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Exciting Promotion For Our Past Customers: Reserve Beach Session By March 31st and Receive $35 Gift Toward Package…

We would like to offer our past customers a special offer by reserving your session prior to March 31st. Our schedule became booked up last summer and our past customers were unable to secure the most valuable times. This year, we would like to open up early family beach session reservations to our most valuable customers. Book between now and March 31st to secure our best available times, and in addition, we will offer you a $35 gift toward your portrait package.

We certainly enjoyed working and photographing your family. We are honored that you included us in your plans.

Should your family desire a family beach portrait session this year, please email us or give us a call at 843-236-5403. We still have your information on file so your booking will be a breeze.

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For those of you who have not had your beach portrait done in a few years, we have lots of new items including gallery wraps, larger canvas wall portraits, more flexible packages, full resolution CD’s and many other goodies. To purchase gift certificates for family members, call 843-444-5600 or respond to this email and we will take care of everything for you.

Sincerely, The Myrtle Beach Photography Staff

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Photography Tip by Myrtle Beach Photography: Do you need a filter?

If you only buy one filter…
…make it a polarizing filter.  This filter will protect your lens in addition to giving you a nice contrast to your images.   This is the perfect beginner’s filter, and one that will have the best effect on your day to day photography. A polarizing lens will  give your  skies a vibrant blue tone, your green grass more contrast and give all your  images a greater texture.


Who Wants to be a Photographer?


As many of you know, I own a photography studio, Myrtle Beach Photography, but I am not a professional photographer.  I post tips that I have learned from owning a studio and  seeking answers from my staff of brilliant professional photographers.  I know there are many photography tips out there from professional photographers that are much more technical but I am trying to take this information and translate it for us “want to be photographers”.

I really would like to know how many of you want to be photographer?

For those of you who want to become professional photographers, what are some things that you would like to know?

It has been my experience, while working with many professional photographers, that they know how to take beautiful images but the business side is baffling to them.  I guess I would really like to know if posting about the business side of running a photography studio would be of interest to you.

I will await your responses.

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Vacation Picture Basics


A family is on vacation and wants to get a nice portrait shot with the wondrous background scene. The problem is when the family gets home and looks at the portrait and realizes that they tried to get too much background into the shot and they can barely tell who is in the picture. This scene can be anywhere: on vacation, at the beach, even in the backyard. The most important thing to remember with portraits is that the subject is the person or people in the photograph. I recommend head and shoulder shots for the most part. It is okay to pan out a bit to let some background in, but too much background may cause a subject conflict and the viewer’s eye may not be able to tell what to focus on.


If you pan out to get a better picture of an action portrait then the background is too distracting. To fix this you can decrease the aperture setting on your camera to narrow the depth of field and this will cause the background to be out of focus while keeping the subject in focus. This technique takes a bit of practice but the effect is worth it. Depth of field means your subject is in perfect focus while the background becomes out of focus causing a blurred effect. Notice in the sample photo, the subjects are clearly in focus while the ocean background is a bit fuzzy. This is a nice effect. Most people tend to shoot what they see with there eye. This becomes too distracting with much more background than necessary


While a point and shoot camera usually does not allow the user to change aperture setting, this same depth of field effect can be obtained by simply moving closer to the subject. The closer the subject is to camera, the narrower the depth of field it will appear in. Notice in the sample image, the subjects appear perfectly in focus and the background a bit blurred. This is an example of depth of field. It is a beautiful effect.

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Tips For Better Quality Photographs


* Take high-resolution photos. Getting more images on your memory card in the past was an issue because they were expensive. Today, you can get very large memory cards at a fraction of the cost. If you are only interested in putting your photo’s on the Web or e-mailing to family and friends, by all means, set you camera to a lower resolution. If you plan to print your photo’s, set your camera to the highest resolution to ensure you capture enough detail to provide good print quality.


* Edit your photos before printing. The digital imaging age is wonderful, giving you the opportunity to take as many photos as you want and not worry about quality or wasting film. When you print your photos, though, quality matters. If the color levels in your photo are off, touch them up in editing. If your photo is off-center, crop it. More advanced photo-editing software gives you the opportunity to apply filters and special effects to your photos for a truly unique memory. Take advantage of the ability to edit digital photos to create the best possible photo to print.


* Make a test print. You can do this with your printer set on a lower quality print function to save on ink. Make a test print on regular paper. Decide whether you need to make any adjustments. After you have a proof done, then set your printer to the highest quality for your final print.


* Consider your ink. Some photo-quality printers use inexpensive ink for everyday printing and special photo ink for photo-quality reproduction. If you’ve got a photo printer that uses special photo ink, invest in the high-quality ink for your photo prints.


* Use good paper. When possible, use the manufacturer’s paper. Manufacturers know what paper works best with their printers and can offer specific paper stocks for the best-quality prints your printer can produce. If you want to use a third-party brand of photo paper, buy a small pack first and test it with your printer to ensure good-quality prints.

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