The all important white balance

Something I see time and time again with beginning photographers (even photographers in business) is a lack of white balance adjustment on the photos. You might see one photo of a girl sitting under a green tree, in the grass, and her face looks a bit green. In the same set maybe there is a
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I Heart Faces Challenge: Friendship

I Heart Faces Challenge: Friendship

I am entering the I Heart Faces monthly challenge with this photo of siblings. The theme is friendship. I’ve been impressed with the quality of the blog posts at I Heart Faces. They are very informative to anyone interested in improving their people photography! I took this photo a couple of years ago, and even
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Light and Expression

Light and Expression

I typed that title and now I see I could say a lot with those two words. Well, here is just a little bit. I grabbed a few moments to take some photos of my littlest daughter last night after the sun had set. I could only get enough light outside, but I liked the
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Albuquerque Sky

Albuquerque Sky

I did an engagement photo session a week ago. We went out in the foothills around 7PM, and found the light rather interesting to work with as smoke from the fires in the Gila National Forest have enshrouded Albuquerque. Here is a photo of the western sky! (yes, that is the sun) And the hopeful
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Mom and Daughters

Mom and Daughters

Sunday I had the chance to take photos of a friend and her daughters. They live in Arizona and were here for just a short time, visiting family. Her husband couldn’t come this trip, so we just took photos of the three of them this time. Kara is also a photographer! We had fun taking
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sun and reflector

sun and reflector

I took five minutes to take a few photos of my littlest yesterday, who is now 9 months! On our back porch I used a large foam-board for a reflector to reflect light from the low sun behind her back on her face. I have two large pieces of foam-board (from an art supply store)
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Fun times with off-camera flash

I took these yesterday with my little canon camera flash, with a diffuser on it, mounted off camera on a stand to camera right, and a large white reflector to camera left. I did not mount the flash to point directly at her. Instead, I pointed it at the reflector so to feather the light
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Reflectors

I want to briefly discuss the use of reflectors: some sort of object used to reflect light on to what you are photographing. There are 5-in-1 reflectors on the market that are a diffuser covered by a reversible case. Each side of the case is a different color for a total of four once you’ve
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A simple study of light

I took several photos of some flowers we picked in our backyard yesterday with my iPhone. I just took them for a record so I could possibly work on identifying them with my children. I think they do a good job of demonstrating the effect of light direction. This first was taken with the camera
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Sun

A couple evenings ago my daughter was wearing a brightly colored outfit and I asked her if she wanted me to take a picture of her. We grabbed a large piece of lace my children were given for play and she was happy to wrap herself up in it. The sun was low in the
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