how to create(…)

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5 ways to save your photos from disappearing forever

by Lisa Tichané
A few months ago I was attending a dinner and the conversation came to a sad story about one of the guest’s relatives whose house had recently burnt. We all agreed about the fact that even if the most important thing was that nobody was hurt, it would be pretty traumatic to lose some of our most precious belongings. Suddenly, one of the guests asked us: “If you had two minutes to save something in your house before(…)

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how to get a high-key photo without studio lighting

by Crystal Samson
Have you ever wanted to make a high-key headshot, but don’t have studio lighting, or enough equipment to pull it off?

If you have a window, or even just a bright sky, you can!  No fancy lights to learn…just a simple reflector (if you want, you can even do it without a reflector) and a bright light source behind your subject is all you need.

Place your subject in front of a bright window, the less distractions the better.  Blinds,(…)

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inspiration from urban exploration

by Allison Zercher

Over the years, I’ve certainly been a victim of the dreaded photography rut, a feeling that comes from some mixture of:

“I have nothing to photograph.”
“I have no one to photograph.”
“Every photo I take lacks creativity.”
“I need better equipment.”
All of the above, or some combination of countless others reasons why we doubt our work…

My personal cure for such a rut is to occasionally get into my car and take a drive with my camera in tow.  I’ll even gather(…)

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3 inspiring tips from an experienced 365er

by Roxanne Bryant
365:  A year-long journey in erasing fear, making mistakes, and creating art.

It is a distinctly great challenge to pick up your camera and shoot every single day for one year.  When I decided to begin a 365 project, I had no idea how the journey would stretch me.  For most of my life, I had been making art in the constraints of a very tight box.  Folded upon myself, I was fearful of everything – mistakes, judgment, taking(…)

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creativity exercise | 7 ways to capture contemporary culture with your camera

Picking up your camera, shooting, and challenging yourself is the best way to improve your photography. The Creativity Exercises within the Clickin Moms photography forum are a great source for finding new ways to challenge yourself. On the first Monday of every month the wonderful Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to shoot with the exercise in mind. While the exercises are ongoing, at the end of each month we choose a few images as the(…)

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3 photography pullbacks you need to see

by Lissa Chandler
I don’t know about y’all, but I love a good pullback.

I mean, let’s be honest, they are pretty magical. There is something so awe inspiring, breathtaking even, about a wide angle shot of a location and, immediately after, seeing several photographs nestled underneath it taken in the exact same spot at nearly the exact same time. I find pullbacks to be incredibly inspiring and, today, when I sat down to write this post, I had every intention of(…)

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creativity exercise: 7 unusual and creative ways to approach to food photography

Picking up your camera, shooting, and challenging yourself is the best way to improve your photography. The Creativity Exercises within the Clickin Moms photography forum are a great source for finding new ways to challenge yourself. On the first Monday of every month the wonderful Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to shoot with the exercise in mind. While the exercises are ongoing, at the end of each month we choose a few images as the(…)

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creativity exercise: 4 ways words in the frame make photos more memorable

Picking up your camera, shooting, and challenging yourself is the best way to improve your photography. The Creativity Exercises within the Clickin Moms photography forum are a great source for finding new ways to challenge yourself. On the first Monday of every month the wonderful Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to shoot with the exercise in mind. While the exercises are ongoing, at the end of each month we choose a few images as the(…)

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bug macro photography: up close and creepy

by Jessica Nelson

I love all things macro. It’s such a fun way to get creative and see the world in a new way.  Shooting bugs with my macro lens is something that I really enjoy. Bugs up close and personal really take on a totally new perspective.  Here are some of my tips that I use when I go out shooting.
1. Be Patient
Bugs take a lot of patience.  They move very fast and they are often hard to catch. Locate(…)

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a guide for developing a cohesive body of work

by Kristin Ingalls

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(…)

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what is dynamic range

by Elicia Graves
Understanding dynamic range and how it relates to cameras and photography will enable you to make educated exposure related decisions.  The technical details concerning dynamic range are rather complex, so for simplicity’s sake, today’s discussion will be kept at a higher level and we won’t delve into the photons and pixels science.

It isn’t easy for electronic devices like digital cameras to realize the complete dynamic range experienced by humans. That said, the human eye has to adjust to(…)

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photography with depth: including foreground

by Lissa Chandler
Stale.

It’s kind of a biting word isn’t it? To say that something is stale? It’s true sometimes though! Sometimes bread goes stale. Sometimes writing goes stale. Sometimes relationships go stale. And sometimes? Our photography goes stale, too.

As photographers, we look at so many images, made both by ourselves and by our peers. Sometimes we study these images for hours and other times we just see them in passing, but the image are always there. Because of this, sometimes(…)

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creativity exercise: 8 things you need to know when shooting reflections

Picking up your camera, shooting, and challenging yourself is the best way to improve your photography. The Creativity Exercises within the Clickin Moms photography forum are a great source for finding new ways to challenge yourself. On the first Monday of every month the wonderful Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to shoot with the exercise in mind. While the exercises are ongoing, at the end of each month we choose a few images as the(…)

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iPhoneography: creating art with your iPhone pictures

by Caroline Jensen
Hi everyone! I love to create arty images for my home and sometimes I just really prefer to work on my mobile devices. I go through spurts with iPhone photography. Recently, I decided to work on capturing landscapes and landmarks around my rural home.

I have been blown away by the new apps that are available too! Many are rather over-the-top when used as is, but the app, Superimpose, has been really helpful for toning down the effects by(…)

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top 10 ways to rock a family photo session

by Nicole Everson

10. Get to know your client and let them get to know you.
The most important part of family portraits is capturing the family’s personality. You have to get to know them. What are their interests? Does mom have any insecurity? What type of humor does dad like? Are the kids shy? Do they think farting is funny? Knowing these things will help you know how to handle your session, if mom is insecure about her double chin, then(…)

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tips to get great skin tones

by Kristin Ingalls
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(…)

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rules of portrait composition

by Georgia Nelson
Rules! Yay! Wait, why should I care?
So what exactly is composition? To put it simply, it is all of the elements of your photograph that make it stand out, that draw the viewer in, and engages them emotionally in your work. Positioning, framing, lighting, the background, movement, and more all help tell your story. With portraits, there are some very basic rules that should not be broken, because it can confuse the viewer. Portraits are a whole ‘nother(…)

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shoot for black and white

by Candice Zugich

I absolutely adore black and white images! There’s something so personal, so emotional, so raw about them. black and white imagery tells us a story, a story about us, it pauses life in one shot, it keeps you wanting more.
Light
That being said, it takes a few things to make sure you nail that kind of emotion out of a black and white image. As a photographer who uses black and white all the time, there are a few(…)

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beyond the rule of thirds

by Celeste Pavlik

As photographers, we work so hard at mastering compositional basics that once we come to the realization that this particular aspect of photography has become an unconscious conscious decision in our shooting, it may be a bit scary to take the leap of breaking the rules. Some of us may even wonder ‘why break the rules’ or ‘how to break the rules’?

For me, I began exploring my desire to move beyond the rule of thirds when I started(…)

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