Not-so-Extreme Weather Photography

Weather Photography Techniques

Overcome Weather and Time-of-Day Obstacles

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night…”

Weather Photography TechniquesThe quote is in reference to postal carriers. But what about photographers?

Do you let the weather stop you? Okay, admittedly, I do. But sometimes there’s no option. In fact, often I’ve gotten my best shots during unfavorable weather conditions. The following are tips for great shots in different weather or time-of-day situations. Continue reading “Not-so-Extreme Weather Photography”

Top Ten Tips for Shooting High School Senior Portraits

Senior Portrait Photography

High School Seniors have HUGE expectations

They want to look stunning (read: like a model), they want a fresh and trendy portrait, and they want their friends to be envious of their photos. And maybe one or two of them has an attitude problem. Scared yet?

Senior Portrait Photography

The good news about teens…

You don’t have to bribe them, chase them, or put something on your head to make them look at the camera. So, they aren’t your most difficult client you will ever have (Hint: Toddlers will probably be yours. See our tips on how to photograph children).

In fact, Seniors really are great models when you want to practice great portrait techniques. Continue reading “Top Ten Tips for Shooting High School Senior Portraits”

Wedding Photography List of Shots

wedding photography list of shots

Avoid Disappointing the Bride and Groom With a Wedding Shot List

wedding photography list of shots

When photographing a wedding, you could be obtaining the most beautiful, artistic shots, but you’ll never be forgiven if you miss something the bride really wanted – even if it’s as seemingly inconsequential as a picture of her and a distant cousin. That’s why it’s important to go over a wedding shot list with the bride and groom before the big day. Continue reading “Wedding Photography List of Shots”

How to Photograph Children with Grace: 10 Simple Strategies

Your toughest client to photograph will inevitably be the toddler, whether its your own or someone else’s. Most of your photos will be of the back of his head as he runs away from the camera, or a shot of her palm as she grabs your lens. In fact, I know a few reasons why a toddler is never used as a model at any photo workshop.

Here’s how to photograph children and babies with grace, style, and plenty of patience to spare:

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Wedding Photography Checklist: 10 Ways to Overcome the “Pre-Wedding Jitters”

wedding photography checklist

Sooner or later, you’re going to be asked to photograph a friend’s or family member’s wedding. After all, you have one of those professional-looking cameras, so you must know what you’re doing, right?

Photographing weddings can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first one.  Just like the bride and groom, you could be experiencing your own pre-wedding jitters.  So what helps?  Continue reading “Wedding Photography Checklist: 10 Ways to Overcome the “Pre-Wedding Jitters””

Photography Posing Guide: Tips for Flattering Poses

How to Pose People Attractively

Photography Posing Guide

The following are photography posing guidelines that may come in handy the next time you are posing people for outdoor personal or family portraits. As with most guidelines, these are just that: guidelines. They are NOT the hard and fast “you-must-do-it-this-way-or-else” regulations. Depending on your subject and the effect you are going for, these guidelines can also be ignored. Continue reading “Photography Posing Guide: Tips for Flattering Poses”

Telling a Story with Your Photos

Even an elementary school student should be able to tell you that a story has a setting, characters, and a plot. Photography gives you the opportunity to tell a story in a unique, powerful way – without the written or spoken word. A picture IS worth a thousand words. Although the medium of storytelling isn’t the same as what you learned in elementary school, the elements of the story are still important. And remember a story can be told with one or several pictures. Continue reading “Telling a Story with Your Photos”

HDR Photography: How to Make a Photo Look Like You Took it with Your Eyes

HDR High Dynamic Range Photography

HDR High Dynamic Range Photography

Do you ever wonder why you can’t quite capture with your camera the same “wow” you saw with your eyes? Sometimes I wish my eyes were a camera! But a digital camera cannot capture the full dynamic range of luminance that the eye can see. But there is a solution: a HDR, or high dynamic range, image shows a greater range between the lightest and the darkest areas of an image in a high contrast scene. Continue reading “HDR Photography: How to Make a Photo Look Like You Took it with Your Eyes”