Understanding Your Light Meter

Understanding Your Light Meter

Have you ever wanted to capture your child sitting quietly by a window, only to be disappointed when you previewed the photo and noticed a dark silhouette? Or wanted to capture a beautiful sunset and found that your photo lacked the gorgeous color you saw in the sky?

This is yet another reason why we’re encouraging you to start shooting in manual mode. Not only will you actually get the most out of your expensive DSLR, but you’ll remember why you wanted to get into photography in the first place. Today, we’re going to uncover the final piece of the “manual” puzzle and talk about your light meter. 

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Getting to Know Your Camera: Focusing and Focal Points

Getting to Know Your Camera: Focusing & Focal Points

Take a look  into your viewfinder. How many focal points do you have? 9,11, 18, more? Whatever the case, the number of focal points a DSLR has is a huge selling point when you’re in the market for a new camera. Some people feel limited by their focal points, while others feel that constantly changing your focal points slows down the process.

Either way, if your shot is not in focus, it does not matter how many focal points your camera has. In fact, once you figure out aperture, shutter speed and ISO, focusing is often the next area of concern. So, let’s not waste any more time! Today we’ll learn the basics of focusing and focal points. 

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White Balance 101

White Balance 101

Beautiful photography has very little to do with your camera, although a decent camera does help. The photos you take and the results you get are completely dependent upon the amount of light available, and your understanding of how to use that light. For the past few weeks, we’ve been experimenting with aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You may have even switched your camera into “Manual” mode, but there’s a few more things we need to talk about before we put it all together.

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Getting to Know Your Camera: ISO Basics

Getting to know your camera: ISO Basics

You might be a photographer if you step outside, see that it’s overcast and run back inside to grab your camera. Especially for momtographers with young children who don’t always last until that beautiful “golden hour,” overcast days are our best friend. In fact, finding the right light is a big deal. It’s an even bigger deal when our available light is less than ideal.  

If you’ve been following our “Getting to Know Your Camera” series, then you’ve already been exploring two of three components of the “Exposure Triangle.” You’ll recall that aperture measures how wide the opening is that allows light into the camera; shutter speed then measures how long the shutter stays open to allow light in. ISO is the final component of the triangle and it measures our camera’s sensitivity to the light. Today we explore ISO speed a little further. 

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Getting to Know Your Camera: Aperture Basics


Great light, thoughtful composition and an understanding of aperture are the most important aspects of achieving beautiful photography. If you’ve found yourself drooling over photographs you see on Facebook that seem to turn your friends’ children into models cast against dreamy backgrounds, then pay attention. Those photos are created and controlled by your camera’s aperture.

We’re starting here because aperture can be one of the most complicated and frustrating parts of getting to know your camera. That said, once you understand the power of aperture and how to utilize it, everything else will fall into place. 

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9 Tips for Photographing Fireworks

9 tips for photographing fireworks

Summer days, barbecues, the beach, and FIREWORKS! The 4th of July is here. If you’re like us, you are looking forward to taking your children to watch fireworks. More specifically, you’re excited to once again try to capture a picture of a few fireworks. Today we offer 9 of our best tips to do just that.

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Getting to Know Your CANON Camera: DSLR Buttons

Did your husband upgrade your point and shoot camera to a Digital SLR this Mother’s Day? Or have you been using a DSLR for a while now, but only in auto mode? Either way, using a DSLR camera can be quite overwhelming, especially with all the new buttons. That said, you’re probably here today because you own a Canon DSLR and you’re hopeful that you’ll learn a thing or two about taking better photos of your child (if you own a Nikon DSLR, look for the Nikon version of this post coming soon).

Well, hang on tight! This summer, we’re going to take you step by step into the world of digital photography. Our goal is that you are taking photos of your children in manual mode by Labor Day. Sound good?

Alright then, let’s start with the very basics – buttons!

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7 Basic Photography Rules

Photography is less about what you’re shooting and more about how you’re shooting. Truth be told, it doesn’t even matter what camera you’re using. Whether you use a camera phone, a point and shoot, or a DSLR, a good photographer knows the basic rules of composition and when to use them. Great photographers know when to break the rules to create unique and interesting photographs. Today we break down 7 basic photography rules.

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How to Take Photos of Your Children in Full Sun

Summer photography is full of childhood memories just waiting to be captured such as children splashing at the pool, kids playing at the local playground, or riding their bikes through the neighborhood. Unfortunately, these moments are not limited to the times of day in which the light is perfect. In a lot of cases, bedtime is before sunset which limits those opportunities even more. You don’t have the luxury of sitting around all day, waiting for the perfect light. Sunrise, sunset and over-cast days are ideal, but what do you do when your child is doing something worth photographing, and it’s the middle of summer when the sun is the highest in the sky? Today, we offer a few ideas for how to take photos of your children in full sun. 

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How to Take Great Family Vacation Photos

What comes to mind when you think about your next family vacation? Fun? Excitement? Adventure? Now, look back at the photos you took during your last vacation. Do your images evoke the same feelings? Do your photos tell the story of your experience? Or, is something missing? While there are no real secrets to vacation photography, today, we’ll uncover some tips that should make this year’s family vacation photos come alive. 

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7 Tips for Taking Great Maternity Photos

Maternity photos are a wonderful way to document your life during pregnancy. Hopefully, you’re enjoying the glow of pregnancy and want to capture it. However, even if you aren’t feeling your best, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be photographed. Today we reveal 7 photo ideas that aim to give you the maternity photos and experience you’ll cherish forever.

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