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  • Is the Canon EOS 90D relevant in the mirrorless cameras age?

      Canon caved in. Up until a year ago, every Canon-oriented post was accompanied by a slew of comments demanding a good mirrorless from Canon. And finally, Canon caved in. Not to the comments on this blog, I guess, but to the unavoidable progress, and the demand from the masses. Canon released the EOS-R line. […]

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  • How to Plan and Pull-Off a Toddler Photo Session

    The post How to Plan and Pull-Off a Toddler Photo Session appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Mat Coker.

    Toddlers are filled with volatile emotions. They can be shy, moody, defiant, chaotic, unpredictable, and in need of bribes. So a toddler photo session can be a challenge.

    But when you build a photo session just for toddlers, it’s far less challenging and lots of fun. It is also the perfect opportunity to get creative.

    Here’s how to let your inner child create a toddler photo session that’s fun for you and toddlers.

    Toddler-photo-session-Documentray toddler photo session

    1. The big idea

    The first step is to plan out the photo session. I think that a themed lifestyle or documentary session is perfect for toddlers.

    The big question is, how do you come up with an idea or theme for the session?

    Many photographers choose a theme themselves, such as princesses or pirates. The benefit of choosing your own theme is that you get to exercise your creative vision (designing the set, costumes, etc.) and let people choose to be part of it or not.

    Of course, one downside is that it’s a cookie-cutter approach that gives every child similar portraits.

    If you want to choose something unique to the child, keep in mind that every toddler has something they love to do. Go with that as the theme for the session.

    If they love dinosaurs, then find a way to make dinosaurs part of the session. If they love to play with big-rigs and diggers, then make those part of the session. Whatever it is they love, try to make it larger than life for the session.

    Toddler-photo-session-Toddler photos at football field

    When I found out that this little guy loved watching football with his Mom and Dad, I knew we had to visit an actual football field for his photo session.

    Start with a small everyday experience and take it to the next level (I’d love to hear some of your ideas in the comments).

    2. The toddler photo session

    When it comes to pulling off the session, start by being prepared. This seems obvious, but many photographers come unprepared, and it can ruin a session.

    If you are prepared, then you won’t have to think about it during the shoot. The less you have on your mind, the more room you have to be creative.


    Pack the right gear and check twice that you’ve got it all.

    • Spare camera
    • Charged batteries
    • Lights (if needed)
    • Props (provided by you or the family)
    • A checklist of other things you need

    Part of being prepared is being familiar with your camera and knowing what settings to use. I keep things as simple as possible with aperture mode and exposure compensation. I only use manual mode when I need it.

    Fire fighter thmemed toddler photo session.

    Even though props for the session should be prepared in advance, you should still allow room for spontaneity. Dressing up as a firefighter was not part of the plan, but it was the best part of the session.


    Generally, you’ll need to embrace chaos as part of the toddler photo session. Toddlers are emotionally volatile, and the session may take many twists and turns. This is one of the reasons that I love lifestyle sessions. It easily allows for pauses, breaks, and spontaneity.

    Go with the flow and don’t try to force anything. If you design the session for the toddler, then it should be fun. They should be happy, and it should be the perfect environment for them. Even a studio can be fun.

    Keep the parents informed, but don’t feel the need to explain things to the toddler. You don’t even need to tell the toddler it’s a photo session. If it’s a lifestyle or documentary session, just let them be themselves.

    How to Plan and Pull-Off a Toddler Photo Session


    Use many creative elements with your photography. Go for a variety of angles, close-ups, storytelling, wide angles, and beautiful light.

    Football mascot photo session.

    Part of your creativity is in choosing the environment and backgrounds for your session. I used a combination of background, composition, and moment for these two photos. The moment began with him confronting his opponent’s mascot and ended with him making a run for it.

    Beware of yourself

    You’ve got to be able to handle any problems that arise and still get great photos.

    Before a toddler photo session, I do some reflection. What could go wrong with this session? Has anything gone wrong in the past? What is the worst that could go wrong? But most importantly, how will I respond? I make this decision in advance so that I don’t have to think in the moment. Do the thinking while things are calm, and you’ll make better decisions.

    Consider answering these questions in advance:

    • What if the toddle is grumpy?
    • Suppose the parents are overbearing?
    • What if the kid throws mud at my camera or turns the firehose in my direction?
    • What if the toddler gets hurt?
    session at beach.

    As much as we all love nature, there are many harmful elements out there for toddlers. Keep parents close by and make sure they are comfortable with where their toddler is exploring.

    3. The edit

    When it comes to the edit, be ruthless in narrowing down your photos. Most photographers are happy if they keep 10% of their photos from a session. Some are satisfied with less. Don’t be afraid to cut, cut, cut!

    Your final selection of photos should have lots of variety to it.

    • Close-ups
    • Full scene
    • Details

    When it comes to touching up your photos, I recommend a simple edit with Lightroom or a similar program.

    How do you know what to do with a photo? Keep these two principals in mind. When it comes to editing you’re either:

    1. Putting the finishing touches on your photo (crop, exposure adjustments, etc.)
    2. Or you’re trying to fix a photo that didn’t turn out
    Toddler-photo-session-Before and after edit with Lightroom

    The main things I did with this RAW photo is I cropped it and warmed it up with the temperature slider.

    Generally, I would say if you need to do a heavy amount of fixing or editing of a photo, you should just leave it out of the final collection. If you constantly have to fix certain elements of your photos in editing, this is a good clue as to what you need to learn to improve your photography. Editing should be about finishing touches, with fixing as a last resort.

    A perfect session for you and toddlers

    Follow your nature as a creative person and the nature of the toddler you are photographing. Design everything for the toddler, and you’ll have an amazingly creative toddler photo session that will leave everyone wanting more.

    Do you have any other tips for a successful toddler photo session? Share with us in the comments below!



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  • How to Make an Awesome Pop-Up Card with your Photos

    The post How to Make an Awesome Pop-Up Card with your Photos appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Ana Mireles.

    If you can cut and fold a piece of paper to make a pop-up, why can’t you make it to an image? A photograph translates our three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional representation. With a pop-up card, you can present it with tridimensionality. Here are some ideas to bring your photos to life by turning them into an awesome pop-up card!


    From paper crafting to paper engineering, this creative practice can be as complex as you want. I will show you two basic techniques that you can apply to your own images. Keep in mind that each image will need specific measures and some testing before you get it right, so be patient!

    What you need to make your awesome pop-up card

    I recommend you print some copies of the photo in black and white on a cheap paper so you can do your testing without spending much. Then get scissors, a precision cutter, ruler or measuring tape, double-sided tape, and a cutting board.


    1.Single image pop-up card

    Choose the right image

    Because you want to give it a third dimension, images that have a clear separation of elements will work best. For some guidelines on this check out the article How to Use Figure to Ground Art Theory in Photography. Print your image at least two times, and one for each layer you want to add.

    Foreground and Background are separated for a better pop-up card

    Layers and more layers

    The more elements you separate into layers, the more interesting and elaborate your card will look. I promised to keep it simple so I’ll just add one layer to show you the process, then just repeat it as many times as you want. Cut out the element of the layer that will pop up. In this case, I’ll cut the house in the front.


    Cut also a stripe of paper, either from the photo or any other thick paper that will hold the layer up. The longer you make it, the bigger the separation to the background.

    Fold and paste

    Now paste the background to the card which can be store-bought or just a piece of colored paper folded in two that you can later write your message on. Place the base of the photo on the crease where the card folds.

    paste background into card

    Fold the paper stripe into a square. Then paste one side to the background and one to the bottom side of the card. This will serve as support to the pop-up cutout.

    piece of paper to hold the pop-up piece

    Paste the other side of the square to the background, and the bottom part to the card. Making sure the cutout matches the original image when you position it. That’s it. Do the same for any elements you want popping out.


    2. Multiple image pop-up card

    This technique is great when you want to showcase many images. For example, an anniversary or a birthday where you want to sum up the highlights of the year. It’s also useful when you want to make a themed card to communicate a concept.

    Create the layout

    The first thing you want to do is choose your images. Then arrange your images in a grid. To automatize this process you can use Lightroom. If you need some direction just follow the instructions of How to Create Contact Sheets in Lightroom. Set it to the size of the card you’re going to use: for me is an A3 so 4 columns and 3 rows should look nice, but this is entirely up to you.

    Print thumbnail images to use

    Note that the outer images of the middle row will get folded in half, so use images that fit this crease, or leave it black.


    Fold the paper vertically in half, and then each side again in half towards the opposite direction. As a result, you will have an accordion where the folds separate the columns.

    Fold contact sheet as accordion


    Unfold the accordion and just leave it in half. If you do it in a way that the images are towards the outside, you won’t have to measure and just guide yourself by the images. Cut horizontally between rows reaching the middle of the outer image. Then fold inwards the piece you just cut.



    Now put some double-sided tape into the side edges and fix it to the card. Make sure the fold in the middle of the accordion coincides with the fold of the card.

    pop-up card with accordion photo album

    I hope you enjoyed reading How to Make an Awesome Pop-Up Card with your Photos and that you enjoy making pop-up cards yourself! For future occasions, if you want to go deeper into this craft side of photography I’ll leave you some links to check out.

    Additional reading

    If you’re feeling creative and want to do other types of cards, check out these amazing tutorials:



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  • The Canon 90D Unveiled Through Leaked Promo Video

    The post The Canon 90D Unveiled Through Leaked Promo Video appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

    After months of rumors and speculation surrounding Canon’s new DSLR offerings, we finally have something certain to report:

    The specs of the Canon 90D, as indicated by a promotional video leaked from Canon.

    The Canon 90D Unveiled Through Leaked Promo Video

    If you’re a Canon user, you’re going to want to pay attention. Because the Canon 90D is a seriously impressive piece of kit, one that seems to be a combination of the Canon 80D line and the Canon 7D line, and one that will carry on many of the best features from both camera lineups.

    Here’s the promotional video in full:



    Now, what’s so special about the Canon 90D?

    First, the resolution is bound to impress: The 90D is slated to have a 32.5-megapixel sensor, which is a huge step up from both the Canon 80D (at 24.2 MP) and the Canon 7D Mark II (at 20.2 MP). The increased megapixel count means increased crop capabilities and an increased potential for large prints.

    High megapixel counts usually result in slower continuous shooting. But not for the 90D, which fires off 10 frames per second. This is enough for any type of action photography: sports, wildlife, bird, and more. Plus, the Canon 90D features 45 autofocus points, all of which are cross-type. Together, these features should be a potent combination in the hands of a dedicated photographer.

    Add to this 100% viewfinder coverage, impressive battery life of 1300 photos, and an articulating screen, and you’ve got yourself a winner. You should also remember that the Canon 90D will offer dual pixel autofocus, which practically guarantees fast and efficient focus while using Live View.

    Who should get the Canon 90D?

    I’d recommend grabbing the Canon 90D if you’re a hobbyist or semi-professional photographer. Better yet, you should be interested in action photography of any kind. The strong autofocus and 10-fps continuous shooting is too impressive not to pass up.

    Plus, if you’re looking for a bit of a megapixel boost compared to an older Canon, the 90D is the way to go.

    Now I’d like to ask you:

    What do you think of the Canon 90D? Will you be looking to purchase it? And what are your favorite Canon 90D features?

    Let me know in the comments!

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  • Here are plenty of fantastic tips from 29 famous photographers

    Over the years, we’ve featured many great photographers here on DIYP and we’ve heard plenty of great advice from them. At a recent Sony Kando trip, Taylor Jackson met 29 of his (and ours) favorite photographers and YouTubers. In this video, he brought them all together and had each of them share a piece of […]

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