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Practice creating with intent to be a better photographer

By | April 27th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Learn, Learning Resources, Photography Tips, Thoughts|Tags: , |

Cameras are amazing today. With all their built in tools for exposure, focus and more they end up doing the technical heavy lifting that only a few years ago took years of training to learn. Since modern cameras — especially mirrorless — can live preview things like exposure, focus and color, the amount of time [...]

The customer service experience with Jerry and Melissa Ghionis: OOC Podcast Episode 37

By | April 18th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week, Michael Novo talks with Jerry and Melissa Ghionis, a husband and wife photography team that splits their time between Los Angeles and Australia. The couple discuss how to work together, as well as how to get a head start as a new photographer. Melissa dives into her customer service philosophy, while Jerry talks [...]

Double your film fun with double exposure photography

By | April 6th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Processing Tips|Tags: , |

A few weeks ago Bryan posted an article about personal projects and how important they are for us to learn, grow and have fun with our photography. I wanted to share a really fun and different project that involves collaborating with other photographers. Film. Yes, film. It’s popular again, didn’t you know? All the kids [...]

Social media for photographers: Part two

By | April 1st, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week, I’ll be writing about four social networks that you’ve probably heard of, but may not be a part of your daily routine — Twitter, 500px, Flickr and LinkedIn. Last week I talked about Facebook, Snapchat, Google+ and Pinterest. I’ve discussed Instagram in-depth in a previous post as well. As photographers, social media is [...]

Majestic beauty: Capturing the art of horses

By | March 30th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Locations|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s almost that time of year again. Pretty soon, horses will be everywhere. Oh, you thought I was talking about spring flowers? Right. Those will be everywhere soon too but if you’re an equine photographer like I am, it’s all about the horses. If you’re planning on getting out there to shoot, here are a [...]

Camera shy photographer? Here’s the secret for getting over your fears

By | March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources|Tags: , , , |

Have you noticed this awkward moment at photo workshops? The presenter needs a volunteer model during a demonstration, but none of the photographers in attendance want to get in front of the camera. Grown-up professionals cower in fear, looking like school kids who don’t want to be called on. Everyone waits awkwardly for someone to [...]

Introducing “Inspirational Photography” magazine

By | March 10th, 2016|Categories: Learn, Learning Resources|Tags: , , |

Earlier this month, I launched a free monthly photography e-magazine called Inspirational Photography, available just for the asking (no strings attached) by clicking here. The magazine is designed for beginner/intermediate photographers, but also includes content for experienced photographers, such as advanced processing techniques. To give you an idea of what’s included, below are some features from [...]

Take to the skies with new perspectives

By | March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Photography Tips|Tags: , |

Aerial photography is one of the best ways to change your perspective — especially if you're an in a creative rut. That said, the shooting conditions are challenging, and I can’t deny there’s a big expense. But if you’re up to the task, and willing to invest in updating your portfolio with some unique images, [...]

An introduction to Lightroom organization

By | February 17th, 2016|Categories: Learn, Learning Resources, Processing Tips, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , |

Is your Lightroom catalog a mess? If so, it's time to clean it up and build better habits! In this video, I discuss better options from importing to exporting, and how to clean up your files and catalog, through the following processes: Import images Backup Cull and sort images Color code Compare mode Delete bad [...]

Leave it at home: Focusing on your favorite drinks

By | February 12th, 2016|Categories: Learn, Learning Resources, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Chicago has a booming craft beer scene. And every time I visit, I try to check out at least one Chicago brewery. But being in Grand Rapids, I'm spoiled. Dubbed Beer City USA, we have a plethora of brewery, including the goliath Founders. I take a lot of drink photos. This includes beer, but recently, it's also included [...]