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Thirteen Goals for 2013

As I look back upon last year’s goals, I am reasonably satisfied with my success. I turned my spare room into a photo studio. I improved my portfolio. I got a macro lens. I entered (and won!) a photo contest. I took monthly (sometimes more often) photo excursions. And my husband got me this nifty […]

Trust Your Camera

Sometimes it’s okay to trust your camera. We spend a lot of time talking about using aperture priority, or shutter priority, or full manual mode. We teach you how to “take control” of your camera and dictate the outcome of your photographs for yourself. We show you how to compensate for your camera’s perceived weaknesses […]

How do you know when you’re ready to go pro?

A lot of us aspire to become professional photographers. But after you have acquired the gear you think you will need, and have pestered your friends and family a million times into letting you practice on them, how do you know when you’re ready to go out there and start earning money with your camera? […]

Quality Gear That Won’t Break The Bank

I often get requests from folks to recommend photography gear – cameras, lenses, accessories – that won’t “break the bank”. You don’t need the most expensive, latest and greatest wizzy-bang gadget for GREAT photography! You just need great working knowledge of photographic principles, and practice practice practice. There is no such thing as “making due” […]

Going Pro – How to Prioritize Gear Purchases

Unfortunately, most of us work with a limited budget when it comes to purchasing photography gear. Once we consider taking our photography to the next level and going pro, having the right gear becomes even more important. Not only is it important to have the right gear to capture the shots, it is also important […]

Intermediate Tips for Better Photography

Continuing where the first article, Beginner Tips for Better Photography, left off, now we’re on to Intermediate tips! For this article Steve and I will be combining our knowledge to give you a broader spectrum of advice. ———- Now that you’ve mastered the basics of photography and have gained a good amount of experience, you […]

Beginner Tips for Better Photography

This is the first in a three-part series on improving your photography at every level of ability. This “beginner” article will be followed by “intermediate” and “advanced” articles over the next couple of weeks. ———- Congratulations! You’ve purchased your first digital camera and are ready to jump right in. Maybe you’re a little intimidated by […]

Photography for Teens

When my daughter was in high school, she took a semester of photography as one of her electives. The class focused on film photography and darkroom procedures, so I gave her one of our film SLR’s to use. She has since stated that it was one of the best classes she took in high school […]

Grow Your Network

Having a wide and diverse network is important for many disciplines, including photography. Whether you’re planning on going pro, trying to expand your business, or are just delving deeper into your hobby, a network of fellow photographers, key information, and quality learning tools is a fundamental part of your efforts. Quality over Quantity The first […]

Three Simple Tips to INSTANTLY Improve Your Photography

Would you like to see instant improvement in your photography? Here are three simple things that you can do RIGHT NOW that will make a big difference! One – Turn on your viewfinder composition grid. If you’re having a hard time keeping your horizons straight, if you tend to misalign your subjects, or if you’d […]