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9 Steps to Photographing Large Bridal Parties

Large bridal parties make for really fun photographs but it sure is tough to manage that many people – and in a very limited amount of time!! As the professional photographer, you must quickly pose everyone, get your lighting right and make it fun! Here are some tips...

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Six Steps to Better Dog Photography

by Jennifer Brinkman For many of us, our favorite subject to photograph is our beloved dog! Not only are dogs adorable to look at, they know how to love better than any other creature on earth. Here are a few quick tips to improve your pet photography: 1. Get down...

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Peggy’s Famous Jumping Shot

Look at the sheer joy in his face! Photo sessions should be fun! If there are young people involved, I almost always end my photo sessions with my “famous” jumping shot. I want my clients to be left with the memory of a great time during their session. I teach this...

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Street Portraiture

Portraits of Strangers by Bob Dein Photographers love to learn new techniques, like post processing wizardry, or how to use flash to freeze Peggy Farren* jumping in the air. But once you get past gear and techniques, what I meet strangers on the street and make their...

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Hiding in the Grass during a Beach Proposal

What to do when a client says your first priority is to stay out of sight. There’s always a first time for something in the photography business, and my most recent first-time request was from Ben, who called and asked if I thought it would be weird to secretly...

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Speedlite Tips & Tricks – Inverse Square Rule of Light

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Booray Perry at the Southwest Florida Professional Photographers Association monthly meeting. Booray is a great speaker and his presentation touched on a variety of photographic subjects. One thing he...

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What should a photographer wear?

If you are professional photographer, remember to dress... professionally!   If you are a bird photographer or strictly an artist, you can wear whatever the heck you want to!  But if you are photographing weddings, portraits or events, you need to portray the image of...

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How to Set up Line Art in Photoshop Elements

It's great fun to create non photographic looking art using your photographs!  Today I'll show you how to create Line Art with one of your pictures! This is one of the 65 video series I did for eHow.com.  All videos are 3 minutes or less so I have to get to the point...

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Tribute to a Great Digital Imaging Professional, Linda King

Remembering Florida Nature Photographer and Graphic Designer, Linda King By Tom Tracy In the Fall of 2007 I was schlumped over in a hospital bed in Seville with food poisoning after days of eating my way across Spain, facing the likelihood of not recovering in time to...

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Turning Down the Noise

Event photographers have options for protecting their hearing by Tom Tracy Earlier this year I was hired last-minute to support the photo & video team during a children’'s charity gala hosted each year by the heavy metal drummer for — of all bands — Iron Maiden...

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Free PhotoWalk every month in Southwest Florida

Did you know that Understand Photography holds a free** photowalk every single month? We say "almost free" because although we do not charge, sometimes there is an entrance fee to where ever we are going. Join fellow photographers and come out and shoot! You'll enjoy...

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Finding a Photography Mentor – Shutterbuglife Podcast

I was a guest on Lynford Morton's podcast this week.  We talked about many different ways to find a photography mentor.  It's about 30 minutes packed with good info! http://www.shutterbuglife.com/podcast//020-finding-a-photography-mentor-with-peggy-farren  ...

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short

I'm reading The Magic of Thinking Big for the umpteenth time and just finished the chapter on believing in yourself.   It's such a great idea to re-read the great motivational classic books!  I get something new or a nice reminder every time! While I was reading, I...

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How to Teach to Make Your Subject Easy to Learn

When my friend first suggested that I start offering training at my studio, my immediate response was "No way!  I'm not technical enough to teach".  I have always struggled with the technical side of photography.  None of it came easy to me.  When I was working as a...

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How to Get Started in Photo Competitions

First of all, why should you compete in a photography competition? I see some amazing photographers in the Understand Photography training center and here on the internet. I encourage photographers to compete in photography competitions for a few reasons: 1.  It keeps...

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How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

As a wedding photographer for over 15 years, I have quite a bit of advice for brides trying to choose a photographer for their wedding. I'll share mine and also advice from other seasoned professional wedding photographers. 1. Choose a wedding photographer!  All...

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What Should You Name Your Photography Business?

This seems to be a tough question for new photographers.  I have strong feelings about this.   You may or may not agree! Peggy Farren Photography or Farren Photography. Here I build my case: 1.  There are so many photography companies out there with similar...

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Wednesdays in May: Four Weeks to Proficiency with your DSLR.

"Four Weeks to Proficiency".   These are our four basic classes, given weekly.   We will cover all the important basics of photography in four short weeks.   Of course, this is not all there is to learn, but your photography will improve by leaps and bounds by having...

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Wall Art – The Finishing Touches

There is nothing better than photography to decorate your home.  Okay, maybe I'm a little biased!  I LOVE having large wall portraits of my family and my landscape photography hanging on my walls. Anyone who has come to our Business workshop knows that you need to be...

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Why aren’t you Projecting?

Have you thought about In Person Sales?  Here are some excuses I've heard that stops good photographers from making the money they should. The photography business is a very competitive one.  Once a friend told me that the clients can't tell the difference between...

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9 Ways to Improve your Efficiency as a Photographer

Stop sitting at the computer instead of enjoying your life!  Here are a few ways to speed up your workflow: The most important time saver - Shoot right in the first place.  You should not have to "fix" your pictures!  Study and practice.   For portrait and wedding...

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Turning a New Client into a Regular Client

As portrait photographers, especially in the first few years of business, we get on a bit of a high this time of year.  Oh my goodness, we are all making so much money and our telephones are ringing off the hook with new business!   Families are all together for the...

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The Business of Making Money at Portrait Photography

Stop learning from your Facebook friends and learn from an established portrait photographer.  Peggy Farren has been a full time professional photographer for 14 years in Southwest Florida.   This information PACKED photography workshop is only $99! Fort Myers...

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How do you say goodbye at a wedding?

The bride and groom are dancing and a bit tipsy.  When they aren't dancing, they are talking to friends.  They are oblivious to your timeline and it's time for you to leave. If they are dancing, wait until the end of the song and touch the bride on her back gently to...

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Oh no! My camera got wet!

At our most recent Wedding Photography 101 workshop, we got rained on!  Not just rained on, but POURED on!   We saw the clouds coming and we just kept shooting!  It was great fun but we should have stopped sooner! Almost all of our cameras and gear got wet.  Of...

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Event Photography – Making the Best of a Tough Situation

When I first started as a photographer, event photography did not interest me at all.   Over the years my family portrait or wedding clients would ask me to photograph society or corporate events so I slowly added event photography as one of the services our company...

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Weddings & more in ‘old Waikiki’

Oahu’s bustling beachfront a gateway to Hawaii’s cultural capital by Tom Tracy HONOLULU From the lobby of the newly-renovated Sheraton Waikiki, with its focus on Japanese visitors to Hawaii, I could see that what I heard about weddings here was true: every hour from...

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