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Can’t Nail Focus? Stop making these 3 mistakes!

by Lissa Chandler
I still remember the first time that I realized I could pick my own focal point.

Lying on my bed late at night, my six month old snuggled up against me as I browsed photography blogs, I came across a blog post that showed two photographs taken a breath apart. The first photograph was focused on a couple; the second photograph was focused on the grass in front of the couple.

I thought this was magic! “How did the photographer(…)

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6 ways to capture a child’s personality

by Tamryn Jones

I remember when first starting out with my photography how all I wanted for an image was correct exposure and great eye contact.  Moving beyond the ‘cheese’ smile is an accomplishment in itself, but how do we go about getting that connection?
How do we capture personality and honesty?
Here are some tips I have picked up along the way.
1.  The laughter recovery.
This is a quick fix trick when I’m just not getting the shot I want.  My kids are(…)

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5 tips for incorporating dogs into your photography

by Jessica Remus
The special bond between humans and dogs goes back tens of thousands of years and with good reason. There’s nothing quite like the relationship we have with our canine companions.

For those of us that have dogs, they truly are our “furkids”. When I photograph these furry subjects, I approach it as if they were any other family member, trying to learn as much about their personality as I can and then, hopefully, capture that.

Here are 5 tips to(…)

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Not too Dark, Not too Bright: 3 Steps to Get Exposure Just Right

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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How I use my Lightroom presets

How I use my Lightroom presets

by Brittany Chandler

Here are two simple Lightroom edits using my new “Authentic Set” available in the Clickin Moms Store. Use code AUTHENTIC to save $15 through November 21st.

Here is my original photo I imported into Lightroom as a RAW file.

1. Import photo.

2. Tweak white balance. You can either tweak by eye, or use the eye dropper. Move the dropper around until you find the most correct white balance to start with. You can see the change of white balance in(…)

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5 tips for photographing your baby’s first months

by Dana Lauder
There is nothing quite like the first few months in the life of a new baby.

Getting to know this new little person in your life is an amazing thing, and if you’ve been through it before, you know just how fast it goes.  They almost seem to change before your eyes.  My goal in photographing these first few months is to be able to transport myself back, to almost be able to smell that new baby smell just(…)

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From color to black and white in Lightroom only

by Jennifer Nobriga
Editing is such a crucial, final step in allowing your vision to come through. For me, Adobe Lightroom is my choice for post processing, mainly because it’s so darn easy to use.

For this before and after, I’m going to show you how I took an image of my daughter playing in the sprinkler, from color to black and white using only Lightroom.

A little bit about this image before we get started. I was drawn to this image(…)

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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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black and white birth photo by Calgary photographer Cat McAteer

5 ways to artistically express yourself in birth photography

by Cat McAteer
It was not until I started to document births this past year that I felt like I had found my inner artist.  I still remember the moment at my fourth birth, an intense yet beautiful home birth that I realized how much space I had to create art at the same time I was capturing a family’s birth journey.

One might not expect to find a lot of room to create art when you are photographing a birth. You(…)

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How to photograph your life outdoors

by April Burns
When I think of my childhood, I think of the outdoors, the river that I played in, the round top barn that we worked in, and the animals that we raised. I spent so much time outdoors; I watched the clouds and listened to the wind and birds. What I wouldn’t give to have images of me as a child riding my horses in the pasture with the gorgeous blue sky above or the golden red sunsets to(…)

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7 hacks to photograph your day without losing your mind

 by Jessica Thomason
Capturing an entire Day in the Life for your family is a huge job.

You still have to parent your kids, prep meals, run errands, keep everyone alive. It’s just too much.

Ever started to pat yourself on the back for finishing a DITL only to realize it’s 10am? Yeah. Me too. But you are going to love having these memories – and so is your whole family. So check out these simple tips to make shooting your DITL as(…)

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One way to create a family album

by Melissa Stottmann
I’m really excited to be sharing my growing family book!  When I started this, I knew I wanted it to have a scrapbook feel without the crate of items, the glue sticks, and the constant falling off pieces (at least that’s what my old scrapbooks currently look like).  In 2010 I purchased a 12×12 Finao Elements self-mount album with the fabric “Mimosa” as my cover.

What this means is that the pages have a white piece of paper that(…)

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How to build your skills and portfolio as a hobbyist

How to build your skills and portfolio as a hobbyist

**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 Sarah Vaughn
Skill building and portfolio building – it’s something we all do as photographers, continually. We often think of portfolio building as the sole domain of professional photographers, but the reality is that many photographers also build their skills and a body of work, shooting friends, family or acquaintances, while they still remain hobbyists.

That(…)

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5 tips for balancing photography

5 tips for balancing photography

by Melissa Stottmann
Finding balance between my everyday life and business life can be difficult at times.
I even notice that some days I’m super efficient and others, the day slips by and I haven’t tackled any of my to-do list while “working”.  By following these tips, I’m far more productive!
1. LISTS.
I have a three part on-going list that I keep in “Notepad” on my phone.  MUST DO, SHOULD DO, EVENTUALLY DO are my sections.  Most everything starts in my “Eventually do”(…)

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3 must-have lenses for Tamara Lackey

3 must-have lenses for Tamara Lackey

Sponsored by Nikon
When Nikon photographer Tamara Lackey heads out on location for a family session, two lenses are almost guaranteed to be in her bag: the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G, with the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II also a frequent flier. For this shoot, Tamara knew she’d be shooting both indoors and out, and these three lenses gave her the flexibility she needed.

1. If she could use only one lens…
It would be(…)

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Photographing Your Kids: the good, the bad, and the everyday

Photographing Your Kids: the good, the bad, and the everyday

by Felicia Chang
It wasn’t that long ago that I started my photography journey in earnest by joining Clickin Moms. I read any tutorial I could get my hands on and poured over blogs for inspiration. That’s when I first found out about the 365 project. One picture a day, for the year. No easier way to practice and improve your photography.

So I shot my family every single day. I anticipated and sometimes scheduled for at least one interesting thing to(…)

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The golden customer and 5 ways to keep them

The golden customer and 5 ways to keep them

by Buddie Albritton
We all so often hear about the bad stories, the negative things that have happened with clients, and how to avoid those same mistakes, but I want to focus on those amazing clients (inner teacher in me, screaming lets focus on the positive!!).

Everyone knows the client I am talking about… the amazing client, who from the beginning are totally complimenting you, so appreciative of your time and the craft of photography. Your session is perfect, you sell a(…)

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how lisa tichané defines lifestyle photography

by Lisa Tichané
During every run of my Capturing Joy workshop, a topic seems to come up repeatedly, “How much should the photographer interfere with what is going on in a lifestyle session? If we are asking our subjects to do something for us, is that cheating? Should we catch joy when it happens organically, or is it okay to make it happen?”

To me, these questions all come down to how we define “lifestyle photography”.

I’m not pretentious enough to declare that(…)

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Diaries of a Daily Photo Project: 3 years later

Diaries of a Daily Photo Project: 3 years later

by Marie Masse
I’ve lost count at the number of times I’ve said to myself,

“I should have stood over there.”
“Why didn’t I bring my ISO down?! That could have been a canvas worthy shot!”
“Hello, crooked! Now if I crop it, I will cut off her head. What, was this my first day on the job?”
“I wish my photos looked like…”

When I started my photo project of my daughter in 2011, my goal was to take a “good” photo of her once(…)

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Creativity Exercise: 5 ways to lower your artistic inhibition

by Sarah Wilkerson
This month, we’re turning our backs on critical thinking and technical precision. Please don’t think I am rejecting the merits of deliberate shooting generally; this month’s exercise is ultimately less about what you produce and more about opening yourself up to possibilities, actively experiencing the world differently, and letting intuition overtake intellect.

[caption id="attachment_38673" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Meredith Abenaim[/caption]

As the average person matures, her mind learns to ignore the irrelevant information in her environment. Being able to tune out the irrelevant(…)

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before and after: a black and white lightroom edit

by Mickie DeVries

Often, before I ever pick up my camera, I know how I will process the resulting image, and this image here is an example of that.

My daughter was playing outside this summer and came to the door covered head to toe in dirt and grime.  Before I let her come in for a shower, I grabbed my camera and had her sit in front of my open garage just inside the shade so that the sunlight would light(…)

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Cracking the Mr. Boring Test: getting real emotions from clients

by Olivia Gatti
When I was in graduate school for photojournalism, I had a professor who taught us one of the most valuable lessons I came away with from all my schooling. He gave each of us five minutes to take his portrait, only he wasn’t going to be himself, he was going to be Mr. I. M. Boring. It was up to us to loosen him up, light him and pose him with a clock ticking. He was the worst;(…)

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acr and photoshop video tutorial: a before & after clean edit

by Celeste Pavlik
If you are an ACR and Photoshop user, then this video is for you! And if you’re a Lightroom user feel free to watch, because many things in ACR are also things you can do in Lightroom such as split toning, hsl panel, and the tone curve.

This is an example of a clean, color edit on a picture taken outdoors.  I used a Canon 5D Mark III and a Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Double Glass Optic.  I(…)

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macro photography without a macro lens

macro photography without a macro lens

by Nina Mingioni

Macro photography is one of my most favorite genres of photography!

It forces me to slow down and appreciate all the tiny little details of ordinary, every day objects, their gorgeous shape and divine texture. Undoubtedly, a macro lens is the best way to shoot macro. However, if you are not sure if macro is for you and want to try it out, or if a dedicated macro lens is not in your budget, other options are available.

Let’s weigh(…)

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10 ways to encourage your children’s cooperation for photos

**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
I take a lot {A LOT} of photos of my boys. You can see just how many HERE, on my blog! I think it is as much a part of their day as eating! So, one question I receive more often than any other is “How do you get your children to cooperate??”(…)

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8 safety tips for taking photos in fields

8 safety tips for taking photos in fields

by Elizabeth Alexander

If you’re like me, and love to shoot outdoors in pretty nature spots, there are a few tips to bear in mind to keep you and your clients (especially all the sweet little children you’ll be photographing) safe

1. Find a good safe location.

When looking for a good spot to shoot, I always try to find a nearby community park, nature park, or public preserve.  Do a Google Earth search of your town and see what public parks pop(…)

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3 tips to bring emotion into your pictures

by Kristy Dooley
I recently spent some time flipping through photo albums with my girls.
It’s always fun to hear the excitement in their voices when they come across an image they love and together we decided on some favorites.  For me I noticed my favorites are the ones that not only bring me back to a specific moment, but that evoke a certain feeling.  Images that not only remind me of how something was but how it felt.
Would you like to(…)

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how to use the clone tool in lightroom and photoshop

how to use the clone tool in lightroom and photoshop

by Elicia Graves

One of my very favorite and often used tools in Adobe’s Lightroom editing program is the clone tool.

I love how it can very quickly clean up my images and add a bit of polish.  The clone tool is found in the develop module in LR, just under the histogram and above the basic panel.  It looks like a circle with a small arrow extending to the right of it.

It takes a little bit of practice and use to(…)

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one for the bucket list: how to photograph the northern lights

one for the bucket list: how to photograph the northern lights

by Christal Houghtelling

On Christmas night I stood next to my car in -40 degree temperatures outside of Denali National Park trying to capture the perfect photo of the Northern Lights.

Why?

Because photographing the northern lights is addictive, magical, and so much fun. It was also on my bucket list, and it’s probably on yours as well. The dancing lights can be fleeting, so I want to give you some tips on how to get it right the first time.

Protecting your camera:

Taking(…)

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how to setup and use lightroom export presets

by Mickie DeVries
I think most people that use Lightroom are familiar with presets used for editing in the develop module, but did you know that there are also export presets?

Export presets allow you to save settings that you use frequently to size your photos.  I know that I upload my photos to various websites for display and for printing purposes, and all of these have different optimal settings.  It’s hard to remember how my image needs to be sized for(…)

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