Controlling Focus

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.


The Relationship Between Aperture, Distance And Lenses

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.


Photography Exhibits To Inspire You

As all artists know, from time to time it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing. If you’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately we’ve compiled a list of exciting and imaginative photography exhibits in the DC region this spring and summer that are sure to help. 

Looking at other artists work and appreciating the time and effort they put in to creating something can really stoke the fires and give you the motivation you need to create your own work!


Legal Tips For Starting Your Photography Business

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.


Instructor Favorites For Photographing In Spring

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…


10 Great Reasons To Use Lightroom

Lightroom is a powerful database and editing software program by Adobe and was designed for photographers from the ground up. Let’s take a look at some of the best reasons to use it for your image organizing and editing.


JPEG or Raw - Which Is Right For You

Whether you’re new to photography or have been shooting for some time, it’s helpful to understand your camera file formats and determine which is best for you.


Shooting DSLR Video - The Basics

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.


Tips For Defining Your 2016 Photography Goals

With a new year ahead of us it’s good to look back and take stock but also to look ahead and plan your course. However, if you find the idea of making goals overwhelming, perhaps the 5 steps below will make it easier.

Additionally, to get you motivated we’ve included some inspiring ideas from our instructors!


Holiday Lights Bokeh

 It’s a blast to shoot the holiday lights bokeh so we wanted to give a short and sweet “How To” on just that. 



​Get inspired to capture amazing holiday photos.

If you’re shopping for your shutterbug, find helpful gift ideas and information about a camera store near you.


10 Tips For The Perfect Holiday Card

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.


DSLR or Mirrorless Camera - Which Is Best For You?

We’re often asked if mirrorless cameras (sometimes referred to as ILC- Interchangeable Lens Cameras) are as good as DSLR cameras. The answer of course depends on which mirrorless and which DSLR. A better question might be which is best for you and the answer to that depends on what you photograph and how you need your camera to perform for you.

Lets take a closer look at some important considerations when deciding between a mirrorless or DSLR camera.


What It Takes To Be A Wedding Photographer

You find yourself on a beautiful day at a wedding for your favorite niece and one of the first things you notice when you arrive is the team of wedding photographers covering in the event. Dressed all in black and handling some expensive gear, you think to yourself, “maybe this is a job I can do.” It seems like an easy enough gig- one day of work, everyone is happy and smiling and you are making good money. So why not give it a try?

Like any profession, there are pros and cons. It’s a rewarding yet difficult job and not everyone is cut out for it  so before you jump in, consider what it takes.


10 Tips For Moms With Cameras

Photographing your own children can be a daunting task. They are seldom cooperative at any age and learning which camera settings to use offers even more of a challenge. How does one navigate these waters and arrive on the other side with images that capture their personality and those every day moments that will be gone before you know it?

Here are 10 tips to help any parent take better images of your children regardless of their age or the type of camera.