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Three tips for making your subjects smile

Taking portraits can be a lot of fun but there’s one little snag that people can often run into. It’s hard to get your subject to smile in a way that looks natural. While a highly exaggerated smile can be hilarious, it might not be quite the natural look that you were going for. Luckily […]

Celestial Photography

The moon and the stars have always held a great amount of fascination for us humble inhabitants here on Earth. Since the invention of the camera, photographers have striven to capture the brilliance of the night sky. At one point or another we’ve all hauled our tripods out to the back yard in the middle […]

Quick Photo Boost

Sometimes, I consider the photos that I take to be good just the way they are, straight out of the camera. In this instance, with this shot of the San Francisco Peaks as viewed from the Arboretum at Flagstaff last weekend, I was almost happy with the way it was, unaltered: I decided that the […]

Taking photos in the rain

It’s a rainy weekend up here in my neck of the woods. It’s the kind of weather that makes me want to brew a nice hot cup of tea and bury myself in a blanket on the couch with a good book because not only is it wet outside, it’s also really damp. However, when […]

Tips for photographing children

I’ve always liked taking photos but what really got me using a camera on a highly obsessive level was when I had kids. While I love to photograph a wide variety of things, my kids are still my favorite subjects to line up in my viewfinder. Here are some basic tips for photographing children – […]

Inexpensive Lighting Solutions

Would you like to know how I composed this photo? I had the baby’s mom hold up a black blanket while the baby’s dad stood in front of it and off to the side, and held out the baby. We bounced the illumination of a clamp light off of the white lid of a pizza […]

Road Tripping with your Camera

(Hover over the pictures for descriptions – these were all taken during some of our many road trips.) To say that I am a big fan of road trips is to utter an understatement of epic proportions. A road trip is my ideal vacation, and even if my husband and I are flying somewhere, I […]

Targeting photographers as potential terrorists

I read something disturbing the other day about a hobbyist photographer who was harassed by guards at Disney World for taking pictures. It’s not the first time I’ve heard of such a thing, but it’s just as depressing each time I read an account of people being targeted as potential terrorists for photographing something just […]

The Rule of Thirds Explained

When I first started getting serious about my photography, I operated under the conclusion that a perfectly centered subject was the goal in composing an appealing picture. It seemed obvious to me that an off-center subject would make the photo look odd, so I needed to concentrate on framing it so that an equal amount […]

Five more wildlife photography tips

Back in March I wrote a post giving you some basic wildlife photography tips. Hopefully those helped you out a bit if you were looking to explore the joys of shooting wild animals – shooting them with your lens that is! Since it’s a form of photography that many people are curious about I thought […]