A $745 Mistake

A $745 Mistake
Bang! Have you ever seen a lens fall off a camera at waist height and land onto a wooden floor? And better yet, a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM lens? Up until Reece & Stacy’s wedding, I hadn’t either. I’m still impressed with the build quality of that lens. Even from that fall, there was not a crack, not a dent,... Read More »

Why I’m Headed to Georgia

Why I’m Headed to Georgia
Most of my summer travels had been planned out before March. A Photography Team in Texas in July. Another one in Michigan in late August. A wedding shoot soon after, but maybe some Photography Field Days in between in random places throughout the Midwest? Historically, attendance at Texas Photography Teams have been... Read More »

5 Quick Tips for Getting Real Smiles

5 Quick Tips for Getting Real Smiles
Let’s face it. Real smiles are important for a good portrait. Saying “cheese” usually isn’t enough to help people feel comfortable and really smile in front of the lens. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable to have your portrait taken, so starting with these 5 tips, a good photographer can put their clients at ease and start... Read More »

What I Learned Shooting My First Wedding

What I Learned Shooting My First Wedding
This spring I had the opportunity to shoot my first wedding when my cousin got married. I was excited and terrified at the same time as I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into! But, after the wedding was done and I had a chance to reflect on my experience, I decided to develop a Pros & Cons List... Read More »

The Best Way to Bore A Photographer

The Best Way to Bore A Photographer
I assume you like to look at beautiful pictures? Maybe that’s one reason you follow photography blogs. Well, what if I were to talk about a beautiful photo this time instead of showing it to you?! Oh, let me tell you! It is amazing. The foliage is so lush, the greens so vibrant! The leafy canopy and cloudy... Read More »

On Assignment: Waiting for a Breakthrough!

On Assignment: Waiting for a Breakthrough!
Ready to shoot the next real-life photo assignment? Well, here it is! My first shot over by the fence didn’t work too well, simply because the sun didn’t come out strongly enough. Looking at it later on the computer here, I decided I did like the composition though. Over by the “path” the sun did come out a little... Read More »

Behind the Shot: Drifting Downstream

Behind the Shot: Drifting Downstream
I usually gravitate toward “epic moment” shots when choosing a photo for a desktop background each month. You know, I’m going to be looking at it every day for a while, it might as well be worth looking at. But this time, I couldn’t help but choose a photo that I have to say is rather random. The subject is not... Read More »

The Most Important Factor In a Wow Photo

The Most Important Factor In a Wow Photo
Are you pleased with your outdoor photos? Are they looking like the “wow shots” you see hanging in corporate workplaces or in promotional calendars? Part of it has to do with location, of course. But location is only 1 of 3 main factors that make an awesome photo. Or actually, probably less then 1/3…. You see, an... Read More »

Behind the Shot: Middle of Nowhere

Behind the Shot: Middle of Nowhere
I’m amazed at how little time I’ve had to edit my photos and write about my travels this spring! It’s been all I can do to keep up with emails, the Shoot to Serve assignments, the Convention Photography Teams and booths, and figure out where to sleep and what to eat each day. It’s been about 9 weeks on the road now,... Read More »

Shooting for Excellence!

Shooting for Excellence!
So, how does the next photo assignment have to do with “shooting for excellence”? Watch the assignment reveal video below to find out! Raising the bar is kind of a difficult idea to shoot for, so thankfully Kirk, the one requesting the photo, has given us several tangible ideas for exactly what to shoot for! You can... Read More »

Ever Tried Photographing Photographers?

Ever Tried Photographing Photographers?
It’s time to update the header image on the Lenspiration homepage! And I’d love to update it with one of your photos! So hence, the next Shoot to Serve photo assignment! Photographer. Do you think you can take a really great picture of a photographer? Of course, it needs to be nice and sharp and epic in initial... Read More »

The Lenspiration-Recommended Browser

The Lenspiration-Recommended Browser
I’ve used Google Chrome for a long time. I thought it was the fastest browser out there. Then I learned about Brave. Maybe speed-wise they’re exactly the same, but the added benefit of having ad-blocking built-in (along with other random perks) made the decision to switch quite easy. The look and feel is identical.... Read More »

Reviving Photos from the Far Distant Past

Reviving Photos from the Far Distant Past
Ever since the Journey to the Heart Challenge back in January, I’ve been camping out in Isaiah 55 during my memorization time at night. And then a couple weeks ago this photo request comes in… Cherith Studio’s said, “I’m looking for a photo to illustrate Isaiah 55:8-9 and a photo to illustrate Isaiah 55:10-12.... Read More »

Behind the Shot: Mt. Olive

Behind the Shot: Mt. Olive
I’ve been living just a couple miles away from Mt. Olive Baptist Church for over 15 years now. It’s a pretty little church–nothing epic–perched up on the top of a little, partially-cleared hill. It’s a nice spot to go to pray or have devotions or take pictures on spare time on warm summer days. But I... Read More »

On Assignment: Praying Hands

On Assignment: Praying Hands
Know the hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God”? To you, what does it look like? When I found out that this was the next hymn that Family Conferences wanted us to photograph a background image for, I wasn’t initially excited. It’s February. We’ve long put all the Thanksgiving decorations away.... Read More »

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