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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