Photography Tips

When you have nothing around you to photograph … photograph objects!

January 21, 2015

I find inspiration in creating. Maybe I should have been a sculpture, or a painter … maybe I missed my mark all together.  But I know one thing; when photographing ANYTHING, even what can’t be identified, I am inspired.  Almost more inspired than if I were capturing someone’s portrait.  My imagination is stirred by the way light reflects or simply the blur of a perfect focus falling off it’s plane. There are NO rules.  No thirds.  No rhyme.  No responsibility.  Just simply creating something out of what’s around you.  The trick is, and this is where it can help you … you are

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5 Ways To Organize Your Photography Business For 2015

January 20, 2015

  New Year – Have you made a plan to succeed? Half way into January how many of you have already forgotten your New Year’s resolutions? We start the year with the best intentions. Get fit, get organized, start a new project. Then life gets in the way and we fall into old habits and routines. Chances are we don’t achieve our new goals because we fail to plan. We fail because we do not hold ourselves accountable, we make excuses and just don’t know where to start. Now, there are some people who are just organized. Whether it was

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Creative Slump

January 19, 2015

A Dark Place I can feel it, skulking around in my peripheral vision.  The dark veil that clouds my mind and dulls my senses.  It creeps in unnoticed and blurs the days, one into another till I can’t remember the last time I went outside.  Yep, I am talking about winter in Wisconsin.  It is brutal, especially when you work from home.  Talk about cabin fever, by the middle of January I feel like a hibernating bear.  I just want to eat, sleep and be left alone.   Which is not a good state of mind for any entrepreneur. Yet every

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Photography Notepads For Your Business

January 15, 2015

Every time I create a new product for our store I am as giddy as a child the night before Christmas.  I take such pride in developing and implementing these products that I am confident change people “business” lives.  I truly hope you will love these Notepads as much as I do!   The idea behind them So often I have notepads that I use to organize my everyday life.  A quick place for me to jot down what I need to do and when. So it was time to start thinking of other amazing products that would change the

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How To Add Google Analytics Tracking Inside Your WordPress Site

January 9, 2015

Tracking website traffic is such a valuable tool and it couldn’t be easier with Yoast Google Analytics Plugin.  I am all for being able to do important tasks in under a couple of minutes and this is one of them. Follow these simple steps to get it done. Click “Plugins” on your WordPress toolbar Click “Add New” on the Plugins menu Search for “Yoast Google Analytics” using the search bar provided       After installation is complete there is just a few more things to do. Go to Google Analytics and find your code.  This can be located under your

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Tips for building a newsletter for your photography business

January 9, 2015

  I get it, you are super busy with too many irons in the pot.  Why would I want to put one more thing on your plate?  Because it will probably give you the biggest return of your investment.   Email lists out perform social media so this is one thing you really need to master. Click To Tweet   Being on social media just isn’t going to cut it.  You are looking for a target audience that is being flooded by other vendors in all types of industries when using social media.  You think that a bride is just

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How To Use Colorvale Planner

Use Your Client Workflow For Household Bills

January 5, 2015

  If you are anything like me a pen & paper are the key to my organization.  Even the simplest things can quickly be forgotten if I can’t visualize what I need to do and when. Blame it on my age or my heavy schedule but even the family needs to be penciled in sometimes.  I was looking at the Client Workflow sheet located in my Photographer’s Planner and wondering how I could make it suit my everyday life.  I mean, 2015 is all about getting organized but also about getting rid of the unnecessary things and making room for what is more

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Macro Wedding Ring Photography – How To Set Up This Shot

December 22, 2014

  Of course diamonds are glittery and delicious but when you mix that with a dark room, Christmas tree lights and an awesome setup – come on now!  It’s perfect. Here is my setup      Christmas tree is approximately 8 feet from the setup      Sparkly candle (or other sparkle goodness) 2-3 inches away from ring      Room lights are dimmed      Umbrella Light turned on – this is constant light which I love for macro photography      Macro lens – 135mm 2.8      Turn off auto focus. You will be doing this manually.      Tripod!      Settings (yours may vary) F5.6, ISO 500, Shutter 1/100   Learn these

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How To Photograph Candles With Christmas Lights

December 20, 2014

  Part 1: How To Photograph A Christmas Tree Part 2:  How To Photograph Subjects In Front Of A Christmas Tree Part 3:  How To Photograph Candles With Christmas Lights   Each Christmas season I am giddy with excitement over many things, family time being the most important but also the fun photography side that allows me to experiment and create some artistic photographs for my portfolio.   The important aspect of this is while trying out new ways of capturing something you are also becoming an expert with settings and your camera.  So not only is it fun but also

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How To Photograph Subjects In Front Of A Christmas Tree

December 8, 2014

    Part 1: How To Photograph A Christmas Tree Part 2:  How To Photograph Subjects In Front Of A Christmas Tree Part 3:  How To Photograph Candles With Christmas Lights     There are many tips to make a Christmas tree setting work properly. I don’t have any children available to do this test for you but hey, everyone loves a snuggly teddy bear.    Move your subject at least 5-8 feet from the tree This is such an important tip!  Pulling your subjects away from their background creates dimension and also helps bring focus onto the person rather than the

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How To Photograph A Christmas Tree

December 8, 2014

   Part 1: How To Photograph A Christmas Tree Part 2:  How To Photograph Subjects In Front Of A Christmas Tree Part 3:  How To Photograph Candles With Christmas Lights   Photographing your beautiful Christmas tree this season can be very simple with these easy to follow steps. 1. Turn your camera on Manual mode (click here for understanding of manual shooting) 2. Use a tripod or other stable surface 3. Dim all the lights besides those on your tree 4. A lens such as 35mm is great for small spaces 5. Turn on the live view on your camera 6.

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A Photographers Holiday Wishlist

December 5, 2014

Perfect Gifts For Photographers Just in case your were wondering what to get me OR the photographer in your life as a present this holiday season I made a list! ♥ Tracy   Organize Your business At least they are #1 on my list!   Photographer’s Planner, Client Workflow & Session Organizer, and Location Scouting Book!   Favorite Lens I may or may not have been singing about one of these bad boys the other day Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Or Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras                 Camera

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