Capital Photography Center Blog
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
October 28, 2015
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.Read More
September 30, 2015
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.Read More
September 9, 2015
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.Read More