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how to make location scouting fun by geocaching with your kids

by Mickie DeVries
What is Geocaching you might ask?

Well, in the simplest of terms it’s a treasure hunt.  Yep, you heard me right, treasure!! Who doesn’t love treasure?!

Let me tell you my children love treasure, and they love the search for it almost as much.  I love that I can get outside with my children for a fun activity that involves exercise, and an awesome opportunity to location scout while still incorporating fun.  Now let me tell you more about geocaching(…)

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capture them where they are today

by Heidi Hicks

I started my photography journey when my niece and nephew were babies. I vowed to learn how to use a camera so that when I had children of my own, they wouldn’t go months (or years in some cases) without nice pictures like my own niece and nephew.

Fast-forward seven years; my own son is two and a half (and super awesome). And while I have thousands of client images on my computer, there’s only a small folder of(…)

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8 ways to balance photography on your family vacation

by Kristen Ryan
Are you going on a family vacation this summer and contemplating how to balance photography and family time?

Then I have some tips for you!

1. Choose your time wisely.

Spend your time shooting earlier in the morning or later in the day to take advantage of the best light.

2. Forget pictures for a while.

Put the camera away during the midday hours and give your family your undivided attention.

3. Find fun locations.

Seek out places that will be fun for the kids(…)

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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:
Alison Winterroth Photography |(…)

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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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5 simple ways to take a better selfie

by Beth Deschamp

It is no secret that I love selfies.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have a selfie or two in my gallery.  I think the reason why I love them so much is because they help to tell a story about a person and you can get a little glimpse into someone’s world, just through their selfie.  Selfies can help you tell others about you.  Who you are.  What you like to do.  Who(…)

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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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Beyond Color: expressing your vision in black and white

Fine art photographer and Click Away presenter Cole Thompson has always preferred black-and-white; it’s how he “sees” as an artist. This summer, Cole shared his vision with Click Magazine (“Vision Quest,” July-August issue) and generously added some advice on creating your own high-impact black-and-white images. – Susan Brinkley

There’s all the difference in the world between a black-and-white image created in the camera or simply de-saturated, and an image that you’ve planned and processed as a black-and-white expression of your art.


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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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5 ways to create the perfect diptych

by Nina O’Connell
A diptych by description is a pair of pictures or carvings on two panels, usually hinged together.

Why use a diptych? A diptych is a wonderful way to pair two strong, technically sound images together. It lets the viewer delve into the details and beauty of what you saw; making parallel connections between the two.
1.  Appealing to the senses.
When we take photos, we want to feel a connection to them. Appealing to the senses is a great way to make that connection. Whether it is the smell or texture of(…)

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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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underwater photography: discovering a passion

by Ardelle Neubert

For me, this journey of discovering a passion for water photography began July 2012.

Our family was spending the day at the lake.  After swimming to a dock out in the lake my husband started throwing my oldest son into the water from the dock.  It was in that moment I captured, to this day, one of my all-time favorite images.  The feeling I get from that one image probably stems for my love of swimming as a child,(…)

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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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getting through photographic ruts with introspection

by Sarah Lalone
Something drew us all to photography, and that something is rooted really deep.

We can accept that as true and not linger on it: inside everyone who has bothered to learn photography is a strong motivation… even if we can’t give that motivation a name or even understand what it is yet.  I’m going to come back to this again because this initial motivation is going to save us from feeling adrift later on.

It seems like we all go(…)

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Simple Tips On How To Take Photos Under Water

by Alix Martinez

I have always been fascinated by water, ripples and reflections. Because I am a children’s photographer, I thought ‘hey, what if I mix the two together and create fine art!’ I was continually searching for new and creative ways to showcase children, especially for the walls of your home. So… a win-win!

Three years ago I played around with a Fuji underwater camera to see if I would even enjoy being underwater and shooting. Surprisingly, I found it challenging(…)

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5 tips for taking amazing photos from the passenger seat

by Nina Mingioni

As a family, we frequently find ourselves on the road. Our boys are very rambunctious, and every weekend involves at least one prolonged car trip to a fun destination.

During those, I am usually a passenger, free to gape outside the window, absorbing my surroundings. When I first read Elle Walker’s drive-by photography tutorial here on CM blog, I was amazed at how much she’s been able to capture without leaving her car. This was the push that I(…)

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lightroom or photoshop: the pros and cons

by Caroline Jensen

Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom are the gold standard programs in photo editing and they are great for image management too. I often get asked which program I like better and sometimes it is like comparing apples to oranges. They do have some overlap though, so I want to take you through a few of the pros and cons so you can find the primary program for you.  I say primary, because both programs are great to have, but you(…)

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how 1 woman wrote the perfect bio and found who she is

by Kellie Bieser
Last year I launched a website for my photography.  Most important to me in this endeavor was that every aspect…the images, the fonts, the colors, the language…would be a true reflection of my voice.  So imagine my surprise when I sat down to write the “About Me” paragraph and could.not.do.it.  I spent hours upon hours writing and rewriting blurbs that could describe the “me” that I wanted to reveal to my potential clients.  And I came up empty.


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Retaining Clients When Raising Your Prices

by Elena Blair

As your business grows and changes you are naturally going to have price increases.

You may have started your business charging too little so you are going through a significant price increase, or maybe you are only raising your prices by a small amount.  Perhaps you are restructuring your pricing model.  No matter what it is you are doing, it can be hard to retain old clients when you raise your prices.  I have raised my price about 500%(…)

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using long-exposures to broaden creativity

by Allison Zercher

To use a ‘long exposure’ means to slow the shutter speed down slower than one would normally shoot at, which allows more light to hit the sensor.  There are many reasons to use long exposures – the most common of which being both to capture something in very limited light and/or to intentionally capture motion blur.  In most cases, a tripod is needed in order to either capture a stationary object in very low light or to freeze(…)

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branding on a budget: using templates to customize your image

by Design Aglow

We love this definition of branding from Entrepreneur Magazine:

“Simply put, your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from your competitors’. Your brand is derived from who you are, who you want to be and who people perceive you to be.”           

In other words, before you run off to buy design templates to brand your business, you must first(…)

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