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June 13, 2016

The Benefits of Critiques

Christina Ascani

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!

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May 25, 2016

The Relationship Between Aperture, Distance And Lenses

Marie Joabar

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.

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April 13, 2016

Legal Tips For Starting Your Photography Business

Adriel Sanders

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.

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March 23, 2016

Instructor Favorites For Photographing In Spring

Marie Joabar

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…

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March 3, 2016

10 Great Reasons To Use Lightroom

Marie Joabar

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.

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February 11, 2016

JPEG or Raw - Which Is Right For You

Christina Ascani

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.

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January 19, 2016

Shooting DSLR Video - The Basics

Christina Ascani

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.

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December 9, 2015

Holiday Lights Bokeh

Marie Joabar

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

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November 18, 2015

10 Tips For The Perfect Holiday Card

Christina Ascani

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.

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October 28, 2015

DSLR or Mirrorless Camera - Which Is Best For You?

Marie Joabar

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.

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September 30, 2015

What It Takes To Be A Wedding Photographer

Christina Ascani

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.

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September 9, 2015

10 Tips For Moms With Cameras

Donna Vance

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.

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July 28, 2015

The Language of Seeing… by Bryan F. Peterson

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Your camera and lens(es) are a foreign country and speak a language all their own. Until you are willing to learn the language your lenses speak, fluently I might add, your attempts at picture making will require constant translation. The road to speaking and seeing fluently is made much shorter when you put the language of your lenses to work, week in and week out. Here's how...

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July 8, 2015

Planning A Personal Project

Marie Joabar

Sometimes as photographers we loose momentum or find ourselves in a rut lacking creativity or motivation, or worse, both.

Other times, we need to commit to practice a particular skill but lack the discipline to do so letting other things in our lives take precedent.

These are the best times to start a personal project. You’ll find it will improve your photography, and might help you move past your comfort zone or broaden your skills so why not plan yours now and get started.

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June 19, 2015

Helpful Hints for Capturing Fireworks!

Marie Joabar

Re-posted from previous post

Photographing fireworks can be great fun.  Since the biggest and best displays come around once a year on Independence Day, make the most of the opportunity by following these helpful hints!

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