Author: Tracey Clark

Tracey Clark

With a modest arsenal of Canon equipment, a bounty of intuition and her self-proclaimed obsession with natural light, Tracey has spent over 15 years as a professional photographer and takes great pleasure in capturing the kind of images that remind us that life is beautiful. She appreciates good composition, authenticity, a cool ocean breeze and her 50mm Compact Macro lens. Tracey is the founder of Shutter Sisters and her blog.

Website: http://traceyclark.com/

Posts by Tracey Clark:

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Back to school – Milestones

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Most of the milestones our children experience are “firsts”: first steps, first haircut, first day of kindergarten, first sleep-away camp. Even still, the word first implies that there are likely more to follow. Although some milestones may be celebrated only once (the first haircut, for example), others will be celebrated regularly. For example, the first…

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Picturing Motherhood – No Ordinary Headshot

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I worked as a professional family photographer for years, and throughout that time, the classic headshot was the bread and butter of my business. Year after year, mothers brought their children to the studio with their hearts set on getting the one head-and-shoulders shot that represented their child, something that truly captured them above and…

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Photographing Milestones

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Traveling the path of motherhood means anticipating, approaching, and arriving at a great number of milestones along the way. Most of the milestones our children experience are “firsts”: first steps, first haircut, first day of kindergarten, first sleep-away camp. Even still, the word first implies that there are likely more to follow. Although some milestones…

The Sweet Spot The sweet spot in this image is the tiny flower. With the aperture set to ƒ/2.8, the background (the little girl and beyond) goes into a softer focus than the main focus of the shot. As you look to capture the feel of a stolen, wistful moment in time, shallow depth of field can be just what you need. Something would be lost if everything was in focus here. The dreamy quality enhances the feeling of the innocence of childhood.

How to Focus Your Subject: Use the F-Stop

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One of the most commonly asked questions I hear is “How do I get my subject in focus while keeping the background blurry?” How much of your shot is in focus is determined by your depth of field—the range of distance in your image that appears in focus. This highly desirable blurry background effect is…

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Ideas for Your Child Photography: Use Window Light

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When shooting daily life indoors, the windows in your home will become cherished creative allies. Through each window comes glorious natural light. That light is what will help you create the everyday photographic magic. With regard to light, I have gotten to know every single window (and sliding glass door and sky light) in my house and…

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