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silhouette of bird in tree by Mabel Chow

4 creative ways to add impact when taking photos outside

At the start of this year, my family and I began taking hikes every weekend as a means to get more exercise, spend more time together, and just explore.

The exploring part is what excites me the most, photography-wise. I love not knowing what to expect because it means less planning. I’m not one for scouting locations and planning an entire photo session around it. More often than not, my family and I would do our hikes in the afternoons. It’s not the most ideal time for photography but that time is the most convenient for my family so I go with the flow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve interesting images. The lighting might not be optimal, but there are other techniques that I look for to make my images intriguing such as perspective and scaling, framing, textures, and just experimenting.(…)

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Snow Photos: 4 things to consider

Snow Photos: 4 things to consider

The leaves have fallen and the cold has set in. The gorgeous, bold and bright colors of fall that acted as a magnet to compel us to pick up our cameras and head outside are gone. We are left with barren trees, short days, and winter weather. Time to shoot inside, right? Hardly. The winter months can be gorgeous, especially when we are graced with freshly fallen snow. Winter landscapes provide beautiful scenery to be captured.(…)

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Before and After: converting to black and white

Before and After: converting to black and white

Some images strictly call for color, and some you can’t imagine in anything but black and white!The kind of black and white depends on you and your style as a photographer. I like to call my black and whites, “Clean with Depth.” I vary rarely create a deep, moody black and white, I like my images to be light, airy, but with contrast. You’ll also see a different side of the coin when I create black and whites with a matte overlay in the video below.(…)

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The gear that turns my vision into reality

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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How to use fill flash outside

How to use fill flash outside

As much as we might long for lovely light that gently wraps around our subjects, there are times when the light is anything but. And what then? How do you photograph the image that you want (or need!) in the light that you have?(…)

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5 ways to launch your photography business on the cheap

5 ways to launch your photography business on the cheap

With new photography businesses popping up every day without much investment or knowledge, it’s hard to know the correct way to go about it. You don’t need to go into debt when starting a photography business, but you do need to know where to invest your money wisely. Here are some tips:(…)

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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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How to create impactful photos with mediocre light

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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DIY nativity set for the kids by Veronika G Photography

8 easy Christmas traditions to add to your holidays

by Veronika Goisova
Christmas time is one big celebration for us.

We live in Canada with our two girls, but both my husband and I are from the Czech Republic. We only speak Czech at home, visiting our country every year with our kids and it’s really important to show them as much about our country and traditions as we can. Our Christmas is pretty similar to a Canadian Christmas but one of the most important thing is, Czech Christmas is all(…)

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5 tips for the perfect Holiday card photo by Kristin Dokoza

5 tips for the perfect Holiday card photo

by Kristin Dokoza
You have taken everyone else’s family portraits for Holiday cards, but who are you missing? That’s right, your own family! Here are a few quick and easy tips to hopefully get you motivated, and get your cards sent out in time.
1. Get inspired.
Start looking through the many different photo card styles that are out there. This will help you select the colors for your photos, as well as the background and how many images you may want to(…)

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Child-Giving-Tortilla-Chips-to-Dogs-by-Kara-Orwig

8 ways to create connections between subjects (Creativity Exercise)

[caption id="attachment_40277" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Renata Plaice[/caption]

The power of physical touch is well-documented, and within the frame, it is the obvious way to demonstrate a connection between two or more subjects — and for good reason: observing a touch tends to bring forth emotion and even convey a sensory experience for viewers. The embrace may be the first connection that comes to mind when we think about ways to capture a relationship between two subjects, but there are countless other ways(…)

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how to get sharp photos by Lissa Chandler

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

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 do that?!”(…)

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6 ways to capture a child’s personality

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

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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smiling boy picture by Lacey Meyers

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**
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 and wrote(…)

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how to edit using presets in Lightroom by Brittany Chandler

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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newborn portrait with crochet bonnet by Dana Lauder

5 tips for photographing your baby’s first months

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 by looking(…)

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From color to black and white in Lightroom only

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)

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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