What is dappling? And how you can avoid it.

written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com dappling: verb; to produce┬ánumerous, usually cloudy and rounded, spots or patches of a color or shade different from their background –Merriam-webster.com In photography, “dappling” refers to the spots or patches of light that fall onto your subject. Usually caused by the sun peeking through the tree leaves. Dappling is distracting […]

Troubles with your auto White Balance?

written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com I’m going to confess something…I shoot in auto WB! <gasp> Yes, I admit that while I shoot everything else in manual, often times I am too lazy to set a custom WB for every shot or series of shots. So, I flip that WB setting to “auto” and I don’t […]

PRIME focus on you 2013

written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com Last month was the Prime: Focus on You photography/business workshop. If you weren’t there, let me just say that I think you missed out on an amazing weekend of learning and networking! We had four leaders this year; Amanda of Everyday Elements, Jill of Jill Jarvis Photography, Kelly of kellynewbury.com, […]

Tips on using a reflector to bounce light

written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com Hey all! Today I want to talk a little bit about using reflectors. (this is one of the topics that I will be discussing at the Prime Workshop this weekend) The main purpose of a reflector is to bounce and/or diffuse light. They are really handy when you are shooting […]

Is Your Camera Sensor Dirty?

Dirt happens. Even if you take ultra-good care of your camera, never changing lenses near dirt or dust, or in windy conditions, your camera sensor will eventually get dirty. How to See if Your Camera Sensor is Dirty Testing your sensor for dirt and dust is very simple – you basically take a picture of […]

Finding the best light when shooting in mid-day sun!

written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com The other day, I did 2 college grad photo sessions. They took place at approximately 4p when the sun was still pretty high, and viciously bright and harsh! So, I thought I would talk today about finding the best light when shooting in the mid-day sun! I like to find […]

It’s been a whole year already!

written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com I was just looking at the calendar this morning, and realized I have been writing for Everyday Elements for an entire year already (March 14, 2012 was my first post)! Wow how quickly the time has flown by! Through Everyday Elements, I have learned new things, traveled new places, and […]

To Do or Not to Do? {Composition Part 2}

written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com As a follow-up to last week’s “rule of thirds” post, today I want to talk about a few DOs & DON’Ts when composing an image. Again, there are no real rules, but there are certain things that should be avoided. DO Straighten your horizon! This first one is a big […]

“Rule of Thirds”; Composition part 1

Written by Beckie of beckieGkengle.com Photography is an art, and this art is an interpretation of how one person sees or views something or someone in his/her life. And in my opinion, there are no real rules that absolutely must be followed. That being said, today I am going to discuss the “rule of thirds”. […]

Is your photography stuck in a rut?

written by Beckie of beckiegkengle.com Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut with your photography? I know for me personally, it has happened numerous times. How do you get out of that rut? What are the steps you take to make that happen? Something that I have recently tried is to go […]