blog update

Exciting new online course paltform

I have some exciting news. I’m pleased to announce that Please Don’t Say Cheese online courses have been redesigned and moved to a brand-new platform! Today is Different is the new lifestyle classroom and (I may be biased) it’s beautiful… I had some issues with the course platform I was using and have spent a lot of time researching course software, websites and options for... »

learning digital photography

learning digital photography

shoot more or shoot better? When I was a child, with my first camera, my mother on occasion hid my camera and told me the little white lie that it was broken. Every coupe of days I would come to her with another film to be processed and ask for a new one. I can imagine her dilemma; she knew I was following my passion and wanted to encourage me, but she simply couldn’t afford to keep up with ... »

become a professional photographer

become a professional photographer

how do you know you’re ready? Many of my workshop and consulting clients get in touch with me for tips on how to go about becoming a professional photographer. Many have a strong passion and a dream and most have a lot of talent. I truly believe that it is possible to turn your passion into a career. I’ve done it! The key is to not just to be a good (or great) photographer; it’s ... »


composition tutorial: eliminate distractions

Eliminating distractions is, in my opinion, is the most important thing you can do to quickly improve your photography. And it should be simple. But it’s often not… Our brain has many ways of helping us handle the huge volumes of information we are subjected to every second. One of the mechanisms it uses is filtering. When we are paying attention to one thing, we filter out unnecessary... »

composition tutorial: what’s your angle?

composition tutorial: what’s your angle?

a simple composition tutorial Here’s a simple photo composition tutorial that will turn your photos from snapshots to stunning images that will make people say “Wow”! The shooting angle means, in simple terms, where you stood (or crouched or sat or even lay down) to take the photograph. I bet, like most people, most of the time, you were standing up, looking face-on at your subje... »


play photo a day with me

The other day I was browsing through some of my bookmarked web pages and I found my 2007 photo a day blog. It reminded me of how much that challenge helped me to get better both technically and creatively at photography. I hadn’t thought of that blog since I stopped posting to it but flicking through it brought back memories of that time that still make me smile. See below for a sample of Ja... »


21 day photo challenge

Learn to Take Simply Stunning Photos of your Kids The best way to master any skill – including photography – is with practice, practice, practice. With an online photo challenge you will learn the tips and tricks used by professional photographers to capture beautiful images and be encouraged to practice and share. What’s included? Every 3 days for 21 days you will receive a tuto... »


Christmas lights bokeh

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… I love it when someone asks a question that gives me the opportunity to write a blog post and share the tips with everyone! At my last workshop Sonia asked about how to get good Christmas lights bokeh shots. First, what is it? BOKEH = noun. a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image. Now, how to ge... »

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