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    I'm Emily, a family and child photographer in the Phoenix area and a photography and Photoshop teacher for new and aspiring photographers. ( I am also a mom to four awesome kiddos!) I specialize in on location, natural light photography. Your photo session is custom to your family and together we can choose the right style, wardrobe and location. Email me today for more details on scheduling a one of a kind photo shoot. 101,109,105,108,121,64,99,111,122,121,99,108,105,99,107,115,46,99,111,109moc.skcilcyzoc@ylime Or click on one of the tabs above to see more of my work and pricing info!

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Photographer’s 52 Week Challenge: “Black & White

It’s Wednesday! That means it time to share some of the top photos of the week in the Cozy Clicks 52 week photography challenge.  This week’s submissions were  so amazing!

Week 8 of the Cozy Clicks 52 week photography challenge was BLACK & WHITE! Photographers from all over the world are submitting their best work to the challenge and the top photo is displayed in the Cozy Clicks: Photography Learn and Inspire FB group! You can submit yours there too or just simply hashtag your photo #cozyclicks on Instagram to be  part of the friendly fun!

To see next week’s theme and for more on the challenge click here. To see past challenge winners visit here.

Don’t be intimidated to give it a try! This is a fun, friendly challenge meant to inspire you,  get you to  try something new, or give you  the courage to just show your work to the world! Challenge winners are not always long time veterans to photography.  Many are brand new!

See the top 10 photos of the week (in no particular order) here! Browse through and be inspired. Which one is your favorite?  Let us know in a comment below and congratulate all the photographers on their work!

Top photos for the week are selected not only on the best technical photos, but on creativity, interpretation of the theme and growth.



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Betsy PappasPhotography challenges for photographers world wide

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Paxton NicollPhotography 52 week challenges for new and advanced photographers to participate in

Vanessa Braswell SeaverInspirational photography from all level photographers world wide

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Photography tips and tutorials for new photogrpahers



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3 Quick Ways To Create A Matte Look In Your Photos Using PhotoshopThree easy ways you can create a matte effect in Photo shop

Would you like to know ways to create a matte look in your photos using Photoshop? Matte is a fun look to use and play around with on your photos.  There are several ways you can create a matte look.  If you are unsure how to do this, keep reading and I will share with you 3 quick ways to create a matte look in your photos!  The cool part is, you can use one, two or all these techniques together to really give you creative control over how you want the matte in your photos to look!




1. Use Curves

To create a matte look using curves, first you will need to create a new adjustment layer on the bottom right hand side and select “curves”.  Once the curve pops up, left click the point on the line on the farthest left corner and drag it straight up.  Next, choose a second point on that light slightly higher, left click and push that point DOWN.  Finally, choose one more point on that curves line a little higher than the last one, click and push that point UP. Your curve will look something like this:

3 easy ways that you can create a matte look in your photos using the curves layer in PhotoshopDon’t worry if it doesn’t look exactly like this.  You can move any or all the points up or down more or less to your liking!  Still confused?  You can watch me do these steps in action in the video tutorial below.

Easy Ways to create a matte effect in your photos using PhotoshopBefore and After Using the Curves layer to Create the Matte Effect

2. Use The Levels Layer

This technique is easier ad will give you a less intense matte look.  To create a matte look using levels, first you will need to create a new adjustment layer and select “levels”  From here, you will simply drag the dark triangle on the output level slider to the right.

Using the levels layer to create a matte look in your photos in PhotoshopUnsure where that is?  Just look at the red arrow above.  That’s what you will be sliding over.

Use the levels layer to create the matte look in Photoshop

Before and After Using the Levels Layer Matte Effect

3. Use A Solid Color

To create a matte look using a solid color, first choose the solid color adjustment layer.  From there you will select a dark gray shade (try out a few different hues for different looks!)  You will notice that your entire photo is now that solid color-but don’t worry!  Just change the blending mode from normal to overlay.  Then adjust the opacity to your liking.  If you’d like to see this technique in action, just watch me and I’ll show you how in the video below.

 

All these techniques will give you a slightly different matte look, however you can use them layered all together for a really intense matte feel, or just one.  I hope you learned a little something and let me know below what technique is your favorite!

Emily

See more Photoshop Tutorials right here or subscribe to Cozy Clicks on YouTube to be the first to see the newest tutorials!Are you looking for some easy Photoshop tutorials? Read here how to create a matte look in your photo easy! Get a matte look in your photo using 1 of 3 different Photoshop tricks!


 

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Phoenix Area Family and Wedding PhotographyNewlyweds in the desert in their Phoenix wedding photography portriat

You couldn’t ask for a more perfect day or location for this Phoenix area elopement session.  The weather was warm and the clouds slightly overcast and the newlyweds were fantastically beautiful for their wedding day.  You’dd defintely want to see more photos from this session! Keep scrolling through to see more and to read up on this stunning location and as well as how I shoot Phoenix weddings.

Wedding photogrpahy at Superstition Mounatins at Lost Dutchman. By the best family photographer in Phoenix.

Weddings & Elopements

If you are getting married soon, one thing to think about is your wedding photography.  While I am primarily a family and child photographer in Arizona, I do occasionally shoot weddings and elopements. If you are scheduling a small outdoor wedding or elopement ceremony, I just might be your photographer! I work with brides and grooms who are planning small, intimate ceremonies and are looking for an easy going photographer to capture their special day.  Just got engaged?  I shoot many engagement sessions as well, so you can let everyone know your big news!
Wedding photography at superstition mountain in Apache jJunction, ArizonaMother and daughter portrait taken at wedding at Superstition Mountains in Apache junctionWEdding detail photograph of flowers taken near Phoenix at Lost Dutchman

The Location

This elopement photo session was set at one of the most beautiful mountain ranges near Phoenix.  Lost Dutchman State Park at Superstition Mountains is a gorgeous spot for both wedding or family photography.  With the stunning Superstition Mountains in the background, Lost Dutchman is a winning spot for photos.  It offers many desert trails and landscapes and plenty of cactus.  There is a mild amount of walking required at this location and there is a small parking fee to enter the park.  This location works best for photos at sunrise or an hour before sunset.  It is truly a magical spot!

maid of honor photo in the desert in this Phoenix elopement photography shot

Wedding portraits at lost Dutchman State Park near Phoenix, AZ

End of cermony shots in Phoenix desert wedding photogrpahyGorgeous wedding photography in the desert at Superstition Mountains in Arizona

So if you are newly engaged or if you would just love some family photos taken at this spot, email me today! Have more questions?  Just ask me! emily@cozyclicks.com

Emily

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Photographer’s 52 Week Challenge: Week 7 “LOVE”

Week 7 of the Cozy Clicks 52 week photography challenge was LOVE! Photographers from all over the world are submitting their best work to the challenge and the top photo is displayed in the Cozy Clicks: Photography Learn and Inspire FB group! You can submit yours there too or just simply hashtag your photo #cozyclicks on Instagram to be  part of the friendly fun! To see next week’s theme and for more on the challenge click here. To see past challenge winners visit here.

The submissions each week just keep getting better and better and it’s inspiring just to go through and admire all of the work from so many talented photographers.  If you’re not sure if you want to submit an entry into the challenge just yet, it sure is fun to view everyone else’s!

See the top 10 photos of the week (in no particular order) here! Browse through and be inspired. Which one is your favorite?  Let us know in a comment below and congratulate all the photographers on their work!

Top photos for the week are selected not only on the best technical photos, but on creativity, interpretation of the theme and growth.


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The 4 Step Guide to Shooting in Manual ModeWant to shoot in manual? Her eis a simple four step guide to get you started today!

Are you still shooting on automatic? Do you wonder how to shoot using manual mode? Do you want some more creative control over your pictures? If you said yes, I’ve got your 4 step guide to shooting in manual right here! Keep reading and I will teach you how to get off automatic mode and using manual in 4 easy steps.




1. Set Your Shutter Speed

Your shutter speed is the speed at which your camera lens will stay open. The slower you set the shutter speed the more light will filter through because the shutter will be open longer. This is great if you are in a low lit area. However, setting your speed too slow, it can create blurriness, especially if your subject is moving. Slower shutter speeds work great if you are working with a tripod.

The faster the shutter speed the less light will come through. Faster shutter speeds will also capture quick objects like they are frozen in time. This is great for fast moving toddlers or trying to capture running sports players or drips of splashing water. If you will be holding you camera by hand, even the slightest movement can cause some blur. Shooting with a higher shutter speed can stop that from happening.

The speed of the shutter is in terms of a fraction of a second. The smaller the fraction (or the bigger the bottom denominator) the faster the speed.
There are a couple things to really think about before you decide where you will set your shutter speed.

  • What is the focal length of your lens? Make sure to set it at least double the length. (ex: 50mm lens.-shutter speed a t least 1/100), 100mm lens-shutter speed at least 1/200)
  • Are you shooting hand held? If so you might want to set the shutter a little faster than usual.
  • Is your subject moving (even just slightly)? If yes, set your shutter speed faster.
  • Are you in a dark place? The shutter speed may have to be set slower.

Check your camera manual to see which dial or button you will use to change your shutter speed.
Once you have selected what you think will be a good shutter speed, now it’s time to think about the aperture.

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(Here the shutter speed is set fast- 1/100th of a second on a 50 mm 1.8 lens. This helped capture the fast moving water drops for the hose)Are you struggling with shooting in manual mode? If you are a new photographer looking for tips, read here for your easy guide to shooting with your camera in manual mode!

2. Adjust The Aperture

Your aperture will determine your depth of field. OR how blurry or clear the background will be in the photo. It is also referred to as your f stop. The wider your aperture, the smaller your f stop number will be. The wider your aperture is, the blurrier parts of your photo will be. (EX: wide aperture f/2.2)

4 Step guide to shooting in manual the easy way!
Wide apertures or small f stop numbers mean that the lens is opened up wider and more light will also come in through the lens. This can be particularly helpful if you are in a low lit area.

Be very aware of the placement of your subjects when setting your aperture . If you choose to set the aperture wide, your subjects should be on the same plane (ex: Line them up in one straight line). Remember that aperture affects the depth of field, so if the subjects are placed several feet behind on another, one is bound to be out of focus.

If you want the entire picture to be clear, set your f stop at a higher number or a narrower aperture (ex: f/5.6). This will help to ensure that more of the picture will be clear. It will also give you more flexibility in posing your subjects farther or closer in the depth of field. (ex: they could be in several rows rather than in one line)
Check your camera manual to see which dial or button you will use to change your aperture.

Once you have selected what you think will be a good shutter speed and aperture , now it’s time to think about the ISO.

Ahwatukee, Chandler, Phoenix Scottsdale Family and Child Photography at Pecos ParkAre you a new photographers trying to figure out how to shoot in manual mode? Read here to learn how to shooting with your camera in manual mode in 4 easy steps!

(Aperture here set wide at f/2.2 to create a depth of field where the subject is in focus but the foreground (flowers) and background are blurry)

3. Move the ISO

Once you think you have selected a good shutter speed and aperture, now it is time to adjust your ISO. Some people are scared to move this dial any higher than 100 in fear that their image will turn out grainy. Don’t be! Think of your ISO as your “helper” to get your exposure correct. Your picture will turn out much more grainy if it’s not exposed properly and the ISO can help you do this! Keep reading below to see how the light meter will help you pick the correct ISO.

4. Watch the Light Meter

When you look into the viewfinder of your camera, you will see the light meter at the bottom of your camera. It looks similar to this:

guide to shootingin manual looking at the light meterFinding the correct exposure is not a guessing game. That meter will show you when you have great exposure! Aim your focal point directly at your subject (if it is a person, aim for their skin).Push the shutter halfway down and the light meter will start to move. If it lines up in the middle-BINGO!- your exposure is good. If it is to the right it’s overexposed and if it is to the left it is under exposed.

What if It’s Underexposed?

If that meter is too far to the left, now is the time to crank up the ISO. (Please see your camera’s manual for where the ISO dial or button is) Keep moving it up until you notice your light meter start to get closer to the middle.

What if it’s Overexposed?

If you look through your light meter and it is too far to the right, your photo is probably overexposed. If that is the case, keep the ISO where it is at. Then adjust your shutter speed faster (or a higher lower denominator number) to keep too much light for coming through.

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Don’t be too concerned with lining up that light meter exactly. It is OK sometimes if it is slightly to the left or right of that center line. Take a few shots and adjust if needed. Start with getting your subject correctly exposed by following these steps. ( Once you master that master that there are more ways to work with that light meter- but don’t overwhelm yourself just yet!)how to shootin in manual mode. Easy to understand instructions

So let’s see what you’ve got! I challenge you to get off automatic today and try to take a picture in manual. And then keep practicing. You will love the creative control you have over your photos once you’ve mastered shooting in manual.
Let me know how it went for you. Leave me a comment below and tell me if you got it or what you’re still struggling with.
Emily

Still having trouble focusing?  Check out these simple tips to nail your focus right here!



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