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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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Turn off your flash (point and shoot)

By Cori Derksen | Jan 10, 2010

Flash is not bad. No it’s not. Sometimes it’s actually fantastic, fabulous, and necessary. But not all the time. I prefer to use natural light as much as possible when shooting pictures of my little ones. It just looks better, more natural and not as bright and white and washed out. The problem is that…

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Turn off your flash (SLR camera)

By Cori Derksen | Jan 10, 2010

SLR camera? Huh? What’s that? It stands for Single Lens Reflex. It’s all those digital cameras where you can change the lenses and stuff. The bigger cameras. Got one? The Canon Rebel, 20D, 30D, etc… Well, this week, we’re talking about artificial flash versus natural light. Flash is not bad. No it’s not. Sometimes it’s…

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welcome to bruises and bandaids…

By Cori Derksen | Jan 4, 2010

Hello one. Hello all. Hello everyone with a camera. Need some help with your camera? Need to make your normal everyday pictures a bit more fabulous? Well, the real world is full of bruises, bumps, messy popsicle faces, dirt, and all sorts of other lovely stuff. The dirty days need to be documented by a…

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