Self Portrait of Elise MuehlenbergHere, at Tuna Traffic, we provide high-quality images and professional photography services to a wide range of businesses. From portraits to events to products, we can snap any type of photo to exemplify your business and drive more traffic to your website.

We interviewed Tuna Traffic’s talented photographer, Elise Muehlenberg, to explore what goes on behind the scenes. As the great photographer Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Below, Elise shares 5 of her photography tips that she uses to take outstanding photos.

Tip #1: Be Aware Of The Scene

When it comes to taking photos, I am a perfectionist. To capture the perfect photo I have to always be aware of the scene and my surroundings. Before I start shooting, I like to evaluate the scene to obtain the ideal photo in my mind. This includes evaluating the light, environment, angles, and distracting elements in the background. I am able to snap the perfect shot when I know what elements I need to capture in the frame.

Tip #2: Experiment With Different Angles

There is no right or wrong way to take a photograph. I never know what type of challenge I am going to face during a photo shoot, which can result in a lot of trial and error. Experimenting with different angles can really transform a basic picture into an amazing picture. Something as simple as getting on the ground or standing on a chair can transform a photo dramatically. Thinking creatively and taking many different options is always beneficial and pixels are cheap. 🙂

Tip #3: Timing Is Everything

Timing is crucial to photography because if you are a half a second late, the moment is gone along with your picture. When shooting events, my goal is to highlight the special moments that allow viewers to re-live the experience and capture the energy of the event. In order to catch these moments on camera my timing has always to be on point. Use the slider on the images below to see how important timing can be.

Tip #4: Relax & Have Fun

At times, professional photography can be stressful. There are a lot of little details that go into a successful shoot that can’t be forgotten. One of my top priorities when I work with clients is to make them feel comfortable, since some people get nervous in front of the camera. A comfortable client will feel happier, more relaxed and less “posed” making it easier for me to snap more natural shots. When I have fun, it helps the client have fun as well, putting them at ease.

Tip #5: Use The Right Settings

The aperture and shutter speed are two of the main camera settings that make photography possible. The aperture setting is necessary when I want to tell the camera how much of the photo I want to be sharp. Adjusting the size of the aperture determines how much light will reach the image sensor, creating either a long or short depth of field. For example, if I am shooting a professional headshot, I will adjust the aperture to create a short depth of field since the subject is only a couple feet away from the lens. This will result in a clear photo of the person’s face while the background will be out of the depth of field range and out of focus. By adjusting the aperture, you can change the entire meaning of the photo. It all depends on what part of the photo you want to be emphasized.

Shutter speed is essential when I need to capture something in motion. The faster the shutter speed, the quicker the shutter will open and close, resulting in a clear action shot. The slower the shutter speed, the more likely I will have some motion blur in my action shot. When I shot photos for the Cree Cruise, a 5K running event, I needed to use a fast shutter speed to stop the action of the runners.

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Want to see Elise’s photography skills in action? Check out some of her work below. Marketing through text can only go so far. Start showing the world what you can do through outstanding photography. Let’s talk!

Candid Photos

Candid Photograph of a Laugh
Candid Photography Example
Candid Photo of Mike Zielonka

Event Photos

Example of Event Photo
Event Photo Example
Event Photo Example

Location Photos

Example Photo of a Location
Location Photo Example

Portraits

Portrait Example Photo
Portrait Example
Headshot Photo Example

Product Photos

Example Product Photo - Parts
Closeup Product Photo Example

Silly and Fun Photos

Silly Photo Example
Silly Photo Example