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Night Photography – 7 Hints for Getting the Perfect Shot

Night Photography – 7 Hints for Getting the Perfect Shot

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Taking photos at night is a unique practice filled with plenty of deep colors, exciting lighting options and the perfect balance of exposure.  While the process might take a little longer to master than traditional photography during the daylight hours or in a studio, fine-tuning your skills and taking on the never-ending quest for the perfect night shot is a mission many choose to conquer at some time in our amateur or professional photography careers.  If you’re keen to try out night photography for the first time, you might be wondering what to bring along on your shoot. Basic items...

Must-Have Photography Gear For Your Next Family Adventure

Must-Have Photography Gear For Your Next Family Adventure

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For many of us here in the midwestern United States, Memorial Day weekend signifies the shift of seasons. Pools open, temps go from mild to hot, kids are home for summer vacation, and weekends start getting filled with cookouts and vacations. For me, it is a welcomed yet chaotic time of year and this summer is no exception. We are kicking the season off with 8-days in Iceland followed by weekend trips camping with our pop-up in the caves of Kentucky, the Dunes of Indiana, the woods of Northern Wisconsin, and a few small state parks in between. As excited...

Part 3: How to Document Your Children

Part 3: How to Document Your Children

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In the previous posts I have given you ideas on the what’s, where’s, and how’s to document your children. Today, I will conclude with the why’s.   And it is actually rather simple. Why do you want to and even need to photograph your children? Because you are telling their life stories through photographs. You are documenting their changes from babyhood to adulthood and every step in between. From their first smile to their graduation day, you, as the one with the ability to take great photos are responsible for writing this part of your child’s history. Think about all...

Part 2: How to Document Your Children

Part 2: How to Document Your Children

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In the previous blog post I gave you several ideas on how to document your children. Today, I have a little more technical advice. Finding the Light Lighting can make or break a photo. And when you are photographing your children you will come across every single lighting situation. From icky, yellow indoor lighting to the harsh, midday sun to the hazy glow of golden hour, you can learn to embrace each of them. So much of raising kiddos takes place indoors. In the winter, it is too cold and the exact opposite is true in the summer. Finding good...

Part 1: How To Document Your Children

Part 1: How To Document Your Children

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Okay, I am asking for a show of hands. How many of you found your love of photography after becoming a mother (or father)? MEEEE!! Yep, no inspiring photography class in high school or time spent in the dark room developing film for me. So many of us fell in love with taking photos because of the cute little faces of our babes and all the adorable things they were learning to do. And what better way to document all those moments than picking up a camera! I have been a mother for going on twelve years. It was not...

Part 3: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

Part 3: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

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 You have cooked the most beautiful dinner or baked a delicious batch of cookies and now you want to share a photo on Instagram. Instead of throwing your dish on the kitchen counter and snapping a quick picture, take just a few minutes to show off your delectable creation. Check out part 1 and part 2 in case you missed them, then continue reading here. LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING Grab some fun food props, like we talked about in Part 2 of this series, and find a spot with great natural light. Lighting really is everything! I have a great window...

Part 2: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

Part 2: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

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Do you ever scroll through Pinterest or flip through magazines drooling over beautiful food images? Those great shots that make you want to jump in and take a bite. Today I am going to share how I pair different foods with props to get those eye-catching styled recipe photos. Check out part 1 in case you missed it, then continue reading here.  BREAKFAST ANYONE?  When it comes to styling breakfast foods, or any meal, keep it simple. I like to add a dishtowel or linen napkin for extra color and texture. Make sure when you are picking props, the colors...

Part 1: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

Part 1: Photographing Food With Your iPhone

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Have you ever whipped out your cell phone to take a picture of your dessert so you could share it with a friend? Are you guilty of taking a selfie with your favorite beverage? Cell phone cameras have made taking photos so convenient that we snap pictures of just about everything, including the food and drinks we are about to consume. Having a passion for baking and photography, my iPhone makes taking photos of my creations so quick and easy. I’d like to share with you all just how I photograph food for my recipe and entertaining blog in a...

Tips For Editing Landscape Images in Lightroom

Tips For Editing Landscape Images in Lightroom

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I love B&W photography especially when it comes to editing landscapes.  It has a timeless feel and I love turning an “okay” color image into a dramatic B&W.  A few things I keep in mind when shooting for a B&W image is leading lines, shadows, shapes, and contrast.  Contrast is one of the most important aspects when I edit for B&W.  By having close to a pure white and a pure black in the photo, it adds interest to something that might be plainer in color.  I like to draw the view into the image.  Using Pretty Presets has made...

How To Easily Capture Sunbursts In Your Photos

How To Easily Capture Sunbursts In Your Photos

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  “Sunburst” or “starburst” refers to capturing the sun in your photo where you can see the sun’s rays in a star like shape.  I do not capture a sunburst in all my landscape photos, but it is one of my favorite things to capture during a bright sunny day!  Here are a few tips to capture a sunburst.  A bright sunny day makes for better results.  It is harder to capture a good sunburst on an overcast cloudy day!   Set your camera to aperture priority mode (AV mode) and start out by setting your aperture to f/16.  My ISO...

Using A Tripod for Landscape Photography

Using A Tripod for Landscape Photography

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I do not use a tripod for every single shot but I always bring it along with me.  A tripod tends to take up more room then the rest of my gear, but it is worth its advantages!  If you do not have a tripod yet, I hope my advantages to having one persuade you to purchase one!   By using a tripod, you can eliminate any camera shake that may occur if you are shooting handheld.  Imagine a beautiful mountain scene as the sun sets in the distance, just to notice your photo has a slight blur to it when...

4 Helpful Tips For Photographing The Night Sky

4 Helpful Tips For Photographing The Night Sky

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A little over a year ago I moved to Alaska where the Northern Lights are often visible from September to March.  I will never forget the first time I saw them “dancing” in the sky. Night photography has since become a favorite! I knew very little about this genre before moving here, but quickly found myself out in the middle of the night every chance I could!  Gear  Canon 6D or camera that handles higher ISO well  Sigma 35mm or similar wide angle lens (35mm or wider is ideal)   Memory Cards  Sturdy Tripod  Extra Batteries  Headlamp  Hand warmers   1. Destination ...