Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Low Down on Metering

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As a self taught photographer, I found there were some essential things I didn't learn until months into my business.  Some of these were just things I stumbled upon on blogs.  I am embarrassed to say it, but metering was one of those things for me, which is crazy because metering is so important!

When you shoot in manual mode, your meter tells you if your image will be properly exposed with your current settings. Keep in mind your camera can be fooled by trickly lighting situations and it isn't always right, so you should always take a test shot and see if you need to make any adjustements.  Your camera will assess the light based on one of three different metering choices:

Overall Metering
Simply put, if you have set your camera to overall metering it will take in the whole scene in your viewfinder to decide if your image will be correctly exposed.  In general, portrait photographers do not use overall metering too often because we are more concerned with our subject being perfectly exposed, even if it means sacrifising the background to a little under or over exposure.

Center-Weighted Metering

Spot Metering

Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Giveaway and Feature: Introducing the Trundle from Quietude Quilts

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If you haven't discovered Quietude Quilts yet, you are in for a serious treat!  They offer the most gorgeous, high quality, and affordable (seriously, you've got to check out their prices) baby beds and accessories I have yet to find!  I purchased a baby bed from them several months ago and it has been on of my best investments!  I use it on sessions from newborns up to 2 or 3  years old and they are always the cutest shots!

Kelsey and Jonathan are a husband and wife team and the creators of Quietude Quilts.  They are an absolute joy to work with!! 

I am so excited to have the honor of introducing their latest creation!  The trundle!  This adorable little trundle is the perfect accessory to your baby prop bed, but it is also a fabulous prop all by itself.  As a photographer who specializes in newborns I can honestly say that you can never have to many adorable things to put baby on/in.  The trundle is my new favorite and has been a client favorite every time I've used it! 

It's a must have prop for any newborn and baby photographer!  So versatile and adorable and at only $30 it won't break the bank!

DISCOUNT ALERT:  Mention Frame Worthy Shot at checkout and get your trundle painted for free!  You can choose from any of their 18 organic, child-safe paint colors (a $15 value)!

And now, giveaway time!  You could win a $50 gift code to Quietude Quilts!!

Mandatory entry:
Like Quietude Quilts and Frame Worthy Shot on Facebook

Optional extra entries:
1) Check out Quietude Quilts and comment here with your favorite item.
2) Leave some comment love on the QQ Facebook page.
3) Share this giveaway!  You can share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, or your favorite photography forum.  (1 entry for each thing you do, so up to 5 entries for this, please leave a link in your comment)
4) Purchase something from Quietude Quilts (3 entries)

This giveaway will run for two weeks.  It will end Wednesday may 30th at 11:59 PST.  Winners will be chosen by and announced here on Friday June 1st!
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


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Thank you to everyone who participated in these giveaways!  Congratulations to the two lucky winners, they  have both been notified via email and have 24 hours to claim their prizes!
The lucky winner of the May giveaway extravaganza is. . .

Andrea J. Photography

And the luck winner of the $250 gift certificate to Bad Sass Backdrops is. . .


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Giveaway Extravaganza

This giveaway is now closed

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Giveaway arranged by New York's capitol region newborn photographer, Sweet Confections Photography.  Specializing in newborn portraits for Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Clifton Park NY. 

If you thought our last giant giveaway was awesome, get ready for this. . . over $1,500 in prizes from 28 fabulous vendors!   Here are the amazing prizes you could win:
A $500 store credit to On the Spot Studio- Logo Design and Photoshop Actions!

A $200 store credit to Photographer's Bling!

A $100 store credit to Bird Design!

A $100 store credit to Ashe Design!
A $50 store credit to Photo Prop Floors and Backdrops!

$100 store credit to 7thAvenueDesigns!

A $50 store credit to Beautiful Photo Props!

A one year membership to Clickin' Moms!

An action pack from Pure Photoshop Actions!

A $50 store credit to Wildly Sweet Designs and a set of Facebook timeline covers!
A $50 store credit to Fancy Fabric!

A $35 store credit to Sling Bebe

A newborn-3 month bonnet from Soul Blossom Boutique!
A $20 gift certificate to One Mama's Junk (Photography props at wholesale prices)!
A fabulous action set from Square Balloon!

A boy/girl twin prop set from Petunia and Ivy!

A $35 store credit to Vintage Rose Wraps!

A custom newborn hat from Faas Design!

A ruffle wrap and headband from Punte Bella!

A $25 store credit to Karly's Kloset!

A $40 store credit to The Shoppe!

A vintage bloom headband from Baby Joy Studios!

A $40 store credit to Photographer's Cafe!
An adorable owl hat from Bumble Bee Knees!

Want to enter?

Mandatory entry:
Like the facebook page of each and every vendor who so generously contributed to this giveaway (from your personal account). I have listed all the links at the end of this giveaway. You do not need to comment on the vendors' pages. Leave one comment here telling me that you liked all the pages on the list.
Optional extra entries:
1) Blog about this giveaway on the blog that you regularly use AND pin this post to Pinterest. If you do not have a Pinterest account you may just blog it. Leave just one comment telling me that you did both or that you blogged it and do not have a Pinterest account.
2) Share this giveaway on Facebook AND Twitter (if you do not have a Twitter account you can do just Facebook). This must include a link to this blog post. Facebook status should also include @Frame Worthy Shot in the text somewhere so that it links to the Frame Worthy Shot Facebook page. Leave just one comment here telling me you did both or that you shrared it on Facebook but do not have a Twitter account.

3) Purchase something from one of the vendors and make sure to tell them Frame Worthy Shot sent you in the checkout notes. You can get an additional entry for each vendor you purchase from, just be sure to tell me what you purchased in the comment here. Leave one comment for each vendor you purchase from.

That's it, easy peasy! This giveaway will run for one week. It will end Tuesday May 8th at 11:59 pm PST. Winners will be chosen using and I will announce the winner Thursday May 10th. Be sure to check back to see if you won because winners will need to claim their prize within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. I will check to make sure the winners indeed liked all the sponsor Facebook pages.

Facebook Links

These vendors were incredibly sweet to donate to this awesome giveaway so I hope you'll spend some time looking around at the fabulous things they have to offer when you stop by their pages :)

DISCLAIMER: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Frame Worthy Shot and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for the Frame Worthy Shot March Madness Giveaway. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bad Sass Backdrops Giveaway and BOGO Sale

Giveaway now closed

One lucky Frame Worthy Shot reader will win a $250 gift certificate to Bad Sass Backdrops!!

I have backdrops from just about every vendor out there and I can honestly say that Bad Sass gives you the biggest bang for your buck!  Their backdrops are on high quality canvas, not paper and they have so many gorgeous backgrounds to choose from: including the fabulous work of Jessica Drossin Textures!  Their splits and tri-splits offer incredible versatility and are so easy to use.

And the cherry on top?  Bad Sass Backdrops is currently having a buy one get one free sale!  Take their already great prices and add this fabulous sale and you've got yourself a pretty sweet deal!  Let's be honest here, it doesn't get much better than buy one get one free!  Click here to go check out all the details of the sale.  And be sure to tell them I sent you!

I had the pleasure of reviewing a 10ft split backdrop and I have literally used it in every single session since I received it!  It is so versatile.  You can use it together, use just the background by putting another "floor" on top of the floor portion, or flip it around and use just the floor with a different backdrop.  Here are some of my favorite shots using my Bad Sass Backdrop:

Backdrop and Floor used together

Backdrop alone

Floor used with a different backdrop

As you can see, the split works great with all types of sessions!  It is lightweight and easy to move around as you need.  And this thing is durable!  My floor has even been peed on (common occurrence in newborn sessions) and it was not harmed! 

The customer service is fabulous!  Kristen, the owner, is so sweet.  Shipping time is fast.  Products are gorgeous.

A good backdrop selection can make a big difference in how professional your studio appears.  My backdrop and prop selection are a big part of what set me apart in my town.  A few fabulous backdrops is one of the best investments you can make in  your business.  The splits and tri-splits make it easier to get a larger variety for the money- and the buy one get one free sale doesn't hurt either ;)  

Okay now that I have introduced you all to this fabulous vendor, let's get on to the giveaway.

Want to win a $250 shopping spree at Bad Sass?   

Mandatory entry:
- Like Bad Sass Backdrops AND Frame Worthy Shot on Facebook.  (1 entry for liking both pages)

Optional extra entries:
- Blog about this giveaway on your business blog.  (1 entry)

- Share this giveaway on your business Facebook page (tag Bad Sass and Frame Worthy Shot so we know you've done so).  (1 entry)

- Share this giveaway on your favorite photography related forum and leave the link in your comment below.  (1 entry)

- Take advantage of the Bad Sass buy one get one free sale and make a purchase (be sure to tell them I sent you!).  (4 entries)

- Check out the recent photographer interviews here on Frame Worthy Shot and stop by both of their Facebook pages (like and leave a comment letting them know you are stopping by from Frame Worthy Shot and enjoyed their interview).  (1 entry)

- Display the Frame Worthy Shot button on your blog, follow Frame Worthy Shot via RSS or email, follow Frame Worthy Shot on Pinterest.  (1 entry each, for a possible total of 3 extra entries if you choose to do all three). 


Please leave one comment for each entry as each comment counts as an entry.  If something is worth 3 entries, leave 3 comments for doing it.  This giveaway will run for two weeks.  It will end Wednesday May 9th at 11:59 PST.  The winner will be announced within 48 hours here on the blog as well as on Facebook so be sure to check back and see if you are a winner!  Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Photographer Interview with Lindsey VanTiem

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter yesterday!  I actually did a session in the morning, I know I'm crazy!  I have a fabulous photographer interview for you today so read on and meet the talented Lindsey VanTiem!

So Lindsey, you do a little bit of everything. What types of sessions do you like the most and why?

I decided this year I would specialize in newborn through age 1 with a few older children's portraits as well. Newborns are definitely my absolute favorite subject which is why I specialize in that age through 1 year. If I am not called the "Baby Whisperer" at least once during their session then I am not doing my job to make the baby feel comfortable or the parents feeling at ease with choosing me as their photographer. I love newborns for the fact that they are so new and fragile yet durable {If that makes sense}. They can be molded, folded and posed all the while staying asleep if I am doing my job properly. Having a sense of confidence, calmness and a soft approach comes in handy as well.

You have so many adorable props! What are your favorite prop shops?
I have been collecting props since high school which is not something my parents were thrilled about having in their basement. But they supported the fact that they would eventually be used more than once a month. As time goes on I have amassed a vast collection from all over the place. I don't really confine myself to any specific store but you can often find me at any second hand store or a fun thrift shop, flea markets, antique malls and obscure hole-in-the- wall stores- you never know what they might have. Although I would be lying if I didn't say Hobby Lobby, Marshalls and TJ Maxx are my local go- to places. JoAnn's, Michaels and even Home Depot or Lowes have some great finds for backgrounds, moldings and wood flooring. I have also discovered the greatness of Ikea so I will be utilizing that store a lot more. My husband is shaking his head at this but supports my business and therefore me so he just smiles all the while crying inside at all the collectibles laying around the house most days.

We all love to hear how others got started in the business, tell us how you got your start in photography and what things you feel have made you successful.
I think my parents started me in photography without ever really trying. They bought me my first camera for Christmas in 5th grade- it was neon green and a Kodak. I bought film with my birthday money and really have not looked back. Every year they would "upgrade" my camera to something more durable and age appropriate but never the expensive ones {With the exception of my first point and shoot digital} that my Dad dropped and broke shortly after I received it. In high school I was part of the year book class and often took a ton of images. I look back at the yearbook and I am pretty sure I took over half the images in there which is fun to think about but also dates me so we won't go there. Eventually I went on to attend Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. They didn't have a major in Photography so I went for Art History with a concentration in the History of Photography. I worked with an amazing mentor, Claude Baillargeon, who helped me work my major into something that would work for my life plan. I took every Studio Art class available in hopes of the college offering it as a major. They did in my final year so I was fortunate enough to have taken all my classes prior and work it out where I could minor in Studio Art but mostly concentrate in Photography. I am debating on going back for a full major in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. I think I am three classes shy of another Bachelors of Fine Arts. Maybe someday but until then I am enjoying where I am today and happy with just one BFA. I think part of being a successful photographer is being a "People person/pleaser" to some extent. Just knowing I work for my clients and their happiness depends on putting my heart into each image drives me to want to be the best I can be. Never would I think about talking down to my clients in any way, shape or form that is disrespectful toward them or their children. I treat everyone the way I would want to be treated as a customer. Also without all the mentors I had throughout college and the supportive network of family, friends and peers I would not have the confidence in my abilities nor would I know how to "keep it real" and be humbled by the journey I have made up to this point. In turn I try to help others as much as I can to pay it forward.

And we have to ask, what do you shoot with and which are your favorite lenses?
I am a Canon girl but have had my fair share of different cameras. As you know I started out using the Kodak in 5th grade and in college I ran with a Pentax K1000. I just upgraded to the 5D Mark ii which seems a little less impressive now that the 5D Mark iii is being released {Insert a low, whimpering cry now}. My backup camera is now the Canon 50D. And to be honest when I first started in digital I only had kit lenses because all my really nice equipment and money went into the equipment I had for my manual 35mm Pentax from college. No one knew I was using kit lenses so I guess it was okay for just starting off but then again the digital era had just made a turn and no one really could tell the difference between a shotty lens and the grain caused from only having an 8 mp digital :) I would not do it that way if I had another option at 19 years old but rather I would have continued to use my 35mm film camera and save, save save. Right now I have the 50mm 1.8 but am upgrading to the 1.4 within the next few months, 24-105 L, 28-135, 75-300. I have a flash but prefer my studio lights on a trigger to add more light than my flash would offer. I use Photogenic Professional Lighting System at every session. If I am shooting a wedding I rent my lenses from My fave right now if the 24-105mm L glass. It has a great zoom but still has that sharpness and allows for some good bokeh similar to the 50mm.

What ages do you find the most fun, easiest, and most challenging to photography? Any quick tips on overcoming any of those challenges?
When I first started out every age except Seniors were a bit difficult. But now after doing this for so long I have each age group nailed down to what I can bribe them with. The easiest sessions for me are newborns (Well most of them anyway). The hardest age I would say is 3-4 months because they are stuck in the can't sit, want to roll, floppy baby stage. Props come in handy for those sessions. All other ages are pretty simple as long as you stay calm, have patience and know that children are going to be movers & shakers then you will have more fun than stress. Oh and of course my secret to all the different ages are bringing Gerbers Puffs for little ones (really easy to edit out of fingers, sitting on props or on wood floors), a jar of candies for toddlers and siblings to see sitting next to me- Yes I bribe hardcore!! Once they finish with their portraits they can pick one piece or two if Mom says it is okay (I always ask before I even bring in the jar). Even communicate with the parents to see when nap or lunch time is so you can avoid those two most cranky times for a child.

And finally, tell us a little more about you (the non-photographer side of Lindsey)

I am the Mom of two wild, crazy boys and am thinking of adding a third to the mix {I blame this on all the newborns lately}. I married my high school sweetheart who is a fiercely, loyal fan that is always pushing me to do what I love. On any given day or should I say night I am up until 3 am or later working so I do not take away time from my family. Although I am pretty sure it is because I have insomnia! Humor is my ice breaker for everything especially when I am nervous. I am obsessed with movies- all movies, love em all! Any Nicholas Sparks novels, the Twilight movies {I even went to a movie premiere and met Kristin Stewart and stood next to Taylor Lautner- Nerd alert} and basically any chick lit that is by Emily Giffin are on my table all year long. I have a school girl obsession with Channing Tatum and Robert Pattinson and if they were ever in front of my camera I could not physically function to take their pictures. Hmmm what else...Indie music is my muse, old jazz with all the instruments of that era makes me instantly calm and doing something artistic or crafty makes my mind feel free. Other than that I am an old soul who collects vintage cameras and would rather sit home & watch movies or read while hanging out with my family. That is me in a nutshell.

Big thank you to Lindsey for giving us some fabulous insights into your busy world!  Stop by and visit her website or facebook page to see more of her gorgeous work.

Photo of Lindsey and Lindsey with her family courtesy Shanell Edwards.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Editing 101- Making your photos pop using curves

This is the first tutorial in my brand new series- editing 101.  Learn some tips and tricks for making your photos look more professional, one lesson at a time.  Please excuse the small size of this video.  Between this video and the next I will be working on getting them to show up larger here (without having to go full screen). 
This lesson is on using curves to give your photos that pop that really takes your image from flat and amateur to professional.  Knowing how to use curves is SO essential to making your photos look professional.  If you are still intimidated by curves you are not alone, but it's time to dive in and start playing with the most powerful tool in Photoshop!  There are many things you can do with curves and this is just one of them.  Be sure to follow Frame Worthy Shot on Facebook so you can be informed when new tutorials are posted!


Here is the final edit of this photo.  Other aspects of this edit will be covered in future tutorials.

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