Consider Maintaining THIS When Making the Shift for Digital…..

The Digital Age have truly revolutionized the photography industry. It has provided photographers opportunities that we could have only dreamed of during the age of film. It has made new styles of photography conceivable, allowed photographers to experiment and learn instantaneously, and in an age if instant gratification this is HUGE!

While we, as adaptive artists, embrace all of the changes that digital media has brought to the industry, I believe it is imperative to maintain one area of the “analog” world with my business – the physical print. The digital versus print debate is a very controversial topic among professional photographers, and certainly everyone will have their own opinion on the matter. Regardless of which side you fall within on this matter, I’d like to share my thoughts as to why I feel prints matter for us as photographers and for our clients as consumers of photography.

‘Reminiscence of a Different Time’

Set aside your business thought process for a moment and forget that you are a professional in the industry. When you are able to remove yourself from that mindset you connect with the fact that printing as a medium is one of the most powerful ways that you can appreciate photography.

Prints are Forever!

As digital media continues to revolutionize past methods go out-of-date and out-of-style. When this happens the media that you have stored in these digital formats also go out-of-style and become inaccessible.

Imagine having portraits representing your family history from as far back as your great-great-great-great-great grandparents on a 3.5″ Floppy Disk – how might you access those “digital files” today? Of course this is hard to imagine because digital photography wasn’t around during their time. However, if you are like myself and have relatives who have preserved our family history utilizing digital media and expecting longevity within digital files, then you have to question what updated technology will be developed next. Consider the fact that we have developed beyond the Floppy Disk and for years we have used DVDs and CDs to store digital files, and now manufactures such as Apple have decided not to install optical drives into their computers any longer. This shows that even that newer medium for digital storage is slowly starting to disappear.

We will soon have a generation of images that were stored on discs that may not even be easily accessible or accessible at all. On the other hand, if you have made prints in addition to storing files utilizing one of these digital methods, then these advancements changes in technology would not have an impact on you being able to continue to appreciate your images.

Ditch the Screen!

In today’s Digital Age, being detached from technology is not a luxury that is often enjoyed. Although there is something nostalgic and romantic about being able to curl up on the couch with your children and look back at a wedding album, or old family photos, without having to flip open a laptop and press the “next” button dozens of times. When you look at a picture that is printed, you are free of distraction. There is no e-mail bouncing up in the bottom of your screen and no Facebook “dings” going off in another window. You can enjoy the picture and the story it tells in a quiet, distraction-free moment.

Shelf Life: A Lifetime!

 One word: Heirloom! Physical prints provide you with something truly tangible to pass down though life. Often portraits not recorded and printed solely for use today, but rather intended for use tomorrow. These printed keepsakes are for your children and your children’s children, because passing down a stack of compact disks doesn’t exactly have the same appeal, does it?

Professional obligation…

As a professional photographer it was important for me to offer printed products to my clients. Even putting the nostalgia aside, the business related benefits for printing images and becoming a full-service photographer resonated with my beliefs for their importance. When I offer a printed product my purpose as a photographer is more than just the act of depressing a shutter release and capturing an image on a digital sensor, it becomes about the preservation of moments and in ensuring that my work, and my clients’ memories, will be guaranteed to last a lifetime.

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Why Prints Matter to You as a Photographer

A Post By: Bryan Caporicci

Photography 101 - Master the Basics

DSLR cameras are found in more and more homes than ever, and with entry level gear being incredibly affordable, more and more creatives are diving into the medium as a hobbyist or even aspiring professional. Although the majority of us do not have the time, resources, or desire to seek photography education at the collegiate level, education can still be found easily online to better your image captures. One such place is, CreativeLive. ( Since finding CreativeLive, I have used to online education site to continue and further my education on a regular basis. You cannot get much better than a place that you can watch LIVE streamed courses for FREE or purchase courses to refer back to at any time. One word…. AMAZEBALLS!

To get new and aspiring photographers ready to master the craft, CreativeLive has courses such as PHOTOGRAPHY 101 with Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge to get you started.

This Course allows you to Master the Basics of the Gear you already own. NO ADDITIONAL PURCHASES NECESSARY!

Check out the Class Information….

“To a photography beginner, the gleaming complexity of a new camera seems to demand an arsenal of expensive equipment and a long legacy of training. This is a common misconception – beautiful, professional-grade shots are within reach to any with a mastery of the basic mechanics of photography.

Join Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge for a thorough, practical exploration of the fundamentals. Photography 101 teaches you how to use standard, inexpensive equipment to:

• Explore the inner mechanical workings of your camera

• Learn how to recognize good light and modify it to your needs

• Make the elements of manual mode - aperture, shutter speed and ISO - work for you

Take advantage of the flexibility and control offered by your camera’s manual mode by shadowing Pye on 5 days of shooting at 8 different locations. You’ll learn how to capture both crisp action shots of moving subjects and classic portraiture with posed models. You’ll also gain a sense of what makes a great photograph, and how to mix professional staging with candid, humanizing moments.

You will walk away from Photography 101 with Pye Jirsa as a better photographer, and with no more gear than you started with.”


You will walk away from this course learning from 55 Lesson Points from Pye.

1. Introduction

2. The Camera is Simply a Tool

3. How Does a Camera Work?

4. How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO

5. Exposure Triangle

6. What is a Stop of Light

7. Reading Exposure Via the Histogram

8. Blown Highlights or Clipped Details

9. White Balance & Color Temperature

10. No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure

11. How To Measure or Meter Light

12. 8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality

13. Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods

14. How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot

15. Equivalent Exposure but Different Images

16. Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes

17. Starting with Automated Modes

18. Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode

19. Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot

20. Landscape Mode on the Beach

21. Sports or Action Mode

22. Macro Mode with Food Photography

23. Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography

24. In-Camera Processing

25. A Glimpse into RAW Processing

26. 15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing

27. 3 Primary Types of Autofocus

28. Single Shot with Portrait Session

29. Single Shot with Action Shots

30. AI Servo with Action Shots

31. Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection

32. Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule

33. How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial

34. What Makes a Great Photograph?

35. How to Capture Candid Moments

36. How to Find the Right Light Direction

37. 5 Basic Compositional Theories

38. The Power of Cropping

39. Color Schemes

40. Diving into the Narrative

41. If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against

42. More About Your Camera and Lenses

43. Understanding Megapixels

44. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras

45. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration

46. Prime vs. Zoom Lens

47. How the Lens Affects Composition

48. Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG

49. 5 Tips on Memory Cards

50. 10 Tips on Buying Gear

51. Conclusion

52. The Good Karma Jar

53. Posing and Action Shots with Female Model

54. Posing and Lighting with Female Model

55. Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits

You can’t beat the amount of education that is available through CreativeLive and for the next 4 days you can even get Photography 101 for $79 verses $99. Go check it out. Also check out all of the other available courses available for purchase and live broadcast and purchase and RSVP your hearts out.

With love,

Getting On Track for 2016!

I have spent the last few years of my photographic journey just going with the flow with my business. However, I have not been enthusiastic about the progress or lack thereof I have been making. I have always desired more within my business and expected more within myself, but the motivation was not always there. I would start out strong and then… well… fizzle out. I knew I needed something to help push me past the dreaded fizzle come mid-year and I was waiting for a sign. In comes BAD-ASS girl boss Andrea Crowder with a post asking friends and entrepreneurs to join her and Amanda Frances January 4th, 2016 at 9PM EST for a virtual vision board planning party! SAY WHAT!!! What a perfect way to identify my yearly goals, reinforce my daily affirmations, and keep my attention on my intentions.


If you are not quite sure what a vision board is… (check out the following )

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. (Note that in our ultra-digital age, you can also create vision boards to display on your computer screen and mobile devices. See below for a brief explanation of Vision Board Software.)

What is the point? Simply put, we humans tend to be a very busy species and constantly bombarded by distractions. Making use of vision boards serves several purposes, some of which include helping you to:

• Identify your vision and give it clarity.

• Reinforce your daily affirmations.

• Keep your attention on your intentions.

Vision Boards Help Provide Clarity! 

For example, to say “I want a better life” is a fine goal, but have you given serious thought to exactly what that means? Try to envision what your “better life” looks like. For those of us who find that somewhat difficult, making a vision board can be a tremendous help.

In order to create my vision board, I must actively seek images that represent specific details of this wonderful new life. That means narrowing it down to specifics.

For some, a better life might mean having a new car or home.

Others may be seeking a new relationship or improvements in existing relationships.

Doubtless you have heard it said that most of us never get what we want because we don’t know what we want. Making a vision board is a wonderful way to bring clarity to that general desire and turn it into an achievable goal.

Use a Vision Board for Your Daily Affirmations!

Once you dream it, the next step is to believe it. In addition to images, vision boards can include words, phrases or sentences that affirm your intentions.

Somehow, we must silence the mind chatter that plagues us all every minute of every waking hour. You know that little voice in your head that never shuts up, the one that supports and promotes all your limiting beliefs by repeating an endless litany of every shortcoming you could possibly have (and some you couldn’t possibly have) and every reason why you can’t or shouldn’t or won’t ever be, do or have what you really want. Affirmations are that little voice’s worst enemy.

Affirmations express who you really are, release you from those limiting beliefs, and allow you to know that the possibilities really are UNlimited.

A Vision Board Keeps you Focused

Finally, another key purpose that vision boards serve is to help you stay focused. It isn’t difficult to start each day with a positive attitude – until you get out of bed.

How quickly that fresh “new me” attitude can sink back into oblivion beneath the tasks and challenges of everyday life. How can you possibly remain focused on any goal while people and circumstances constantly pull you in dozens of directions at once? By using a vision board, of course!

No matter what happens during your day, your vision board is a constant reminder of where you intend to be. Appealing to you on both conscious and subconscious levels, a vision board can work wonders toward keeping your mind focused on your goal, your attention on your intentions, and your life headed in the direction you choose.

What is a vision board?

It might just be the most important thing you do for yourself this year!


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