VIDEO: Snapshot – The Art of Black and White Photography

In this video Snapshot Josh walks us through his process of making a color image black and white in Lightroom.   Learn how to make subtle adjustments to an image to make the  blacks really pop! Have questions or comments about black and white photography? Join the conversation below! :)

By | June 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

White Balance – Video: Snapshot

Hey guys and gals!   In this video snapshot Josh walks us through his process of adjusting the white balance of some digital images that he shot at a recent wedding. He covers the importance of shooting at a consistent temperature to make proofing easier and faster. Check out the video below to see his process!   Have questions or comments about white balance? Join the conversation below! :)

By | May 16th, 2015|Photography Tips, Video Snapshot|0 Comments

Harsh Lighting – Video: Snapshot

In this video snapshot Josh discusses harsh lighting and shows us an example of how he used different angles to work around a tough lighting situation. Check out the video below to hear his thoughts and learn his work-around: While I was shooting some images of my wife, Layla, for her new t-shirt design, I decided to turn her around and try a couple of shots facing the sun to give you a good visual of the difference the right angle can make. In the first shot, she is facing the sun and in the second shot, she is standing in the exact same spot, but turned around with the sun behind her. The harsh light from the sun puts hard shadows on her face while she is facing it. Simply turning her around made all the difference in the world, and this is a great example of soft light versus hard light.     Have questions or comments about harsh lighting? Join the conversation below! :)    

By | May 16th, 2015|Photography Tips, Video Snapshot|0 Comments

Enhancing Your Photos

I remember when I was first learning how to use my DSLR, I would see beautiful pictures captured by other photographers that looked so perfect, and I couldn't imagine how in the world they got such incredibly vibrant shots. When I would look through my images after a day of shooting, they looked dull in comparison. I  learned very quickly that although it's important to get the shot right with your camera, most professional photographers further enhance their images by using some kind of post processing software. Whether it's Photoshop or Lightroom almost every photographer has a system they use to proof and then adjust their images. Photoshop and Lightroom can do some crazy cool things and both programs can get really deep. That said, I have found that using some simple actions and filters can really speed up the process without having to be an expert. Below is an image that was shot by one of our Photography 101 students. (Photo Credit: Peggy Holland) I love the composition of this shot, but I wanted to see if I could make the image pop a little more by using some filters in Photoshop CS5. The image below is the same [...]

By | February 20th, 2014|Composition, Photography Tips|7 Comments

5 Steps to Taking Better Photographs

I wanted put together a post that highlighted what I believe to be five key actions to taking better photographs. I asked myself, "What were my big a-ha moments while learning  how to shoot photography?". So here they are! :) 1. Learn to shoot in manual mode. I recently came across a study conducted by Sony that showed that nearly 2/3 of DSLR owners never take their cameras out of automatic mode. A lot of those consumers think that if you buy a more expensive camera, it will automatically take better pictures. Unfortunately this is not the case. If you put your DSLR camera into automatic mode you are officially the owner of a very heavy (and expensive) point-and-shoot. The great thing about a DSLR camera is that it gives you control. I shoot a lot of interiors and I love the fact that I can make the image as bright and beautiful as I want. Shooting in manual is not as complicated as you may think either, we've had over 1,000 members learn to shoot in manual mode over the last year. I still get excited every time I see someone post their first manual shot in our Facebook group. Here [...]

By | May 20th, 2013|Photography Tips|11 Comments

Macro Photography on a Budget

I remember when I first started getting into photography, all I wanted to do was shoot macro because it just looked so cool! But macro lenses can be really expensive, and since most of my shoots are weddings and portraits, I just couldn't justify buying a $1000 macro lens that I might only use for a couple of shots. Luckily, I found these close-up filters on They're basically just magnifying glasses that screw in onto the filter ring that's on the front of your lens, and they're really inexpensive and easy to use.  Here's a couple of shots that I used the +4 filter on: It really allows you to get a lot closer than a normal lens would. The only thing you need to make sure of is that you get the correct size filter for the particular lens you'd like to use. For instance, the 24-70 2.8 L Canon lens has a 77mm filter ring, so I would need a 77mm close-up filter. Most lenses have the size of the lens displayed somewhere around the opening of the lens, like this: Another thing you should look out for is what magnification you need/want. I bought the whole set [...]

By | May 7th, 2013|Cool Camera Stuff|20 Comments

Artifact Uprising | Photo Books

I wanted to share a cool photography related product with you today. Artifact Uprising is a really awesome photo book company.  With the use of 100% recycled paper, they offer hardcover, softcover and Instagram friendly books. They come in so many rad colors and they have a lot of different book covers to choose from. I recently made a book for my wife of our son. The website has super easy templates to use if you aren't so photoshop savvy.  If you are, you can totally make this book as custom as you want. A 50 page 8.5 x 8.5  linen book with a custom book cover is about 70$, that is about $1.25 per page.   There is something very special about having a print or book in hand of your work. In the digital world we live in, most of our amazing work stays in digital format and hardly ever gets printed. I want to encourage you to make prints and books of your family so you can actually have something to pass down to your children other than a hard drive full of digital images. I know my wife and I will cherish this book of our little [...]

By | April 3rd, 2013|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Photoshop Touch Up and Photography 102

Hello! We launched two more classes this past month, so we wanted to publish a post about each of them here today. The first new class is called Photoshop Touch Up, and it's all about re-touching photos of people in Photoshop. We worked as re-touchers for several years before we started our own photography businesses, and we've included all of our techniques in the Touch Up class. You can see some examples of the techniques we'll cover by moving your cursor on and off of the photos below. Everything from how to soften skin, remove blemishes, and add vignette effects... how to reduce redness in eyes without making them look too white... how to tame down fly away hairs, add sparkle to eyes, and whiten teeth... body reshaping: Our favorite kind of exercise- ha! If you're interested in checking out the class, just click on Photoshop Touch Up in the Classes tab in our menu bar. The cost is $25 and the class is an hour and 40 minutes long. And just like all of our other Photography and Photoshop classes, our Photoshop Touch Up class video is hosted on Vimeo, so once you purchase it, you can watch it [...]

By | March 14th, 2013|Photography Tips, Uncategorized|8 Comments

DSLR Camera Bag

We love sharing links to cool camera-related stuff, so I thought I'd blog about a gift I gave my wife for Christmas last week. She had been wanting a new camera bag, so I Googled  "cool camera bags for women".  Unfortunately, nothing that cool really came up, and I was sort of surprised at how many camera bags are geared toward men. Most of the bags I came across were black, which is cool with me, but I knew my wife wanted something a little more feminine, and that looked more like a purse. I went to, where you can find all sorts of handmade goodness, and after some searching, I stumbled upon a chevron-patterned bag that looked just like what I thought my wife would want. But wouldn't you know it, that particular bag was sold out. (Of course it was - it's killer!) I really, really wanted to get her that bag though, so I took a chance and contacted the seller (Darby Mack) who was AWESOME! She wrote me back and said that she would make my wife a bag in time for Christmas.  I was blown away because I had written her on December 18th, [...]

By | January 3rd, 2013|Cool Camera Stuff|19 Comments

Choosing the Right Lens

Choosing the right lens is an important part of getting the results you want. The two most important things to consider are 'Focal Length', and 'Depth of Field'.  Let's start with focal length. Focal length refers to how much you can see through the lens. It's important to note that the two most common lenses are zoom lenses and prime lenses. A zoom lens has the ability to zoom in or out through a range of different focal lengths. For example, my 17-40mm lens can shoot at both 17mm and 40mm and all points in-between. Whereas a prime (or fixed) lens has only one focal length and cannot zoom. If you want a closer or wider shot with a fixed lens, you have to physically move forward or backward. Let's take a look at some of the different ranges:     As you can see, 18mm (and lower) have the widest focal lengths and are considered wide angle lenses. Wide angle lenses are great for landscapes and interiors because you can fit a lot into your shot. A 200mm lens would be considered a telephoto lens, and they're great for zooming into shots that may be further away. To give [...]

By | September 13th, 2012|Photography Tips|15 Comments
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