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North Dakota State Capitol & Governor’s Photo Contest

ND State Capitol & Governor's Photo Contest

Growing up outside of North Dakota, I didn’t get your typical visit the North Dakota State Capitol field trips like everyone else who is local to here. I’ve made several trips to Bismarck, even done some business in DOT office which is connect to the Capitol building. But I never really got to see the grandeur located inside of our Capitol building here in North Dakota.  I will be honest, the outside of our Capitol leaves much to be desired…

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Using Photography to Tell Your Story: Gear

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I know it seems like if you buy the biggest, fanciest, most expensive camera that your photos will be the best. But the honest truth is that you are only as good as you know how to use your equipment. A big, fancy camera does you no good unless you know how to use it. But it seems like no matter what the skill, everyone is always interested in what gear photographers are using. If you were to ask any…

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Using Photography to Tell Your Story: LIGHT

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Today I want to talk about light… Light is everything in photography! Knowing how to see light and use light correctly sets a good photographer apart from a sub-par photographer. Even if you aren’t the best photographer around, if you know how to use light, your photos will instantly improve no matter how you are shooting. Light is something that if you are a natural light shooter, you should be looking for all the time. Even if you don’t have…

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Using Photography to Tell Your Story: Metering

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So we’ve figured out aperture and shutter speed and we are on our way to figuring out the exposure triangle AND white balance… There is one more element I want to talk about that will revolutionize your photos. Have you ever tried to take a photo of someone in front of a sunset and unintentionally gotten a silhouette? What about trying to get a photo of someone in front of a bright window and the photo is all dark? That…

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Using Photography to Tell Your Story: ISO and White Balance

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Last week, we talked about two out of the three elements in what is known as the Exposure Triangle: aperture and shutter speed. We talked about how you can use and utilize shutter speed and aperture to get the perfect exposure. Now let’s add one more element into the equation.  ISO.  What is ISO?  In the days of film photography, ISO was known as ASA and it was the indication of how sensitive a particular film was to light. This…

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Using Photography to Tell Your Story: Aperture and Shutter Speed

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We all know that photography is all about light. Too much light, not enough light, how to find light. Light is what makes a good image. So why are we talking about light in a post about aperture and shutter speed? Well, these are the two functions that control the light coming into the camera.  We will start first with aperture. The APERTURE is a mechanism inside your camera that opens and closes when the shutter is pressed down (when…

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Using Photography to Tell Your Story: Photography Basics

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Continuing on with the series on photography, the Introduction gave us an overview of what makes photography important in our lives, the roles that photography can play in effectively helping us tell our own personal stories. We looked at how simply through photos you can build a legacy, move people, and spark conversations without a word spoken. But how do we go about taking those photos? First, we start by learning about a few sort of “rules” of photography. We…

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Using Photography to Tell Your Story: Photography Q&A

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Last week I started a series that will span the next several weeks and it will teach you all about photography. In celebration of kicking off the new series and to get an idea of what people are wanting to learn about, I hosted a photography Q&A last weekend. It was done via Google Hangouts Live which are my new favorite thing. Google Hangouts Live are actually broadcast live on Google Plus but the cool thing about them is that…

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Using Photography to Tell Your Story: Introduction

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I have so many people who ask me on a weekly basis photography related questions so I figured, what the heck, may as well blog about it! I figured I will break this up into parts so we can go into detail the different ways in which I use photography to tell my story. We will begin with part 1… a sort of intro to photography and why it is important. By the time this series is done, I will…

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Family Farming Love Story & Marriage Photography Wedding

2013. Our Year in Photos.

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It is amazing to look back at our year visually. There is something about a photograph that takes you back. The ability of a photograph to capture a moment in time. The emotions, the excitement, the happiness, or the sadness. One snapshot in time captures it all. As I look back on 2013 in photos, I am reminded of our trip to Hawaii, Jamaica, our small stop in Oklahoma, out to Montana for wedding planning, our trip to the Black…

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