West-E Photography: Blog https://www.westephotography.com/blog en-us Mary Beth DAloia (West-E Photography) Thu, 09 Jun 2022 12:47:00 GMT Thu, 09 Jun 2022 12:47:00 GMT https://www.westephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u882996339-o870833488-50.jpg West-E Photography: Blog https://www.westephotography.com/blog 96 120 2022 SENIOR PHOTO SESSIONS https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2021/8/2021-weddings SENIOR PHOTO SESSIONS NOW BOOKING


Booking Senior Sessions now through September.  Sessions fill up fast so be sure to reserve your date. 

The session will be tailored to exactly what you are looking for, whether formal or creative style.  Your choice.  I work with you to plan out your session.  You are in control and the sessions are always relaxing and fun.

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518-429-0931.  I hope I get to meet you! 

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2021 Weddings https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/11/2021-weddings BOOKING NOW FOR 2021 WEDDINGS



Wedding Photography is booking up fast for me for 2021.  If you would like to reserve your date, please call me as soon as possible to talk about what you are looking for in a wedding photographer and to chat about your wedding plans.  I love small weddings and I love large weddings.  I've done many of both.

I specialize in traditional/photojournalism/fine art style wedding photography.  I make sure to take many candid images of your wedding and guests' joyful celebration throughout the day.  I also take some time, usually between your ceremony and reception, to guide you and your wedding party or special guests into classic and contemporary poses so you can have styled, gorgeous group shots as well.

My primary focus is on providing every client with unobtrusive, professional photography services that allow the wedding festivities to carry on, uninterrupted by my work.  With my low-key style I am able to capture the precious details and once-in-a-lifetime moments without disturbing the natural flow of the day.

If you are interested in interviewing me for your wedding photos, please call me at 518-429-0931.  I hope I get to meet you! 

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Why is photography important? https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/10/why-is-photography-important Photographs become reminders of our history...documenting moments in time that might otherwise be forgotten.

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It is so important because it freezes memories and captures moments in time that you'll be able to remember and cherish years. If you look at the images that people save, usually it's photos of their family, friends, pets, places, and items they love.  

Photography is a vision, it’s art, it is imagination, and it is observation.  It is a way to explore the world, and experience day to day life with a camera.  It is a powerful tool to tell a story or to share a moment.  

That's why photography is so important in our world today and for future generations.



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LOOK TO THE PROFESSIONAL https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/9/look-to-the-professional As a professional photographer, I am someone who will be there for you now and for years to come.  I am a business owner who thrives on customer service and satisfaction.  I strive to produce products that exceed your -- and my-- best expectations.  Call or email to talk about what you are looking for.  

Wedding PhotosFallDelightKyle and Kylie

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See the Difference https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/9/see-the-difference Great photography takes both technical skills and artistry. 

I am more than just a "picture taker".  I am a student of lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design.  I combine these elements to create works of art that don't just match your budget...they also fit perfectly with your family's unique characteristics and your personal style.

Give me a call at 518-429-0931 and let's talk about your vision.


(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/9/see-the-difference Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:06:37 GMT
Senior Photography -- Book your session now https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/8/senior-photography----book-your-session-now Professional photography is so much more than just snapping a picture.  It's the technique and experience to consistently capture the highest quality photographs, regardless of the situation.  It's the artistry and vision to get that one shot--that one look--that is so uniquely your high school senior.  It's the professionalism to guide you through the process of creating works of art you will treasure for a lifetime.

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Senior Photography Season is Upon Us! https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/8/senior-photography-season-is-upon-us High School senior photos capture one of the most special times in a person's young life.  These are days that you will want to remember forever with amazing professional photographs. 

I approach a senior session with finding out the senior's interests and then make sure the photos reflect those interests.  What's their look?  How do I create photographs that tell the world who they are...I strive to create photos you're happy to share with family and friends. 

For everyday photos, you may be fine with a neighbor, a friend or your sister-in-law.  But when it comes to these once-in-a-lifetime moments, you need to make sure the person behind the camera is a proven professional photographer. 

Call 518-429-0931 or email [email protected] to book an appointment.

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Senior Photography Class of 2021 https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/8/senior-photography-class-of-2021 Photo folios are now available to preserve your senior photos as a keepsake for generations to come. 

After your session, you get to choose your favorite photos from your session to complete your folio. Prices start at $65.

Click "Read the full post" to see all options available.

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FIVE STAR Wedding Wire Reviews https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/7/wedding-wire-reviews
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First Looks https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2020/3/first-looks Hopefully all this crazy stuff going on with Covid-19 will soon be behind us and we can move on to the business of life.  If you are planning a wedding and have some time to decide what you want for your special day, you'll want to think about a having a "First Look".  Click on the box below and scroll down to learn all about them.

Erika and Justin

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Weddings by West-e Photography https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2019/11/weddings-by-west-e-photography Wedding PhotosDSC_1676     To learn more about the services I offer to couples on their special day, please click here for my informational PDF.                                                                                                                                   ]]> (West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2019/11/weddings-by-west-e-photography Sat, 09 Nov 2019 19:09:07 GMT Wedding Albums https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2019/10/wedding-albums Wedding Photography:

Your Wedding Album


Your wedding album is a piece of your story, a cherished heirloom generations of friends and family members will enjoy. It’s a display piece that you can leaf through on an anniversary or special occasion, or just on a rainy day.

It’s a central go-to to remember your biggest day, and the people, places and all those perfect details that made it great—and a custom album designed with your specific needs, budget and wedding day in mind is the ultimate way to keep the excitement and the special moments alive forever.


There are many shapes and styles to choose from including albums from Italy and acrylic cover albums. 


(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2019/10/wedding-albums Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:14:38 GMT
West-e Photography Winner of the 2019 Global Wedding Award https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2019/6/west-e-photography-winner-of-the-2019-global-wedding-award Global Wedding Award, weddingsGlobal Wedding AwardThis month I was notified that I have been awarded the 2019 Global Wedding Award. I would love to meet with you regarding your upcoming wedding. I have packages to fit every budget and style of wedding.

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Wedding Wire https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2018/9/wedding-wire
Read all of my wedding reviews on our West-e Photography Storefront at Wwlogo 83x19
Read all of my YELP reviews HERE...
(West-E Photography) Wedding Weddings Wire https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2018/9/wedding-wire Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:41:01 GMT
Pet Photography -- November Special https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2017/11/pet-photography----november-special Now is the time to start thinking of Christmas Gifts for yourself, a loved one, or friend.  One perfect gift would be a large print or wall canvas of a beloved pet.  

I am offering $50 off the session fee for any pet session booked during the month of November.  


Pet PhotographyIf you have any questions about this offer, please do not hesitate to contact me.

(West-E Photography) mechanicville pets photography portraits https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2017/11/pet-photography----november-special Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:19:21 GMT
It's That Time Again -- Senior Yearbook Photos https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2017/5/its-that-time-again----senior-yearbook-photos H.S. Senior Photos

One price for two dates:

  1. Here in my studio for formal shots
  2. ​Location of your choice for second date. (Athletes usually prefer the gym or playing field.  Other popular locations are Yaddo, or Congress Park in Saratoga.

One price covers the shoots, all professionally edited photographs, plus all photos on a CD in Facebook resolution for posting an sharing.   I take care of getting your yearbook favorites  to the school.     Approximately 60-80 photographs to choose from.   

Please call to set up an appointment. Senior PortraitsSenior Portraits


(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2017/5/its-that-time-again----senior-yearbook-photos Sun, 14 May 2017 11:16:55 GMT
FAMILY PHOTO SESSION SPECIAL https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2017/2/family-photo-session-special Family Photo Special

$50 off family photo session 


$60 print credit.

(Valid through April 2017)

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Valentine's Day Special https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2017/1/valentines-day-special Valentines Day is quickly approaching.  Why not book a boudoir session for your husband or boyfriend to give him something he won't expect.  Photos are always classy, tasteful and playful.

Special:  20% off sitting with $60 print credit if booked before January 30th. 


(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2017/1/valentines-day-special Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:48:40 GMT
Pet Photography https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2016/8/pet-photography Pet Photography]]> (West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2016/8/pet-photography Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:17:05 GMT WANTED: Senior Reps for 2017 Graduating Class https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2016/7/wanted-senior-reps-for-2017-graduating-class

Calling all Seniors.  Earn yourself a FREE senior photography session by referring your friends.

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Senior Photography Special https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2016/4/senior-photography-special 20% discount if booked by June 1, 2016.

Book your date before June 1, 2016 and receive 20% discount on your portrait session.  

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Newborn Photography Special https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2016/2/newborn-photography-special

I am offering a free hour of newborn photography with every one hour session booked.  That's two hours for the price of one!

Normal fee for a two hour session is $500.  Mention this blog post and receive the second hour free, total price = $250.


  • Two hour session
  • Post editing and special effects of all photos
  • On-line photo gallery where prints can be shared with family and friends and prints can be ordered
  • Two 8 X 10 prints
  • Four wallet prints



(West-E Photography) newborn newborns photography triplets twins https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2016/2/newborn-photography-special Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:53:43 GMT
West-e Photography Has Become one of the Top Photographers https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2016/1/west-e-photography-has-become-one-of-the-top-photographers-in-the-area West-e Photography has been named in the top 24 photographers in the Saratoga County, Albany, and surrounding areas.

Established in 2010, West-E Photography has become a top photographer in Saratoga County, Albany, and the surrounding areas. Mary Beth DAloia graduated from SUNY Albany and specializes in wedding, engagement, portrait, sport, corporate event, and fine art photography.

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Portrait Sessions on Sale Now Through the End of November https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/11/portrait-sessions-on-sale-now-through-the-end-of-november Take 20% off the sitting fee if session booked this month.  

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30% off prints until October 28th https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/10/30-off-prints-until-october-28th ​If you have any photos you would like to have p printed, now is the time. Right now get 30% off prints until October 28th.  



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A Special Thank you to the High School Seniors of 2016 https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/10/a-special-thank-you-to-the-seniors-of-2016 Thank you to the seniors who in trusted in me to take your high school senior photographs.  You were all wonderful to work with and I had a great time at all the shoots. 

Thanks again and may you have a wonderful last year of high school!!


(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/10/a-special-thank-you-to-the-seniors-of-2016 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:41:42 GMT
H.S. Senior Photos https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/9/h-s-senior-photos I just have a few spots left to fill for senior portraits.  

One price for two dates:

  1. Here in my studio for formal shots
  2. ​Location of your choice for second date. (Athletes usually prefer the gym or playing field).

One price covers the shoots, all professionally edited photographs available for download and  I send the disc of your yearbook pics to the school contact.  Approximately 60-80 photographs to choose from for the yearbook.

Please call for details.

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H.S. Seniors -- It's almost that time!! https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/8/h-s-seniors----its-almost-that-time Class of 2016.....This is it!  Your last year!  Congratulations!

Choose something different and up-to-date for your Senior Photographs.

Class of 2016

Call to book your appointment.   Slots fill up fast....

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Family Portraits https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/8/family-portraits It's time to start booking for those fall family portraits.  The best time of the year for them is when the leaves are changing, the air is cool, and the light is soft.  One time sitting fee and ala carte print prices.  

Call for more information or to book your date.

(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/8/family-portraits Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:01:44 GMT
Pet Photography Summer Special https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/7/pet-photography-summer-special For July and August I am offering pet photography in your home for 30% off the sitting fee.  Please contact me to book your appointment.


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Free copy of Photoshop https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/3/free-copy-of-photoshop Found this online: Free version of Photoshop CS2. Windows or MAC. If you don't have Photoshop because of the price, you might want to get this. It's an old legacy version, but it's still Photoshop.  It's the first version I ever owned.  It would be worth the download. 

(West-E Photography) Photoshop cs2 free https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/3/free-copy-of-photoshop Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:33:50 GMT
H.S. Seniors -- It's almost that time!! https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/1/h-s-seniors----its-almost-that-time Class of 2016.....This is it!  Your last year!  Congratulations!

Choose something different and up-to-date for your Senior Photographs.

Class of 2016

Call or email for a copy of this on-line magazine.

(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2015/1/h-s-seniors----its-almost-that-time Fri, 02 Jan 2015 01:12:38 GMT
Portraits for your Professional Profile https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/12/portraits-for-your-professional-profile  

  Book a session in my studio for your professional profile and business cards.   Any session booked in December-January receives 30% discount.  Must mention this blog post to receive discount.


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Photoshop Training One-on-One https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/11/photoshop-training-one-on-one For anyone wanting to learn Photoshop, I'm offering individual classes at $50 per hour. 

You must have Photoshop and Lightroom on your laptop or PC.  You can sign up for the Creative Cloud for $9.99 per month at https://creative.adobe.com/plans/photography

I'll cover both Photoshop and Lightroom.  Learn how to be more creative with your photography and take it to a new level. 

Basic tools and design space will be covered before we move on to enhancing photos and creating special effects. 

Email me at [email protected] to set up your one-on-one class or to ask any questions you may have.  



(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/11/photoshop-training-one-on-one Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:42:38 GMT
Painted Portraits - Now taking orders https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/10/painted-portraits---now-taking-orders Painted Portraits -- Now Taking Orders

Give a special and unique gift.  One that the receiver will know you put great thought into.  Do they (or you) have a pet you love?  Why not have a portrait painted to honor them.  How about a child or special friend?  Portraits take approximately three weeks to complete so get your orders in early so you have them by the 24th of December.

Mary Beth D'Aloia
Ron McNeilRon McNeilMary Beth D'Aloia

(West-E Photography) https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/10/painted-portraits---now-taking-orders Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:50:46 GMT
Book now for your Senior Portraits. https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/9/book-now-for-your-senior-portraits Senior PortraitsSenior Portraits

Submission to the school must be in by sometime in October.  Book now to reserve your date for your session.

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23 Free Photography EBooks https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/8/23-free-photography-ebooks 23 FREE PHOTOGRAPHY E-BOOKS

A great resource for everything photography is LightStalking.  Most recently they had a post on free e-books.  Here is the link:


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August Specials https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/8/august-specials AUGUST SPECIALS


Book 2014-2015 Senior Portrait Session and receive 20% discount.

Book a wedding and receive a free album.

Wedding Photos

Family Portraits booked this month receive a 20% discount on sitting fee.








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Getting the Perfect Exposure Every Time https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/7/getting-the-perfect-exposure-every-time Perfect Exposure Every Time: A Guide to Metering in the Viewfinder

You'd be surprised how much information is available through your camera's viewfinder. In today's tutorial, we're looking again at one of the most important elements of photography - exposure - and how you can expose a perfect photo using just the information shown in your camera viewfinder!


Republished Tutorial

Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. This tutorial was first published in June of 2010.

When I first began learning photography, mastering exposure settings seemed to be one of the trickiest things to grasp. To get a decent exposure, my workflow usually consisted of snapping a picture, viewing the result, fiddling with the settings nearly at random, and then trying again only to repeat the cycle over and over while hoping to stumble onto a decent result. As a beginner, this can be immensely frustrating. It wasn't until I had a strong grasp of how the exposure settings affected the end result that I really began taking nice photographs fairly easily.

Armed with this knowledge, I could at least figure out how to interpret my test picture and adjust the camera settings accordingly a few times until I was happy with the result. Then one day someone showed me a simple trick that changed everything. Since I lacked any sort of formal training I had completely missed the fact that my camera would actually tell me how far off my exposure was and guide me to the "sweet spot" without ever pulling my eye from the viewfinder!

This brief tutorial is for complete beginners who, like me when I first started, have no clue how to make your fancy camera take a picture that isn't either too dark or too bright. As such, I'll keep everything really basic and as non-technical as possible. It's also important to note that while the principals outlined here apply to all digital SLRs, the functionality discussed below applies specifically to Canons and may require some interpretation to be applied to cameras from other manufacturers.

Our recent Beginner's Guide to Exposure explained in great detail everything you need to know about exposure. For those of you who haven't read this, I'll very briefly explain what you need to know for the purposes of this tutorial.

Exposure loosely refers to the amount of light that is let into the sensor on your camera. The more light you let in, the brighter the resulting picture. Conversely, the less light you let in, the darker the picture.

How much light is let in is a function of your shutter speed and aperture. The shutter speed is commonly expressed in fractions of a second. For example, if you see a setting that says 1/125, 1/50, etc. this is your shutter speed. Shutter speed is exactly what it sounds like: the amount of time the shutter opens to let light in.

Since the number is a fraction, the smaller the denominator (the number on the bottom), the longer the exposure. For example, 1/200th of a second is a much shorter amount of time than 1/10th of a second. Consequently, a shutter speed of 1/200th of a second will let in much less light and produce a much darker image than a shutter speed of 1/10th of a second. Also note that the longer the exposure, the blurrier any action in the photo will become.


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The aperture setting controls how much light is let in by varying the size of the opening through which the light must enter and is expressed in terms of focal length (f/x). The smaller the number associated with the denominator of the focal length, the greater the size of the hole, which means more light entering the camera and consequently a brighter picture.


lighting chart

Also remember that the lower the denominator is on the focal length, the shallower the depth of field. This means that the area of the picture that is in focus is fairly large at f/11 and higher, and fairly small at f/3 and lower.

Your ISO setting will also affect the brightness of the picture in conjunction with the quality. Without getting into the complexities of your camera's electronic sensor, suffice to say that the higher the ISO, the brighter the resulting picture. Unfortunately, as ISO increases so does color noise, which really brings down the quality of the photo.


lighting chart

Hopefully that's all pretty straightforward. If you're confused by all the explanation, the three images above tell you everything you need to know. If you need your image to be brighter, decrease the denominator in both the aperture and shutter speed and increase the ISO. If you need your image to be darker, increase the denominator in both the aperture and shutter speed and decrease the ISO (you'll quickly learn to feel out all three together).

As you know, when you're shooting in full auto, your camera attempts to make all these judgement calls for you. However, as a photographer, you should be comfortable shooting on full manual as you'll have much more control over the results when you can fine tune the settings.

The nice thing about all this is that even in manual mode, your camera is giving you hints as to what it thinks your exposure should be. Try pointing your camera at a subject and pressing the shoot button half way. You should hear a beep from the autofocus as the camera attempts to interpret what you want to focus on.

This beep signifies more than the autofocus however, as much more is going on automatically behind the scenes. To see what I mean, look into your viewfinder. You should see lots of numbers and settings that will vary from camera to camera, but they should at least resemble the simplified graphic below.



As you can see, all of the settings we discussed above are represented right here in the viewfinder. When you perform that half-press on the shoot button and hear the beep, these indicators will light up and show you the settings you've selected as well as how the camera interprets the available light.



Here the camera is telling us that we've set our shutter speed to 1/125, our focal length to 4.0 and our ISO to 200. The real magic however is happening with the Exposure Level Indicator (ELI). This is telling us that we aren't letting enough light into the camera. We know this because the little light on the bottom is lit up to the left of center. If it were lit up to the right of center, we would know that we are letting too much light in. The goal then is to get this little guy lined up right down the middle.



Theoretically, this should help you achieve a picture that is neither too bright, nor too dark. Admittedly, some exposure bias is sometimes necessary but this method should work just fine a great deal of the time. To put this into practice, let's imagine a shooting scenario.

Let's say you're indoors shooting a birthday party during the day. As is often the case, the light is decent, but not great. Using the information above, you know that since there's not a lot of light available, you'll probably want to bump your ISO up to 800. Sure you'd love to shoot down at 100 but it simply won't be possible given the conditions.

You also know that the poor lighting means you'll want your aperture wide open. Let's say your lens will only go down to f/4, so that's where you'll set the aperture. You're fine with the shallower depth of field because it produces that nice blurry background and crisp subject that you see often in professional photography.

Since you're shooting moving people, you want your shutter speed to be fast enough to have crisp photos devoid of blur where someone was moving. Consequently, you'll start with a shutter speed of 1/200.

Next, you look into your viewfinder, focus on your subject, and see the following:



You can instantly tell, even before you take a single picture, that the image is going to be too dark. Your aperture is as open as you can get it and you don't want to sacrifice any more quality, so your only option is to decrease the speed of your shutter to allow more light in.

The brilliant part is that you can accomplish this without even removing your eye from the viewfinder. With the camera up to your eye, there should be a little wheel next to your right index finger. Turn this wheel to adjust your shutter speed. Oddly enough, turning the wheel left will make the ELI go right and turing the wheel right will make it go left (it might be the opposite on a Nikon). You can actually change all of the settings above without leaving the viewfinder, consult your camera's manual for how to do this on your specific model.

So to fix the problem shown in the picture above, simply move the wheel left until the indicator is centered.



A shutter speed of 1/100 should be quick enough to shoot handheld without too much blurring. Keep in mind that if you go any longer, you'll want to shoot stiller subjects and/or implement a tripod to keep things steady.

If you're shooting handheld and centering the ELI means dropping your shutter speed too low (say 1/50), try upping your ISO or lowering your focal length (if your lens will allow). Note that if you're using a flash, you can shoot at much slower shutter speeds as the flash captures the motion in place.

If you're really lost on where to set all of your settings to start things off, try switching to auto mode and metering there. This should get you in the right neighborhood to start playing with your own settings in manual mode.

Sometimes you'll find yourself shooting a scene that is changing so quickly that using manual mode becomes cumbersome and annoying. I recently shot an outside hockey game at night where this was the case. The lighting in different areas of the rink varied dramatically, the players were of course constantly moving and I was experimenting with different zoom levels. Consequently, shooting in full manual would've required a lot more settings adjustments and a lot less shooting than I would've liked.

In these circumstances, it's a good idea to shoot in AV. This mode allows you to set your own ISO and aperture so you have control over your depth of field and color noise. However, it automatically takes care of your shutter speed for you. If you look into the viewfinder in this mode, you'll see that you camera dynamically adjusts the settings so that the ELI is in the center no matter where you're shooting.

When shooting in AV, you still have to keep an eye on your shutter speed to make sure your camera isn't putting it too slow. Again, any time it starts dipping too much below 1/100, try adjusting your other settings to allow more light in. Even if your pictures are looking decent on the small screen, you'll be disappointed to see how blurry they are when you import them into your computer and view them at full size.

Try to resist shooting in either AV or auto mode when you don't have to. The more practice you get in on full manual, the more you'll become comfortable with every setting on your camera. This will enable you to confidently approach setting your own exposure in nearly every situation and will help you become a much better photographer.

To sum up, if your pictures are too bright, try increasing your shutter speed, upping your aperture (higher number, smaller hole), and/or reducing your ISO. Conversely, if your pictures are too dark, decrease your shutter speed, reduce the aperture, and/or increase your ISO.

Watch the Exposure Level Indicator in your camera's viewfinder closely and try to adjust your settings so that it lines up perfectly in the center. If for some reason this produces a picture that is still too dark or too bright, apply exposure bias accordingly.

Finally, if you have trouble shooting in manual, start off in auto to get a feel for the proper settings or switch to AV so the camera will automatically control only your shutter speed while you take care of the rest.


Here is a direct link to Josh's tutorial:


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This is Curtiss.  He loves to have his picture taken.  If you have a loved pet that you would like to have a photo of, let me set it all up for you.  I'll come over to the comfort of your home with my backdrops, and all the necessary lighting equipment necessary to get the perfect studio shot.  Contact me for more information. 


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Add More Light to a Photograph in PhotoShop https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/2/add-more-light-to-a-photograph-in-photoshop To bring more light into your photograph, create a new layer.

Set the Blend Mode to "Color Dodge" and set the opacity to about 15%. (Color Dodge creates more realistic results).

With the brush tool set to a soft brush, hold the Alt/Option key to pick up colors from the area that you want to brighten. Keep brushing in some light and pick up new colors if the background changes.


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PhotoShop Tip of the Day https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2014/2/photoshop-top-of-the-day Have you ever been working on an image in PhotoShop and needed to get to the center of it?  Here's a quick and easy way to do it.  

Crop Tool>In Options Bar, choose "Front Image"

Drag your crop tool around entire image to select. 

Command-R/(CTRL-R) to show rulers.  Drag out a vertical guide from the side ruler and drop it exactly on the center crosshair. 

Repeat from top ruler and drag out a horizontal guide.  The center of your page is now defined.


Click the Move Tool (V) to cancel the crop.  A dialog box will appear.  Click "Don't Crop".  There you have the center of the document.


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Once a gift certificate is purchased from West-E Photography, a gift certificate code will be created and made available to use at checkout. 

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Normally $137 each, now only $78 each.  Only two specials left, so act fast.

Select a print from your gallery and send me an email with the print number (or email a high resolution print of your own.)  Payment through Paypal will be accepted and there is NO shipping cost to you.

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 I work with you individually in your own personal photo shoot, not a five minute sit and pose, click click, you're done type of portrait.  I will bring out your personality in your portraits. 

Do you play sports?  Play an instrument?  Have another interest you want to showcase?  My portraits will give you the freedom to make a statement that is all your own, in the locations of your choice.  

 So, book your session early.  

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Learn to Use Your New Digital Camera https://www.westephotography.com/blog/2013/7/learn-to-use-your-new-digital-camera Are you new to digital photography?  Have you just purchased or received a new digital camera and aren't sure how to use it?

Here are a few tips to get you up and running.

First, review the camera's manual.  You don't have to read it from cover to cover.  Just scan it and review the basic camera operation.  

After learning how to set a proper exposure, set up a still life near a window so you can use available lighting.  Move around the still life and take different shots to get different angles of the light coming in the window.  Try both automatic and manual modes for exposure, but for now, use the auto-focus setting. 

Try changing settings to see the different results:  ISO, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, etc. 

Upload the images to the computer and look at your images.  Check the sharpness, exposure, etc.  Look at the ones that look the best and determine the settings you used to get there.  Each photo contains what is called EXIF data and contains all the camera settings used to take the image.

If you see a lot of un-sharp images, check what shutter speed was used.  Perhaps it was too low.  Try increasing the shutter speed so you can get a sharp picture while hand holding the camera. 

If you're looking to get that beautiful sharp image with the "blurred" background, try setting the f/stop to a lower number. 

But, the most important thing you need to do is get out there and take pictures every chance you can.  Carry your camera with you at all times, like I do.  You never know when a good opportunity for picture taking will crop us. 

Enjoy your camera, learn everything there is to know about it, and always push the envelop to learn new things and techniques.....



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Albums are not just for weddings anymore.  After our photo session (whether it be engagement, family portrait, pet portrait, event, etc.)  select your favorite photos from your on-line gallery for your album, something you will have and cherish for a lifetime to come.  


Crystal Cover


Crystal -- Behind every crystal cover is an extra thick cardboard-like PVC sheet that provides extra rigidity.  These extra think pages in our crystal collection ensures zero bending and lasting durability.

The crystal cover invokes a unique shiny surface that glistens under light.  This gives off an amazing glass-like surface that creates an extra sense of depth and style.

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