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Tips On Packaging Photography For Shipping From ClearBags

As a photographer, the thought of packaging and shipping your finished product may be the last thing on your mind. If you have prints for sale on a personal website or your business website, knowing how to professionally package your work to deliver to your clients is very important. Your packaged prints or framed photographs may be what prospective customers see in a gallery or what you send in the mail. No matter what, you want to be sure to use packaging materials to keep your photos safe and looking professional.

Everything that you do with your business is a reflection of your brand... that includes your investment of time and the care that you put into packaging. From the materials you use to wrap and protect your prints to the container used for delivery or shipping, you are building a relationship with your customers. An ideal packing list includes rigid backing to support your prints and, if possible, high-quality archival material for long-lasting protection. 

There are so many different ways you can package and ship your prints, so what you choose to do for your business is really just a matter of preference. Today, ClearBags is going to tell you about a few packaging solutions to help you create an awesome finished product that fits your brand as well as some ideas for shipping.  

 Photo credit: ClearBags

Photo credit: ClearBags

Packaging For Photography

How can you package your photography so that it looks professional and inviting to your customers? A simple method is to place your prints into a clear plastic bag along with a piece of rigid backing to keep it from bending. You can also hinge your prints to matting to enhance your presentation. Your final package can also include additional touches that reflect your personal style.

What makes one package stand out from another is the quality of materials used. Here are some ideas of art packaging supplies that you can use.

1. High Clarity Archival Bags

The higher the clarity of your plastic bags, the better your presentation. Clear archival plastic bags made of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene, or BOPP for short, have set the industry standard for clarity and they are archival safe. Archival BOPP bags show off your prints in high definition while keeping your product well-protected. While paper folios and paper cases are some other options, BOPP bags are less expensive and allow your art to shine through. 

When selecting a BOPP archival bag, here are three options to consider:

Protective Closure Bags - made with the resealable adhesive on the body of the bag instead of the flap. With this design, the adhesive does not stick to your prints when pulling them out of the bag. 

Flap Seal Bags - flap seal bags have the adhesive on the bag flap. These bags allow you customize the height by folding the flap past the opening of the bag, allowing more flexibility. The downside is that the adhesive may catch on your print when removing it from the bag.

No Flap Bags - As the name suggests, these bags have no flap. They also do not have any adhesive; they are sealed on three sides and open on the top. Many people like no flap bags because they are easy to use. The downside is that they are simply not as secure because there is no way to seal the bag closed. 

When considering all three of these options, protective closure bags are considered the most ideal for packaging photography. The location of the adhesive on the bag makes it easy to remove and insert prints without doing any damage or harm making it a popular choice. 

 Photo credit: ClearBags

Photo credit: ClearBags

2. Get The Right Fit

When you are packaging your work, you also want to make sure the bag fits appropriately. Loose bags may look tacky and thrown together where a properly fitted bag looks more professional. Plastic bags vary in size and in depth to accommodate all types of products including ones that have a backing or photos that come matted or framed. When selecting a bag size, check the amount of depth needed with any additional backing or matting that the specific product includes. Some people like to buy a bigger bag altogether to fit more than one print inside. This could be a good option for customers who order multiple prints. 

3. Bags For Canvas and Framed Photos

Canvas and framed photography pieces will require thicker and more durable packaging to be sure that it stays protected and our Canvas Gallery Wrap bags are the perfect solution! These bags are sized to accommodate the depth of a canvas or frame, are laminated for extra strength, and are designed with an oversized flap. Like protective closure bags, the adhesive is on the body of the bag so it won't come in contact with your art. The laminated material still retains high clarity for a professional presentation and keeps out moisture and harmful elements. The longer flap is helpful as it allows you to adjust the fit as needed. You can use these bags to package a single framed piece or hold a group of smaller prints together. 

4. Backing Board

Even though it is not as showy as one of the clear bags, a rigid piece of backing is just as important to protect your prints. But, not all backing boards are created equally... here are the options to consider:

To determine which of these options makes the most sense for your work, consider the level of protection needed and the thickness of the print. Foam core is available in 4-ply and 2-ply thicknesses and can be completely archival or just have only archival surfaces. This type of backing is quite rigid and sturdy for mailing prints and can later be used by your customers for framing. You may prefer a solid white or black foam core board to the appearance of cardboard. On the other hand, a heavy-duty corrugated pad or chipboard may be exactly what your piece requires. Do include this essential piece to your package to keep your prints from bending or creasing. 

 Photo credit: Stephanie Corfee Artworks

Photo credit: Stephanie Corfee Artworks

5. Matting

A beautiful mat will really allow your print to stand out and could increase your sales potential. For a gallery presentation, the presence of a mat may be the determining factor in making a purchase. For a mailed package, customers may attach a higher value to a matted piece and result in a future purchase. 

Mat boards can be simply decorative or archival-grade and last for decades. Here are some available options:

Slip-in mats - Slip-in mats are great if you want something quick, easy, and efficient. With slip-in mats, the mat is already affixed to the backing. Simply slide your print into the opening at the top of the mat and you're all set - no tape or adhesive is needed to secure your print. As slip-in mats are relatively new, these are usually available in small sizes in black and white and cost a bit more than other mats. 

Pre-cut mats - If you need more choices, you can find a wide selection of conservation-grade and decorative (non-archival) pre-cut mats in popular and larger sizes. If you don't need archival packaging, decorative pre-cut mats are a cost-effective way to add a splash of color to your presentation.

Custom mats - You may have a customer who has something in mind or an original piece that requires specific sizing. This route allows you the flexibility to dream up whatever color and size you desire to create your masterpiece. You can also create a unique experience by pre-printing your signature directly onto the mat. You might also try using mounting tape for a quick and convenient way to mount your prints to backing board. 

 Photo credit: ClearBags

Photo credit: ClearBags

6. Including That Personal Touch

Your final product packaged beautifully wouldn't be complete without your very own personal touches. This is where you can show off your own brand or business. You always want to include your business card so the customer has your contact information. You could also include a personal note or photo to the client thanking them for their order. A few other things you could include are: a packing slip with their printed order, Certificate of Authenticity, or a customized card (that could include a discount for a future purchase). Extending these personal extras invite your customers to get to know you better and shows your commitment to your business. 

7. Shipping Time

Even though shipping is one of the final steps of the process, you want to be sure that you are shipping your prints safely so they get where they need to go without any damage whatsoever. 

How you ship them just depends really on what you prefer. There are many options available to you, depending on the size of your work, how much money you want to spend, and how you want to present it. You can wrap your prints in tissue, brown paper, cardboard, or silk. A more expensive piece may warrant a fancy, boutique box for a more satisfying experience for your customer. 

Unboxing a piece of photography is an experience in and of itself and is your customer's first impression. What you are shipping will, of course, influence this decision. No matter what type of container you choose, remember to support your art with some kind of rigid backing. Consider these various options:

  • Rigid mailers - For lightweight to medium-weight art prints, rigid mailers are perfect. They provide sturdy support and reinforcement for items that need to stay flat such as art prints. You can also find heavy-duty mailers that are thicker and designed to take on more weight.
  • Airsafe™ Art boxes - Airsafe™ art boxes are specially designed to package art. They provide two inches of air space between your product and the outer wall to protect your art and are made of corrugated cardboard. Check out this demonstration of how to assemble these boxes and see how they work. 
  • Boutique boxes
  • Rigid metal boxes
  • Chipboard boxes
  • Tubes - Another method of shipping prints is to roll them up and put them in tubes. This works well for lightweight pieces and for shipping more than one print.

You will have to factor in the size of the package you are shipping when deciding what option to use. And remember to always support your photography and artwork with some kind of rigid backing, no matter which of these packages you are shipping them in.  

 Photo credit: ClearBags

Photo credit: ClearBags

8. Finishing Touches

It always looks professional to use printed labels on your packages rather than writing them in on your own. And you may want to think about adding a "Do Not Bend" or "Fragile" sticker on each photography package you ship. Each of these make your packaging look so professional, which in turn showcases your brand in a great way!


This post was written by ClearBags, the premier packaging company that specializes in Crystal Clear Packaging. ClearBags offers thousand's of packaging products. With over 4,000 styles and sizes in stock, they have what you need for your business. Visit www.clearbags.com to see more!


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Find Your Photography Niche: You Don’t Have to Master It All

If you have a passion for photography, you should find out what your niche is and specialize in it. Do you want to be a professional photographer? Figuring out how to get to that level without any formal photography education can be tricky. Here are some tips from PhotoModeler that will come in handy when you are trying to find your niche:

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Understand the Different Niches

To find the niche that you should specialize in, you first need to know them all. They include:

Event photography – because the industry of event photography is big, it can pay good money. However, if you do not like traveling from one place to another, this niche is not for you.

Food photography – if you want to make some serious cash, you should venture into this industry because it pays very well. Just keep in mind that the equipment and setup can be a bit expensive.

Fashion photography – you will work with many high-profile people and your photos might be published in recognizable magazines. However, the sheer number of fashion photographers in the market might make it harder to penetrate.

Sports photography – as a sports photographer, you will have access to huge sporting events. To make it in sports photography, you have to be a big sports fan to ensure that your photos communicate the right message.

Fine art photography – you can start this career whilst working on your art, which makes the niche hard to penetrate. It is better suited for photographers who have been in the business for a while.

Stock photography – you can be a self-employed stock photographer, but you would have to take numerous photographs to make a decent income.

Portrait photography – this is a big market that will expose you to different types of people. However, it will take longer to establish your name as a brand.

Wedding photography – many photographers join the wedding industry because wedding photos are in demand and they can make good money. Before deciding to become a wedding photographer, you should know that it is a demanding job and you might need an assistant.

Try Everything Then Focus on What You Love

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If you are in the early stages of your photography journey, you should explore as many different niches as possible. You might find that you really like weddings, fashion, or portraiture. Many aspiring photographers let their fear stop them from trying different niches.

You should not expect to be good at everything that you try; just make sure that if you excel in one niche, you stick with it. When you explore different niches, you will learn a lot from photographers in different fields – this knowledge might come in handy later.

Never Stop Learning

If you pick a certain skill set, you need to immerse yourself in it during your free time. You do not even have to attend a college to learn the skill; you can just read books and articles written by photography experts and keep practicing what you read. If you invest your time in education, you will end up learning a lot.

Determine Your Inspiration

Without any inspiration, you will not find your niche quickly. You should ask yourself what inspires you if you want to develop a passion and love for a niche. If you choose a niche randomly, the art of taking photos will feel contrived and forced instead of coming naturally.

Moreover, you might end up disliking the random choice you made. If you think that you are a great fit for family photography but your first gig does not live up to your expectations, you should take some time to rethink your inspiration. If you have a penchant for lifestyle photos, you should shoot family photos in lifestyle mode.

Buy the Right Tools                           

The right equipment makes it easier for you to get a great shot. When you first start out, you will not know what the best tools for the job are. With time, as you learn what the best tools are and start using them, you will be able to choose the best photography software such as PhotoModeler and Photoshop. To understand how the software works, read articles such as PhotoModeler – How it Works.

This post was written by Ashley Lipman with PhotoModeler, a software development company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada that develops and markets 3D modeling technology designed to bring the power of photogrammetry to a wide audience for practical application.


 

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How To Control Light With Grids

Artificial lighting can be a bit nerve-wracking when you first use it; there are a range of modifiers, setups, and techniques to learn that can be daunting. This great video from David Bergman at Adorama TV that we saw in this article in Fstoppers, is a great introduction to grids. It will introduce you to grids and explain how they're used in artificial lighting scenarios and the reasons behind using them as well. Enjoy!

As it mentions on FStoppers, the problem with a lot of modifiers, particularly bigger ones that cast a softer light, is that they tend to throw light everywhere, and it may spill places you'd rather not have it. The grid comes in handy because you can put over the front of the modifier, so a nice, soft light comes out in front but it is limited on the sides. This is especially handy when you're working with multiple lights and need to precisely control where each one falls. As Bergman mentions, this also frees you to light the background however you please. 

If you enjoyed this video, check out this one for a little photography inspiration!


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6 Tips To Taking Photos of Pets

We all love our furry friends, but it can be difficult to get great shots of our pets as they are not always willing to pose for us - let alone stay in one place for more than a minute. But, with the right equipment and a few tricks, you can certainly get some amazing photos of pets that are worthy to be hanging up on the wall next to all your other family members. 

Here are a few tips to remember:

1. Have Patience

When you are photographing your pet, you have to have patience. You need to be there and always ready to take that perfect shot. Your pet most likely will not be in the same position or stance again during the photo shoot, so you need to be ready and alert for that perfect moment. This is especially true if they are excited and playing around. 

 Photo credit:  Pet Imagery

Photo credit: Pet Imagery

2. Use Treats or Toys They Love

If there is a specific treat or toy that your pet loves and makes him or her very happy, incorporate it into the shoot so you can capture their joy and excitement. It may be difficult, but if you have another person to help, you can stand back and be ready to take photos when the moment is right. 

3. Make Sure Your Lighting Is Right

If you are outside or in a room with great natural light, you do not need to worry about a flash, but if not, you need to have a flash ready. The flash will help to fill in the shadows and freeze the subject. Just like if you are photographing people, you never want to point the flash directly at the subject because it will not make them look the best, so be sure to have a diffuser. A great way to do this is to point your flash directly up to the ceiling which will bounce back down to your pet. That works much better than the actual flash that is on your camera that will point directly into your pets eyes. 

 Photo credit:  Eiichi Yonemura via 500px

4. Equipment Makes A Difference

Using a great camera and lens definitely makes a difference when you are trying to take professional looking photos. All cameras work great and you can even get amazing photos now-a-days with a smart phone as long as you know how to use it, but there are better cameras than others out there which do make a huge difference. 

5. Get At Eye Level With Your Pet

If you get your camera at eye level with your pet or even below eye level, it will give you a unique perspective and intimacy to your photos. 

 Photo credit:  Pet Imagery

Photo credit: Pet Imagery

6. Focus on The Eyes

You want to be sure when you are taking photos of your pet, you always focus on the eyes. If the eyes are not in focus in the photo, the shot is wasted and will not look right. The way to do this is to make sure you know what focus point is active. If you let your camera do this, it will typically always focus on the thing that is the closest to you, which is probably the pet's nose, so be sure to change the focus point as necessary before you begin shooting.  

Do you love animal photography? Here is another post with some great animal photos you may want to check out. 


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How To Take Better 'Getting Ready' Wedding Shots For Your Clients

When you are photographing a wedding day, you want to be sure to capture every part of that day so that the couple has a beautiful timeline of photography to look back and remember each moment. That includes moments from the time they start getting ready, to the first look, the wedding party photos, ceremony, reception and everything in between. 

One very important part of a wedding day is when the couple is getting ready. During that time, the bride and groom are each feeling a million different emotions from excitement to nervousness to extreme happiness. They may even feel sad if certain family members are not able to attend their wedding day. 

 Photo credit: Matthew Evans Photography via  SnapKnot

Photo credit: Matthew Evans Photography via SnapKnot

As their wedding photographer, the photos that you capture will help them remember all those different emotions they felt. It is also perfect for capturing photos of the wedding gown, wedding colors, jewelry and shoes that the bride is wearing. That is also a time that the bride and her bridesmaids are spending quality time together as well as the groom and his groomsmen. 

We wanted to share a few tips today that will help keep you on schedule and prepared so you can take the best getting ready shots that you can for your clients.  

1. Find Out What They Want

You will be meeting with the couple before the wedding day to find out what type of shots they are looking for, so also be sure to ask about the time before the wedding. Find what time they plan to start getting ready, as well as where they will be. Remember that many brides get ready in a hotel room - they do not always get ready at the ceremony venue. Knowing ahead of time what their expectations of the wedding photos are, will help you have a better idea of what you need to be capturing while they are getting ready. 

 Photo credit:  The Becker

Photo credit: The Becker

2. Be Flexible

While you are taking photos before the wedding, it is best to be flexible and just keep an open mind. Even if you have a schedule of when things will happen, you never know when it will take a little longer for hair or makeup or really anything at all. If you know that you must be flexible, you will not get flustered when things change up from the timeline that was originally planned. 

 Photo credit:  OneLove Photography

Photo credit: OneLove Photography

3. Keep Number Of People At Minimum

When the bride or groom is getting ready, everyone in the family may want to stop in and say hello. There is no need to capture all of those people in the photos. The getting ready portion of the day focuses on the bride and groom as well as the bridal party. Keep the number of people in the photos minimized... the more people in each shot, the more the focus is drawn away from the bride and groom. 

 Photo credit: Atlast Photo Studio via  SnapKnot

Photo credit: Atlast Photo Studio via SnapKnot

4. Keep An Eye Out For Special Moments

Perhaps the bride and her sister are sharing a sweet moment together while she is helping her getting the wedding gown on. Maybe the groom and his buddies are all having a good laugh together to relax a bit. These moments are the special ones that need to be remembered. Be sure to keep an eye out for those special times.

 Photo credit: Astray Photography via SnapKnot

Photo credit: Astray Photography via SnapKnot

5. Pay Attention To Detail

A wedding includes so much detail. This is the best time of the entire day to capture some of those little wedding details that help make the wedding complete. A few examples could be the beautiful lace train of the wedding gown, the love note the bride wrote to her soon-to-be husband, the earrings and necklace that the bride is wearing, or the 'something borrowed' that the bride's grandmother gave her to wear. Many of these items will be harder to capture once the wedding ceremony and reception has begun, so take time beforehand to capture the little details perfectly.

If you loved these tips, here are a few other wedding related posts you may enjoy:


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7 Tips For Wedding Party Photos

If you photograph weddings, you will be focusing a lot on the bride and groom but you also have to be a master at shooting wedding party group photos. Today, we wanted to share this 9-minute video from Shutterbug Magazine where veteran photographer Denis Reggie will give you 7 tips for taking group photos at weddings. 

 Photo credit: Capio Lux via  SnapKnot

Photo credit: Capio Lux via SnapKnot

Watch the video below to find out tips to make sure you are taking the best wedding party group shots that you can! Those photos are ones that the bride and groom will remember forever, so you want to make sure each one captures the personalities, love and wedding day perfectly. We hope you enjoy this video. 


Here’s an overview of what Reggie teaches in the video. Be sure to watch so you can see actual examples of what he discusses. 

1. Arrange the Wedding Party Properly - It’s important to think about where you are positioning different people in the wedding party for a group shot. 

2. Use an Off-Camera Umbrella Light - Reggie uses an off-camera umbrella light to light his group shots. 

3. Change the Color Temperature - Using color gels to adjust the temperature of the flash can make for a much more well-balanced shot. 

4. Use the Right Gear - Choosing the right pieces of gear is essential. For example, using the right master controllers for your flashes so that you can be flexible is essential. 

5. Use a Tripod - Reggie mentions that the more megapixels there are, the more “sensitive” the camera is to motion, so using a tripod is very important.

6. Pick Your Settings - Following on from using a tripod, it may be possible to achieve a slower shutter speed to deal with indoor lighting. 

7. Shoot in Raw Format - Using raw allows you to fine-tune your white balance later, thanks to the non-destructive element of this key camera format. Shooting in JPEG limits your options, but raw gives you a massive amount of flexibility in post.

We originally saw this video on PetaPixel


 

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3 Great Wide Angle Lenses For Landscape Photography

There is something so wonderful about landscape photography - you can capture the beauty and uniqueness of our world through a single lens. While you are out photographing your next adventure, you want to make sure you are capturing the best photos possible, and one way to do so is to have a lens that will allow you to isolate distant objects, and create compelling perspective effects. So today, we want to share with you 3 wide angle lenses that we think are awesome for landscape photography! 

Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM

This Sony lens is a choice for professional portrait, travel and event photographers seeking the highest possible optical performance. The XA element reduces aberration and delivers the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom range and aperture range, as well as from corner to corner of all image files.

 

 

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Canon EF 24-105mm f4l IS II USM

For incredible versatility, this lens has been redesigned to deliver superb L-series optical performance that pairs smoothly with the high-resolution, full-frame sensors of SLR cameras. Featuring a zoom range of 24-105mm and a constant f/4 aperture, it is ideal for landscapes, portraits, sports and more, offering effective all-day performance. It has improved peripheral brightness as well as a 10-blade circular aperture that helps deliver sharp, evenly illuminated images with gorgeous background blur.

See more about the Canon EF 24-105mm or get your own on Amazon here. 


This lens improves pretty much every aspect of its predecessor. The truly versatile wide-angle to short telephoto lens is characterized by its constant f/2.8 maximum aperture and electromagnetic aperture mechanism, the revised optical design incorporates a unique aspherical extra-low dispersion element, in addition to three aspherical, two extra-low dispersion, and one high refractive index elements, to help reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range.

See more about this Nikon lens or get your own here on Amazon. 


You have to be sure that you find the lens that works best for the type of photography you do. Whether you are out shooting at night, during the middle of the day with tons of light or if the elements change depending on the day and specific location you are shooting, having the right lens will help! 

Do you have a lens that you do not leave home without? Tell us which one you love in the comments below! 


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Tips To Taking Outdoor Portraits In The Winter

If you photograph portraits, whether it be for couples, families, children or even seniors, you may find that your Client wants to get outdoor photos in the cold, winter months. Even when the temperatures are cold or there is snow on the ground, you want to make sure you are prepared for everything that could come your way during the shoot. Today, we wanted to share with you a few tips to taking outdoor portraits in the winter so you are as prepared as can be and can focus on taking the best photos you can! 

Tip #1 - Keep Your Batteries Warm

Your camera batteries can lose their power quicker when exposed to low temperatures. In cold temperatures, the number of shots you take with one charge can drop considerably... as much as 50-70% less than you are used to. It would be awful to run out of batteries while you are out shooting in the cold weather. Be sure to keep your spare batteries warm. If you keep the extra batteries you brought with you in your inner pocket of your coat, and close to your body heat, that will be helpful in keeping them warmer.

 Photo credit: PureLily.com 

Photo credit: PureLily.com 

Tip #2 - Wear Photo Friendly Gloves

If it is very cold where you are shooting, you will most likely want to wear gloves so you stay comfortable and do not feel like you need to rush your session. You should consider using photo friendly gloves so you will be able to use the buttons and fully control your camera settings without having to remove your gloves each time. You can find these at any camera store... and you want to be sure to try them out before you buy to make sure they fit right and they work nicely with your camera. 

Tip #3 - Be Prepared With Extra Warm Blankets

Your Clients may not think about bringing extra warm stuff along for the shoot so having an extra blanket or two in your car may be very helpful! It may even be fun to use the blankets as a prop in some of their snowy winter photos! A couple could wrap up together in the blanket or a family could lay the blanket out in the snow and sit on it. The possibilities are endless.  

 Photo credit: Brianna Record Photography

Photo credit: Brianna Record Photography

Tip #4 - Increase Exposure Compensation

When you are out shooting when it is sunny and bright outside, which happens during the winter when there is snow on the ground, adjust your exposure compensation by +0.3 or +0.7. Your camera will not know that you are shooting snow, so you have to tell the camera that you are shooting something bright and adjust your exposure accordingly. If you do not adjust, you will find that your snow will end up looking gray in the photos instead of the beautiful white that you are hoping to capture.


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What Are Your Photography Goals For 2018?

Happy New Year! We love the fresh start that a new year brings along with it. No matter what you did, or didn't do in 2017, you can start with brand new goals and dreams for the year ahead. The main thing you need to focus on as a photographer is to actually get out there and take photos. You can not learn or better yourself without snapping photos. Take your camera with you everywhere you go and when you feel inspired, capture something unique. Or, if you do not have a camera, smart phones can take some pretty great shots now-a-days so take out your phone and photograph someone awesome!  

You may be just starting to explore your love of photography and want to learn as much as you can in the months ahead. If that is the case, there are SO many great ways to learn. We post great articles here on the blog but we also recommend taking classes whether it is online or in a classroom at a local college or university. 

CreativeLive always offers FREE classes online that will help you get started and learn everything you can think of in the photography industry. They have classes about photography, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, lighting, growing your business, social media and SO MUCH MORE. You can see the list of free live upcoming classes happening in the coming weeks and sign up for any you are interested in. Check out the list of classes here.

 

Perhaps you are a hobbyist photographer and have been taking great photos for years but want to do more with your passion. Is it your year to start your own business or you are finally ready to quit your full-time job to concentrate more on your photography? Make sure you know what niche it is you want to focus your business on and get a clear business plan set and in place so you are organized. Do you love weddings and want to focus your time booking engaged couples? Or, perhaps you prefer shooting the outdoors and love capturing landscape photos or wildlife. You could also focus on senior portraits, sporting events, or travel photography. There are so many different things in our world to photograph. 

If you start a business, one big thing is your website and getting your portfolio online. SmugMug is a great service that lets you showcase your photos beautifully online. You can store your work, share it and even sell it right from your SmugMug site. Click here to check out SmugMug and start your own site

Do you already have a successful photography business that you want to grow even bigger in 2018? We always recommend to continue learning no matter how long you have been in the photography world. With technology changing as fast as it does, there are always new products out there that can help your business succeed. 

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Whatever your goals for this new year are, be sure to check in with yourself often and see if you are on the path to accomplishing your goals. If not, it's okay! Life happens and sometimes it can get hard. But be sure to refocus and keep on trying. And be sure to check out our blog throughout the months ahead for great tips, articles, inspiration and more. We also have a camera giveaway going on right now... have you entered yet for your chance to win a Nikon D810 or Canon 5DS R?  Click here to enter now!  

We wish you all nothing but love, happiness and inspiration this year. Best of luck to you all in accomplishing your 2018 photography goals! 

Want to share your goals with us? We would love to hear them all so please comment below! 


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3 Tips On How To Photograph Festive Christmas Lights

It's the holiday season and with that comes Christmas trees, beautiful decorations, twinkling lights and all things sparkly! If you are going to be out photographing festive Christmas lights over the holiday, we wanted to share some tips with you that will help make sure those photos come out beautifully. 

When you are photographing holiday lights, it will most likely be when the surrounding environment is dark. Here there are a few things you can do to insure great pictures in these situations:

 Photo credit: Digital Trends

Photo credit: Digital Trends

Shoot at higher ISO settings. 

EOS cameras set to "Auto" ISO will naturally tend to pick higher ISOs in these types of low-light scenes. Or, you can set ISO somewhere around 1600, 3200, or even higher if the holiday lights you're shooting are not super-bright. If you use higher ISOs – that means less chance of blurs from any motion blur.

Use a tripod. 

A tripod is the best way to keep your camera still while taking your photos. If you don't have a tripod, see if you can lean the camera against something like a lamp post, bench, or other solid surface. If there is nothing to brace the camera on, make sure you are holding it as steadily as possible and hold the camera firmly with both hands. Use your optical viewfinder (rather than the LCD) if you have one, so you can rest the camera against your face.

 Photo credit: DIY Network

Photo credit: DIY Network

Use a wide-angle lens. 

Wider focal lengths, such as 16mm, 18mm, 24mm, etc. are much more 'forgiving,' showing little-to-no blur from camera movement, even at slower shutter speeds. Consider stepping closer to those lights, and zooming the lens to a wider focal length, to minimize blurs and camera shake.


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