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3 Tips For Finding The Light

3 Tips For Finding The Light

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A couple of weeks ago my daughter and two of her friends wanted me to do some photos of them.  I was thrilled to do it.  They are 13 and any chance I have to take photos of my daughter, I will jump at!  One friend came home with us after school and the other friend was supposed to meet at our home at 4:00.  But then 4:00 turned into 5:00.  The girls spent way too long getting ready so we had to scratch our original plan of taking photos at one of my favorite locations twenty minutes from my...

What to Wear to a Photo Shoot + What To Wear Worksheet

What to Wear to a Photo Shoot + What To Wear Worksheet

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Isn’t is absolutely fabulous when you get to a photo shoot and your clients are dressed so perfectly it looks like they just walked out of a magazine?  You get this immediate sensation of, “I’ve made it!”  In other words, you have someone in front of your camera—someone confident, well-dressed, and they actually want to be there.  What could go wrong?!  With all of these things going for you, half of the battle is already won! But wait a minute, you said someone confident and well-dressed who wants to be there.  How do you get this from the very start?...

Can You Photograph People in the Harsh Midday Sun?

Can You Photograph People in the Harsh Midday Sun?

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Yes, yes, and yes! While photographing in the middle of the day presents its own set of challenges, it can be done with great results.  Sure, taking pictures when the sun is high will not give you the dreamy colors and even exposures of golden hour.  High noon (and the couple hours either side of twelve o'clock pm)  gives you harsh shadows, some unwanted contrast, and squinty eyes.    It is my hope that this post will give you a few tricks to use when working with clients and photographing your family in the middle of the day.   Up...

Lighting On The Go

Lighting On The Go

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When I first became interested in experimenting with off-camera flash, I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of information I found online, and didn’t even know where to begin! While off-camera flash techniques are many and varied, I thought I would share the way in which I put together my first studio lighting setup, in the hopes that it will help some of you figure out how to go about creating your own set up. Like I said, there are plenty of options out there, but this is a good solution if you already have a flash for your camera....

6 On-Camera Flash Tips

6 On-Camera Flash Tips

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From talking with a lot of my fellow photographers, learning how to use a flash always seems to be a bit of a barrier. For me, personally, and for a lot of the photographers I know, we all love natural light. However, sometimes you just need a flash. While entire books have been written on the intricacies of flash, here are a few (very!) basic tips to give you some ideas on how to utilize your on-camera flash.   1. Read the Manual I am all for experimentation when it comes to equipment, however, reading the user manual on your flash...

Backlight: Illumination from Behind

Backlight: Illumination from Behind

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In photography terms, it is exactly the same.  We have all seen images with a beautiful, sunny haze and glow behind the subject.  Whether the light source is the sun or artificial, backlight can be used to create jaw dropping images.  Shooting backlit images can be tricky, and it is my hope to give you a few tips to try it out successfully.   When I first started shooting, I played it safe. I only shot in open shade.  The light was always even and predictable.  I could always nail my exposure and focus.  I did get some great images,...

Maximizing the Light for Indoor Lifestyle Photos

Maximizing the Light for Indoor Lifestyle Photos

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I was not one of those photographers who got a camera as a teen and followed my dreams to art school.  It's actually quite the opposite.  Like many these days, I am a mom who was drawn to photography by documenting the everyday lives of my three boys.  As you know, everyday life does not always happen in the best of lighting situations, especially when shooting indoors.  When my family moved into our home a few years ago, my "photographer eyes" had yet to develop.  Now I joke with my friends in the field that I would never buy our...

Free Printable: Window Lighting Tips

Free Printable: Window Lighting Tips

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Cheat Sheet for taking pictures indoors www.lightroompresets.com      Please feel free to print this out to use and share! Special thanks to Gayle of Mom and Camera for creating this for Pretty Presets users.

4 Easy Tips for Taking Advantage of the Golden Hour

4 Easy Tips for Taking Advantage of the Golden Hour

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You have probably heard the term “the Golden Hour” at least once, but chances are, you’ve heard about it a lot, because many photographers, myself included, are obsessed with shooting during this time of day. Whether you are shooting portraits, nature or landscapes, you will most likely find that you prefer the Golden Hour, too, because you will not have to worry about harsh shadows, blown highlights, and uneven light. The Golden Hour happens twice a day: in the morning, within the first hour of the sun rising, and in the evening: the hour before the sun sets. Photographers love...

Pricing Your Photography Today!

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Video Notes: Who: Pricing is for everyone no matter what stage you're at in your business. Why: Because business is all about money! In order to set your prices you’ll need to... 1. Identify your target market 2. Your volume of clients {work all day or once a week?} 3. How much do you need to make to cover overhead? 4. Identify your business overhead: 5. Online subscriptions 6. Storage 7. Bills 8. Hard costs vs soft costs: a. hard = products b. soft = services 9. Then you have your time, education, equipment, software, marketing Do you want to...

All about Light: Make lighting work for you, not against you!

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The world of studio lighting can be an exciting aspect of photography for some people, while others are slightly intimidated by what seems to be a never-ending stream of equipment and technical information. If you are someone who is curious about lighting, but you’re not sure where to start, this information will hopefully help you decide what type of lighting and equipment will work best for you. Keep in mind, that the items recommended here are geared towards portrait photographers. If you shoot product or fashion photography, you may want to look into more advanced set-ups, depending on what your...

Lighting Techniques: High Key and Low Key

Lighting Techniques: High Key and Low Key

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In this post, we will look at two different, yet very popular, lighting techniques: high key and low key. High key lighting is just what you would imagine - very bright, even light, whereas low key emphasizes midtones and shadows. High Key Lighting First, let’s look at high key: Varying levels of light can be used in high key, ranging from just bright enough, to teetering on the edge of over-exposing your highlights, which is a completely stylistic choice. High key is also used to separate the subject from the background, which is why a lot of magazine ads feature...