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creativity exercise: a different 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: the words around us

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: mirror, mirror – creative 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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white balance: comparing the choices

by Bethney Backhaus
Oh white balance. Why are there so many different ways to set you?

I remember when I was new to photography I really wanted to see a side by side of images using all the common ways to set white balance so I could really compare them all. Well two years later, here we are! I really hope this is a help to some of you new to photography as well as the seasoned pros out there who just(…)

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visual rhythm

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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embracing dusk and beyond

by Sarah Vaughn
As the days get shorter and the light turns low, photographers who value the light above all else, often find it hard to maintain photography momentum. Busy days and early nights means that many days I’m just finishing up homework with the kids when I look out the window and realize that I’ve missed the sunset. Yet again.

But just because the light is waning does not mean we have to forgo our photography fix. Many of us have(…)

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photograph your christmas

by Melissa Stottmann
Christmas morning.  Everyone is looking top notch, straight out of bed, right? Well, not so much, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth remembering!  

I typically spend my morning behind the camera watching my two kids open their presents through the viewfinder while missing out on the memories because I’m so busy trying to preserve them.   I’m not even in the pictures so no one knows I’m there, but my poor husband is front and center for the(…)

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color management of black dogs

by Nicole Begley
Color management is one of the most difficult aspects of photography to master.  Any portrait photographer is well aware of how challenging it can be to consistently produce pleasing skin tones.  While we don’t have to worry about skin tones on a German Shepherd, photographing pets can present an entirely new set of editing challenges.

One of the most common mistakes I see in pet photography is when black dogs look a little blue…and I don’t mean that they(…)

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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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10 tips for photographing your own newborn

by Lisa Holloway
Bringing a new baby into your family is one of life’s most amazing and wonderful moments!  The newborn days are so precious, yet so fleeting.  As photographers, we can appreciate how quickly these days go by and how important it is to capture all of the sweet details of our new babies, while they are still little.  While some may opt to hire a professional to photograph their baby, some of us are excited at the prospect of(…)

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deliberate underexposure

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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creating ghostly images

by Mickie DeVries
*originally posted on the Clickin Moms forum here.
I thought I would do a quick tutorial of how I achieved some recent ghostly shots. I think this would be a fun idea for Halloween and I would love to see your photos if you try this!

First you need a tripod. Next you need to figure out your settings. I shot these in manual, but shutter priority mode would probably work great also. What I’m most concerned about with my(…)

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tips for square composition

by Megan Dill
Square format photography seems to be all the rage, thanks in part to the popularity of Instagram and toy film cameras such as the Holga and Diana.  The 1:1 aspect ratio imparts a profound sense of simplicity and stability into images.  The viewer’s eye tends to gravitate towards the center of the frame, and takes in everything holistically instead of traveling from left to right, which is frequently the case with 35mm DSLR photographs with their 3:2 aspect(…)

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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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shoot from the hip

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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working in a small location

by Rachael Boer
As on-location photographers, we often find ourselves shooting in locations that are less than ideal. There is no way to control the size of our clients’ homes, layout of the rooms, or the natural lighting that occurs at different times of day. It’s essential to know how to make the most out of a less-than-ideal situation so you can still deliver beautiful photographs for your clients no matter what.

Last year I was in a client’s home to photograph(…)

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family photo shoot tips

by Krista Campbell

Let’s face it…family photo sessions can be challenging…for not only the family, but sometimes the photographer as well.  By educating your photography clients and giving them the following tips BEFORE their session, you can help them get the most out of their photography experience.
1.  Ask your client to choose their clothing carefully.
Advice for your clients:

Have your clothing chosen way in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive.  What do your dream family photos look(…)

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jump start with weddings

by Laura Novak

Many moms naturally gravitate towards portraiture since their passion for photography often begins with capturing their own children. Yet, wedding photography is also a fantastic way to explore image creation and can be more convenient and economical for mothers. I would love to share with you the three ways that you can quickly get into the lucrative wedding market while maintaining a great quality of life as a mom.

As you are just starting out in the wide, wonderful(…)

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fall mini session tips

by Alicia Gould

Setting up mini sessions doesn’t have to be stressful!  Really consider what you are offering and who you are offering it to. Answer the following questions and there should be no guessing on either side!

Who: Who is your target audience for your mini sessions?  Are you limiting who can have a mini session? Think about what is realistic, will you let a family with 5 children book a slot?  What about a newborn? A one month old?  Be specific(…)

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coordinating your newborn session

by Jenni Jones

I am not going to lie, I spend a ton of time preparing for a newborn session.  My goal is to keep everything cohesive, so regardless of the images a client chooses to display in their home, they will all go well together – AND – everything will match the color palette of their home.

My preparation begins long before the session even starts – in fact, it starts with the first inquiry.  When a potential client emails me,(…)

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