Portrait Classroom listed as one of the 10 Best Photography Apps — Adorama reviews DSLR instruction apps iPad iPhone

23 Dec

In the press! Camera store Adorama lists Portrait Classroom: Baby and Child Photography Tutorials as one of the 10 best instructional photography apps. If you missed their post check out all ten apps here: 10 Apps That Will Help You Learn Photography.

See what they said about Portrait Classroom, a collection of ten portrait photography tutorials by Kim Binfield Photography for iPad and iPhone here:

“Not everybody is looking to make great general purpose photos; some have a more specific task in mind. For those looking at still images of people there is the Portrait Classroom: Baby and Child Photography Tutorials, a $1.99 app from Kim Binfield Photography.

The tutorials are for users that want to snap images with a DSLR and uses simple, easy to follow instruction that walk a user in how to set up, frame and snap still portraits as well as providing details on camera set up.”

So… Put your iPad or iPhone to work and better your DSLR photography with the Portrait Classroom app!

~ Kim

Portrait Classroom Summer Sale!

23 Jun

The iPhone version of Portrait Classroom is on SALE for just 99 cents through July 8, 2012 …

Wishing you could take dreamy portraits of your loved ones? Want to use your fancy digital SLR camera like the pros – or at least take it off green auto mode sometimes?

Join nearly 3,000 others who are learning portrait photography techniques and camera settings through my app Portrait Classroom: Baby and Child Photography Tutorials.

Need a boost to get you started? The iPhone version of Portrait Classroom is on SALE for just 99 cents through July 8, 2012. Prefer the glossy and highly rated iPad version – it is $1.99!

Purchase and view Portrait Classroom in iTunes here:

For iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id385486822?mt=8

For iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id480534706?mt=8

Get out there – it’s summer! (apologies to readers in parts of the world that aren’t having summer now – look on the bright side though, this sale is for you too!)

Enjoy and thanks to all who’ve purchased the app thus far!

~ Kim

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Free Florabella valentines template

27 Jan

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Portrait Classroom app: Baby and Child Photography Tutorials
For iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id385486822?mt=8

For iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id480534706?mt=8

Kim Binfield Photography website

best lens for new portrait photographers

20 Jan

Sharing one of my favorite tips from my Portrait Classroom app today! If you’ve just bought or received a fancy DSLR camera for the holidays there is one additional item you should buy if at all possible. It is a lovely, little lens that creates dreamy portraits and is surprisingly not too expensive. It is the 50mm f1.8 lens!

I am a Canon girl and started with the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. It sells for about $120 USD. I have since upgraded to their 50mm f1.4 lens for my business but the results with the f1.8 are unbelievable for the price and in most cases all that you will need. Straight out of the box, you will notice dramatic and beautiful results with these “fast”, prime lenses. They allow you to take photos in low light (which is often necessary when you are shooting with natural light and no flash). Secondly, the wide open apertures they allow create beautiful blurred backgrounds behind your subject (also termed “bokeh”). All of the focus, literally, is on your subject when this lens is used at its widest apertures (f1.8, f2, f2.2, etc) which makes for a very dramatic portrait.

Here is B&H’s page for the Canon version of the 50mm 1.8 lens. They also sell the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens, among others. You can also buy them through Adorama, Amazon, your local camera store and more. The point it – just get one and you’ll be happy you did 🙂 Your portraits will be a lot more professional looking and probably the type of photos you were hoping to get with your fancy new DSLR!

Here is an example of a photo taken with my 50mm lens. With my camera in aperture priority mode, I set the aperture at f2.2. This lens and setting will produce the bokeh / blurred background and sharp subject.

This image is covered in further detail in Tutorial 9 of my app – Portrait Classroom!

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Portrait Classroom app: Baby and Child Photography Tutorials
For iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id385486822?mt=8

For iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id480534706?mt=8

Kim Binfield Photography website

Portrait Classroom Now Available for the iPhone

21 Nov

Portrait Classroom is now also available for the iPhone (it has the same content as the iPad version, but optimized for the iPhone screen).  Download the app here:

Get the iPhone version (and check out the YouTube demo)

Get the iPad version (and check out the YouTube demo)

Reviews of the iPad version here.

About: Learn to take better portraits with your digital SLR. Portrait Classroom – Baby and Child Photography Tutorials is an insider’s guide to taking better photos. The app presents ten tutorials that detail the set up, camera settings & equipment used, and Photoshop image editing steps for a collection of ten baby and child portraits.

What People Are Saying

13 Nov

Portrait Classroom iPad version reviews:

  “Portrait photography is a snap with an iPad app” … “Perfect for parents, amateurs and those wanting to shift their camera out of ‘automatic’ mode and get a little creative, Portrait Classroom will provide you with loads of skills and tips.” from Babyology

  “One of the first ones that is starting to ‘get it’ when it comes to putting some educational content on the iPad. They’ve got a menu that allows you to navigate to the tutorials, a glossary of terms, resources, contact and an about page.  Each of the tutorials has text, sample images and they give you the equipment and settings that were used. Not too bad. So, my recommendation? Worth the $1.99 if you are new to photography and interested in portrait shooting.” from Dave Warner on LensFlare35

“The interface is so easy, clean, and well, let’s face it, awesome. … Click on the camera and you’re about to see some settings. I know how beginning photogs love to know settings you’re using! While each tutorial is carefully written and thoughtfully explained, you always have the Glossary to turn to. Want to REALLY know what that word means? Now you can. All in one easy spot. Kim provides you with resources, including what she has in her camera bag. Her go-to props and accessories to help her with newborn photography as well as other child set ups let you know that you don’t need a lot to really be effective. I was impressed with this app. I think if you’re a new photographer, starting out, this is a great way to learn about how to tackle the infant and child world.”   From Pink Ink Studios (now sadly closed)

And reviews by iTunes users have included:

“Great app”  by Big Uncle Kyle: “This is a great app to assist with photo’s of children. There are many helpful pointers regarding SLR settings (which confuse the heck out of me) and lighting. The photos my nephew turned out awesome.” 5 stars

“I learned so much”  by Pamela Velez: “In just the first five minutes, I learned so much! I will be practicing with my grandson!” 5 stars

“Really helpful” by Onesffox: “I have young kids and am just learning photography. This app is really useful. It tells you how to set up, and process various poses and styles of photos – I’ve used it to get several great photos of my kids! Thanks for all the ‘insider tips’!” 5 stars

“Great app!!” by SDFotofan: “Lots of great info!! Especially useful before and after photos…. Looking forward to the next edition.” 5 stars

“Excellent” by Speedyb7777: “As a beginner photographer, this app is an excellent resource for tips and solid instruction.” 5 stars

“Great for parents!”  by fotogfan: “This gave me a solid foundation of photographing babies, the info was very clear, and the tutorial images & settings & equipment info was very helpful. I also really liked that you added a glossary to this app. This really helps a beginner like me.” 5 stars

“Just right” by EmDeeBee: “Just the right balance of technical expertise and inspiring encouragement. The results are beautiful” 5 stars

iPhone Demo

13 Nov