In this video, I share my experience with a new Photoshop beta feature that has been a game-changer for me. While editing mini-sessions from last weekend I realized this trick would be valuable to share with others. I demonstrate how this feature saved two of my images and show how to use it effectively. If you're a photographer or just interested in learning new editing techniques, this video is a must-watch!
In this video, I am going to unbox the brand new Z1N flash (for Nikon) that I received yesterday. I haven't opened it yet, so we will discover its contents together. Join me as I share my first impressions and explore the features. Stay tuned for my final thoughts and whether I recommend it.
If you are interested in purchasing this flash, it is currently discounted on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3Q0nx42 Originally $220, you can snag it for $176 right now.
These days I take about 95% of my personal photos on my iPhone. It's the most convenient camera to use at a moments notice, and with 2 small kids, convenience is key. ;) With the quality of smartphone cameras the possibilities are endless with what you can capture in your everyday life. Here are some tips for understanding how to create better images with the camera that is always with you...
1. Keep it Simple.
Less is more in my opinion. Too many details can be unnecessary in a photo. When you are taking a photo, check to make sure there are no distracting elements in your shot. If you can't physically remove unwanted objects from your photo just reposition yourself or move closer to crop them out of the frame.
Here is my current view as I write this blog post. :) When I simply stood up and shot from above, it cropped out all the unnecessary stuff in the background AND is a much more flattering angle.
2. Try different Angles.
Along those same lines of keeping it simple, sometimes just changing your angle or moving in closer to your subject can drastically improve the shot. Next time you take a photo try several different positions (up close, far away, down low, rotate to a new spot) before deciding on a final image.
3. Pay attention to lighting.
It's a good rule of thumb to make sure that your subject is in even light, especially if you are photographing people. You can see the photo on the left looks speckled and uneven on our faces and clothes from the sunlight. It was an easy fix to just shift a few inches to get out of the spotty sunlight into the shade.
4. Think about composition.
The 'Rule of Thirds' says that the focal point or subject should be located at one of the 4 intersections on the grid. I definitely think this is a rule that can be broken. But if you are wanting to make an image more interesting try placing your subject at one of those 4 points. You can turn your grid on in your iPhone camera settings. (settings > camera > grid)
Another compositional element to watch for is the horizon line. Making sure it is straight can dramatically help the aesthetic of your photo.
5. Edit your photos!
Most of the elements I discuss above can actually be fixed with editing! Nobody is perfect and trying to catch every technicality in the moment can be difficult. Especially when you first start applying them. Cropping, straightening and fixing exposure (lighting) can help you turn a good photo into something great.
There are so many great apps you can use to edit your photos on your iPhone, but some of my favorites are: Adobe Lightroom, Snapseed, & VSCO. Using presets is an easy way to edit your photos on the fly. You can purchase my custom presets HERE.
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Now that Summer is coming to an end it's time to start planning for all things Fall. That includes your family photo session. After booking, the hardest step is probably coming up with a wardrobe for your entire family. I've come up with a few pointers and some inspiration to get you going on selecting what to wear.
Check out my Pinterest board for some great inspiration...
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Click below to see some pieces I love that I think would look great in a Fall family session!
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There is so much that goes into preparing for your new baby to arrive and setting up your newborn photo session should be as stress-free as possible! Below I've outlined a few things to help you prepare for your baby's first photo shoot:
Outfits / Props...
I have a collection of swaddle blankets, a basket and a few accessories that I will have on hand. It is up to you to have any hair bows, hats, toys, sentimental items, or monogrammed pieces ready that you would like to have photographed. These additional items are NOT necessary, but it is always fun to incorporate personal items that you provide. We can have a beautiful/successful session, strictly with the props I provide.
The less we need to change the baby's outfit the better. Sometimes a lot of outfit changes can upset the baby. I usually recommend having 1 outfit or gown that you like, on hand. We will likely start with them swaddled then switch to a gown if you have one.
a few more tips...
For more information on booking a newborn session, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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