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FROM THE WEB: USING COLOUR BOLDLY

FROM THE WEB: USING COLOUR BOLDLY

Adding a splash of colour to your photography can make all the difference in turning a bland portrait into a fantastic image. However, many people put off using colour actively in photography, instead working with what's there. You can make photos that really "pop" -...

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FROM THE WEB: 10 COMMON EXPOSURE PROBLEMS

There's nothing more frustrating than being unable to get your images to come out "right" - sometimes they may be too dark, too light, or just not white enough. Whether you are dealing with a straight-forward portrait shot or a tricky one (like a backlit portrait),...

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FROM THE WEB: GETTING ON TRACK FOR THE REST OF 2013

Can you believe that 2013 is already half over? Yikes! If you've been trying to make taking better photos of your kids a goal for this year and have hit a wall, perhaps this blog can help. It has some great tips for getting over the hump and to embrace improving your...

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TIPS FOR GREAT JULY 4TH PHOTOS

TIPS FOR GREAT JULY 4TH PHOTOS

There are tons of articles online about taking great fireworks photos on the Fourth of July, but none that really talk about other things to photograph – such as your kids, family, parades, concerts, etc. So here goes: Tips for Photographing Kids and Family During the...

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FROM THE WEB: AN ALTERNATE RULE OF THIRDS

FROM THE WEB: AN ALTERNATE RULE OF THIRDS

By now you (hopefully) have a good handle on the rule of thirds, if not read this post first. There are many more advanced ways of creating dynamic images, one method is described here by Andrew Gibson at Digital Photography School. Not all images you create will...

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FROM THE WEB: BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

FROM THE WEB: BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

The beach is really a great place for photos; lots of light, something fun to distract the kids, and great backgrounds. That's not to say that taking great beach photos is a walk in the park... just that it at least gives you all the components for great photos, all...

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PHOTO BASICS: IS IT TIME TO GO RAW?

PHOTO BASICS: IS IT TIME TO GO RAW?

It’s a tough call making the leap from recording .jpg images only to recording .raw files as well. Jpg files are much smaller and they are “done” – there’s no extra steps needed to share or print the files (unless you want to make the edits. However, .raw files do...

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FROM THE WEB: FREE 5-WEEK PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

FROM THE WEB: FREE 5-WEEK PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

If portrait photography is your passion, but you just don't know where to start with improving your skills, perhaps it's time for a course? Courses range in length, quality, and of course, price, so you can start with the freebies and work your way up. Check out this...

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FROM THE WEB: PROFESSIONAL NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

FROM THE WEB: PROFESSIONAL NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Do you think that maybe you're ready to "go pro" with your newborn photography? Are people willing to pay you to take photos? Then perhaps it's time to take the leap, or at the very least, start offering newborn sessions to anyone you know having a baby. In the...

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FROM THE WEB: TIPS FOR LOOKING BETTER IN PHOTOS

FROM THE WEB: TIPS FOR LOOKING BETTER IN PHOTOS

Taking good photos is one thing - looking good in them is another. If you're having trouble with how you or others look in your photos you may want to check out this post from PetaPixel for some great tips. With just a few changes you can make your kids look...

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FROM THE WEB: BETTER SUNRISE AND SUNSET PHOTOS

FROM THE WEB: BETTER SUNRISE AND SUNSET PHOTOS

There's really nothing more rewarding than a great sunrise or sunset photo (especially the sunrise, because that means you got up really early!). Unfortunately, many of these photos don't turn out quite as stunning as we had hoped, either due to bad timing, wrong...

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FROM THE WEB: TOP TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING BABIES

FROM THE WEB: TOP TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING BABIES

Babies are cute, aren't they? Whether your own or a friend's, taking great pictures of babies gives you lasting memories. But since they grow up so fast, you want to have a few tips in mind, so you don't waste time trying to get it "right." With that in mind,...

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IMPROVING YOUR CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY WITH A REFLECTOR

IMPROVING YOUR CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY WITH A REFLECTOR

Working with natural light can be a challenge at times, but having a reflector on hand can be a lifesaver, whether you need more light on a dreary day, or simply want to balance out light on a day with strong sunlight. Affordable, portable, and easy to use, consider...

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FROM THE WEB: TIPS TO MAKE YOUR IMAGES MORE COMPELLING

FROM THE WEB: TIPS TO MAKE YOUR IMAGES MORE COMPELLING

Today's helpful link comes from Tiffany Mueller over at Light Stalking, who has put together a short list of simple techniques you can use to make your images more compelling. While this are straightforward tips, many people overlook just how much impact they can have...

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FROM THE WEB: CAPTURING STUNNING SEASCAPES

FROM THE WEB: CAPTURING STUNNING SEASCAPES

Heading to the ocean gives you access to a whole new range of image opportunities - so the next time you are going seaside grab your camera and read this article from Photopoly, it contains come great tips on ensuring you have the best chance of capturing exceptional...

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PHOTO BASICS: EMPHASIS AND PROPORTION

PHOTO BASICS: EMPHASIS AND PROPORTION

Emphasis is a pretty neat trick that you can use various ways in your photos to make things stand out or illustrate size. In portrait and people photography you can use emphasis to make your subjects big, small, important or not. Low Viewpoint A low viewpoint can be...

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FROM THE WEB: BIRTHDAY PHOTO BOOTHS

FROM THE WEB: BIRTHDAY PHOTO BOOTHS

Having a hard time coming up with a fun idea for your kid's next birthday party? How about a photo booth? I know, sounds fun right? Setting up a photo booth is pretty easy, and with the addition of a few lights and some props can lead to great times for everyone who...

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TOP 5 PHOTOGRAPHY VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR 2013

TOP 5 PHOTOGRAPHY VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR 2013

Have a special someone in your life who loves photography? Or, do you have some great photos that would make excellent gifts? Here are a few ideas on Valentine’s gifts for 2013: Photo Books There are a ton of websites out there that let you quickly and easily upload...

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DEVELOPING A “PHOTOGRAPHIC EYE”

DEVELOPING A “PHOTOGRAPHIC EYE”

If you want your images to progress beyond “point and click,” you will need to spend some time developing your photographic eye – the ability to view your surroundings and identify unique opportunities to create fantastic images. Although some of us may be born with...

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TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MOMENTS TO CAPTURE ON CAMERA

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MOMENTS TO CAPTURE ON CAMERA

With so much going on around the holiday season, it can be hard to remember to keep your camera handy to capture all of those great Christmas moments. However, if you do manage to remember, here are ten terrific moments to photograph your kids: 10. Santa: Take some...

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