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In my area, Spring has sprung, and I am a little late getting my newsletter out for this quarter! This edition is full of ideas for photography with kids, a new cheat sheet, some learning opportunities, and includes tips and tricks for upcoming summer photo ops (fireworks anyone?).

Read on in this edition for all of this and more!
Did you get an opportunity to witness the lunar eclipse "blood moon" earlier this month? It was a fantastic sight, even if you didn't have the right equipment to photograph it. Sometimes we have to realize the limitations of our camera gear and just take in the view with our eyes!

If you are interested in astrophotography, here are some links to tips and tricks for getting the most from your gear whether you have a wide angle lens or a telephoto (the image above was taken with a 600mm zoom) or even a smartphone. Most manufacturers offer articles and learning resources on their websites and keep in mind that the basics of photography are the same no matter what camera brand you have. This means that an article on Nikon's website can still be a great resource for a Canon or Olympus user and vice versa.

Nikon - How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse
Canon - Photographing the Milky Way & Night Sky

Olympus - Astrophotography Tips
Smartphone - Astrophotography 3 Ways

Then keep scrolling, we have even more for you!
Follow us on Twitter or Facebook (click links above). Over the next month we will be sharing additional tips to help improve your photography.
In a rut? Don't feel inspired? Don't know what to photograph?
Let us take care of the ideas!

This is a sample from our Inspiration Calendar.
Try June for free and if you like it you can download a whole year from our Etsy page:
Our Photography With Kids Series

In our blog we've added several articles to create a series for photography with kids. From picking the best camera to suggestions on what and how to instruct to project ideas, we've got you covered.

Choosing a Camera
How & What to Teach
Project Ideas
How to Take Fireworks Photos

Our next edition of this newsletter won't be out until late July or early August, so we need to leave you with some tips for 4th of July fireworks photos now. It will be here before you know it!

How to Photograph Fireworks
Photography Learning Opportunity!

B&H Photo Video is offering a FREE online learning conference called OPTIC 2022 from June 12-15.

B&H is a great resource for learning - they have a blog, a library of resources, and a YouTube channel. This conference is just one more great offering from a great company I highly recommend them for buying new gear and I recommend KEH in Atlanta* for used gear.

Use this link to register and select "online" as your participation type. You will then get an email with your tickets and emails reminding you of the event as it gets closer.

*I am an affiliate of KEH, if you use this link to purchase anything I get a small commission at no cost to you.
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Want to work on composition skills?
We have a new item - a complete 30 day lesson book on Composition Basics. 60+ pages of learning in one digital book ($7.99)! It's a complete course in Composition and you don't need to know manual mode to use it! Each lesson includes background information, a teaching component, practice activities and more! Submit your practice work to us and get feedback too! This is also available as a paperback book from for those who want to have an actual book in their hands ($9.99).

For those who are familiar with composition and just want some reminders, we still offer our Composition cheat sheets and guides in our Etsy store for download ($2): Composition Basics Cheat Sheets

We've also added some photography journals to our store. These make great gifts and are the perfect way to keep track of settings, location ideas, or inspiration.
For an update on Industry News including new cameras, lenses, and other information from camera manufacturers visit our News Page.

The current edition covers lots of updates on new cameras, lenses and more.

Keeping up with all of the news blurbs and rumors is time consuming; therefore this will be the last camera news link. This applies only to camera news. I will still be sending out this type of newsletter that you are currently reading.

In the future, all rumors and news will be shared on my Twitter feed as retweets as I come across them. This will be a time saver for me and will get news and sales info to you in a more timely manner as well. If you don't follow me on Twitter, click the Twitter icon at the bottom of this newsletter and follow.
That wraps up this edition of our newsletter. In our next edition of this newsletter you can expect to see a blog article series about types of filters. We will cover UV filters, ND filters, and CPL filters.

If you have ideas for content or cheat sheets you'd like to have, suggestions for lessons or videos, or just general comments or encouragement, we'd love to hear from you!

One final link below... our newest YouTube video featuring fun and free apps for smartphone photography and editing!
5 Fun & Free Photo Apps
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