Karin van Mierlo

The Best Street Photography Ideas To Get You Started

The Best Street Photography Ideas To Get You Started

Street photography is unpredictable and spontaneous at its core. You can prepare all you want good things start to happen when the surprise element introduces itself. Being present and ready to receive the unexpected is all we can do in street photography. That is what makes street photography so challenging and exciting! There are a lot of ideas and misconceptions about what is ………

Seven Steps To A Powerful Self Portrait & A Confidence Boost

Seven Steps To A Powerful Self Portrait & A Confidence Boost

At the tail-end of 2019, some seemingly random events came together for me resulting in a power photo shoot and a breakthrough moment. It all started with an email I received a few months ago. The topic was the number one ‘posing for females’ mistake beginning photographers make. My curiosity was tickled. Are you ready? Apparently, the number one mistake is ……….

Seven Key Tips for Photographing Children Documentary Style

Seven Key Tips for Photographing Children Documentary Style

The defining element in kids photography in a documentary style is your mindset as the one who is photographing children. Sure a nice camera helps but it’s you that makes it fun for them or not. It’s you who is documenting life as it unfolds. And how you approach that is what makes the difference between lifeless photos and the ones you’ll treasure 20 years from now. 

Four Essential Principles of Composition in Photography

Four Essential Principles of Composition in Photography

Why learning a few rules of composition won’t make your pics any better and what to do instead. Composition is how you arrange all the elements in the outside world in your frame to make an interesting and appealing photograph. Photo composition is a very powerful tool. And the good news is you can improve your composition without even understanding anything about your camera.

Are You Taking Or Are You Making?

Are You Taking Or Are You Making?

So, a funny thing happens every time I write about photography which is like on a daily basis. I make it a point to write Make Photographs and not Take Photographs because well, that’s what it actually is. A photo is made. But the spelling checker on my laptop keeps highlighting the word Make wanting me to correct it to Take. It annoys me because it’s wrong on so many levels and I always ignore the suggestion.

How to Get a Grip on Capturing Motion in Photography

How to Get a Grip on Capturing Motion in Photography

Capturing motion in photography can be quite a challenge. When things are in motion you need to act quickly and go with the flow at the same time. But photographing movement can also be very fulfilling and exciting because it shows us aspects of life that are otherwise not seen by the human eye. There are basically 2 ways to go about capturing motion in photography. You can decide to …………..

Come A Little Bit Closer…..

Come A Little Bit Closer…..

Photography Quotes to Inspire and Delight, a monthly series on Photography Playground. This month’s quote is by Robert Capa: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” I’ve always believed this is true for the actual physical closeness to your subject. But there’s also a deeper level to his words. It’s about the connections you make with the people and the places you photograph.

How to Best Edit Your Travel Photos in Lightroom

How to Best Edit Your Travel Photos in Lightroom

In the previous Lightroom photography tutorial, I walked you through the very important process of importing and selecting your files. If all is well by now you have a couple of pics selected that you wanna edit. In this Lightroom tutorial, I’m gonna show you how to edit photos in the Develop Module in Adobe Lightroom. Let’s first talk about why editing your photos is super important………..

How to Shoot Great Travel Photos in Low Light

How to Shoot Great Travel Photos in Low Light

Don’t you just love a dark and moody scene out in the street or a low light landscape during sunset or a face illuminated by the warm light from a candle? It makes you wanna know how to photograph in the dark, doesn’t it? But shooting in low light without a flash comes with its own set of challenges. Like what are the best camera settings for low light? What’s the best camera ……….

How To Nurture Your Creativity Back To Life

How To Nurture Your Creativity Back To Life

This month’s quote is not by a photographer but by a writer. Oddly enough I never read anything by Maya Angelou but this quote has always had a special place in my heart. Because it’s so profoundly true. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” The other day I was teaching a photography workshop with a deep focus on creativity. We talked about our relationship with creativity, memories ……

How to Navigate the Library Module in Lightroom

How to Navigate the Library Module in Lightroom

Lightroom fundamentally changed the way I post-process my images. When I started in digital photography there was only Photoshop. And yes I could do great things with my images in Photoshop. However, Lightroom is the game-changer. It saves me a ton of time, it doesn’t require huge amounts of memory and it runs a tight ship.