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summer learning

By Cori Derksen | Jun 23, 2010

This summer, I’m aiming to put up a whole bunch of images (blog much more regularly) and share what my camera settings were and why I chose to use those settings. Simple, right? I hope so. And my goal is that you lovely people would put your cameras on manual and try some of this…

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lens & camera rental

By Cori Derksen | Jun 2, 2010

Are you considering purchasing a new lens? A new camera body? A little bit unsure about which one to purchase? Well… did you know that you could rent lenses and camera bodies at stores and online? Yep, I agree pretty cool. Why not play around with a new toy before purchasing or have some fun…

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locations & small spaces

By Cori Derksen | May 22, 2010

Choosing a location to do a little photo shoot is so fun. At least I think it is. :)  If you’re taking pictures of little kids, remember their small. So…you don’t have to have a huge background for a close up face shot. You can use just a portion of a wall, or just a…

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August workshop is full

By Cori Derksen | May 22, 2010

Well, the August workshop is full. Thanks all! It’s so fun to see you all so interested in learning how to actually use your cameras on manual, how to see lighting and compose a picture. Excited to spend time with each of you and your cameras. Keep checking back here for tips that will hopefully…

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June workshop is full

By Cori Derksen | May 18, 2010

Wowzers…You lovely camera lovin people!! The June 26th workshop is FULL and there are only a few more spots available for the August date. Let me know if you’re interested in learning more about your camera on Saturday, August 7th. Click here for specific details. Email me or leave a comment if you’re interested in…

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By Cori Derksen | May 14, 2010

Just wanted to throw an example your way. This picture was shot with my fstop or aperture set at  2.5. Remember, those are the same thing, f-stop and aperture. Two different names, same thing. But anyways, do you see the blur in the background? That’s what you’ll get with 2.5 In case you’re interested, the…

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avoid spotty shade

By Cori Derksen | May 13, 2010

I’m not sure what the appropriate term for this is but I call it “spotty shade”. You know that shade from trees and the leaves from the trees that creates random inconsistent shade? Some people have sunny spots a portion of their face. And they also have shady spots on their faces. Forgive these not…

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manual functions

By Cori Derksen | May 10, 2010

Get that camera on manual. Just go for it. Take the leap. Do it. Don’t mess around with Av and Tv and P and whatever other pictures are on there. :)  Put it on M. Well, okay you’re allowed to use the auto functions if there’s something important going on, like a first birthday party…

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By Cori Derksen | May 4, 2010

How do things look to you? What’s your perspective? Does life and whatever it is you photograph look the same every day? Does the picture you just shot look the same as your last picture? Well then…change something. Change your perspective. Are you standing up? Well, then get down on your knees, or better yet,…

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