Winter 2018 Camera Winner Update

We are so excited to tell you all about our most recent winner of our winter 2018 camera giveaway! Greg Leong was the lucky winner of a Nikon D810! Congrats Greg!

Greg is a hobbyist photographer and here is a quick Q&A about Greg and his love of photography. You will also see a few of his photos below as well as one with his new camera. Enjoy!

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How did you first get into photography?

"I bought a camera 20 years ago. A digital point and shoot camera that took 2 double A batteries... and that camera still works!"

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

"Landscapes."

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What type of style would you say fits you best?

"I really don’t have a particular style per se. It’s an ongoing journey of trial and error."

What is your most favorite shoot you have ever had and why?

"I have no favorite shoot but I love visiting the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens in Vancouver, Canada. Every time I visit, there is something that will catch my eye."

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What was your first reaction when you found out you won the camera?

"Really? No way!"

Are there any other fun or interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?

"I am just an average person who loves taking photos!"

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What camera did you choose and why?

"Nikon D810.... I have some lenses I could use since I also own a Nikon D7000."

What do you think of the camera now that you have received it?

"Awesome... full frame!"

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You can check out more of Greg's photography on his Instagram page or on his Viewbug page.

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Photo Of The Week

Our photo of the week was taken by Charles Frisinger and is of the Infinity Room at House on the Rocks in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

The House on the Rocks is a tourist attraction located between the cities of Dodgeville and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Opened in 1959, it is a complex of architecturally distinct rooms, streets, gardens, and shops designed by Alex Jordan Jr.

The Infinity Room, which is shown in this photo, is the 14th room of the house, completed in 1985. This engineering marvel extends 218 feet out over the scenic valley and 156 feet above the forests floor. The Infinity Room has 3,264 windows for walls that provide a truly spectacular view.

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You can follow Charles Frisingeron Facebook

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

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. 


Do you take many of your photos outdoors? Are you tired of wasting your day editing photos all day long? Then The Ultimate Season Action Bundle is for you! No matter what type of season, weather or lighting condition, these actions are perfect! You can get this entire bundle for only $9.99 (a $199.99 value)! 

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Photo Of The Week

Our photo of the week taken by Carla Hall. Here is what she had to say about her photo, "I took these photos on a frosty morning on January 14th. Stockdale Mill is a tourist attraction in Wabash County, Indiana."

Stockdale Mill, also known as the Roann Roller Mill, which is a historic grist mill building located in Paw Paw Township, Wabash County, Indiana. It was built between 1855 and 1857, and is a 3 1/2-story, post and beam frame mill building.

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We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Photo Of The Week

Our photo of the week was taken by photographer Noeline Mostert during a snowstorm in Revelstoke, British Columbia on January 29, 2018.

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To see more photographs taken from Noeline, visit her on Instagram

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Attending WPPI 2018? Don't Miss These Last Few Classes Being Offered!

We have been enjoying the gorgeous Mandalay Bay here in Vegas the past few days at WPPI and have loved meeting so many amazing photographers! With only 1 day left of WPPI 2018, we wanted to share the last few classes you can attend to make sure you do not miss out on some amazing education! 

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Photo credit: VIPnite.com

Tonight you can sit in this great class taught by celebrity wedding planner, Lisa Vorce. 

Getting the Shot! Success Strategies for Working & Thriving with Top Wedding Planners

Teacher: Lisa Vorce
Room: Islander Ballroom
Tuesday, February 27, 2018: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Overview: Lisa Vorce, celebrity wedding planner for the likes of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and most recently Kate Upton and Justin Verlander, will share her insights into the skills and strategies required to get your shot at working with the best planners in the industry. You will learn key dealmakers and dealbreakers for growing and maintaining a thriving business in the wedding world. You’ll be inspired by the possibilities! Bring your business card to be entered into a drawing. One winner, announced during the keynote, will receive a 15-minute Skype consultation with Lisa.

Here is what is being offered on Wednesday, February 28:

What Second Shooters and Assistants Need to Know: Bringing Value to an Established Brand
Teacher: Jared Platt
Time: Wednesday 2/28 3:00pm
Room: South Pacific AB
Overview: So you want to be a second shooter or an assistant for an established photographer? There is no better way to learn than to be an assistant or a second photographer for an established photographer in your area. Whether you get paid or you are assisting for the experience, you will gain valuable insight into working with a client and develop essential skills that will improve your photography as you build your own style and brand. But there are many things you need to know before you approach an established photographer and ask for their trust and even more, you need to know once they have invited you to work with them on a job. Join Bob and Dawn Davis and Jared Platt as they host a panel discussion with their surprise guests and discuss everything you need to know about working with well-established photographers as a second shooter or as an assistant. Learn how to approach photographers you admire, learn the rules of the road, the dos and don’ts on the job, and most importantly, how to provide value to their brand and how to get the most out of your experience as a seconds photographer or assistant. Anyone who wants to shoot with an established photographer or already does needs to attend this panel discussion. This class will help you get in the door and ensure that you keep getting invited back! This class is the springboard you need. Surprise Guests: Bob, Dawn, and Jared have invited a few of the best wedding and portrait photographers in the industry to join them in a panel discussion. Each of them established a valuable photography brand and are eager to help you understand how to approach photographers just like them, how to get the first job, how to act on the job, how to add value to the brand you are working for and how to get value beyond your paycheck for that job. Don’t miss what these photographers have to say. 

Secrets to the Success of the High-End Wedding Market
Teacher: Danny and Julia Dong
Time: Wednesday 2/28 10:30am
Overview: How is today’s wedding photography market? If you are a full-time wedding photographer and take your career seriously, then you know how competitive the market is. In this presentation, Danny and Julia Dong will share their experience and in-depth analysis on the key to success in the high-end wedding photography business. In this presentation, they will share how they identify their own strength and unique style, how they identify the right market segment to their target customer, and how they learn to manage a timeline on the wedding day to deal with top wedding planners and high-demand brides. All their stories and real experiences will both inspire and entertain you.


WPPI is one of the most popular and successful photography tradeshows available. It is also a one-stop shop to get all of your photography tips and education while meeting with vendors and networking with fellow photographers. If you are not attending this year, we highly recommend it for next year! You can see what people said about WPPI 2017 to get an idea in the video below. 

Do you take many of your photos outdoors? Are you tired of wasting your day editing photos all day long? Then The Ultimate Season Action Bundle is for you! No matter what type of season, weather or lighting condition, these actions are perfect! You can get this entire bundle for only $9.99 (a $199.99 value)! 

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Check Out This Quick 3 Minute Video For Photography Inspiration

Happy Friday! We wanted to share with you this quick 3-minute video to give you a little inspiration to start the weekend ahead. 

Pretty much every one of us who is a photographer picked up a camera and started taking photos because they were passionate about it. Sometimes we can let the business, money or stress of life take away that passion that we once felt. 

Always strive to keep your passion alive. You will find that is makes you an even better photographer in the long-run. 

We hope you enjoy this video below by Gio Bartlett.


Do you take many of your photos outdoors? Are you tired of wasting your day editing photos all day long? Then The Ultimate Season Action Bundle is for you! No matter what type of season, weather or lighting condition, these actions are perfect! You can get this entire bundle for only $9.99 (a $199.99 value)! 

GET THE ULTIMATE SEASON ACTION BUNDLE NOW! 

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Photo Of The Week

Today's photo of the week was taken by Bob Kilner. It is a long exposure photo of Gatekeeper and fireworks at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio during the summer of 2017.

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You can see more of Bob's photos on Bob's Coaster Blog. You can also follow him and his blog on Instagram and Twitter

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Winter 2018 Camera Giveaway Announcement


***UPDATE*** 
It's time to announce our NEW winner! 

Thousands of entries but only one can claim a free camera! And the winner of a new NIKON D810 or CANON 5DS R is....

Greg L.

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EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T WIN THIS TIME,
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN STILL DO...

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3) Check out some of the great photography classes that CreativeLive is offering. Each week, they offer classes on lighting, wedding photography, posing ideas, business marketing ideas, Photoshop, and SO MUCH MORE! It is FREE to watch them all! 

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4) Here are some awesome photography t-shirts from SunFrog that you need to check out:  

Wedding Photography Winners Announced At Best Photo Contests!

We are thrilled to announce the winners from the first ever photography contest at BestPhotoContests.com!

We partnered with SnapKnot  to start Best Photo Contests because we see so many amazing photos every single day and we decided to celebrate the art of photography. Our first contest was for wedding photography and there were so many amazing photos submitted.

The $1,000 grand prize photo was taken by Light & Co. There were also 5 runners up who received a free 6-month SnapKnot membership!

Be sure to stay tuned… a new photo contest will be starting sometime in March 2018 and there are going to be more categories to choose from – it will not just be for wedding photography.

Here are the wedding photography winners of the contest below:

GRAND PRIZE

“Champagne” by Ethan Watts, Light & Co

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RUNNERS UP

“Hands of Mehndi” by Fred Asaad, Asaad Images

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“First Look” by Joanna Moss, Joanna Moss Photography

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