Common Mistakes

Common Mistakes

 Common Mistakes       Centering your subject in all images Centering the subject in all your images isn’t great. It is fine in lots of situations like headshots, but not everything. I want you to think of the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds divides your...
Why you should take control and not shoot in AUTO

Why you should take control and not shoot in AUTO

 Why you should take control & not shoot in AUTO     EXIF I mentor a few photographers and get sent lots of photos asking for constructive criticism of their work. Most of the time it only takes a couple of suggestions to get them on the right track. I...
How do you find your locations?

How do you find your locations?

How do you find your locations?     Location, Location, Location When a customer contacts you for a portrait session, wedding, or any type of shoot, you need to have a few places that you can use. These can be the local park or trails, or a local farm where...
What are the best settings for portraits?

What are the best settings for portraits?

What are the best settings for portraits?     The answer is the correct settings are the best. Every time you take a photo you have to go through the step-by-step framework to get the correct exposure.  That doesn’t mean there is only one group of settings...
Can I use the 18-55mm lens in manual mode?

Can I use the 18-55mm lens in manual mode?

Will the 18-55mm work in Manual Mode?     Yes, you can. The 18-55 kit lens can be used in Manual mode. Problems arise because of the lens variable aperture. At 18 mm the widest aperture available is f/3.5 and when zoomed in to 55mm it’s f/5.6.  Compared to...
Is this a focusing problem? and blurry landscapes

Is this a focusing problem? and blurry landscapes

Is this a focusing problem?     I don’t see this as a focusing problem. The problem is strong backlighting and the wrong metering mode. If you look a the photo the light is coming from behind the bird. The problem is that the side of the bird facing the...