The Blog List

Welcome to the Colorvale blog where we share business tips & helpful tutorials to help you grow your photography business.




Get Your A$$ Off Auto - How To Shoot In Manual Mode


This blog post is for the thick-skinned.   No sugar-coating here.   Read only if you want a little aggressive push to get to the next level. I'll start by saying there is nothing wrong with shooting in auto.   Nothing.   We've all done it.  I've done it.  Your favorite...

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Checklist For Starting A Photography Business


When I first started my photography business I was lost on the correct way to build.   Many mistakes were made as I went through the process.   I wasn’t sure what needed to be done first, and I spent more time fixing what I did because there wasn’t a...

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7 Client Situations & How To Handle Them


  Things can get a little sticky when a client comes to you with issues or concerns.   Many times, it will be the first time you deal with this. So we put together the following situations that may arise and how you can handle them.   What to do...

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How to Create an Effective Email Auto-Response


Isn’t it exciting when you seek someone out via email & they respond super quick? In today’s society, especially as technology grows, people are looking for immediate satisfaction.  However, too often, I think “Wow, they were so quick to respond!” only to open the email to see that it is...

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Wordress & SEO Best Tips Q&A


Over at the Colorvale Facebook page, Stacie asked the community for a variety of WordPress and SEO questions. In this article I am going to answer as many of them as I can without boring you! . 1. What are things I can include in my blog posts (besides tags)...

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How to use Photoshop Actions


Photoshop or Elements Actions are designed to save you time and enhance your images.   They are also an amazing tool for fixing photos that you may otherwise throw away do to exposure issues.   The following are some great tips & best practices when using actions.   Do I...

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How to create faux HDR edits in Lightroom


(Prereqs: Lightroom, Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate) First off, let me tell you who I am and what I do. My name is Nicklas and I’m a 27 year old ‘boy’ from Norway. I first started out with photography back in 2006 with a Canon 350D, and I’ve absolutely loved every...

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Tips on how to photograph wedding rings


I just have to say that I absolutely love rings so so very much. I can’t get enough of photographing rings. Rings are super fun and easy to photograph so it should not be one of those things that turns stressful trying to put a lot of thought into it....

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10 tips to a successful in-home family photo session


Article & photos courtesy of Day-Z Photography   So you’ve been invited into the home of your client, what do you do to ensure you get the perfect shots?   Here are some tips on a successful in home session and retaining the family quality that everyone loves.   Understand...

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Understanding Back Button Focus


What’s all the hype?  A focus button?  That’s what I’ve got my shutter button for! NO, this is the olive in my martini … it’s what makes me faster, more efficient and sharper!  If you are not using this you may want to take moment to hear me out ......

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Set up Permalink Structure to help SEO


Do you have your permalink structure set up to be SEO friendly? There are so many tricks to helping your search engine ranking and this one is important. If you look at the URL structure of a blog post it should read like human language rather than the ?p=123 structure...

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How to organize your email & not feel so overwhelmed


Almost 20 years in corporate has taught me a lot about life. One thing is for sure, emails can become an overwhelming avalanche. As an executive program manager over multi-million dollar programs I learned that if you do not actively and efficiently manage your email inbox IT WILL BURY you...

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Preparing a 2nd Shooter For An Upcoming Event


Having a second shooter can be crucial to a wedding day that goes off without a hitch.   Not only do you have multiple view points of important shots such as a first kiss but you will also have another set of eyes to see something you don't.   2nd...

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Free Marketing Tips For Wedding Photographers


Photo by Anne Edgar     Many wedding photographers get into this niche because of the apparent large demand for work. However, when you’re marketing your wedding photography business, you’re not always attracting the types of clients you want to work with. You might get inquiries from potential clients that...

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How to save images to Facebook with best quality


The great debate!   The argument is this ... what is the perfect size and format for Facebook images?   What I have found to be true is this:  try, try and try!   With all the changes that are constantly taking place in the Facebook world the recipe will...

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Learn to edit a portrait image in Photoshop


Watch as we edit a photo starting in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up tones and exposures as well as cloning and highlighting areas.      Part 1: Editing in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) Sharpening tips Exposure Correction Bump Exposure         Part 2: Start with toning image in...

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Best Wordpress Plugins For Photographers


  We have had our fair share of "plugin" relationships and some have ended in serious breakups.   Here is the list of our top favorite Wordpress Plugins for Photographers.  The great thing about this list is it's not just comprised of really cool plugins that do nothing more than...

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Screw the (photography) critics, just be you!


I’ve always been one of those people who likes to break the rules.   If there were a group of people in a line walking one way, I’m going to walk in the opposite direction.  I’ve never followed trends or worried about what the “in” thing was at that moment....

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10 Tips On Preparing For A Newborn Session


Newborns are just the cutest little things to work with!  They are so tiny and so perfect. However, a newborn session is the most time consuming and need to know what you are doing and how to successfully prepare for it.  Here are 10 tips for preparing a newborn session...

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How to edit images in raw & increase resolution to 300


Before we begin you should understand why you should shoot in raw Shooting in raw is something that I highly suggest to anyone considering themselves a professional photographer. It is absolutely a necessity due to the fact that your files are not yet "flattened" into a jpg. Here I will...

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Format USB Flash Drives to Work With Both Mac and Windows 7


by Jack Scicluna Photography, LLC - guest writer. The latest trend with computers is not including a CD/DVD drive.  This helps the computers to be small and lighter.  Apple has started doing this when the Macbook Air arrived on the scene.  They have also included this with their latest laptops and...

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Photography Props on a Budget


My name is Corrie Nakamura and I am lifestyle photographer based in Orange County, California. I have always loved creating things and being a part of bringing things to life through design since I was a little girl. After countless art classes and failed attempts at trying to figure out my niche...

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How to quickly straighten an image in Photoshop


This tip is perfect for straightening horizon Having pleasing lines in a photograph is extremely important.  If lines are slightly off it will make it appear as a mistake, especially photographs with horizons.   To easily correct this, Photoshop has a tool and you will be amazed at how easy...

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Best Photography Business Advice


Recently we asked our Facebook fans the following ... "What is the best business advice you would give someone just starting out?" and here is what they said!   Get a business license, create client policies, contracts and understand exactly what your costs of doing business are (cost of goods,...

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How to organize your photos on your computer


Having thousands of photos unorganized can make for a panic situation later when you need to call upon a particular image.   Here are some great tips to keeping your computer or external drive clean and manageable.     Step 1:  Make a folder on your computer called "Sessions" - this...

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How to properly back up your photographs


  Backing up memory cards, photos and well just about anything digital is a MUST for anyone!   If you have ever been victim to a virus or computer failure you know that there is nothing more upsetting than losing valuable photos, templates you purchased and office files.   Even...

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How to use layer masks in Photoshop and Elements


It is very common for us to get emails about painting on actions and it not having any effect.   This video will show you exactly how to use layer masks.         Watch Video   Troubleshooting Layer Masks Are you using a PAINTBRUSH tool Is your paintbrush MODE...

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Tips for having a second shooter for a wedding


Shooting a wedding is a large responsibility and having a second shooter or assistant is almost always necessary.   Here are some great tips to ensure your second shooter is prepared for this big day.  Planning a wedding day workflow with your second shooter will ensure a smooth transition into...

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Learn How To Shoot In Manual Mode - ISO, Shutter Speed & Aperture


  Understanding your camera will provide you more confidence and more artistic photographs.   But how do you learn without getting frustrated before you even begin? Becoming a manual-junkie is about understanding three components ... Shutter speed, ISO & aperture You see these settings every time you use your camera, but isn’t...

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