Wishing everyone a fun and safe 2015! Thank you again for all of your support!

See you next year!

– Miechelle Photography

miechelle photography - Akron's Art Expo 2014

miechelle photography – Akron’s Art Expo 2014


A Clear Understanding of Aspect Ratio for Your Prints

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If you plan to print your photos, its essential to know that ratio to crop to.  Otherwise you may end up with unexpected results.

What is aspect ratio?

Aspect Ratio of an image describes the proportional relationship between its width and its height. The most common aspect ratios are 4:3, 3:2 Other aspect ratios, such as 5:3, 5:4, and 1:1 (square format), are used in medium and large format cameras.

During one of my first professional photography jobs I was taught to always leave room for crop. When I first started taking pictures of families and groups it was natural to fill the frame.  What I became to understand, cropping for standard crops and frames was essential to selling prints. If you fill a frame with a group shot and the image won’t fit into an 8 x 10 print, you lose the sale. I’m grateful for that experience. Learning to take pictures for…

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Dramatic Lighting | Tips from Hollywood

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Here’s something to listen to on with your morning coffee…

During a 4 hour ride in a Ford F-150 from Vegas to L.A.,Vanelli had a chance to ask Mike “Hollywood” Kubeisy numerous questions about tips he’s learned from his long career as a Hollywood. shooter. The information was so informative, we decided to record the talks and label them “Tips from Hollywood”. Sit back and enjoy the banter as you listen to valuable photography tips from lighting a set to stylizing a shoot.

Episode #1: Dramatic Lighting Style

  • Hard light
  • Stylize the set
  • Apply texture to the scene

Vanelli is a photographer, educator and author based in Florida. Currently he shoots for Inside Lacrosse Magazine, teaches workshops, and writes for Photofocus. Click here for a list of Vanelli’s articles.


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3 Reasons You Need Photoshop with Lightroom

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Lightroom is liberating and fun. It gave me back the results I used to get finishing my pictures in the dark room, plus several techniques that I never learned. It’s a great tool. It’s just not enough.

I still need photoshop to help me finish the visions I have for my imagery, and there are three things I need to do regularly that Lightroom just can’t make happen. That’s why I pay for the CreativeCloud photography plan from Adobe (by the way, Adobe is a partner on this blog, but I pay for my CC subscription out of my own pocket). These three make it more than worthwhile.

1. Swapping Heads

Lightroom isn’t like an onion: it doesn’t have layers. Layers in Photoshop allow me to make several photographs of a group of people and combine the exposures together for the best expression of everyone involved. I shoot using a…

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