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Best Camera Gear to Pack When You Travel

May 14, 2019
 

I travel for work by airplane, car and sometimes even by boat to photograph weddings, events, and products. I’ve been traveling for professional photography shoots for over 15 years. Over the course of a decade, I have developed a packing list of camera gear and supplies that is compact, lightweight, but as versatile as possible. This list of gear is great for natural lighting (like what you would capture at a wedding or lifestyle photo shoot), but it also has some basics for lighting up products and portraits. I feel confident to capture anything I need to with this camera gear in tow.

It’s important to note, I NEVER check my camera bodies or lenses. If I ever have to check anything you see on this list, it would be batteries, chargers, diffusers and other easily replaceable and less expensive gear. The larger roller bag and the smaller sling pack can be carry on luggage for you so you never have to worry about anyone else handling your precious cargo! I also...

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How to Use a Softbox in Your Marketing Videos

May 07, 2019
 

Do you shoot your own videos at home for your business? Do you have a simple setup that you need to make the most out of?  If you talk straight to the camera when you create marketing videos, vlogs, or trainings, it’s so important that your audience is able to see your face clearly and in the most flattering light. Having the best lighting in your videos will make you appear more trustworthy, credible, and professional which equates to keeping the audience you already have, and growing your following as you put more content online.

In this 5 minute video, you’ll learn how to create the best lighting for your videos using just your iphone and one softbox. The room we use in this tutorial is a guest bedroom, so we only had a small corder to work with, but as you’ll see with just one softbox and the right placement of your phone and lighting, you can make your videos look extremely professional!

For consistency reasons, I do recommend you have one...

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How to Create a Bright White Backdrop in Videos and Photos

Apr 30, 2019
 


Do you know one of the main differences between amateur and professional quality photos and videos?
LIGHTING. Lighting can make or break your message before your audience even gets to see and hear what you’re trying to say! If the lighting is bad, they might click away in a second and look no further. Bad lighting makes it look like you don’t know what you are doing, whereas good lighting makes your photos and videos come across as professional. You want to lead with the best foot forward, and that starts with lighting up your photos and videos in the best ways possible.

In this short video tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a bright white backdrop in your home studio. You might be surprised to see how simple it is to do this and I’ll walk you through the most common mistakes I see people make. Take your grey-looking, or off-white wrinkled backdrop to a bright white backdrop with these easy steps. Your videos are about to get a professional...

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Take Better Selfies: How To Photograph Yourself Outside

Apr 23, 2019
 
 

 

“The sun is out! It must be a great time to take photos!” WRONG!

I hear this all the time at events and branding photo shoots. Ok, sometimes yes, the sun is what we want for photos. It makes colors bright and vibrant. The sky is so blue and the trees are so green. It makes the world gorgeous. It also feels great to be in the sunshine, so people translate how it feels into what they think it does for a portrait or selfie.

But I’m here to tell you, sunlight is not good for portraits and selfies.

I’m talking about direct sunlight. The kind of sunlight that comes straight from the sun in the sky and down to your face. That type of lighting in a selfie will make you squint. The shadows will be harsh and exaggerate features that you probably don’t want to emphasize. It also makes it hard to see your eyes - which are some of most important features in a selfie. We want to see your eyes open and bright. We want to see the whites...

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Portraiture Shooting Tip: How To Crop Your Photos The Right Way

May 31, 2018
 

In this quick tutorial, I'll teach you the best and worst ways to crop when taking portraits. This blog is dedicated to helping you level up your photography in bite sized teachings that you can implement to improve your photography immediately. For the latest videos, articles and exclusive content, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

 
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Avoid Blurry Photos: How to Capture A Moving Subject

May 09, 2018
 

In this quick tutorial, I'll teach you how to pan a moving subject in natural lighting. You're wanting to capture the motion in the background, while getting a crisp, in-focus subject in the foreground. Learn how to position your body and use slow shutter speeds to capture motion in a still image!



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Indoor Lighting Tip: How To Use Natural Lighting Indoors

Apr 17, 2018
 

In the video training, Maggie teaches you a quick lesson in properly using natural light indoors. This is the most common problem she sees as a professional photographer and it's such an easy fix. Try it out!

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How To Set Your White Balance on your DSLR Camera - Kelvins

Feb 21, 2018
 

In this quick tutorial, I'll teach you how to customize your white balance shot-by-shot just like you do you exposure, shutter speed and your aperture so that you can get the photo right the first time and it's one less this you have to think about when you take the photos from the camera to edit. Kelvin numbers allow you to adjust the warmth or coolness of a photo. I'll show you examples of indoor and outdoor kelvin settings to achieve what you're looking for.

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