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  1. Capture Artful Moments With Your iPhone | Day 4 of 10

    DAY 4: TURN ON THE GRID—COMPOSITION BASICS. Composition—know what’s inside your frame. To make a strong photograph, everything in the frame should be there for a reason. Pick up your camera and look through the viewfinder. What do you see inside the frame? If you were to photograph the scene…

  2. Capture Artful Moments With Your iPhone | Day 3 of 10

    DAY 3: FOLLOW THE LIGHT. Photography is all about light. It’s the essence of an image. To make beautiful artful images, you need to learn to see and understand how to use and capture light. Notice where the light falls on your subject. For example, is the main light source…

  3. Capture Artful Moments With Your iPhone | Day 2 of 10

    What is a photograph without light? Photographs depend on light. By controlling the exposure yourself, you can dramatically change the mood, tone, and look of your photos. DAY 2: TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EXPOSURE AND FOCUS.  When you point your iPhone (or smartphone) at a subject, your camera averages all…

  4. Capture Artful Moments With Your iPhone | Day 1 of 10

    It’s a well known adage that the best camera is the one you have with you. I happen to agree and want to help you learn how to make better photos with your iPhone (or whatever smartphone you use) over the next ten days. Each day, I will post a…

  5. What’s In My Camera Bag | Northampton Family Photographer

    [Nikon d800 with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens] I like to keep my camera gear as simple as possible and relevant to the work at hand. While I have separate bags for my digital and film cameras, I thought I would cover my digital first. To keep my bag lightweight…

  6. 5 Gifts Every Mother Loves | Northampton Family Photographer

    There are buds on the weeping cherry tree and daffodils in the front yard. Leftover Easter cake sits in the refrigerator. Mother’s Day is only weeks away. While we are still spending our days at home, it doesn’t mean we can’t plan for a special gift for Mom. 1. Simple

  7. Why Prints Matter | Northampton Portrait Photographer

    I remember watching my grandfather’s slide shows and 8mm family films as a kid. I loved seeing the story unfold. Scenes of my grandparents camping, my parents married in a church, me as a chubby baby. All these slides stitched together a story of my history, the people I loved…

  8. Portrait of a Reader—An Online Art Project | Nikki Gardner

    Hi Friends,  I’m doing this exciting new online art project, titled Portrait of a Reader, centered on books and digital camera captures (via short 1:1 video conference call) that I hope will bring people together during this strange time. I would love for you to participate! Read the artist statement…

  9. New eGift Cards | Nikki Gardner Photography

    Although my studio is temporarily closed for portrait sessions, you can still purchase gift cards online (no expiration date), delivered safely to your inbox.  An eGift card makes a perfect all occasion gift—we will all need portraits (family, business, artists and makers, children) whenever life returns back to normal. The…

  10. Parenting in the Age of COVID-19

    Okay, it’s time. I didn’t want to talk about the Coronavirus (now nicknamed COVID-19) because frankly, I need a break from the incessant stream of news, emails, and social media posts lighting up my phone.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an information junkie. I read all the latest articles I…

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