Karin van Mierlo

5 Simple Mindful Photography Tips to Connect You to the Now

5 Simple Mindful Photography Tips to Connect You to the Now

Mindfulness is about slowing down, being fully present in the moment, and receiving that moment. The exact same words apply to the process of making photographs. For me, to photograph is to be fully present in the moment. Because when I photograph nothing else enters my mind. I’m in a state of flow where worries, the past, and the future have disappeared.

5 Easy Steps to Quick & Safe Camera Sensor Cleaning

5 Easy Steps to Quick & Safe Camera Sensor Cleaning

Understandably, diy sensor cleaning can feel a little intimidating because your sensor is such a fragile part of the camera. And I get it. But I also think it’s good to get to know the insides of your beloved camera and be able to take care of it outside and in. When you follow these steps and guidelines you have a solid plan for how to clean your camera sensor.

8 Best Candid Photography Tips for Beautiful Natural Shots

8 Best Candid Photography Tips for Beautiful Natural Shots

We all know how to make a selfie or to pose in front of a landmark. Smile when told to and jump when prompted. And it’s great to have those posed pics from the one and only time you did that awesome hike with your newly found friends. Nothing wrong with that. But having authentic shots from your friends and family while you’re traveling is …….. well I would say even greater.

8 Top Tips for Expressive Portrait Photography in the Outdoor

8 Top Tips for Expressive Portrait Photography in the Outdoor

Outdoor portrait photography brings more of a candid vibe into the process of photographing. But they are not the same. The biggest difference is that with portrait photography outdoor people are aware they’re being photographed. Sometimes that awareness turns into a little roadblock because people don’t feel comfortable being photographed.

7 Surprising Tips On How To Learn Photography The Right Way

7 Surprising Tips On How To Learn Photography The Right Way

Did you just buy yourself a brand new DSLR? Or you’ve had one for some time now but it’s collecting dust? Are you’re wondering how to learn photography as a beginner? I’m gonna be honest with you. There’s no fast track to learning photography. It takes a lot more than reading a blog with photography tips or watching a video about the exposure triangle. 

How To Choose A Camera: The No B-S Guide To Buying Your First Camera

How To Choose A Camera: The No B-S Guide To Buying Your First Camera

Buying a digital camera for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. But it doesn’t have to be. It should be a joyous occasion. After all, you’re finally ready to take your love for photography seriously and wanna invest in an equally serious camera. This guide will help you to make the right decision in choosing the camera that is the perfect fit for you.

25 Lightroom Hacks That Will Save You a Ton of Time and Frustration

25 Lightroom Hacks That Will Save You a Ton of Time and Frustration

With this list of awesome Lightroom Hacks, I want to dive deeper into Lightroom and reveal some features you’re probably not aware of. These Lightroom tips are gonna make your editing life so much easier. They range from simple keyboard shortcuts you really should be using every time you edit to more advanced features that will save you time and frustration while keeping your edits consistent.

7 Fantastic At Home Photography Ideas to Ignite Your Creativity

7 Fantastic At Home Photography Ideas to Ignite Your Creativity

I’ve compiled a list of 7 at home photography ideas designed to honor the mindful nature of the photographic process. All photo projects have one ingredient in common. They revolve around the art of seeing and will, therefore, develop your observation skills. Examining your outside and inside world allows you to get into that much-desired mindful state.

My 15 Favorite Photography Quotes from Master Photographers

My 15 Favorite Photography Quotes from Master Photographers

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes we need words to give expression to what we think and feel around a single photograph or photography in its entirety. So I actually feel that pictures and words go hand in hand most of the time. When we see a photo there’s an infinite number of reactions to that single image. We need words to articulate our reaction.

Creative Photography Project: 9 Different Photos of the Same Object

Creative Photography Project: 9 Different Photos of the Same Object

Whenever I feel lost, I pick up my camera and start to photograph. The simple act of picking up my camera in the midst of what feels like chaos creates a little overwhelm free island of time. I’m focused on creating something and when I’m photographing there’s not much else that can enter my mind. It’s what I call the mindful nature of photography and it’s healing.

8 Critical Steps to Get Super-Sharp Focus & Brilliant Crips Pics

8 Critical Steps to Get Super-Sharp Focus & Brilliant Crips Pics

Don’t you just hate it when you think you’ve taken a great photo only to come home and discover it’s out of focus? Getting sharp focus depends on your skills to get it right in camera. There’s no second chance and no do-overs in Lightroom. Although the term Auto Focus implies it’s done automatically it is not. For razor-sharp photos, you need to take control.

10 Sure-Fire Tips for Stunning Sunset Photography

10 Sure-Fire Tips for Stunning Sunset Photography

There’s a universal quality to sunrise and sunset. No matter where you are on this earth, no matter your circumstances as long as you live you can be sure of 2 things. The sun will rise and at the end of the day, the sun will go down. It’s one of the many things that bind us all together. No wonder we want to capture the sun come up or go down in all its glorious beauty.

The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Natural Light Photography

The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Natural Light Photography

Light is one of the key ingredients in a photograph. In this natural light photography tutorial, you’re going to learn how to make the most of the natural light that is so abundantly available to you. And to discover natural lighting is all about embracing the light. Using natural light is exciting because you cannot control it. It is what it is. Yet another aspect you need to adapt to.

15 Badass Street Photography Ideas To Get You Started

15 Badass 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 ………

7 Steps To A Powerful Self Portrait & A Confidence Boost

7 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 ……….

7 Key Tips for Photographing Children Documentary Style

7 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. 

4 Essential Principles of Composition in Photography

4 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.

9 Tips on How to Get a Grip on Capturing Motion in Photography

9 Tips on 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………..

10 Tips for Wonderful Low Light Photography Without Flash or Tripod

10 Tips for Wonderful Low Light Photography Without Flash or Tripod

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 With Ease

How to Navigate the Library Module in Lightroom With Ease

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.