Capital Photography Center Blog
September 22, 2016
It's exciting to photograph at night. Whether capturing expansive cityscapes or downtown Main street, colorful festival lights or neon carnival rides, seek out a strong subject decorated with lights… or choose just the lights themselves as the subject.Read More
August 11, 2016
Emily Carter Mitchell
Nature can be found closer than you think, and finding these special moments only needs one to be aware of their surroundings. Open your eyes and begin observing the small details; like the birds in the trees or the butterflies in the garden. Nature is everywhere you look and once your awareness grows, nature shows itself in the least expected places.Read More
July 20, 2016
Photography, much like other art forms is completely subjective in nature. As artists, we tend to view the world solely through our own eyes and rarely have the opportunity to have outsiders view our work other than family and friends.
Receiving advice and guidance for your images during a critique is invaluable. By dissecting an image, you will begin to learn not only more about the technical and creative side of photography, but you will also begin to look at your own work differently.Read More
June 16, 2016
It's not hard taking control of our camera's focus settings once we know what to look for.
With AUTO FOCUS, there are two settings to choose, the focus mode (HOW the camera focuses) and the focus area (WHERE the camera focuses). Controlling both will result in sharper subjects.Read More
June 13, 2016
It always feels great to receive praise for your photos- who doesn’t love that feeling? Praise is important but all the compliments in the world won’t make you a better photographer. After a while, it’s not helpful to hear only what’s good but what could be better and what you need to work on. Thats where critiques come in!Read More
May 25, 2016
Ever set your aperture to f4 or 5.6 and wonder why your background is not blurred and everything in your image seems pretty sharp? How about the opposite: you set your aperture to f16 and find you have blurriness in the background, isn’t f16 supposed to render everything sharp? Understanding the relationship between aperture, distance and lenses can easily explain this.Read More
April 13, 2016
It can be very exciting to run your own photography business. However, before you run out to pick up your first client, you need to take the time to set up your business. While it may seem like a daunting task, it is actually relatively simple if you know what to do.Read More
March 23, 2016
At long last, spring has sprung! We like to use the cherry blossoms as our indicator. It’s just not spring until the blossoms open and with today as the beginning of peak bloom, spring is here.
We asked some of our instructors to share their favorite tips for photographing in springtime. We think you’ll get some great ideas and some sure fired inspiration. Read on and enjoy these tidbits from Karen Messick, E. David Luria, Corey Hilz, Emily Carter Mitchell, Donna Vance and more…Read More
January 19, 2016
WIth today's DSLR’s, you not only have the ability to shoot better still images but you also have the capability of shooting HD video too.
The idea of shooting video can be a bit daunting at first because you are adding in the whole idea of motion. Your subject can move, you can move… it’s a whole new world. To get started with DSLR video and develop your movie-shooting skills, here are some important settings and techniques to consider using.Read More
November 18, 2015
Each year at the same time, everyone in your household gets a little anxious knowing the dreaded holiday photo is coming up. You say, “Cheese!” and they stare at you blank faced from their spot on the sofa. But why not change it up this year and turn it into something fun?
As a professional photographer, I have taken countless pictures specifically for people’s holiday cards and with a few tips, you too can take photos that are picture perfect while at the same time making it an anticipated tradition.Read More