Posts Tagged ‘photography lessons’

Depth Of Field Explained

Photography lesson: How to get beautiful shallow depth of field portraits. In this video, Mark explains “depth of field” and how to get that beautiful blurry background in your portraits. Find out how to use the aperture control on your lens and start taking better portraits.  Enjoy the video, and be sure to join us over at Shuttermom University for more photo tips and photography business coaching.  See you there!

Adorama TV: Interview with Jason Wallis

Adorama TV’s “How’d They Do That?” interviews Jason Wallis about his environmental portraiture.  Enjoy the video, and we’ll see you over at Shuttermom University for more photography tips and photography business coaching.

Shuttermom News

Here’s what is new at Shuttermom University this week!

1.  Save 10% off of your membership when you use coupon code 80BE6FB23.  Just go to and click the “join” button to get started.

2.  I’m running an affiliate contest for June!  Any affiliate to refer 25 new members in June will receive a $50 B&H Photo gift card IN ADDITION to their 20% commission.  Members, log into the main dashboard and click the affiliates link to get started with your promotions.

3.  There is currently a $100 B&H Photo gift card giveaway going on in the members-only area of the site!  Be sure to get your entry in before June 15th.  A winner will be chosen on June 16th.  Log into the main dashboard and you’ll see the link to enter there.

4.  We are holding a membership drive for June and I’ll be giving away another B&H Photo gift card valued at UP TO $1,500 (depending on the amount of new members we get!).  The full details are on the main page of Shuttermom University.

So, join in the fun with more than 400 other photographers just like you!  See you there!

Photography Students Helping Needy Families

I came across this article featuring photography students donating their time and framed prints to families in need.  From the article:

Photography students from the Art Institute of Salt Lake City came up with the idea to take the photos and give each family a print, beautifully framed by Roberts Crafts, as a way of providing hope, said Dave DeAustin, who teaches photography at the institute.

And the students win, too, DeAustin noted, getting great experience taking the portraits.

What a great way to give back to the community!

For the full article, click here.  For more photography tips and business coaching, join in with over 400 other photographers at Shuttermom University.  See you there!

Teen Photographer - Success at 17!

Wow…I wish I would have started my photography business at age 17!  From the article:

To teen photographer Alison Beck, one important sign of her success as an artist and businesswoman came recently when she typed her name into Google’s search bar.

To her surprise, her photography business popped up first in its drop-down menu.

If Google prioritizes such links by the volume of searches performed, then “that’s exciting,” she said, “because Alison Beck Photography, Alison Photography, Alison B Photography and Alison Beck all appear in the drop-down menu.”

This Rider High School senior’s business is just one successful part of her passion for photography.

Her creativity has also earned her $182,000 in scholarship offers from three prestigious art schools, from which she selected the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., as her destination in the fall.

Click here for the full article and we’ll see you over at Shuttermom University for more photography inspiration and business tips!

Happy Friday! The Weekly Wrap-Up

Another fun week at Shuttermom!

1.  Congratulations to Dawn F. - the winner of the Second Skin Cocoon baby prop from Custom Photo Props!  Look for another great giveaway here on the blog next week.

2.  We are up to 118 new members for May on Shuttermom University.  That means I’ll definitely be giving away a $100 gift card to an online photography store at the beginning of June on S.U.  If we can get that number up to 150 by May 31st, it will be a $200 gift card!  You can join in the fun by becoming a member at

3.  This weekend only:  You can save 50% off of a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to Shuttermom University by using coupon code C5A28DF479 when you check out.  Go to, click the “join” button, and input your info along with the coupon code to get your discount!  Once you are a lifetime member, there is nothing more to pay, ever!

4.  Coming next week on Shuttermom University:  A video showing you exactly how to create a winning facebook page for your photo business - including info on how to add a tab for testimonials, how to add an email opt-in box on your fb page, and how to use html to create a landing page for fb that rocks! Look for it on the forum next week.

Thanks everyone!  Have a wonderful weekend.

This week’s giveaway!

I’m so excited to announce this week’s giveaway from Tracy Joy!  Enter to win of of Tracy’s Joy Bags from!

Why carry a full camera bag, when you can just use your FAVORITE bag! The GLEE gives you the option of carrying your camera body and a single lens…

Here’s how to enter:

1.  “Like” Tracy’s facebook page by clicking here.

2.  “Like” the Shuttermom University page by clicking here.

3.  Tweet the following (and include the URL):  @Shutter_mom is giving away a Tracy Joy camera bag! Go to to enter

Want to enter more than once? You can, provided you do ONE of the following for EACH additional entry:

1.  Sign up to receive Tracy’s newsletter by going here.  Sign up for an account and subscribe.

2.  Sign up to receive my free weekly ezine, Shuttermom Weekly by going here.

3.  Tell all of your photography friends about this giveaway on your social networks or photo forums.  Be sure to include this URL:

4.  “Like” this post by clicking the “like” button at the bottom.

5.  “Like” the Shuttermom University webpage by clicking the “like” button towards the bottom of the page in the middle.

Finally, be sure to enter your name and email into the Contest Machine box below to finalize your entry, and be sure to leave a comment telling us you entered!  GIveaway ends Friday at noon eastern time.  Good luck!

Shuttermom news for the end of the week

Hi There!  Here are some exciting announcements:

1.  We have two winners for our Kotori photo jewelry contest:  “S” and “Cathy” should have received an email from me, and will also be hearing from Kotori about their prizes.  Thank you to Tonya for doing this great giveaway.  Be sure to visit her site at

2.  We have added 59 new members to Shuttermom University so far this month!  Remember, if we reach at least 100 new members, there will be a drawing for a $100 gift card.  If we get up to 350 new members, it will be a $1,000 gift card, and if we get 501 or more new members, it will be a $1,500 gift card!  Not a member yet?  Come join in the fun at for less than $5 a month!

3.  I just added my popular Baby Portrait Plan Success dvd (the online version) to the members-only side of Shuttermom University.  Members, log in to the main dashboard and click on the video to play it.  In this nearly hour-long video, I go over the basics of creating, marketing and selling popular baby portrait plans.  Don’t miss it!

4.  Stay tuned for another great giveaway next week!  I’ll be announcing it on Monday.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


We get it

Do you have a promo video for your photo biz?

Want to put your photography business ahead of the competition when it comes to building relationships, getting more calls, and booking more clients?  Looking for a relatively inexpensive way to market your photography business?  Look no further than your video camera.

Promotional videos are becoming more popular, and for good reason.  If you want potential clients to be able to see you working and interacting with clients, video is the way to go.  You can also speak directly to potential clients through video.  This gives them the feeling that they already know you before they call.  Video is also a great way to show off your still images, and can easily be embedded into your website or blog.  Check out the promo videos below.  One is very simple, the other more complex.  Both of them are a great way to get more business.

If you are new to video, start out with an inexpensive flip video camera and have a friend shoot you during a session. Set it to music and include some still shots (using windows movie maker or whatever came with your computer). There’s your first video.

Want to know more?  There is a full 21 minute video on the what, why and how of promotional video for your photo biz on the members only side of Shuttermom University.  Come and join in the fun for less than $5 a month (and use coupon code 80BE6FB23E for a 10% savings today and tomorrow only)!  See you there!

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