20 Must-Read Posts Guaranteed to Improve Your Photography

Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

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More economical options for quality cameras is only one reason photography is growing as a hobby and interest.  If you’ve got a blog, Facebook page, or even an instagram account, you’re likely always on the lookout for ways to improve your photography skills.  Or perhaps you’d just like to know how to take better pictures of your family and friends.  Fortunately, there’s an increasing number of very accessible photography how-to’s, tips and tutorials on the internet.  If you’re searching for a place to start, here’s our list of 20 must-read posts that are guaranteed to improve your photography.  There’s something here for every fotog – beginner and professional alike!

 

1. How to Pick the Perfect Camera For You (Bugaboo Blog for Hi! It’s Jilly!) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

This post is the perfect place to start if you’re just picking up photography.  It lays out the basic differences between camera types,  gives some pros and cons of different cameras, helps narrow down your options based on your personal needs and gives you some questions to think about before you go spend a chunk of change on a camera!  Plus there are links to recommended cameras as well.  (also in this same series, check out 5 Photo Tips for Anyone at Anytime and 10 Tips for Shooting Your Kids.)

 

2. 22 Things You Can Do Today To Change Your Photography Forever (Improve Photography) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Just as the title states, there are a lot of actions you can take to change your photography for the better and they don’t take a ton of effort!  This list has some great ideas for taking your photography up a few notches and each action is broken down into doable steps with an idea of how long it will take you to complete it.  You can make an organized action plan and schedule your time accordingly!

 

3. Common Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them (iheartfaces) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotographyEver wonder why some of your photos turn out subpar?  Can’t figure out what’s off in your composition or lighting?  And why can’t you seem to fix all of this post-production?  If you want to learn what the most common blunders in photography are, and how you can avoid them or fix them as you go then this is the perfect post for you.

 

4. 4 Tips for DSLR Beginners (Stars for Streetlights for Shrimp Salad Circus) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

This is a great mini, condensed guide to composition, aperture and shutter speed.  There’s a ton to learn about each of these, but this short and concise list breaks them down into manageable, usable info for beginners.

 

5. 8 Things You Didn’t Know Your Camera Could Do (Improve Photography) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you’ve got a DSLR camera, you’ll want to read this post to figure out some cool tricks.  A DSLR can be a daunting piece of equipment, and the manual isn’t much better!  With all of the functionality at your fingertips, you’re bound to miss something.  Check out this shortlist of fun and useful things you may not know you can do with your camera.

 

6. Know Your Lenses (Sweet C’s Designs) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Here’s a well-written guide to DSLR lenses.  If you’re wondering what each lens does, what the differences between them are, which lens you should purchase next, or which lens you’ll use the most for your personal photography you need to read this post!

 

7. 101 Family Picture Tips and Ideas (Dating Divas) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you need a one stop shop for all things family photo – either yours or someone else’s – look no further!  This tremendous list has tons of ideas for families.  Tons.  From how to pick a photographer, to how to choose a location, to what clothes to wear!  They also offer ideas for poses and props, along with some great tips for getting your kids and hubby on board and cooperative!  Bonus?  There’s a great printable where you can keep track of everything you don’t want to forget – budget, locations, poses, clothes, etc. – in case you’re super organized.

 

 

8. 10 Photos to Take on Baby’s First Day (lilsugar.com) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you have a little one on the way, or know someone who does, this info is great!  The first day with a new baby can be a blur, and there’s so much the new parents will want to remember.  This list gives examples of don’t-miss shots for directly after birth.  Read it and you won’t forget a thing!

 

9. 9 Ways to Get Meaningful Expressions in Child Portraits (Elizabeth Halford Photography) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

While this is written specifically with kids in mind, many of the points expressed apply to all ages.  Having your photo taken can be uncomfortable, embarrassing or downright painful for some.  This is a concise list of ideas the photographer can keep in mind for helping subjects feel more at ease in front of the camera.

 

10. Photography Tips for Panning (Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Panning is a technique that allows you to clearly capture a moving subject while the background is blurred.  It’s a tricky thing to accomplish, and trying your hand at it can make for some really dynamic photos of people, pets or sports events (like your kids first soccer game).  Kristen Duke gives great step-by-step directions for panning and some helpful tips to make the process go a little more smoothly.

 

 

11. Sports Photography: 11 Tips for the Sideline Parent (Click It Up a Notch) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you’ve kids, nieces or nephews, or even pets this is really a must read!  This post is specifically geared toward those on the sidelines at sports events, but can really be applied in a variety of settings.  Sledding, skiing, racing, running, biking – really any place your subjects are on the go, go, go!  So if you want to learn how to capture moments like the big goal, the winning sprint, or your retriever running toward you with a ball, this post is a great place to start.

 

12. How to Take Great Backlit Photos (Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

As a general rule, photographers want the sunlight (or other light source) shining onto their subjects from BEHIND the photographer – but did you know you can create some stunning portraits and other photos with backlighting?  It can be a tricky task, but backlit photos can be dramatic and create a flare or glow, depending on how you use the lighting and location.  Read through this list of tips and tricks to figure out how to do it.

 

13. Lighting Tips and Tricks for Bloggers and Photographers (Making Nice in the Midwest) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Do you get super frustrated when taking pictures in the wintertime when the sun is rarely present and lighting is a huge challenge?  This post goes over tons of tips for making your photos look amazing in low light/indoor situations.  The best part is the in depth description of various supplies and what they do.  You’ll learn a lot reading this post!

 

14. 5 Secrets to Great Product Photos (Shrimp Salad Circus) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you’ve got a blog or shop you take photos for, this post will help you up the ante!   There’s no better way to turn people away from your products than taking crummy pictures.  As horrible as that sounds, photos can make or break your blog.   Make your projects (and products) stand out with these 5 simple tips.

 

15. Small Subject Backdrop Ideas (The Gunnysack) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you shoot a lot of small subjects at home, you can fall into a rut with your backdrops.  It’s easy to place an item on a white sheet or poster board, but doesn’t always allow for the most exciting photos.  Here are a few ideas for simple backdrops that are small and portable – perfect for at home photography of food or blogging items.

 

16. Mini Studio Set-Up (Lauren Elise Crafted) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

A very easy way to take better photos of projects you’ve created, is to actually make a “photography studio” for your items.  Don’t worry, that sounds more complicated than it is!  In this post, you can learn how to make a mini studio with simple materials that is fully portable and non-permenant – aka perfect for your dining room.  Using the best backgrounds and lighting can make all the difference to your indoor photography.

 

17. 7 Food Photography Tips for Instagram (Click It Up A Notch) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you blog about food, this post will help your photos stand out!  Food can be super finicky in photos – everything can affect the outcome, from lighting to composition to staging.  The food itself can affect the outcome as well – the temperature, texture, color, etc.  With the 7 tips in this post, you can make sure your food looks good enough to eat… and better!

 

18. A Quick List of Travel Photography Tips (Simple As That) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

From a quick trip to vacations abroad, traveling provides ample inspiration for photographic possibilities.  If you travel at all – for work, pleasure, family outings or what have you – this list of simple tips will help bring travel photography into focus.

 

19. 26 Landscape Photography Tips Every Pro Still Uses (Digital Camera World) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Shooting landscapes is completely different from portrait photography – just as food photography or sports photography is.  While the basics of photography (composition, shutter speed, aperture, etc) remain the same, there are other rules and tips you need to keep in mind to advance your landscape photography to the next level.  This post is a very thorough look at improving your outdoor shots.

 

20. How to Photograph the Night Sky (Corina’s Corner) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Night photography is really an art form all on its own.  Shooting the night sky can be incredibly difficult, but also stunning.  If you’re looking to round out your portfolio or just want to try something new with your camera, consider photography at dusk, sunset or nighttime.  This post has some really simple tips that can help you take amazing night shots.

 

Also, don’t miss these 6 simple tips to improve your photography that anyone can benefit from!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Family Photos You Need to Take this Year

Preserve those memories and precious moments with 8 must-take family photos to take this year (and every year). Tipsaholic.com

8 Photos to Take of Your Family This Year via Tipsaholic

In this age of digital photography, there’s no reason for us to not have plenty of photos of our families! 8 must-take family photos to take this year (and every year) so that you’ll always have precious memories:

1. Your day-to-day life – it may be more of a grind right now, but what is it you’ll want to remember most when the pitter-patter of little feet has faded? The simple moments are worth much more than we give them credit for.

 

2. Your kids’ “details” – whether they have eyes that sparkle or muddy little toes, the details are something we often notice, but rarely take time to appreciate. A photo keeps those details for us so that we can cherish them when that time in life has passed.

 

3. Your kids doing something they love – horseback riding, soccer, painting, or hunting, if they’re doing something they love, there is a glow about them you’ll want to preserve.

 

4. Your family “playing” together – you may feel that you’ll never forget how happy you were in the moment, but it’s incredible how quickly memories can fade. Hiking, backyard baseball, or a board game, you’ll never get more genuine smiles than when you are enjoying each other’s company.

 

5. A photo of you/your children with grandparents – we tend to put photos of these people on the back burner. Maybe we don’t want to bother grandpa, or maybe grandma has refused to be in photos since she turned 60, but if these people mean something to you, then a photo will become a treasure when they’re gone.

 

6. You and your significant other on a date – while you may have to put the camera down and set the timer for this one, it will be well worth it, especially if the last time you had a photo taken of just the two of you was your wedding day!

 

7. A planned family picture – you may not think a professional family photo is worth all the fuss, but if it takes just one hour and a bit of planning for one day this year, it will be. Being able to see your family changing over time is incredible. Even if all you can manage is a snapshot, make it a priority.

Bonus: you’ll finally have a fresh photo for holiday cards! And if you’re looking for some ideas on what to wear in a family photo, take a look at this quick guide!

 

8. Your family in their favorite place – whether it’s the beach, a mountain, or your living room, take time to capture the mood and the wonder you feel in this place together.

 

If you’re looking for some more direct inspiration, try taking up a “photo challenge” like this one from Jamie Moore Photography.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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7 Creative Ideas for a Pregnancy Announcement

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Announcing a pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of one’s life. You want it to be special and memorable, and getting a whole bunch of likes on Facebook doesn’t hurt, either. Many creative parents-to-be have come up with many fun ways to announce a pregnancy, including the seven great ideas listed below. Maybe these pregnancy announcement ideas will help you come up with one of your own!

1. Get your older kids to participate in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 1)

Your older children are probably as excited about the upcoming new baby as you are, so why not include them in your pregnancy announcement? You could create a special t-shirt for your beaming toddler or give chalkboard signs for your two older kids to hold for a special photo.

2. Let your adorable pet(s) announce your pregnancy. (picture: slide 2)

Have a pup or a couple of feline friends who have no idea what’s coming to them in 9 months? Put a cute sign around their neck or put them next to a homemade sign for your pregnancy announcement.

3. Get creative with signs. (picture: slide 3)

Pose with your significant other next to a sign that clearly implies that a baby is on the way. A bright yellow sign that says BUMP AHEAD is perfect, but DIYing a couple of clever directional signs on a pole could be another great way to announce a pregnancy.

4. Include a pair of teeny baby shoes in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 4)

Who can resist a tiny pair of baby shoes? No one can and that’s why this style of pregnancy announcement is so popular. Also, this could be a great way to announce the gender of your baby.

5. Consider a holiday-related pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 5)

Announcing a pregnancy during pumpkin season or just before Christmas? Take advantage of your great timing to come up with a creative holiday-themed pregnancy announcement, such as carving a tiny pumpkin inside of a bigger pumpkin or hanging up an extra Christmas stocking.

6. Come up with an exciting math equation. (picture: slide 6)

One plus one equals two, right? Not always, since one could have another little one inside her. If math is your thing, you could come up with a fun equation that has your family and friends doing the math and realizing that you’re pregnant!

7. Include humor in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 7)

A new pregnancy is a very joyful event, but when you make it funny, it’s even better. The mother-to-be could be scarfing down ice cream or junk food as the father-to-be anxiously reads how-to books or nervously assembles a crib with many parts.

Looking for more ideas for family photos? Here’s some ideas of how to dress your family and a cute way to display your family photos.

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Tips To Improve Your Photography

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Whether you are shooting with a DSLR, a point and shoot or your smart phone, these tips will work for you and improve your photography!

6 Tips for Better Photos via Tipsaholic

Learn More About Your Camera

If you have a phobia of user manuals, no problem. You can simply educate yourself on your own terms. Look at the options/settings/buttons and if you don’t know what it is Google it! Take it one step at a time. For instance ‘ISO’.  Look it up, take in the information and then experiment with the settings by changing them and taking pictures so you learn how your impacting the result as you go. This leads me to the next tip…

 

Just Keep Clicking

Take a picture, change a setting, take another, change the setting again…see the thing is with digital – it’s FREE to practice.  No one is judging, you don’t even have to show them to anyone but the more you practice the more you will figure out how your camera works.

 

Take A Class

Local camera stores offer them and often local photographers do as well. Once you have a basic understanding of how your camera works it’s worth it to take a class so you can take it to the next level.

 

Ask For Constructive Criticism (gulp)

This one is certainly the most difficult as so many of our images are so personal to us and it’s hard to let someone else critique them. However, at some point if you want to sharpen your skills you’ll realize Google can only take you so far. Ask a professional photographer that you may know or join an online forum.

 

Experiment With Post Processing

Whether you use Instagram, Picmonkey, Picasa, Lightroom, Photoshop (the list goes on) play around with different effects to see how they impact your images.  I almost always bump the exposure, contrast and clarity a bit but of course every image is different. Eventually you will find what works for you and your personal style.

 

Refer To The First Tip In This Post

Seriously, most cameras these days are amazing pieces of technology and just when I think I know everything there is to know I figure out another nifty setting I wasn’t aware of.  Keep learning about all your camera has to offer!

 

Now go forth and shoot!

 

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

 

Back to School Photo Ideas

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5 easy and fun ways to start a back to school photo tradition

As a photographer I’m always looking for fun and unique ways to capture the ‘story’ behind the moment the photo is taken, not just a pretty smile.  So this year I’ve been brainstorming how to create fun and unique first day of school photos for my daughter who’s headed to kindergarten and my son who will start preschool.  Here’s 5 fun ideas I’ve come up with:
  1. Perhaps the most popular idea out there is the one where your child holds a sign with the grade that they are entering printed on it, such as the one that I took of my daughter last year.  I simply printed off a sign from my computer but another trendy way of doing this is with a small chalkboard (such as this one).
  2. Take the picture as your child writes their name, be sure you can see the letters so that over the years you can see how their handwriting has changed.  If they can’t write their name yet just have them draw a picture.
  3. Take a photo of your child reading or holding up their favorite book at that moment.
  4. For the camera shy kiddo, get a shot of them (ideally with their backpack on) walking away from you (i.e. out the door, down the sidewalk, to the school bus etc).
  5. Shoes.  I love kids shoes, they just make me happy!  And they usually have an absolute favorite pair that they wear all day every day.  Get a picture in the same spot every year of their favorite shoes that they plan to wear on the first day of school.
Not a big fan of being behind the camera?  Many professional photographers offer ‘mini-sessions’ for a fraction of the price of a full session.  They typically last 20-30 minutes so a back to school photo with any of the ideas above is the perfect ‘mini-session’ idea.

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Do you have any great back to school photo ideas?  Please share in the comments below.

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterestInstagram.