About Lucrecer Braxton

Lucrecer is an award-winning photographer, mom of two awesome girls and a boy, writer, speaker and vlogger. She draws inspiration from her family and everyday life and she shares it in video and pictures on her blog, Lucrecer.com. Connect with her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or Instagram.

Tips for Shooting in Manual Mode

If you have been keeping up with our Shooting in Manual Mode series, you hopefully have a better understanding of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. In this final installment, here are three more tips to help you master manual mode. White Balance White balance has to do with the idea of color temperature. Color temperature is a way of measuring the quality of your light source. Different kinds of light can make the whites in a photo appear to have a colorcast to them. Fluorescent lights make whites appear bluish and Tungsten lights make whites appear yellow. Your camera has settings to help control the white balance of your images. [sc:adsense ] Manual Focus Shooting in manual mode is not the same thing as shooting in manual focus. Manual mode allows you to control the way your … [Read more...]

Understanding Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is one of the three parts of photography, ISO and Aperture are the other two. Shutter speed is responsible for freezing action or blurring motion. What is Shutter Speed? Shutter speed is the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light to the camera sensor. With a fast shutter speed, you can completely freeze action. If the shutter speed is slow, you will create a blurred effect. Moving objects will appear blurred along the line of the motion blur. Another use for slow shutter speeds is used to shoot images at night, to photograph lightning, and to create a sense of motion with rivers or waterfalls. If you remember nothing about shutter speed, remember this: high shutter speeds freeze action and low shutter speeds create motion. Shutter speed is measured … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Improve Your Photo Composition

The composition of your images can make or break them. Simple things like filling the frame or keeping your background simple can elevate the look of your pictures and make them more interesting. Here are four tips to help you improve the composition of your pictures: Fill the Frame The best way to fill the frame is to get close to your subject. How do you get closer? Use a telephoto lens or use your feet and step closer. Filling the frame edge to edge makes your subject the main focus of your picture and adds drama to your image. Straighten the Horizon Line Where the horizon line appears in your image can dramatically alter the balance of a picture. Placing the horizon line high accentuates the foreground and the distance. Framing the horizon line low is very effective for … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Beginning Photographers

You don't have to be a professional to take great photographs. Follow the tips below and you will be well on your way to creating amazing photographs: Fancy equipment does not make a better photographer. It has often been said the best camera to shoot with is the one you have on you. Be it camera phone, point and shoot or DSLR, they all do the same thing, make pictures. You are the one who gives your images vision. Learn how to us what you have really well, then upgrade to a better camera. Carry your camera with you daily. There is nothing worse than missing a great shot, milestone or moment because you left your camera at home. Get into the habit of carrying your camera with you so you can shoot on the fly. This is hands down the most important thing a beginning photographer can … [Read more...]

How to Shoot Pinnable Photos for Your Blog

Pinterest is a boon for bringing traffic to your blog or website and if you pin correctly you can reap huge rewards. But in order to do that you need images to pin! Here are some tips to remember when taking photos for pinterest-friendly blog posts. Images that receive the most pins on Pinterest tend to be vertical and take up a lot of real estate in your feed. A pretty, handmade ceramic bowl holding a few biscuits looks more attractive when paired with the addition of a sprig of rosemary and a white cloth napkin. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the images you create for your blog more pinnable. Great Lighting. Natural light is ideal for still life images, but, there are times you will need a little extra lighting. Try to shoot in bright, but not too bright lighting. If … [Read more...]

4 Tips and Tricks for Amazing Bokeh Photography

The word bokeh is Japanese for blur, and is coveted by many photographers. It describes the effect found in out-of-focus parts or shapes in an image. Bokeh happens in the parts of a picture that extend beyond the depth of focus. If you want to create your own bokeh images, here are some tips to get you started: Get Your Camera Settings Right To create bokeh, you will need a large aperture and a short focal distance. By setting your camera to Aperture Priority mode, you will be able to dictate the exposure of the picture based on the aperture you select. It will need to be large to let in lots of light, something like f/1.8 up to f/4. A large aperture also gives you a shallow depth of field. [sc:adsense ] Get Close for Best Depth of Field For the best bokeh, you will want … [Read more...]