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October 8, 2021

Chian O'Connor

One of the best parts of shooting with flash is the freedom it gives you to manipulate light when natural light isn’t available. It allows you to control the amount of light, and even, the color of that light. One way to adjust the tone of the light coming out of your flash is by […]

September 17, 2021

Chian O'Connor

It’s no secret that being in the photography industry is expensive. When you throw flash into the equation, it can get overwhelming. There’s no shortage of gear, and usually when you’re starting out, you can’t purchase it all- and you don’t need to! All that you really need is a basic set up that will […]

August 26, 2021

Chian O'Connor

You did it! You made the decision to jump in and start shooting with off-camera flash. You’ve ordered your gear and waited patiently for it to be delivered. It’s finally here and you can hardly wait to get out there and start shooting. I know the feeling! You double check your camera bag to make […]

June 24, 2021

Chian O'Connor

As Abbie’s daddy took his place for his first look with his daughter, I backed away to set my camera. As I looked up, he was already wiping his eyes. The sun was bright, it was a hot summer day, but the fact was- he was about to see his little girl as a bride […]

January 21, 2021

Chian O'Connor

Are you tired of blue skin tones and your images just lacking that certain something? Read on to learn how using Kelvin for your white balance can up-level your images! Good morning from the snowy state of Montana! I am sitting here this morning wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket with snow falling outside and […]

January 12, 2021

Chian O'Connor

Introduction (Total reading time: 8 minutes ) In my last post, we talked about the benefits of using manual mode over auto modes. Great. But, how do you do that? Exposure triangle, bokeh, F/stop, Aperture, shutter speed, motion blur, etc, it can be so overwhelming!! There are so many articles out there that break all […]

December 30, 2020

Chian O'Connor

What Is The Difference Between Manual Mode and Auto Modes On A DLSR? For many of us, getting a DSLR is a big step. It may be the first time you’ve seen the mysterious “M” on the selection dial of you camera.  You’ve heard of that before, and you hear everyone say to “Just use […]

December 6, 2020

Chian O'Connor

FLASH   Off-Camera Flash. Artificial light. Any derivative of the word. Flash is dreaded word for nearly every natural light photographer. It evokes images of people being hit in the face by a bright light with dark, dramatic backgrounds.  Or of people backed by a setting sun, only to be oddly illuminated from the front, […]

August 21, 2020

Chian O'Connor

Years ago, Denton and I were planning a trip to Guyana, South America to spend three months focusing on Bible Education in the interior of the country. We had known OF Alisse, but we didn’t really KNOW her, so when it worked out for her to come along with us, we were excited, but also […]

January 20, 2020

Chian O'Connor

  Planning… Having a first look is something that I didn’t even know about when Denton and I were planning our wedding over a decade ago. I don’t even know if there were first looks then! When Leo and Zulema were planning their day, a first look wasn’t in the plans. It was going to […]

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