photography stuff

{Lens: 50mm f/1.8 / ISO 400 / f/2.8 / 1/100}

The Paper Mama

A few of you asked if I'd share some of the photo blog/forums I've come across so I'll be doing just that in this post! I've been scouring the web for all things photography lately because I'm trying to learn as much as I can. I started out wanting to improve my blog and shop photos but it seems to have grown beyond that. I'm feeling fairly comfortable shooting in manual mode at this point but still have lots and lots to learn. Learning is fun though, right? 

Before I get into the links, I'm sharing a photo I took yesterday of my kiddo. What's a post about photography without a photo?! I'm also entering it into a fun competition I found over at The Paper Mama. There's still time to enter if you want and there are some cool prizes so head over!

About the photo. . . I almost gave up on it. I just couldn't get the colors right. Hint: if you think you might get into photography, don't paint any room with good light lime green! While I love black and white photography, it's never seemed my 'style' (not sure if I even have a style) so I rarely, if ever convert my images to b+w. This one, though, was meant to be b+w. I took this in her room while sitting in a corner and just letting her do her thing. This face is usually the face I get when the camera comes out: serious/contemplative/wise beyond her years.

On to the links! I've included sites that I find inspirational and/or provide lots of good tips and tricks. Hope you find something useful!

I Heart Faces / Free Forum : Great site for tips, tutorials, and fun contests. I recently joined the forum and found the members to be really friendly and helpful.

Clickin Moms - {paid membership} Another awesome forum. I joined a week ago and have learned so much already. Tons and tons of tutorials and lots of good advice. 

Everyday Elements -  Need help with Photoshop Elements? Lots of tutorials and info available here!

Shannon Sewell - Simply stunning photography! Great inspiration for photographing kids.

Pinkle Toes Photography -  I linked to a photo I came across a while ago that just really caught my eye. Lots of gorgeous images to check out here.

My Four Hens Photography - Beautiful images and lots of great tips on both shooting and editing photos.

Under the Sycamore - I'm guessing most of you know about this one! I love Ashley's photography style and she usually shares the technical info of the photos she posts, which I find really helpful.

Familiar Light - This site is new to me and was suggested by Virginia! I'm keeping an eye on this blog because Jennifer, the author, plans to start a photography project {along the lines of a 40 in 40} soon and I thought it would be a fun project to participate in.

The Creative Mama - several good tutorials on things like metering, lighting, etc

Ok, so I'm sure there are tons more sites I'm forgetting about but it's time for lunch! Enjoy :)


  1. These are great sites, thank you for all your help.

  2. So beautiful!!! Love her! :)

  3. What a gorgeous photo. I recently decided to get serious about how to use my DSLR camera, and my 50mm f/1.8 lens arrived this week. Thanks for this great compilation of links.

  4. great post. I have now checked out all those sights! Should be fun to get some good photography challenges going. Have you seen what is happening over on grosgrain? Some good tips!

  5. Your daughter is adorable. What a precious picture. Very, very sweet.

  6. I am new to photography and would like to capture exuberant and other moments on an up-coming trip to a sunny locale. Do you have suggestions and links of how to take photos with a DSLR in bright sunshine?

    Thank you!

  7. shooting in full sun is tricky! i would suggest making sure you are familiar with shooting in manual mode (which will give you the most control) and consider spot metering - especially if photographing people.

    here is a link for some tips: