How to take better outdoor people pictures

Just knowing a few simple tips can help you immediately improve the photos you take of the people in your life. In this video you’ll see before and after examples and learn how you can avoid some of the most common mistakes people tend to make. I am a photography coach in Colorado Springs offering private tutoring to help you take your photography up a notch. Send me an email if you’d like to get in touch for more info:...

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Background Compression Tutorial

The use of background compression is one my favorite ways to change the look of an image for more pleasing results. Watch the video to learn how you can dramatically alter your photos with nearly any camera with this simple tip! I am available as a photography tutor in Colorado Springs. The best and quickest way to reach me is usually email:...

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Volunteering your time as a photographer

Earlier this week, I met up with Mike Pach of the Colorado Photography Learning Group at the downtown studio of KCMJ 93.9fm Community-Powered Radio for Colorado Springs, where he hosts The Photo Show. Wish I could post a selfie of my time there, but the photo I took was truly awful beyond words, so no one will be sharing it anywhere! Mike and I talked about our experiences as volunteer photographers in the community, myself as a...

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Sample photos with (and of) the 50mm f/1.8 lens
Dec15

Sample photos with (and of) the 50mm f/1.8 lens

Many of you who own a DSLR camera either already have a 50mm f/1.8 (or f/1.4) lens, or have been told you should buy one. I frequently talk about and recommend this lens when teaching my DSLR classes, but I didn’t actually have one of my own until this one arrived in the mail last night! My other lenses have always done what I needed them to do, but I wanted to have a 50mm f/1.8 in my camera bag so I could try it out and then...

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Blur Your Background with the Nifty Fifty 50mm f/1.8 lens for Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras
Dec15

Blur Your Background with the Nifty Fifty 50mm f/1.8 lens for Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras

Why this lens? What’s that lens everyone is always recommending, and why might you want it? The “Nifty Fifty” or the “Nifty 50” 50mm f/1.8 lens is THE most frequently recommended lens for those getting into DSLR photography, especially if you’re wanting to achieve a shallow depth of field.  Also, it is the one lens that lets you do that but that is still quite affordable. In general the lenses that...

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How Can I Photograph an Item on White Without Studio Lights?
Dec15

How Can I Photograph an Item on White Without Studio Lights?

Good question! In one of my recent introductory DSLR classes, someone asked me that exact question. Honestly, I really didn’t know how to do it. I can do it no problem with studio lights by lighting the background more brightly than the object I’m photographing, but she insisted she’d been told there was an easier way to do it, and without even having to buy or make anything to achieve it. Hmmmm. If you were to place the item on...

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