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Looking for a last minute gift for the photography lover in your life? I have just the thing!
An all day photography class that will go over how your camera works, composition techniques and a little bit of image editing. The workshop is on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

This is for all the moms and dads, or beginning photographers out there that want to photograph and capture those special moments as your kids grow or your life happens. The workshop will be for a small group of no more than 8 so reserve a spot ASAP.

The “Capture Your Life Photography Workshop” will from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on January 22 at our studio and will cover the following:

Capture Your Life Photography Workshop
What’s included in the class?
* Getting to know how your camera works (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, etc.)
* Natural light and how to use it
* Creative composure to tell a story
* Hands on & Interactive (so bring your camera!)
* A guided photo session for you to practice the techniques you learn
* Intro to digital image editing using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

What to bring:
* A positive attitude and sense of humor
* YOUR CAMERA (It would also be helpful if you could bring your camera manual to refer to if necessary and any cables that came with your camera)
* Your laptop or a notebook to take notes
* Your Questions (there will be a time for Questions & Answers at the end)

What’s the cost?
•$165 for a full day of learning!
• We will have lunch together in one of our local cafes (on me!) or feel free to have lunch on your own.

Where will the workshop be held?
• Aubin Ahrens Photography studio in Manette:
• 2202 East 11th, Bremerton, WA 98310
• Reach me at: 360-692-1962 or 360-710-1435 or t2a@comcast.net or t2a@aubinahrensphoto.com
You can register and make a payment at:
http://www.aubinahrensphoto.com/pickpic/shop/addproduct.php?productselect=13&type=4

The holidays are here. Families gather, decorations are put up, great food is presented and devoured, presents are exchanged and cameras you haven’t used since summer vacation are brought out. My awesome clients ask me for photo tips all the time, so to make sure you all are ready to capture all the moments, I have put together a few ideas to keep in mind.

Tips To Take Better Photos For The Holidays

Tip #1: Be Prepared!
Make sure you have plenty of batteries and if you’re using a digital camera, get plenty of memory cards. You will want to photograph at high resolution so you’ll be able to print the best images. Using too low of resolution just so you can get more pictures is not a good trade off! Also, do your homework now! Pull out that manual, or go online and download it, and refresh your memory with what all those buttons on your camera do. You don’t want to miss precious moments while trying to figure out how to work the camera and where to put the memory card.

Tip #2: Think About Your Composition
Where you put things in your photos matters! A few things to think about that will improve your images greatly include:
•Get close. Fill the entire frame with the your child and get rid of extra clutter. Go for expression!
•To create a more dynamic image, put your subject off center using the rule of thirds. Some cameras even have a grid on the LCD panel to help you with this. If not, think about dividing the frame into thirds and placing the subject on one of those intersections. To make sure your subject will be in focus, pre-focus by pushing the shutter halfway down while focusing on your subject. Then, still holding the button down, reframe your camera so your subject is placed off-center and press the shutter button fully.
•Pay attention to what’s behind your subject when creating your picture. Avoid things that come out of your subject’s head by stepping to one side or the other. Try to keep backgrounds simple. Use composition rule “get close” and this will be less of a problem!

Tip #3: Don’t take just one!
One of the great things about digital cameras is that you don’t have to print them all, so shoot away! It will likely take several photos to get just a couple of really good images, and when will you have this chance again? When you are photographing groups, someone always blinks so take lots. Make it fun by talking to the group and letting them have input on the poses. And of course, take lots of candid moments just trying to capture the moment and the expression.

Tip #4 Get in some of the photos!
In our family, it was always either Ned or me taking the photos of the other one with the girls. We ended up hardly having any of us all together! Learn from our mistakes! Put the camera on a tripod or even on a chair or table and use the self-timer. Almost all cameras have them now. Just be sure to pre-focus and to figure out where you will stand in a group photo before starting timer.

There is so much more to tell you about, but this will get you started and hopefully help you make some great images of all your special days with your family.

If you want to know more, I am holding another “Capture Your Life” Workshop on January 22, 2011. It will be another full day workshop to learn how best to use your camera and use composition to help create awesome images. If you missed it last time, now is another chance. E-mail me for more info! Happy Holidays!

So many folks have asked me to do a workshop, so I finally am putting one together. This is for all your moms and dads out there that want to capture those special moments as your kids grow. This will be for a small group of no more than 10 so reserve your spot ASAP.

The “Capture Your Life Workshop” will be on Saturday, July 17  from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and will cover the following:

Capture Life Workshop
What’s included in the workshop:
* Getting to know how your camera works (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, etc.)
* Natural light and how to use it
* Creative composure to tell a story
* Hands on & Interactive (so bring your camera!)
* Working on a few surprises as well!

What to bring:
* A positive attitude and sense of humor
* YOUR CAMERA (It would also be helpful if you could bring your camera manual to refer to if necessary and any cables that came with your camera)
* Your laptop or a notebook to take notes
* Your Questions (there will be a time for Questions & Answers at the end)

What’s the cost?
•$165 for a full day of learning!
• We will have lunch together in one of our local cafes so expect about $12 for lunch or feel free to pack a lunch or have lunch on your own.

Where will the workshop be held?

• Aubin Ahrens Photography studio in Manette:
• 2108 East 11th, Bremerton, WA 98310
• Reach me at: 360-692-1962 or 360-710-1435 or t2a@comcast.net or t2a@aubinahrensphoto.com
You can register and make a payment at: http://www.aubinahrensphoto.com/pickpic/shop/addproduct.php?productselect=13&type=4

Many of you have asked for tips you can use to take better photos with your own cameras. Some of you will most likely get cameras over the holidays. If you want to know more than the 3 tips I have here, I’ll be teaching a class through Olympic College’s Continuing Education Program next month in January. I will be going over the basic camera controls and settings, composition techniques, and what do do after the photograph is shot. The class is CEAC 042 Digital Photography Basics and is on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Jan 13, 20, and 27. To register call Olympic College at 360-475-7786 or e-mail them at ContinuingEd@olympic.edu

In the mean time, here are

Three Tips to Take Better Photos with your Digital Camera

1. Know what the controls on your camera do. If you a messing with your camera trying to figure out which setting to use, the moment will pass and you will miss it and your photos will end up looking staged. Get out that manual and learn which settings are best for which uses. It is amazing what you can do when you know which setting to use.

2. Use the rule of thirds. When composing your photos, they will be more interesting to look at if you think about dividing your frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically and then put your subject at one of the intersections. Many cameras on the market now even put a grid in the viewfinder to help you compose using the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds help you create an asymmetrical balance to your photos that will make your photos more “active”.

3. Pay attention to the background. Look to see what is going on in the background of your photo. Is it too busy? Will it distract from what you want the viewer to see? Sometimes just one step one direction or the other can eliminate things in the background that compete with your subject.

Want more: stay posted or sign up for the class! I will be doing a class through OC in spring and a workshop at our studio in February as well. I also will be posting tips here now and then. Until then happy picture taking!


What could be better than spending a beautiful Saturday with a bride and groom in love in Port Gamble. There is romance and love all around! How sweet. Jenny and James are such a fun couple. We had a blast getting photos of them on their big day. Congratulations to a wonderful couple!

I loved the Converse shoes they wore.

I loved the Converse shoes they wore.

The gorgeous bride

The gorgeous bride

Wow! what a dress!

Wow! what a dress!

The handsome groom

The handsome groom

Jenny and James get their sexy on!

Jenny and James get their sexy on!

Bride and groom in Port Gamble

Bride and groom in Port Gamble

I DO !

I DO !

The reception

The reception

What was James doing !

What was James doing !

Congratulations Jenny and James!

Congratulations Jenny and James!

I love to travel and make photographs and when I can do both, I am very happy!

Airline tickets came today! I am getting ready to pack for this year’s photography tour to France. Nine of us are headed to Paris, the Loire Valley and Normandy to photograph everything in sight. We will do everything from visit the Eiffel Tour, enjoy an evening boat ride on the Siene, explore the chateaus of the Loire Valley and the abbey of Mont St. Michelle, examine the history of D-Day and Normandy and then back to Paris. We will be making photographs and memories all day, every day for nine days. We will have a chance each evening to review our photos and discuss techniques to use to create better photographs each day.

The lucky senior high students in the group will have their senior session photographs made in Paris and the Loire Valley.  I can hardly wait. I am really looking forward to spring time in Paris!!!

If the above plans sound like something you would like to participate in, drop me a line. I usually escort one or two groups a year to different sites for photography tours. Last year we went to London over Christmas break. Spectacular!! Places I would like to escort groups interested in photography to include Greece, Spain, Tuscany, Costa Rica and the Oregon Coast. I need at least six participants to make a group trip work. If  there is a trip you want to take and want to learn more about photography along the way, let’s talk!

Just spent the afternoon working with my students on a photography show they will be hanging next week. The show “Living Color” will be on display throughout the month of February at Checkers Espresso and Gallery in Poulsbo at 18881 Front Street. A reception will be held on February 5th from 6-8 pm. Come and enjoy the show and some great coffee. Thanks to Jim Wise at Checkers for letting us have the space.

Got a new digital camera, but not quite sure how to maximize all of its features?
In “Take Digital Photos the Easy Way”, a hands-on class I am teaching at Olympic College in Bremerton on Saturday, February 9th from 9 am – noon,   you will earn what elements are needed to take a good picture and get your own perfect shots.
Bring a digital camera and cables to connect camera to computer.

You can register at http://www.olympic.edu/Students/Learning/ContinuingEducation/

I’ll also be teaching a class on “Working with Digital Images Part 1” on February 16.

Sign Up and Learn!