Our theme this week was “learn” as we launched our new Camera Mama Premium web site and private IG. We’ve had a lot of sign ups in our first week and are will continue to add new content and members in the coming weeks. I loved all the wonderful shares and photos this past week. Take a few minutes to read the tips here on the blog, then go check out these ladies on Instagram to see more of their great work!

We have a limited number of Camera Mama Premium memberships available for the introductory rate of $36/year so be sure to register right away! To register, go to cammama.com/premium.

– Kelley K (@kelleykphoto)


Kevin wrote: This was my first attempt at a Freelensed self portrait and my set up was super sketchy to say the least… 😬 I had 2 chairs stacked with my camera on top. I then removed my lens and got my shot exactly how I wanted (practiced on a large stuffed animal 🙊) and placed a tv remote under my lens to hold it in place. My daughter then released the shutter using the EOS Remote App on my iPhone as you can see in the pic. So happy with how it turned out but not sure I would recommend the set up lol! Oh… and cheers to @julieelizabethg for the inspiration! 🍻

I’m blown away by freelensed self-portraits! I have had trouble wrapping my head around it, but these steps made a little more sense at least. Only for the brave to try, though!


Veronnica wrote: Usually if I just set out the crayons and paper she’ll just sit herself down and create. I may have instructed her to position her head so I could see her face but most of this is all her. As far as processing, I just brought down the highlights in ACR and brought up some of the blacks and shadows to give it depth as well as a little exposure and then ran an action for a little more pop and that’s it.

Great tips on shooting and editing for indoor light!


Yulia wrote: My settings for this shot were ISO 400, F1.8 and 1/400. To edit I used Lightroom. I usually decrease contrast and saturation a bit, then play with shadow and highlights and adjust tone curve till I like what I see – this all I did here. I also used brush to highlight white of snowdrops, and played with yellow and orange saturation to get the skin tone right. To finish I used exposure brush to make the background a bit darker.

Great processing tips. Sometimes just playing with sliders and the tone curve is the best way to achieve what you want in Lightroom.


She wrote: This was shot with my Sigma Art 24-35mm. This was in the middle of the day as you can see from the backlighting, But we were on our back deck which has a covering. My camera settings were: ISO 320, 26mm, f/2.8, 1/640 ❤️

Shooting in a covered area is a great way to deal with mid-day light to avoid any important blown highlights!


Laura wrote: With indoor shots, I often find that I need to play with the shadows in post processing. I also use an exposure brush especially on faces to try and get more even light. And then to get the color & tones I like, I play with the temperature, using warming up anything taken inside.

Great tip about selectively lifting shadows, especially on faces, to balance light on indoor photos.


Beth wrote:  It’s not freelensed, I focused on those leaves where the light and shadows meet – I added some blur to my daughter to really give the feel like she was walking away on her way to school on this fall day.

This image is just gorgeous! I love the perspective and the blurred foreground and background that it provides. 

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