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iphone camera

By Cori Derksen | Feb 18, 2010

I love my iphone. Really. I do. Last summer my hubby (Phil) told me I really needed one. I said, “Nah, I don’t need to spend the extra 30 bucks a month. I’m good.” But somehow he got me one and convinced me that it was, “soooo good for my business.” Personally, I really think…

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school performances

By Cori Derksen | Feb 11, 2010

You’re sitting with two hundred crazy parents in the school cafeteria. You’re trying not to be “that parent”, you know the one that pushes and bullies her way to the front row so that she can get the perfect picture and be the amazing front row parent. Ok, so now you’re 10 rows back for…

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get closer

By Cori Derksen | Feb 3, 2010

So, you’re all set and you’ve got your eye in the viewfinder and you’re ready to “click” the shutter. BUT WAIT….move  in closer (or zoom in closer if you’re using a zoom lens) to your subject (child, hubby, cat, whatever)….now take the picture. Get up close and personal. SO much more life, especially when photographing…

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bright sun or shade?

By Cori Derksen | Feb 1, 2010

Here’s an easy, fantastic camera tip. When taking pictures outside in the middle of the day (the bright part of the day when the sun is mostly intense and directly above) try to choose shade. Below is a quick snapshot in full sun. First off, it was so bright that little miss Molly didn’t even…

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ok…so…how you doing with ISO?

By Cori Derksen | Jan 26, 2010

So, you’re thinking about taking some pics? And you want them to be good. And we’re working on it, one. step. at. a. time. ok? Ready for a few more ISO tips? The higher you raise your ISO, the grainier the picture will be. That’s not always bad…it’s just something to know and be aware…

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fun stuff

By Cori Derksen | Jan 18, 2010

I’m into photography, yes. And I like to still be fashionable and fun where I can. (As I’m writing this, I’m realizing that I’m about to post a picture of me in my sweats, camping, without my hair done, so fashionable may not be the right word.)  Anyways, I wanted to pass on a fun…

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what camera do I buy?

By Cori Derksen | Jan 17, 2010

I’ve been asked a few times, “Which camera would you recommend to buy?” Well, I have a few opinions and a few ideas for you…if you’re interested that is. If you’re not, then just scroll down to the picture below. I have to post a picture, it’s boring if I don’t. Right? :)  Ok, so…

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our goal…we’ll get there

By Cori Derksen | Jan 16, 2010

Our goal is to eventually get you to use manual or partially manual functions on your camera. Why? Because here is an example of the difference. These two pictures were shot inside my home (7:30pm while it’s dark outside) without a flash with my DSLR camera. [P] mode works in some cases but in darker…

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By Cori Derksen | Jan 12, 2010

Before we go any further, there are a lot of terms that I want to make sure you understand. I don’t want to talk (or type) and overwhelm anyone. So here’s a little glossary that you can refer back to now and then. It’ll be up in the “categories” part of this blog. So don’t…

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