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Troubleshooting Your Camera on the Run

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Have you ever been at a shoot and all of a sudden your camera does something unexpected?  When we are right in the middle of shooting it can be extra stressful to try and trouble shoot, especially when our clients are watching us! First, take a deep breath, it happens to all of us at one point or another. Try and think of simple things first. Is your battery charged? Is the memory card inserted properly? Is the lens clicked all the way into place? What mode is your dial turned to?  Here are a few common scenarios that have all happened to...

5 Reasons Why You Should Network With Other Photographers (And Why You Shouldn't Feel Like a Schmooze About It!)

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I have a lot of friends who are photographers. It hasn't always been this way, though - I only had one or two photographer friends before I got into photography myself, but as I have progressed with photography over the years, I have also gained quite a few friends who are also photographers. Some of you may be hesitant to be pals with the competition, and I've heard some of you mention that it might even make you feel like a big old schmooze. I'm here to offer some insight on why building relationships with your fellow photographers can be...

An Overview of the Tone Curve Panel in Lightroom: Part II

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  In my last post on the Tone Curve panel, I showed you the basic components of the panel, as well as how to edit in the RGB channel. In this post, we will look at how to use the Red, Green and Blue channels to color balance your image. We will then look at how you can adjust the Tone Curve after applying a preset. THE RED, GREEN & BLUE COLOR CHANNELS Click the icon highlighted below to edit the point curve: Beside the word Channel, press the up/down arrows. By default, you will already be in the RGB channel, which...

Getting Organized: How to Utilize Folders & Subfolders in LR

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One of the most frustrating challenges I faced when learning Lightroom was how to organize my images.  I took a class from a local professional photographer who teaches an Intro to Photography class and also covers a little bit of LR.  I knew that I needed to learn a better way to process my images, but it was an intimidating and daunting prospect to commit to taking his Intermediate course which covered the basics of Lightroom.  Two+ years and over 15,000 images later, I am so glad I bit the bullet and took Bruce’s course. Still, getting those images organized in...

7 Tips for Successful In-Person Sales Sessions 

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I put together a short list of things I wish someone would have told me when I was first starting with IPS. I hope these tips help you on your way to becoming confident and successful at in-person sales for your photography business.  1. Don’t be nervous!  Your photos are beautiful, your client will love them. It’s ok to have a bit of butterflies your first few IPS sessions, but really, remain calm and you will be so happy you did after a few months when you're really feeling confident and looking forward to your next IPS.  2. Be prepared,...

5 Steps for Creating Your Own Print Templates in Lightroom

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Lightroom is an amazingly powerful program.  We all love it for the ways that it saves us time in editing and the simplicity of editing. However, most of our focus is on the ways that it can help us save time in the Develop Module.  In this post, I want to share with you how it can save you time blogging and creating beautiful products collages for your clients. Lightroom's Print Module has the power to create these things for you without you ever having to leave Lightroom.  And you can do it in just a few simple steps. 1. Get Started...

An Overview of the Tone Curve Panel in Lightroom: Part I

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In this tutorial, we will take a look at the components of the Tone Curve panel in Lightroom, and how to make adjustments within the RGB channel. WHAT ARE TONE CURVES? Tone Curves (simply referred to as "curves" by most photographers) affect the overall brightness and contrast of your image. By adjusting the curves, we can make our image brighter or darker, and affect the contrast levels. COMPONENTS OF THE TONE CURVE PANEL IN LIGHTROOM In the Develop module, you will see the Tone Curve panel on the far right. Press the triangle to make the panel drop down so that you can make...

You're Using Manual Mode. Now What?

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You have asked the questions, watched the videos, attended the webinars, and finally turned that dial to Manual! Congratulations!  But now what? You can get correct exposure many ways by adjusting your exposure triangle. How do you decide what component is the most important for your shooting situation? What do you set first, second, and what do you adjust most frequently throughout your shoot? We'll answer these questions and more below. The first thing I ask myself is, "Who is my subject?"  Am I shooting a wiggly toddler, a sleeping baby, an active adult, or a pile of extremely cooperative...

7 Marketing Tips for Using Social Media

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Marketing.  When you read that word do you get all excited to read about it or do you feel your heart beating faster and a little anxiety coming on?  Whichever way you feel about marketing, it’s something that you need to be proficient in and do well. Changing Times When I started my business almost 6 years ago, Facebook was at its peak.  I could go out and do a session, come home and post a couple of photos on Facebook, tag the clients and the next day I would have 9 new fans.  This would happen every time I...

7 Steps to Honing Your "Editing Eye"

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Do you feel unsure of what to look for and what needs to be edited in your photos, but when someone else looks at them, they find all sorts of things that can be edited? There are typically a few reasons why this might be happening. First, everyone interprets a photo differently and has their own style, so you will always find someone who can offer a suggestion to improve your photo, no matter how perfect it may be to your eye. Second, your photo may actually need some improvements, and you are simply missing some steps between setting up...

10 Must Know Tips for Designing Your First Website

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You’ve taken the plunge and decided that a photography business is the path for you! You’re working on getting all your ducks in a row and one of those ducks is a professional looking website. But where to begin? This can be a really daunting step and one that a lot of people never take, instead relying on a Facebook business page. Facebook is a great tool but not the most reliable. I’ve seen many changes come and go that have negatively affected any business marketing that has been available via Facebook, which is why I think that having a...

Understanding Focal Plane and Depth of Field

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Let's Start Simple If you are anything like me, when you're reading about photography related topics and the big words, then the weird numbers start flying at you… it takes about three sentences and you give up!  I am going to explain depth of field in a very simple and understandable way. I will show you how you can use a low fstop even when shooting multiple subjects, and how to keep them all in focus!  What is Depth of Field? A basic definition of depth of field is the area of sharpness within a photo that will appear in...