A lesson I have learned.  {Elk River, MN Photographer}

A lesson I have learned. {Elk River, MN Photographer}

My journey with Photography has been full of lots of learning. I am always trying to learn and improve my skills to keep moving forward.  I love reading books, taking photography classes, business classes and am loving my Mentoring program I am in this year. I have learned so much about myself and how to setup and run a business.  One of my goals that I put on myself was to practice shooting so I could get to the point where I have it right in camera. I started using an expo disc to help get the white balance correct while shooting.  This helps eliminate any guessing as to what setting you need it to be on. I have also been in touch with my light meter and watching where that is when I am shooting.  I know my camera and where the sweet spot is to obtain the correct lighting.  Also getting the aperture triangle all aligned so the photo is exposed correctly. When you shoot and get it right in camera your process time is a lot easier. Photoshop makes it so you fix some of these but anything I can do to give me more time to be creative I am always looking for.

The image on the left is shot under tungsten light and is on the darker side.  The one on the left is done with the expo disc for monitoring the light balance and is in the sweet spot on my camera for lighting.  This is why getting it right in camera is huge for me.  Not that the image on the left can’t be fixed but taking the image on the right cuts down on the post processing.  This was one of my goals for 2013 and I am glad to say I have taken many mistakes to get to this point. And this is my lesson I have learned.  Getting it right in camera helps.

Now, how about a trip around the world?  Please go check out Huong @ Huong Forrest Photography.  I can’t wait to read about her lesson she has learned.  But don’t stop there.  Huong will have a link to another great photographer friend and follow the circle until you make it back to mine.  I bet there is a few lessons we all can learn from reading each and everyone of these.



  1. What a great example and great post on getting it right in camera. I love it when I figure out my sweet spots on my camera and lenses =)

  2. What a great goal and wonderful example. I know sometimes it’s easier to say to yourself, “I’ll fix it later.” But it’s so nice and so much faster to get it right the first time.

  3. Love my Expodisc. You’re definitely right! It makes a huge difference!

  4. BEAUTIFUL in camera shot, Sarah!!! I, too, am an Expo Disc user!

  5. It’s always better to take an extra minute and get it done right the first time!


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