Archive for Tips & Tricks

Photo Feedback Tip

When posting a photo for critique , it is a good idea to ask for specific feedback. It is difficult to improve our skill set if we are only asking “What do you think?”  I know when is my mother is looking at my photograph, she would think that it should be on the cover of National Geographic.  That is not really helping me improve my photography.

Asking questions like:

  • How well is the subject captured?
  • This image is flat. How can I make it “pop” in post processing?
  • How can I improve the lighting?
  • How could I frame this shot better?

This is the starting point for forming a discussion and through that discussion growth develops.

Linn Area Photo Club provides a great service as part of your membership where you can get valuable feedback on you photos. If you would like to have you images critiqued, please submit your images to: [email protected] with the subject line: CONTEST SUBMISSIONS

Include the following information with your image:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Image Title
  • JPEG images only (smaller than 4MB file size)
  • Optional information: camera settings (f-stop, shutter speed and ISO)
  • Additional questions you would like to have answered during the feedback.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!! If you would like to help members improve their skills by providing feedback, please send a email to: [email protected] with the subject line: VOLUNTEER.

11 Steps for Basic Portrait Editing in Lightroom

Here's a quick and easy beginner's guide for portrait editing in Lightroom.
11 Steps for basic portrait editing in Lightroom


Adobe Lightroom Filters

Filters in Adobe Lightroom can open up some great editing options that you may want to try.
Here's a quick overview with some tips and ideas to get you started.


Low Light Action Tips

Are you shooting low light action and not having much luck? Here are some great tips that I had to learn the hard way, while shooting dance and show choir events.

Intro to DSLR Photography Free Video Course

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More… B&W Photo Tips

This great article comes from Outdoor Photographer Magazine, “Go B&W in Winter”
Thanks to Aaron Schaldecker for reminding me about this one.

B&W Photo Tips

Here's a short article with some great tips for shooting B&W.
We will be covering a lot of things B&W over the next few months to get you ready for the 2014 State Fair Photo Competition.

Tim McAdam

Look closer at these photos, amazing talent

Meet Michael Paul Smith.

For over 25 years, he has been creating an imaginary world called “Elgin Park,” filled with scaled models of old cars.

They are 1/24th the size to be exact.

He chooses appropriate surroundings for these models, and then uses his camera to capture the most realistic shot possible.

The kind of shot that you have no idea is within a tiny world.

Here’s the best part: he does it all with a $200 point and shoot camera.

Dive into his world below.

Maybe this could be an idea for an upcoming photo shoot or winter project?




Lightroom Quick Start Guide

Here's a great “quick start guide” for anyone new to Adobe Lightroom, written by “the Lightroom Queen” herself, Victoria Bampton. And the best part…. it's FREE!


Copyrighting your photos

If copyrighting your photos is something you want/need to do but don't know where to start or how to do it, this Sunday's meeting (May 19) will be the one you don't want to miss!Mark Oehler will be showing us how to submit images to the Copyright Office for registration and the benefits therein.