Baby wrapped in blanket

The world has changed significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there’s at least one thing that hasn’t changed: people are still having babies! There’s nothing more precious than newborn baby photos, but with social distancing and the extra precautions we’re all taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it may not make sense to invite someone into your home to take photos, or to visit a photography studio, with your newborn at this time. But that doesn’t mean you should just forget about taking baby photos. In fact, it’s […]

When on set for a shoot, there’s a little secret weapon I always like to have on hand with me – a light meter. You may be asking, ‘Why on earth would I want to use a light meter when my camera already has a light meter?’ Well, the difference here is that a camera measures reflective light while the light meter measures the light hitting your subject. Using a dedicated light meter allows you to take a reading off your subject, and with that allows for a more accurate […]

Kid swimming

If your kids have access to a tablet or smartphone, chances are, they’ve been all over TikTok and Instagram lately. These platforms give your savvy tweens and teens endless possibilities when it comes to digging deep into their creative side. Although a lot of these videos might be less than a minute long, there’s a lot that goes into coming up with content, filming, editing, and sharing it for the world to see. And even though summer’s winding down, you’ve got a few weeks left to engage with your kids […]

Lady cooking in kitchen at home

Have you found yourself hunting down new and different recipes to cook lately? Have you been taking photos of your creations and sharing them on social media? Have you thought about shooting video of your meal prep, or perhaps even starting your own food blog or vlog? You’re not alone! Many people have spent significantly more time at home in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning they’re preparing and eating more meals at home, and eating out less often. And to make mealtimes more fun, folks are trying out […]

boy taking a photograph in the outdoors

Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, many day camps and summer programs for kids have been canceled this year. That means a lot of parents are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained and engaged over the summer months. One solution: Teach your kids about photography! With just a little bit of planning, you can create a photography camp for your kids right at home. It’s not just something to do in what might be a long summer without a lot of activities; it’s a great way to spend […]

Custom Shortcuts on Sony Alpha a7 III

We don’t often think about a camera’s on-board menu structure until after we’ve made our decision — or until we start shooting! But how a menu is laid out, how intuitive the screens are to navigate and how easy the settings are to understand can make a huge difference in how we go about shooting. Using Custom Buttons & Keys As part of your camera’s menu system, you should have access to settings for customizable buttons and keys. These programmable keys allow you to set your most frequently accessed functions […]

Lady holding plant in a pot in an outdoor garden

Bring Your Photos to Life this Spring! Summer is just a month away, and the warmer months are usually a great time to get outdoors to shoot landscapes and nature. And even though the current world situation means many of us can’t travel to new and interesting locations to shoot, that doesn’t mean we don’t have ways to hone our skills and take great shots close to home. Garden photography is one way to do just that. Photographing your own garden or yard, or visiting a nearby public park (while […]