Photo Tips – Christmas Tree Lights

Christmas tree lights are one of my favourite things to photograph at Christmastime!  The tree makes a perfect backdrop for holiday photos.  I thought I would share some fun ideas I have tried with my camera settings to get different looks for my photos.

One of the best tricks up my sleeve is a 50mm prime lens.  It gives that beautiful blurred background and the soft bokehs.  Bokehs are the out-of-focus light spots that you can create with your lens by fixating on your main subject.  You can achieve the look with other lens’ and you can work with what you have.  The 50mm just makes you look like an expert photographer!  They are a small investment and wonderful for portrait photos.

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Photo Tips – Night Photography

Snapping photos at night can be challenging and rewarding!  There are so many fun things hiding in the dark to capture – the moon, stars, shadows, lights, reflections ….  I find working in manual mode has made the biggest difference in success for me with my photos in the dark!  This post may get a little techie, but I will try to keep it simple and easy to understand.  There is a lot of trial and error that goes on with night time photography and digital is so fantastic for learning and experimenting.

Christmas Lights

I like to capture the lights on our home at Christmas time, especially after a fresh snow.

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Photo Tips – Top 10 Thanksgiving Photos

What are your family traditions for Thanksgiving?  Here are some photos tips to help you capture your Thanksgiving memories.

#1 – Travel

Do you travel to be with family on Thanksgiving weekend?  Our family quite often travels to the family cottage to celebrate together.  The road to the cottage is beautiful in the fall!

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Photo Tips – Halloween Photography

Fall is my favourite time for photography!  I love all of the colours in the fall palette!  Along with fall comes Halloween and all of the photo opportunities surrounding this time of the year.

Pumpkins to Jack-o-lanterns

Leading up to Halloween I like to get photos of the children carving their pumpkins and what designs they come up with every year.

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Lauren’s jack-o-lantern is always very creative and usually has a theme – The Walking Dead this year!

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Photo Tips – Sports Photography

Do you have an athlete in your house?  Do you struggle with sports photography?  I have hockey players, baseball players, golfers and hockey referees in my house so I have a few different sports to capture memories of in different seasons.   Each sport is a little different to photograph.  Let me share what I have learned through the years and seasons.

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Photograph Tips for Celebrations and Events

Do you try to capture everything at your celebrations and events on camera?

That was me!

I saw everything through the viewfinder on my camera and didn’t seem to enjoy the party or celebration.

Here are a few pointers of what to get photos of and put your camera down and enjoy the party!

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Photographing the Everyday

Photographing the Everyday

CM Advisor and Content Contributor Julie Tambrini shared this great article.

No one will ever accuse the people who lived in 2015 of not taking enough pictures. We take millions of them everyday! Digital photography enables us to take a hundred pictures and delete all but a few of the best shots. Anyone with a smartphone has a camera in hand at all times. And social media gives us an easy way to share it all.

We tend to photograph the big life moments: newborn babies, graduations, weddings, vacations, birthdays, the kid with the soccer trophy. But there is a lot to be said for documenting the everyday. Some of my most treasured photos are of everyday moments: my grandma in her apron, canning tomatoes; my mom as young wife and mother, having her morning coffee; my kids snuggled on the couch; photos of my childhood bedroom; my husband deep in thought; my friend laughing at something happening off-camera. Click to read full post