On Teaching and Photography By Michelle Gardella

I have tried meditating the traditional way. Sitting, back straight, silent, focusing on my breath. A way to observe my thoughts, to practice detachment and inch closer to peace. And I’m not saying that the traditional avenues are useless, in fact, they are profound. AND, for me, nothing brings me right back to my truest

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The Importance of Self-Love and Creating

By Sharon Covert These days, more than ever before, it’s become far too easy to get caught up in the everyday conglomerated, beautiful mess, we call life. We take on far too many roles and expectations in hopes of not disappointing others around us. Whether it be taking on a client that doesn’t truly fit

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Photography in the Real World – By Chris Messenger

You may find this to be a difficult scenario to visualize, but what if social media ceased to exist as we know it? What would happen if hashtags were gone & we didn’t even have digital followers and didn’t care about what was trending that day? Better yet, if social media were gone as we

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Capturing Family Vacations // by Mali Workman

Few things in life give me more joy than photographing my family vacations (ranked together with looking at pictures a few – or many – years later). I have two teenagers: a 13-year-old boy and an almost 15-year-old girl. As a family, we have been traveling together a few times a year since they were

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Do people still read blogs?

Do people still read blogs? That’s good question. When DEFINE launched in 2012, blogs were all the rage. That’s how we all connected – social media was really just taking off and Instagram was an untapped resource. As everything has shifted over the years, we’ve missed our old blog a bit, and we think you

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Our March Class Lineup – A Quick Guide

Overwhelmed by the choices? Our class guide will help you find the perfect course for you! Our interactive online photography classes all take place in our private forum with a real-live teacher and a group of fellow students walking through four weeks of learning with you. If you’re new to DEFINE, you can learn more

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Student Stories: A Conduit For Human Connection // by Tricia Ramsay

I have always been creative, but as so many creative stories go, I suddenly found myself sitting at a plastic desk in a sterile office under blinding florescent lights doing what they call “work.” Every day for seven years I went to “work,” and bit by bit lost my identity in that hollow, colorless routine.

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Left Brain: Two Steps to Secure Your Data

Do you have a solid back-up system in place for your images? We’re always surprised to hear how few actually do. It’s always one of those things you mean to get to, but usually don’t put into place until after you experience a major data loss. By then you’ve shed many tears (and probably just

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Student Stories: The Very Best Parts of Me // by Peta Hood

Imagine if you were gifted a perfect little package, a gift that represented all parts of you, that celebrated who you are, and when you opened it, there emerged the most powerful and much-needed parts of you that you never knew existed. That is what taking this class felt like to me. It continues to

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Left Brain: What is Street Photography? // by Michael Dees

Street photography by Michael Dees

What exactly is street photography? In my reading, I have seen no definition that is satisfactory. I’m glad to say that my view of street photography is quite liberal. These variations shared below are not so much necessary rules or essential attributes of our art, but some examples of images that we’ve all seen that

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