All Our Best Photography Tips & Tricks!

January 9, 2018

I am so thrilled that you use this blog as a resource for photography tips.   For those of you who are newer to the site, I am a professional photographer by training (with a Masters from SCAD) and have been working in the field ever since.   I love that this blog allows us to shoot what we feel most passionately about and it is such a pleasure to work on it, thanks to you all!  I also love helping teach about photography and would love to hear more about what you’re eager to learn — I am an open book and wish to enable each and every one of you to take your best photographs yet.  I had a lot of questions yesterday after our 2017 round up and so wanted to gather everything that we have produced so far in one place for you so that you can dive in and then let me know what else you might wish to know.   We did do a Q&A last summer which covered some reader questions, let me know if there’s any more photography tips you’d like to learn!

All Our Best Photography Tips & Tricks - Woman photographing flowers with a film camera

Some great starter articles are 5 ways to take more flattering photos and 10 ways to boost creativity.

For the more technical posts, it might be best to start with an exploration of what is in our camera bag.  Don’t be discouraged if you’re just starting out, I absolutely love giving feedback on the best cameras to invest in and I ADORE my iPhone, in fact here is a post on how to shoot with the iPhone AND how to edit (complete with video) in my favorite editing APP, VSCO.   Here is some additional info on other editing tools I use for iPhone pics…

All Our Best Photography Tips & Tricks - Woman photographing historic buildings in France

Here are a few tutorials on how to shoot and figure out what you’re doing in the moment.  It might be best to start with 5 ways to maximize your photoshoot, and then to move on to this post about how to shoot in challenging conditions, understanding light, and how to photograph all day long .  Any photographer will tell you that it’s best to shoot as close to sunrise or sunset as possible for the most flattering, golden light but we know it’s not always possible and that tutorial covers a bit more on shooting all day long.    This post covers some composition basics for eye popping instagram posts!

All Our Best Photography Tips & Tricks - woman in blue dress photographing pastel buildings in France

For our professional images, I use Lightroom for 99% of our editing and I have created a video with how I edit at the bottom of this post on editing photos for social media.   I would follow that with editing photos for brand consistency  as this is a very important topic when you’re building an online presence!

All Our Best Photography Tips & Tricks - Woman photographing historic buildings in France on a cobblestone road

I know that we all love a good flatlay, I broke down a few of the things I think about when creating one here.

I hope these photography tips help, and as always, feel free to leave any questions below !! xx

All Our Best Photography Tips & Tricks - baby wearing red checked pajamas holding a Leica camera in bed


  • Reply Steph January 10, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    This looks like it’ll be soooo helpful to a novice like me. Can’t wait to read through everything! Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. I’m a SCAD alum mom. Go 🐝s!

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo January 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      yay steph!!! what a great experience SCAD was!!! xoxox

  • Reply Ivonne January 10, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Thank you for the tips, their great! Would love it if you would link the dresses your wearing, if their still available! Thanks

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo January 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Ivonne, let me see if i can find!! xx

  • Reply Samantha January 10, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Lucy! Thank you so much for sharing these tips. I know I will definitely benefit from quite a few of them. One recent issue I’ve come across is managing my Lightroom storage. I would love to learn how you keep your library organized and store your photos without it taking up all of your drive’s space.

    xo Sam

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo January 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      yes this is so tough, i’ll get on this!!!

  • Reply Natasha January 14, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    I can’t wait to read all your tips. It’s so kind that your so willing to share all this knowlege with us. Thank you so much!

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo January 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Always Natasha, let me know how we can help! xx

  • Reply Stephanie January 16, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I am so happy I stumbled on this blog! I can’t wait to dig through all the archives. Quick question – I do a lot of shooting with my Canon 85mm lense and love the results. But I have a hard time using it indoors since I can’t get very close to my subjects – any suggestions for a lens that can be used for portraits in smaller spaces?

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo January 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Stephanie! That’s tough, I LOVE my 85mm lens too but you have to be able to get really far back to get portraits of more than one person. I use it a lot for weddings for individual portraits of each guest while at dinner with the glow of the candlelight and for details but I am afraid that I switch to my 50mm 1.2 if I cant get back too far in the space. Wish I could help more! It’s such a fantastic lens! xx

  • Reply Rean January 30, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Hello, Lucy! I’ve always been in a silent reader but your blog inspires me a lot that I want to say thank you for sharing all these tips! Super excited to try learn more.

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