Ten Free Online Photography Resources

In the perfect world, we would have unlimited time to spend on learning a new skill or craft. My passion, if you couldn't guess already, is photography. I absolutely love taking classes, online courses and mentoring sessions, but my schedule (and bank account) don't always allow for those as often as I would like. If you are serious about learning how to use your camera I highly suggest investing in at least one class, at least once in your life. But int he mean time, I have compiled a list of ten FREE online resources to help you learn photography. I have used nearly all of the resources and they have all helped me in my own photography journey. You don't have to have a lot of money to learn photography, just a little time and patience. Oh - and practice, practice, practice! 1. Improve … [Read more...]

Magisto App Makes Video & Photo Storytelling a Breeze

Can you believe 2014 is just a few short weeks away? Where does the time go? Seems like just yesterday I was getting used to writing "2013." Geesh. The days might fly by but luckily we live in the age of digital cameras and videos so we can easily capture big important moments in life...as well as those moments in between milestones. Your kids getting off a school bus, the dog running with a ball in its mouth, everyone at the table for breakfast. THE moments. But what do you do with all of those photos and videos you take? Store them and share some on social media and with family, right? Wouldn't it be awesome if you could take it a step further? Enter a new awesome app, Magisto. With it you can mash together your favorite photos and vids to create beautiful movies you'll want to … [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...]

4 Ways to Conquer Your Photography Demons

There is nothing worse than fear and doubt getting in the way when you are trying to be creative. They tend to show up at the most inconvenient times and can trigger internal conversations something like this: You are not good enough. What makes you think you can take a great picture? You have no vision. She/he is a much better photographer than you. These thoughts are not unique to any one individual and the list could easily be a mile long with additional negative thoughts. When you need to be creative, make a beautiful picture or get something done, it helps to have a few things in place to help you conquer your demons and do the work: Establish a ritual. Shoot your morning beverage everyday. You don't need a fancy camera or special lighting, just get started and do … [Read more...]