Marie Dettmers: Blog en-us (C) Marie Dettmers (Marie Dettmers) Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:03:00 GMT Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:03:00 GMT Marie Dettmers: Blog 119 120 Valentine's Day Photography Tips Valentine's DayValentine's DayValentine's Day With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to discuss how to capture a great romantic photograph! Follow these tips to get a photograph that expresses the love between you and your significant other.

While photographing a romantic scene, it is important to make sure that the lighting in the photograph matches the mood you are trying to portray. For a fun, bright photo of the couple, have your light source facing them so they are lit up. For a romantic, silhouetted shot of the lovebirds, have the light source coming from behind them; sunsets are great for these. Dimming down the lights in a room, or shifting your light source to a candle or sunset can help you accentuate a romantic feel.

Use Layering
Pictures of couples can often look a bit staged. Layering can be a great tool to combat this problem. Adding a layer to your photo gives the viewer a sense that they are getting a glimpse of an intimate moment. Simply use an object to cut the photograph into different segments. For
example, take a photo of a couple from the opposite side of a framed window. Another way to break up the photo is to offset the subject so the couple isn’t boringly placed right in the center of the picture.

One of the most important aspects of a romantic shoot is that the two subjects are comfortable. Our tip against this- have fun with your shoot! It’s normal to feel a little bit awkward letting a photographer into the intimacy of your relationship. This is why it is important to choose a photographer that puts you and your loved one at ease. Make sure that both of you are familiar with each other, and try not to take yourselves too seriously!

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Shooting Snow Scenes River RunRiver RunMaddan Creations Grab your coat, hat, and CAMERA because it’s time to shoot some snow scenes! Outdoor activities ranging from sledding to snow angles can be a great opportunity to capture a great shot. Here are some things to take into account for your shoot in the snow!

Keep your lens ready

One of the things that you encounter while photographing in the snow is a smudged camera lens due to snowflakes falling on your lens. To avoid this problem, you must follow two guidelines: First, make sure to keep your lens cap on when your camera is not in use. Second, be sure to bring a microfiber lens cloth to rub the moisture off your lens. Microfiber lens cloths are fairly inexpensive and can save the day.

Use the white

Snow offers you a very pleasing aesthetic while photographing. The white background provides a blank canvas for you to paint your portrait. One way you can utilize the white is by having your subject have a contrast color. For instance, if you are shooting a person in a predominately white backdrop, you can have them wear an orange coat to pop. This makes your eyes immediately jump to the subject of the picture.

Watch your step

If you are shooting in the snow, it is important to visualize your photo before taking the photo. Footprints can often take away the naturistic feel of an image. While you’re on your hunt for your next great snow scene, move slowly. Every once in awhile stop, examine the area, and determine if you’d like to take a photograph. Once you walk over that area, it will never look the same.

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3 Places To Capture Your Next Christmas Card


Doesn’t it seem like every Christmas card on the fridge has the same boring setting? Want to set yours apart from the rest? Here are 3 ways you can make your Christmas card pop, by choosing a unique location for your photo!

1. Take a step outside

Is it even the holidays if you didn’t build a snowman? Take the family outside and do a fun winter related activity. This is not only a way to bring the family together, but snapping a couple of candid pictures can be a perfect way to create a homey holiday card.

2. Lakeshore Park

Lakeshore Park offers every aspect of a great photo. Located near downtown Milwaukee, it gives you a sense of nature with its beautiful trees and trails, while also giving you a view of the high rises along lake Michigan. Feeling adventurous? Make a day out of it. These trails are fantastic to have a family hike.

3. Beauty is all around us

While some families’ focus on things like snow and Christmas trees, you have to remember what makes a great holiday card. Love. So if winter isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it. Your family loves boating? Share a picture from earlier in the year. If attending a sports game is your families ‘thing, snag a picture of the whole family enjoying themselves there. The most important thing is you capture your family showing what makes them, them

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Tips to a Better Portrait Maddan Creations Portrait

Capturing the perfect portrait is the goal of every photographer yet it can be hard to get just the right shot. Now your smartphone can take a great pic for your social media page but if you are looking for quality, you need to do more than just point and shoot. Here are some tips to make your next photo shoot more successful.

Rule of thirds

A simple rule for every photo you take. Look at what you are shooting and imagine a 3x3 grid dividing the photo. You are going to want place your horizon on one of the horizontal lines. Next, your focal points should be at the intersections of the lines. Any vertical elements in the photo should be on the vertical lines also. This helps to draw the viewer’s eye across your photo and gives you visual harmony.

Consider your lighting

Look at the space you plan to do your photo shoot. Ideally, you are going to want to use a tripod for lowlighting to avoid blurry photos. You must be careful not to shine the light directly on your subjects face because this makes the photo look flat. Harsh overhead lighting can give rather unflattering shadows to features. Pay attention to how close your subject is to the light source also and adjust it if you can to avoid washing out your photo.

Scene exposure and white balance

Always make sure you have your camera set for the right scene. Digital cameras can help you find the best exposure compensation for your subject but they can always use a little tweaking. Play around with your camera to understand all of its features. This helps you feel more confident in your shots and lets you take better pictures overall.

I hope this helps you in your quest to become a better photographer. The perfect portrait is hard to achieve but with a little planning and experimentation with different techniques, you can see drastic improvement in the photos you capture.


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