Hello fellow photographers! I wanted to share a great online resource I’ve discovered that is chock full of posing guides for all types of shooting situations: families, newborns, high school seniors, engagement, wedding, maternity, etc. I especially love the ‘posing cards’ that are downloadable directly to your phone or tablet, giving you access to the poses on-the-fly during a photo shoot.
It’s no secret I love natural light portraiture. Like love, love it. It’s my thing. My jam. My modus operandi. I absolutely love the look and feel, and I love its purity: no imposing soft boxes getting in the way, no umbrellas flopping over in the wind, no cumbersome lighting cords tying me down. I like to travel light, and natural light photography gives me the freedom to do so.
Yet, for all the wonderful qualities that come with natural light, it does have its limitations. And to be honest, lately I’ve been feeling a little boxed in. I figured it was time to expand my creative toolbox, try something new and dip my toes into the world of flash photography. Continue reading →
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundreth of a second.” – Marc Riboud
QUICK: When was the last time you used your camera in a setting other than Auto Mode?
…Been a while hasn’t it? Perhaps, it’s actually been since …ever. It’s okay, you can admit it – you are an Automatic-aholic. You, like so many others, have fallen victim to the ease and security of Auto Mode (or any of the other preprogrammed Scene Modes on your camera). Really, it’s okay. It’s not your fault. In fact, feel free to blame the technical gurus at Nikon, Canon, Sony or any of the other brand name camera companies for your addiction. I mean those guys really know their stuff and they’ve programmed today’s cameras with some pretty wicked features that conveniently take all the guess work out of photography. But with all of that convenience comes a price. And that price is creative freedom. Sure you can take some really decent photos using those preprogrammed modes, but wouldn’t it be great to create something a little better than decent – to venture beyond the everyday snapshot? If so, then you need to break the Auto habit and explore some of the other wonderful things your camera can do for you. Continue reading →
Be honest with yourself: Are you an Automatic-aholic? Do you shoot in Auto or P Mode because you have no idea what the other modes on your camera are for? And by other modes, I’m not referring to the ‘Scene Modes’ that come preprogrammed on some cameras. Nope, I’m talking about the otherother modes on your camera. You know – the ones you avoid. The ones that don’t have cute little icons like a flower or running man to help you, but instead are comprised of some weird little alphabet soup of letters like:
A, Av, S, Tv and (*gasp*) M
Sound familiar? If so, then consider this your intervention. It’s time to admit you’re addicted to Auto Mode and you don’t know how to stop. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. But now is the time to break free and discover what your camera can really do for you. Don’t worry we’ll take things slow. In fact, today we will only discuss the letter A (or Av on some cameras.) Nothing intimidating about the letter A, right? Continue reading →