photography lessons dallas

DIY Portraits

You don't even have to shoot in manual to have control over your photos. It can be done, but you need to know how to use your camera.

After all, wardrobe and those cute props you  made from Pinterest won't matter if your picture is blurry and strangely orange.

That's why I offer photography workshops at your convenience. Gather some friends, get a fruit tray from the grocery store, and host a How to Use Your Camera Workshop in your home.


How to Use Your Camera Workshop!


Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

at Harry Moss Park. Corner of Greenville Ave. and Royal Ln.

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

A fun and friendly crash course in manual photography:

  • F-stops
  • ISO settings
  • Shutter speeds
  • White balance
  • and FOCUSING!

Plus, a goody or two to keep.

This is a true workshop; you'll learn by doing. We work in groups, play games, and learn how all cameras work while having fun. Expect tons of one-on-one time with the instructor. Questions are encouraged.

Bring your DSLR camera, a bottle of water, and your brain. You'll need all three!

Get your tickets here.


Make things darker ... with light!

Darken parts of your photo with light. It sounds contradictory, but using a flash can actually help you darken parts of your photo.

After all, photography is just light. So when you have lights that are brighter than other ones, your camera is going to show you the difference (even if your eyes don't).

It takes some practice and a fair amount of camera knowledge, but after mastering shutter speeds and F-stops, you can add a flash and see what happens. Here's the method in a nutshell: -Set your camera settings to expose the ambient light to your liking (for example, under-expose it). -Then set your flash to the proper brightness to expose your subject the way you like.

Of course, it's a little more complicated than that, but photography is all about trying new things, making mistakes, and learning as you go.

Happy shooting.

How to Use Your Camera: Lenses

Wide Angle Versus Portrait Lens  

What does a wide angle lens do? It's easier to see for yourself.

I used one lens for these two photos, the Sony Zeiss 24-70 lens. The top photo was shot at 24 with me standing very close to the family, and the bottom was shot at 60 with me being further away from them.

Notice the difference? Look at the size of the dad's head, the width of the son's shoulders, and the distance the wide angle creates between the parents and their kids.

Many people will tell you never to use a wide angle lens for portraits. But I say, break the rules! Do what you want to do and create your own style. That's what photography is all about.