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Trip Prep: Cleaning Your Gear

April 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
TRIP PREP: CLEANING YOUR GEAR Melissa Southern Kyle and I are prepping for a couple of photography trips in the next few weeks, including our Waterfalls of the Carolinas Field Trip, which has only a couple of open spots for those interested! One of the things we like to do before heading out on a photography trip is to clean our camera equipme...
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Dealing with Weather Challenges: Pollen

April 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
DEALING WITH WEATHER CHALLENGES No matter who we are or what we do, we all have to deal with the weather. It is an inescapable force, even when you work in a cozy studio. Weather affects our daily lives, which is why the morning news has weather reports every 10 minutes! As photographers, how we deal with the weather, and use it to our advantage, c...
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What Can't You Do With Photography?

April 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
WHAT CAN'T YOU DO WITH PHOTOGRAPHY? Kyle Cook Melissa and I are planning our annual trip to the Smokies. We leave in a few weeks. I’ve been going to the Smokies on a regular basis since I went to college at Maryville College in nearby Maryville, TN. It is my favorite of all places. It’s not obviously grand like the scenic views in the West, but...
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Making the Most of a Location - Behind the Scenes

December 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
MAKING THE MOST OF A LOCATION BEHIND THE SCENES Melissa Southern When I look at photographs, I often wonder about the location. What was around them? Are they really on a secluded beach? Are they way out on a farm or right next to a busy road? Well, the truth can be a mixture of things. Sometimes we get lucky and have a great location all to ourse...
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Straighten Up!

December 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
STRAIGHTEN UP! Kyle Cook Today we’re going to talk about horizon lines. This is a very common mistake in beginner (and intermediate and advanced) photographers. In my last blog on one of the elements of composition – the Rule of Thirds – we talked a bit on where to PLACE your horizon, and today, we’ll continue that discussion, but will focus on be...
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Compositional Elements: Rule of Thirds

November 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
COMPOSITIONAL ELEMENTS: RULE OF THIRDS Kyle Cook Melissa started the conversation about compositional elements with the idea of including circles in your photographs. Please remember that you can't include ALL compositional elements into one image, but, you should look for examples of compositional elements when you are evaluating your scene to mak...
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Compositional Elements: Circles

October 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
COMPOSITIONAL ELEMENTS: CIRCLES Melissa Southern Compositional elements are those little pieces in your photograph that make all of the difference in the world. Composition is how your frame your photograph, what you include and exclude, how you arrange the pieces of your photograph, the shapes in your photograph, how you crop your photograph, etc...
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Batteries and the Cold

October 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
BATTERIES & THE COLD Melissa Southern You may or may not have noticed that the weather in the northern hemisphere is starting to change. We are officially experiencing fall, though on some days summer has made a comeback! I went from running the AC on Monday to the heat on Tuesday! Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp air and...
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