Archive for the ‘Tips And Tutorials For Photographers’ Category

Wedding Photography Tips To Get Amazing Images

September 6th, 2010

I remember when we were just getting started with weddings that I knew I wanted to get better, but I didn’t know what to do to improve our images. These are the things that I wish I had known when I started searching the internet for wedding photography suggestions. Check out these wedding photography tips that you can master to produce amazing images yourself.

Off-camera flash

So you probably already see the need to have a flash to fill in shadows and make sure you can see detail in faces, and here’s the next step. In photography, lighting does more than just provide illumination. Lighting can add dimension and interest. Unfortunately, a straight on flash i[...]

GPS – The Greatest Technology For Photographers Who Tr...

August 29th, 2010

A GPS is nothing new, but if you’re a little behind the technology curve, you may not have bought your own GPS just yet. What are you waiting for? If you’re a traveling photographer, it is really a must-have item. Before you think about getting another lens or upgrading cameras, put your money to practical use by getting a navigation system. You’ll wonder how you ever did without one.

Here are some things to consider when looking for a GPS:

How recent is the GPS? If your GPS has out-of-date roads, you’ll find yourself frequently frustrated. We had one major interstate in our area that underwent a major change, and our old GPS kept telling us to t[...]

Wedding Photography For The Craigslist Photographer

August 23rd, 2010

While there are many professional photographers posting ads on Craigslist, our studio included, there are some photographers who apparently defy the known laws of the universe by being able to take “amazing” wedding photographs even though the only thing they’ve previously photographed is flowers and sleeping babies. If you fall into the group of photographers who is an “expert” without ever shooting a wedding before, here are a few things to keep in mind.

This is a camera. You probably already own one of these, which is why you feel you’re qualified to photograph weddings. Reality check: I personally own many hammers, but I wouldn’t call myse[...]

Adobe Lightroom – Getting Serious About Photography

August 7th, 2010

If you’ve found yourself sorting through thousands of pictures on a regular basis, Adobe Lightroom could be a real timesaver. For us, what used to take hours, now takes about half the time using Lightroom. The concept is simple: use Lightroom to take care of all the photos at once instead of one at a time like Photoshop.

In our old process, we would create a new folder with a copy of all our pictures and use Windows explorer to delete files out of the new folder for anything we didn’t want to keep. Then we would individually open, crop, adjust levels, and make any further edits needed to an image before saving.

Now that we have Lightroom, we just import all our images[...]

3 Ways To Monetize Your Photoblog

August 3rd, 2010

Google Adsense Adsense is probably the easiest way to start making money off your photography blog.  Sign up for a new Google account, or you can use your existing account.  From the main page, click on Advertising Solutions and choose Adsense.  You’ll be walked through the process step by step until you have code that you can easily paste into your blog template.  The ads served will then be automatically tailored to the content you have on your site – ie photography.  A word of caution about Adsense: keep an eye on the ads because there’s a good chance your competition will be advertising on Google’s network, and their advertisements may show up on[...]

Best Lens For Learning Your Canon DSLR

July 28th, 2010

For learning how to use a Canon Digital SLR, one lens in Canon’s lineup really sticks out. The Canon EF 50mm f1.8 Lens is the perfect lens for learning how to make some amazing images.


 - Professional Images

The 50mm lens will let you get chrystal clear images.  Even lenses that cost thousands of dollars have a hard time getting sharpness like this lens.  This is one of the major benefits when using prime lenses (prime means that you can’t zoom in our out with the lens).  This lens produces such great images that we still use it one of our cameras at weddings.

 - Range Of Aperture


How To Handle The Top 10 Wedding Photography Problems

July 23rd, 2010

The day of the wedding produces some interesting challenges for photographers.  Here are some of the biggest problems with suggestions on how to handle these situations when they arise.

Bad Lighting

Many churches and venues will have tricky lighting setups, many of which will involve extremely low lit locations.  During the ceremony, this often means using a tripod and a slow shutter.  Outside of the ceremony, good use of strobes and reflectors should get the job done. 

Late Wedding Party

It never fails that something, or more like a long list of things, will go wrong on your wedding day.  It may be a good idea for the bride to [...]

Animoto Photo Fusion Video Workflow

July 16th, 2010

Animoto’s video capability and our launch of our fusion photo services have come around the same time, and they seem to work well together.  We’re still early in the process, but here are a few of the things we’ve done to make fusion videos easier and better.

Keep the clips short

Taking short clips the day of the wedding or event will mean that a clip can easily be classified as a yes or no clip.  Keeping clips short also helps reduce time for uploading video.

Choose pictures that tell the story

I hardly ever add pictures of full families and other non-story pictures into my Animoto videos.  If a picture doesn̵[...]

St Louis Photography Classes

July 3rd, 2010

Recently, we’ve started teaching photography classes in the St Louis area. We’re trying to do a class per week – some free and some paid. If you’ve got suggestions for classes, please let us know. For right now, we’re doing classes on studio lighting, DSLR basics, Photoshop, pricing for success, and session shadowing. To see our calendar of classes, visit

If you have a teacher you’d like to see at Studio M, shoot us a message to let us know. We’re always looking for something new!

Adding Pictures To Your Bing Local Profile

July 3rd, 2010

Adding pictures to your Bing Local profile is a great way to enhance your Bing Local listing.  It doesn’t take long to add up to 10 images to your profile.  Here’s how to do it.

Log in to your bing local profile.  There’s a section for images where you can upload an image.  It’s best to use web optimized images so the upload goes quickly.  Choose a few of the images that you feel best represent your work, and upload the images one at a time.  Also add captions to your images after they’ve uploaded.

It may seem like people would only want to see images on your website, but you may be able to convince more people to go to your website with a more c[...]