10 Quick Photography Tips for better Vacation Pictures Keep the gear to a minimum. It can be tempting to bring every bit of camera gear you own on a trip, but it may not really help you get the shots you want. Having a bunch of lenses to choose from can be overwhelming. Trying to decide which one to use for which situation can be stressful, taking your focus off of enjoying your trip. Furthermore, you can easily miss great shots while you’re busy changing lenses. Instead, as a general rule, stick with the most versatile lens you have. If you’re into zoom lenses, a 24-70mm is a good bet for most situations. I prefer prime lenses, so I’m apt to leave a 35mm or 50mm lens on my camera most of the time when I travel. Consider your destination when choosing lenses. I’ve already said that I usually use 35mm or 50mm lenses for travel, but let me explain. That’s because a lot of my travels are to cities, where everything is close together. I’m fairly close to the things I’m photographing, and I don’t have room to back up very far to fit everything in the shot. […]
WHAT TO WEAR FOR HOLIDAY PORTRAIT SESSIONS One of the most stressful parts of planning a holiday portrait of the family is figuring out what everyone is going to wear! As a mom of five children myself, I completely understand how it can be overwhelming – but I am hopefully going to relieve some of that stress for you with these simple tips. There are lots of things to consider when planning what to wear for your family portrait. Where will your photography session be held? Do you hope to capture that perfect family portrait for that canvas you’ve been dreaming of for over your mantle? Will you be using these for your holiday cards and gifts? Believe it or not, all of the answers to these questions play a part in selecting the perfect clothing for your family’s portrait session! Let’s go over them one by one. 1. First and foremost, your child’s clothing needs to be comfortable. Scratchy sweaters will make your child absolutely miserable. Comfy clothes equal happy kids – and happy kids make for a better portrait experience! Comfort is key for Mom and Dad too. Clothing should fit well and be a style you’re […]
3 Tips for Better Indoor Photography Some of the sweetest, most true-to-life photos that can be captured of a family are the indoor, at home ones. I’d love to share a few tips that can help make those images look their very best! 1 First, like with all photography, consider your best light sources. If possible, throw open those window shades and flood the room with as much light as possible! Many times, I even open the front door to let extra light in 🙂 If the room is bright, your images will be more evenly lit (meaning you won’t have to deal with dark shadows or – gasp – have to turn on those orange-y lamps!). Try to position your subject next to or in front of this light source. Also, remember that people will feel their most comfortable in their favorite rooms, so think Family room, kids’ rooms, or even the kitchen when it comes to the location. 2 Next, notice the background of whatever room you choose to shoot in. Are you wanting a candid, this-is-life photo (complete with a box of Pampers and dirty dishes in the background) or are you wanting more of a formal, […]
SEO 101: Basics of Getting Started with SEO Feuza of Feuza Reis out of Myrtle Beach South Carolina is a wedding photographer as well as the owner and business mind behind Get Found with Fuse. She hosts a great google+ SEO group and gives challenges bi-weekly! Go join up!!! –> HERE. Feauza and I met through social media after we both had attended an internship with Sarah Barlow in Nashville Tennessee. We’ve kept in touch since that summer of 2009 and it’s been amazing to see her grow as well as start an entire new venture in her niche of SEO. Please take a few minutes to listen to her interview and the wisdom, tips and insight she gives for every photographer as you begin to understand the basics of what SEO is, how it can help you in your business and how to maximize it to the best of your ability! She speaks in OUR Language not an SEO language we would never understand!!! Top Mistakes Photographers Make 1-Thinking that SEO will cure all of their booking problems 2- Only Keywording for City and Type of Photography 3- Forgetting the Consumer or Potential Client 4- Not taking […]
Lightroom Tutorial: Creating Catalogs Todays blog post brings you a video tutorial using Adobe Lightroom tutorial all about creating catalogs. I have had several questions with getting started with Lightroom and creating catalogs as well as deleting catalogs. Take a few minutes and learn a new tip to help you organize your catalogs and keeping them separate per session/event/shoot. Was todays tutorial helpful? Please comment below letting me know your thoughts or questions you’d like to see answered in the future! Purchase Lightroom HERE. *Disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links. If you decide to purchase something through these links, Sixth Bloom receives a small portion from the company at no cost to you. I appreciate your support.
Dog portraits and pet photography isn’t always easy but with these pet photoshoot tips you’ll have beautiful poses and portraits. A lot of people don’t know that there is really a niche for a pet photography business just for those four-legged loved ones. Do you enjoy capturing pets? These amazing creatures have such fun personalities allowing you to capture some funny pet portraits. Plus their capture the qualities that make photographing them important. What can help to make this important job easier? Here’s some pet photography tips and advice on the best camera for dog photography! Pet Photoshoot 1. Pet Photography Business: As a business owner, you always want to look your best. BUT wearing your nice clothes for pet portraits isn’t always a great idea. You obviously want to look presentable but you also need to be in clothes that can be slobbered on. You will probably get animal hair and grass on them also. Wear tennis shoes or something comfortable and easy to get around in. 2. Professional Pet Photography – Be professional in your business. Make sure your clients are taken care of. Have a small bowl and bottle of water for the dogs. You can use […]
My family and I have annual passes. I don’t normally take my “big” camera, but this was a particularly special occasion, my youngest’s birthday! Naturally, I wanted to get photos for the scrapbook! 😉 It can be intimidating and cause a small amount of anxiety (if you are anything like me). I hope these small tips will help alleviate some of that anxiety! 1- Ask a Stranger! Never underestimate the kindness of strangers! Most are very happy to accommodate you for a family photo! Thank you so much to the sweet young woman who offered to take this so I could join my tribe for this shot! Usually this is offered so that you will return the favor and allow for a family/group photo of their own! Plan ahead for your family picture! Consider family t shirts that coordinate or match, this is a lot of fun and usually everyone is happy to oblige (within the family because we are at the happiest place on earth!) Followed by choosing my favorite family photo when we got home so I could place it in my new Disney photo frame! I also love the Disney photo magnets as gifts or just a […]
DIY Newborn Prop: Rope Bucket This is a more difficult prop to make, so don’t attempt to make it at ten o’clock at night before a newborn session! Related Articles: The Ultimate Guide to Pro Newborn Pictures 61 Newborn Images for Inspiration What You Need to Know to get Started in Newborn Photography Follow Sixth Bloom Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Materials Needed – 39 foot rope (13 yards or 12 metres) that is 1 inch diameter. – Plastic pail that is approximately the size you want your finished rope bucket to be – Hot glue gun – Wood Glue – Screws (I used whatever I could find, so some were 1 inch and some were 2 inches. Make sure they’re 1 inch or longer) -Twine -Material to line bottom of bucket (optional) Directions: Step 1- Start by wrapping your rope around the pail ( think I used a 10 gallon pail but I’m not sure). When you get around to where you started, take a screw and screw it from one strand into the other to keep it in place. Just make sure your screw doesn’t go through the bottom! Step 2- Use the hot glue gun to go around the rope […]
Today’s blog post is a video tutorial showing you how to easily remove an object from an image in Lightroom. Using the Spot Removal Mode with two options, either Heal or Clone. Other Lightroom Editing Tutorials: Using the Crop Tool White Balance in Lightroom A Secret Editing Technique Thanks for joining me today! I would love to hear from you in a comment below if this was a help to you! Hearing feedback only helps me know what content to share tomorrow! Article Written By: Hi I’m Erin a Southern girl from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers as well as up and coming photographers become successful! You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our new little addition Miss Elle in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that I run three successful businesses! Follow me at: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST
How to Size Your Images for the Best Quality on Facebook This is a question I have recently encountered a lot here recently. Yes Facebook compresses our image files. When you think about how many images fly through Facebook every minute…if they didn’t we’d be complaining about how slow Facebook operates! They compress them…yet as a professional photographers it doesn’t do our images justice so we scramble trying to figure out how to have great quality for our clients, families, friends and the world to see on Facebook. In this video tutorial below I’ll will show you how to resize your images using Adobe Lightroom 5 or Blogstomp. It’s super easy! Did this video help you and answer some questions? If so be so kind to share with others!