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Capturing an exciting moment can create a much nicer photo than a posed shot

The Heart and Soul of Photography

Florida-based photographer Vena Sensenbaugh points out that it’s not the camera we use that makes us great photographers; it’s our heart and soul. The difference between a stunning photo and a bad photo is you. Vena shares four images, plus feelings on how each stirs an emotion and a story. Here, she felt the hope these little girls had […]

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Turn your backyard into a haven for birds and they will always be there for our photography

How to Take Great Backyard Bird Photos

Bruce Boyajian is a professional photographer who has photographed the Miss America competition for 39 years. He’s also an auction house catalog photographer, but he absolutely loves capturing backyard birds. He’s printed several of his photos as framed wall art nature canvas pieces. “One of my first photos taken more than 40 years ago was […]

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Pet photos can be cute, just make sure the light is ready when you take your picture

Lighting Tips for Pets, People and Pizza

How Mother Nature and a Friend’s iPhone Can Assist Who hasn’t snapped a shot of their meal and uploaded it to Facebook? Or taken a pet pic and emailed to family? Want those photos to look more impressive? Southern California pro shooter Prentice Danner offers a few quick and easy tips for better looking photos. Great […]

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Lighting and props are a good way to set a mood in noir photos

Create Your Own Film Noir Fun

Choose great character models.Photo by Barry Freeman. Add an interesting place to shoot.Photo by AnneMarie Baker. Give a little storyline.Photo by Joerg Lehmann. With all the retouch tools on the market–in your camera, on your mobile phone or desktop–why not go invent a few fun photos of your own? Grab friends or family and stage […]

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Lighting can really bring out details in portraits and other photos

Celebrity Photo Tip: Portrait lighting at home, with Erin Manning

I shot this portrait in my living room, using one Home Studio Lighting Kit softbox,you can see it positioned in the upper left-hand corner of the “set-up” image (below). I used a wide aperture setting to blur out the background and threw a scarf over the shoji screens for color.Photo by Erin Manning. This photo […]

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Groups jumping at the same time is always a great way to capture a fun photo

Celebrity Photo Tip: Birthday party fun with Erin Manning

A teenager’s birthday party at the beach turned into a great photo opportunity. Lots of energy, bright light, and room to play. Take one: A teenager’s birthday party at the beach turned into a great photo opportunity. Lots of energy, bright light, and room to play. Take two: A teenager’s birthday party at the beach […]

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Surreal photos are a great way to express emotion and interest

Celebrity Corner: Seeing Something Surreal

Diane Pizza, a Northern California-based photographer, sees things differently. “My surrealism photography work began when I was pursuing my Masters in Fine Art in Photography. I had decided to emphasize composite work in my thesis.” Journey In Trust: A Simple Composite “For me, surrealism is a metaphor for the human mind and water represents the […]

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Capture those family moments and expressions on someone's face

Celebrity Photo Tip: Family groups with Erin Manning

Relationships between people and authentic expressions are what I try to capture in a photograph. This family asks me to photograph them every year to document their love, life, and growth. It’s always a pleasure to be part of this experience and I love to see the pictures framed on their walls. Photo by Erin […]

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A dock disappearing into the fog makes a nice artistic picture

Celebrity Corner: Beach Beauty of the Emerald Coast

Vena Sensenbaugh is a self-taught photographer with a background and education in fine art, architecture and interior design. She and her husband reside in Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where, “It feels like we’re on vacation every day. This area of Florida has sand that’s whiter than snow, and the water in the Gulf of Mexico […]

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Beautiful moon photo over a city skyline

Celebrity Corner: Nocturnal Photography and a New Way to Moonlight

San Francisco’s Phil McGrew Attracts Media Attention Text by Martha Blanchfield Images by Phil McGrew Talk about being a renegade, as well as a hugely talented Renegade photographer, Phil McGrew is a trained nuclear engineer turned currency trader who more than just dabbles in photography. Before working the lens, McGrew shares that he was, “Completely unaware that […]

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Mario Lopez with the new Miss America Winner

Here She Comes, Miss America’s Photographer Bruce Boyajian: 37 Years and Counting

Text by Martha Blanchfield Images by Bruce Boyajian With all the turmoil and upset in the photo industry, you’d be hard pressed to name a single photographer who has been on the job for as many years as Bruce Boyajian. He’s photographed every year of the Miss American competition since 1976. How Can You Not […]

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Hands, arms and legs can be used to help draw attention and focus to your photos

Photographer, Mother, Gardener, Designer Michelle Pattee Makes Children’s Photography Fun for All

Text by Martha Blanchfield Images by Michelle Pattee Northern California photographer Michelle Pattee helps clients celebrate and remember life through her poignant images. A highly-regarded wedding photographer, Pattee has an amazing ability to create telling photos using only natural light and the most honest of poses. She loves to photograph brides, grooms, families and the […]

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Adrienne Maples cute portrait of blonde girl

Adrienne Maples and The Art of Photography, Part 1

Text by Martha Blanchfield Images by Adrienne Maples “I can remember when I first caught the photo bug. My mother gave me a Minolta X370 for Christmas when I was 15,” says Adrienne Maples of Adrienne Maples Photo Studios in Kansas. “The very next semester I enrolled in a photography class with our high school […]

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Martha Blanchfield shoots boats with Renegade Photo Shoots

Celebrity Corner: More From Martha Blanchfield

Martha Blanchfield provides marketing, public relations, writing and ‘stunt’ planning for ‘renegade’ companies. She stumbled onto photography in 2000 when a fantastic opportunity to lead PR for Lexar Media came her way; coming just as the company was going public and digital imaging was beginning its meteoric climb. A Napa Valley native, Martha loves prepping […]

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boat action photography

Celebrity Corner: Martha Blanchfield Sails On

Martha Blanchfield provides marketing, public relations, writing and ‘stunt’ planning for ‘renegade’ companies. She stumbled onto photography in 2000 when a fantastic opportunity to lead PR for Lexar Media came her way; coming just as the company was going public and digital imaging was beginning its meteoric climb. A Napa Valley native, Martha loves prepping […]

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Erin Manning is an expert photographer offering many tips for your to capture your memories

Celebrity Corner: Erin Manning

MailPix is excited to welcome Erin Manning as Celebrity Corner contributor. Manning is a professional photographer, teacher and television personality living in Los Angeles, Calif. Television viewers know Erin best as the digital photography expert and host of HGTV and DIY Network’s Telly-award-winning TV series “The Whole Picture.” She has also appeared as the techno-lifestyle guru […]

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Martha Blanchfield shoots boats with Renegade Photo Shoots

Celebrity Corner: Martha Blanchfield Sails In

Martha Blanchfield provides marketing, public relations, writing and stunt planning for ‘renegade’ companies. She stumbled onto photography in 2000 when a fantastic opportunity to lead PR for Lexar Media came her way; coming just as the company was going public and digital imaging was beginning its meteoric climb. A Napa Valley native, Martha loves prepping […]

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Jefferson Graham, portrait photographer and technology columnist, USA Today

Celebrity Corner welcomes Jefferson Graham

MailPix is thrilled to welcome Jefferson Graham to Celebrity Corner. He is a long-time technology columnist for USA TODAY and host, producer and editor of the USA TODAY “Talking Tech” and “Talking Your Tech” video shows, which feature interviews with tech newsmakers and celebrities, and reviews of the latest gadgets.  Graham is the author of nine […]

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