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Photography Friday: Light Modifiers for Your Studio

By Kevin Pepper
Light ModifiersLearn all about light modifiers: the accessories that photographers use to help manipulate light in their studio. There are a few basic tools you can use to modify your light, no matter if you are using natural light, flash, strobes or constant lighting. I could get much more in-depth, but I figured we should look at the basics first to get you started! Read more »

Keep it Fun: 3 Tips for Photographing Toddlers

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Photographing ToddlersOut of all the young children to photograph, toddlers are the most unpredictable. They can run, play and completely ignore you. Don't get me wrong-- when they are into the photos they can be super adorable, but it can be a challenge to keep them engaged. Toddlers haven't quite learned to sit still and smile at the camera, so you have to get a little creative when trying to get family portraits. Here are a few things you can do to help make a shoot with a toddler run a little smoother. Read more »

4 Key Infant Photography Tips for Great Photos

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Infant Photography TipsInfants-- babies between a month to a year old-- are a little easier to photograph in some ways. They can see farther so their eyes are less likely to be crossed when awake, they are more active and can smile when they want to. It's also more difficult to photograph infants because they are more active and are better at expressing all kinds of emotions, particularly when they're annoyed. The best way to get the most of an infant shoot is to make it as fun as possible. Here are a few tips to help achieve that. Read more »

Photography Friday: How to Photograph an Air Show

By Kevin Pepper
How to Photograph an Air ShowAn air show brings back childhood fantasies of flying plastic planes and yearning to be that Top Gun pilot that seems invincible. That’s probably why you will see generations of families sitting on lawn chairs-- grandfathers, fathers and young boys-- all with a camera in hand, trying to recapture those childhood fantasies. As with any photographic genre, cameras for these types of events can be quite expensive. Just remember, it’s not always the gear that takes the great photo, it’s the space between your two ears that will make your photos better than the others. Read more »

4 Tips for Perfect Newborn Portraits

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Newborn PortraitsA newborn photo shoot is any shoot with a baby under one month old. A lot of parents want these but have no idea what to expect. And the truth is-- the photographer doesn't really know what to expect either. The newborn is the one calling the shots when it comes to these photos. Who knew someone so tiny could change a situation so much? Here are a few tips to help capture some special moments with the least amount of stress to the baby and parents. Read more »

Photographing Fireworks: Great Shots This July 4th!

By Nicholas Donner
Photographing FireworksIndependence Day is coming up in the United States and that has me thinking about taking photos of fireworks. For many years I tried getting cool shots of fireworks with terrible results, until I thought through what I was trying to catch. Be prepared to capture your local fireworks show by following some of these tips. Read more »

Photography Friday: Taking Great Photos in the Fog

By Kevin Pepper
Photographs in the FogBut be warned, fog is that one element that can either set the tone for a beautiful atmosphere in your photos, or that can very easily make your photos look white washed and dull-- void of color and without definition. Explore the varying types of fog that you will encounter out on a photo shoot, and learn how to work with them for great photos. Read more »

Composition is Everything

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Portrait CompositionMany of us have already learned the basic composition rules; rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and patterns, depth of field, framing and the final rule is there are no rules. However, here are some things to avoid most of the time for the best possible photographs. Read more »

10 Winter Photography Tips: Never Too Early to Prepare

By Kevin Pepper
Winter Photography TipsLearn how to keep your pictures great, your gear safe, and your tushy warm. This post will give you some tips on taking photographs in the winter (tips based largely on my own personal experiences of taking really bad winter photographs). Even if you are not a diehard photographer, these tips can help ensure that you're ready to grab that photographic opportunity when you see it. Read more »

What is Portrait Photography: Lighting People

By Nicholas Donner
Lighting for Portrait PhotographyOh, boy! This is a big topic. There are entire Web sites devoted to portrait lighting, so we’ll do this in the most basic of ways, assuming you have already read my post on Natural Light Portraits, and are just getting started in using artificial light, and have a very basic and inexpensive one or two speedlight setup. The truth is, you don’t need much lighting equipment to create awesomely lit portraits—just a little creativity and a little technical know how. Here’s a quick step-by-step for lighting people. Read more »