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10 Mistakes To Learn From

After almost 5 years of doing photography as a business, I have made many MANY mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes because there is always something to learn. But it’s never fun making those mistakes.  So I have written down some of many mistakes from over the years so hopefully, you won’t have to learn the hard way as I …

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How to Know When You Are Ready to Start Taking Clients

I’m asked all of the time, “how do you know when you are ready to start taking on clients?”. This seemed like a no brainer to me, my answer would probably be, when people start asking you to do their photos. That’s when I started doing it.  But looking back, that probably wasn’t very responsible because I only had 1 …

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Should You Work For Free?

As a photographer, you have probably been asked to work for free before. This is a bit strange and beyond insulting, to say the least. After all, you wouldn’t go to the cashier at Walmart with a big screen TV and ask if you can just have it for free now, would you? There are certain reasons why people have …

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Do More Than Just Photography

As I’m sure you know, I take a very artistic approach with my photos. I also consider myself to be more of an artist than a photographer. I have a lot of other interests that have helped contribute to my abilities as a photographer. These interests include cinematography, film making, music, CGI, drawing, and even woodworking to name a few. …

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This Is My Main Camera Setup

I have several cameras and lots of different lenses, and I bring multiple setups with me on my sessions so I’ll have back up. But when I get to my location, I almost always only have one camera and one lens on me. I’m asked all of the time what my main set up is, and that is what this …

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Should You Color Calibrate Your Computer Monitors For Editing Photos?

Should you color calibrate your computer monitors for editing photos? Short and quick answer, a resounding YES! If you’ve been following me for a while now you probably know that I am partly colorblind which is a HUGE disadvantage for a photographer! When I first started photography I was constantly really messing up the colors in my images.  Too much yellow, …

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Take A Break

If you have been following me you are no doubt sick of all of the snake images I’ve been posting and writing about as of late.  As exciting as it all was and even landing me in the news (KY3, KAIT8), it’s time to focus back on the magical world of photography. This weeks article is about taking a break. …

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How I Handle Competition and Criticism

Are you ever afraid to interact or even correspond with the competition out of fear that they would somehow steal your ideas or clients? Do you get super offended when someone critics your work, especially when you didn’t ask for it?  We all go through highs and lows and mixed feelings when it comes to competition and criticism. This is …

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How to Keep Your Camera Lenses from Fogging Up

Have you ever been on a photo shoot where you pull your camera and lens out of the camera bag and it instantly fogs over?  I have, and it’s a bit scary if you don’t know what to do because it can take a very long time to go back to normal and you don’t want to have your clients …

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The Two Types of Photos

One of the things that drew me into photography was the artistic side of things. I loved how you could tell a story in a single image. When I started doing photography as a business I quickly realized that there are two types of photos, the Portrait, and the story. Each one is perceived completely different. The Portrait  This is …

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Should You Shoot in JPG or RAW?

Should You Shoot in JPG or RAW? This was very confusing for me when I started out. I had no idea what the difference was except that one took a HUGE amount of disk space. I eventually figured it all out and made the switch to RAW, but it wasn’t easy.  Now I get asked this question a lot. So here …

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My Take on Photography Props

Intro When I got into photography I never really give this much thought.  It was years before I even purchased my first photography prop.  I’m very subconscious about everything that ends up in the frame of my images, everything must have a purpose. So here is my take on photography props. How I Feel About Photography Props When I plan …

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My First Experience Doing an Architecture Session

As a photographer I’m always wanting to try new things so I can expand my knowledge and understanding of photography in as many ways that I can. One of those things on my list was architecture photography, or real estate photography. I finally got the chance to mark that one of my list. I will have to say though, this …

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Tips for Taken Spring Photos

IT”S SPRING!!! Time to pull out the camera and look for Spring blossoms and flowers! This article may be a bit on the short side, but I wanted to leave a few tips for taking Spring photos. Flowers and Blossoms Pretty obvious I know, but flowers and blossoms are pretty much the definitions of Spring. Don’t just make them the …

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How to Start Getting Clients as a Beginner Photographer

So you’ve been dabbling in photography for a while now and you’ve been getting a lot of compliments on your work. You decide that you are ready to start taking on clients. But where do you start?  This article will help you to start picking up clients and get you started on your photography business adventure! These are the things …

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How I Take Large Group Shots

One of my least favorite things to do is take group photos, specifically at weddings!  It can be extremely chaotic, especially when there are a lot of kids. But, it is one of those things that you will find yourself needing to do eventually as a photographer. So here is how I take large group shots. Give Simple Posing Instructions …

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How I Restore and Colorize Old Photos

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at restoring and colorizing old photos. It’s almost magic to me when I see someone do this.  I like to challenge myself to try things I’ve never tried before. That’s how we learn.  Just for fun, I restored and colorized a couple of old family photos. Here is the process I took. Get …

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How I Interact With My Subjects During A Photo Shoot

On top of mastering your craft, you must also strengthen your people skills. It doesn’t matter how good of a photographer you are if you are not good with people. I had to learn this and continue to learn it as I go a long. Here are a few tips for how I interact with my subjects during a photo …

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How to get professional Camera lenses super cheap

Part of what really made my images stand out in the beginning, is when I started using professional camera lenses. But also starting out I didn’t have any money to invest in expensive lenses. There was just no way for me to afford them starting out, and that is the case for a lot of beginner photographers. But I found …

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How I use flash in my photos

As you probably know, I don’t use flash very often. In fact, I call myself a natural light photographer. I typically shoot outdoors with whatever natural light is available to me, and even when I shoot indoors I try to only use natural light coming in through windows and doors.  A good example of this is in my ‘All Things …

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Why I use manual focus lenses

If you don’t already know by now, I use a lot of manual focus lenses. Not that I have anything against autofocus lenses, I think they’re awesome! But here is why I use a lot of manual focus lenses;. Why I Started Focusing Manually  When I first started photography, I only had a Samsung NX 500 with an auto focus …

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How to Get the Blurry Background and Foreground

When I first started photography I knew that I wanted that blurry background and foreground in my photos. For me, I somehow understood how to do that. But as a photographer, I get asked this question a lot. A lot of people think this is done in Photoshop. Are though you can add blur to your photos in Photoshop, it …

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The Best Time of Day to Shoot

Photography has everything to do with light. So the time of day to shoot is very important. But remember, it all has to do with light. Here is how I chooses the best time of day to shoot. In the Morning The morning sunrise produces beautiful soft light and soft shadows making it very easy to take breathtaking photos. Though …

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Bring the Bare Minimum of Photo Gear to the Session

I want to be able to move around as I please and not be weighted down by a ton of photo gear. One of my pet peeves is that I do not want to be restricted in any way shape or from when I am shooting.  As much as I love the latest and greatest gadgets and photo gear, flexibility is …

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What I Would do if I had to Restart

Recently a good friend and huge inspiration, Iwona Podlasińska, one of the worlds best children photographers had her Instagram account hacked and stolen losing almost 80k followers overnight! This situation is beyond heartbreaking and one of those worst-case scenarios that got me to thinking about what I would do if I lost it all. I thought up a scenario where …

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Shooting Snow Photos

I absolutely love snow photos! Unfortunately we just don’t get very much snow here in Southr\ern Missouri.  We get some nice little snows from time to time but it is never convenient to take photos. I’m usually at work or something when it happens and by the time I get to my camera, it has melted or stopped snowing and …

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Tips and Ideas for Taking Christmas Photos

So Christmas is right around the corner, so this article is a few tips for taking Christmas photos. It’s such a wonderful time of year and a perfect time to take some magical Christmas photos! There’s so many great things you can use. Christmas tree, Christmas lights, Christmas decorations, and if you’re lucky, maybe even some snow! Decorations  With all …

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Shooting Candid Photos

When I first started photography, it was candid photos that really helped me. After I got my first camera, a Samsung NX 500, I tried to test it out be doing a little family photo session with my kids. They hated it! I was trying to pose everyone and get them to set still. After a couple of emotional brake …

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How I Pose My Subjects

For the first two years I did photography, I put almost no effort into posing my subjects. I didn’t think it was that important. But the truth is, it’s one of the most important things you can do during a photo shoot. This article won’t make you a pro at posing, but it will give you a good start. Why …

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Understanding Shutter Speed

If you are just starting photography you’re probably wondering what shutter speed is and what kind of effects you can create with it. You have to think of the shutter in terms of time. The shutter is that click you hear when you take a photo. Depending on what you have it set to, the shutter can click incredibly fast …

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Don’t Look for Location, Look for Light

I get asked how I find such amazing photo locations all the time. The truth is, I don’t look for locations as much as I look for light. The way the light effects things is absolutely remarkable. So I am very conscious about how the light effects things and where it is coming from. Here is how I look for …

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How to get tack sharp focus

A question I get asked quite frequently is, how do I get tack sharp focus in my images. As many of you know (if not, I’m telling you now) I use manual focus lenses. But rather you shoot auto or manual, both can benefit from this article. Getting Tack Sharp Focus In order to get good accurate tack sharp focus, I …

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Why it’s so important to shoot in manual

When I first started photography I was using the auto setting on the camera. I almost gave up because I just couldn’t capture the photos I wanted. It wasn’t until I started shooting in manual when I began to get the results I was looking for. Why Shoot in Manual There’s a reason the professionals shoot in manual. For me, …

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Our Halloween Photo-shoot

It is that time of year again. Yes, Halloween. The time of year when we get to dress up and scar the crap out of complete strangers and get away with it. Even though we try not to get too involved with Halloween and steer the kids away from violence and gore. We are totally cool with super hero’s! So …

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How I Stay Motivated and Balenced. The Crazy Life of a Photographer

As I write this I currently have a full-time job, and I do my photography business on the side. I have three kids, two crazy boys and a precious little girl, a beautiful wife that I do not deserve and a 10-acre farm full of hungry animals. Last year I took on a side job for 9 months so I …

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How to Take Great Photos in 4 Simple Steps

When I think of how to take great photos, I think of these 4 simple steps. First I think of a great concept. I think of movie posters or book covers. Or even just think up a story in your mind. I use teddy bears in a lot of my photos, so people make the connection with Christopher Robin. Here …

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My Experience with using Autofocus for the First Time

As most of you know, up to this point, I don’t use autofocus. The reason for that is simple. The systems I was trying to use were too slow and inaccurate. I could never trust autofocus to actually focus. So I decided I would only shoot manual focus until I could afford a system that was at least as fast …

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Why I’m Excited About the Sony A7 III

I’m excited to announce that I have purchased the brand new Sony a7 III and I am patiently waiting for it to be delivered as I type this! Since I’ve started doing photography, I’ve mostly been using the Sony a7 II, which has been more than sufficient for what I do. But the time has come for me to upgrade.  …

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How to Take Photos in Extremely Low Light

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been experimenting with shooting in extremely low light situations to see if I could do it. I’m pretty happy with the results and I wanted to share them with you and tell you my approach and how I achieved it. Light Sources in Low Light Situations First off, you have to have some …

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How I Set My White Balance

Are you confused with how to use or set white balance? For most people, auto is fine. But for me, I need it to stay consistent. Here’s why. What is White Balance? Have you ever taken a photo that turned out extremely blue or maybe very red? This is caused by an incorrect white balance. White balance controls rather a …

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How to Capture Rim Light Around your Subjects

Capturing rim light around my subjects fascinated me when I first started photography. I’m constantly being asked how I do it. It is actually quite simple, but you have to be in the right environment and at the right time of day. Here is how to capture rim light around your subjects.  What is Rim Light First of, in case …

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How to Shoot Product Photos with a White Background

I had always been interested in figuring out how to shoot product photos with a white background. Like those ones you would see on Amazon. Finally, I had the opportunity to try when a client asked me if I could do it. I said sure and got to work. Here is how I did it. The Box I used a …

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How to take great portraits

One of my most favorite kinds of photos to take is portraits. You get to really capture every detail of that person. Here is how I take great portraits and some other things to keep in mind. Great Portraits What I think makes a great portrait is a from head to torso frame with the subject being in tack sharp …

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How to take macro photos with cheap lenses

I’ve always been fascinated with macro photos. There’s a whole other world in macro. But the lenses you need to take these kinds of photos are not as affordable as I hoped. Let me show you how I take macro photos and it only cost me $13. Macro Photos My baby daughter was coming soon and I really wanted to …

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Back To School! But Wait, We Home-School. We Never Stopped Going To School

Being homeschooled, my 7 siblings and I always joked around that there is no such thing as summer break for homeschoolers. It’s true, at least it was for us. We didn’t mind though. We learned so much more then what one would typically learn at school. Everything was a learning experience. On top of being homeschooled, we grew up on …

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How to Capture Fast Moving Subjects With a Manual Focus Lens

As you probably know by now, I only use manual focus lenses. I do this for two reasons. One is because they’re WAY cheaper than autofocus lenses. And two is because I like to have full control of the lens and what I’m focusing on.  I have nothing against autofocus lenses at all. This is just how I roll. 😉 …

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In A Time Of Auto Everything, I Prefer To Shoot In Manual. Here’s Why

When I first started to use a nice camera that my wife bought me, I was very disappointed when the photos didn’t turn out how I thought they would. I expected some really great photos since it was a fairly expensive camera. But the photos didn’t seem to be any better than photos I could take with my cell phone. …

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Take a Look From Behind the Photographer and See What He Sees

When I first started my photography, one of the things I struggled with was how to find good locations or backgrounds for my photos. Locations I was so nervous about not being able to take good photos because I didn’t have good places to take the photos. So I found a few locations that I liked and I would have my …

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What Camera and Lens Should I Get

What camera and lens should I get? I am asked this question almost daily. My short and simple answer for the camera (if you’re on a budget, and who isn’t?) is a camera that has an interchangeable lens and is in your price range.

For the lens, this depends on the type of photography you plan on doing, we’ll talk about that later. Again, if you’re on a budget, go for vintage manual focus lenses. You can find them dirt cheap and they’re great for lea

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How I Prepare to Edit Photos

One of the secrets to my photos is how I prepare to edit them. If you just start editing your photos without any idea of your end result, your photos won’t be as powerful. In this article, I will explain my pre-editing process so you can apply this ‘prepare to edit’ process to your workflow and have a more powerful end…

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Looking for art in everyday life, a photographer’s guide

My goal with this article is to help you become more artistic with your photography, so you can not only be a better photographer, but to see the art all around you in the world and in everyday life. Because, as a photographer, your goal should be to perfect your work. And art is an essential part of photography. Being …

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Learn Photography Secrets that Made my Photos go Viral

When I started to learn photography, every photo I took was terrible. These are the things I discovered that made the biggest difference overnight and helped me go viral!!! Me and my boys Me and my boys First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Phillip Haumesser, I am an award winning natural light photographer/artist based in a rural …

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