Photography Blog Posts

3 Reasons Why Your Photos Aren’t Sharp

Every photographer wants nice, sharp images. But sometimes, for beginner’s, that doesn’t always happen. Here are three reasons why your photos aren’t sharp (and how to fix them).

Photographing Holy Hill

Perched atop 435 acres in southeast Wisconsin, you’ll find Holy Hill, a church that looks like it’s been shipped in from Europe. It’s a unique and beautiful place to visit and photograph and I finally got the chance to go there yesterday. Here are a few of my tips for photographing Holy Hill.

eBook Sneak Peek

As promised, here is a sneak peek at my upcoming eBook, Camera Settings & Explanations: A Visual Guide. This eBook will be available for sale on Monday, June 11th, 2018. Here is an inside look at what you’d be receiving!

A Sunset Drive through the Driftless Area

When Sean and I went camping in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, we decided to go on a sunset country drive. Here is a collection of photographs I took along the way.

Memorial Day Photography Tips

Memorial Day is this weekend! It’s time to enjoy the weather, spend time with loved ones, and capture the memories for years to come. Here are three Memorial Day photography tips to give you some ideas on what to photograph this weekend.

Photography eBook Announcement!

Do you ever see a photo and think, “I wonder what camera settings they used?” When I was first starting out with photography, I remember thinking that a lot. I’d snap a photo, it wouldn’t turn out and I’d sit there wondering what settings a professional photographer would have chosen. I had no idea where to even begin.

Behind the Scenes with Miss Northerner

Today, we’re going to go behind the scenes to last nights photo shoot. I want to show you the ones that didn’t make the cut and how we ended up getting the shot above.

Wisconsin Photography Bucket List

There are so many awesome places around this state to photograph so I’ve come up a few ideas that’ll hopefully inspire you to grab your camera and go. Here is my Wisconsin photography bucket list!

My Most Used Camera Settings

For this post, I filtered through about 2,000 photos in my Lightroom catalog and determined that these are my most used camera settings.

Spring Photography Tips: How to Make the Midwest Look Pretty

For me, spring in Wisconsin is the most challenging time of year to photograph. It’s that span of time where everything’s brown, nothing is blooming yet, and things just seem plain old ugly. Here are my tried and true spring photography tips for making the Midwest look pretty this time of year.

How to Turn Boiling Water into Snow

This winter, I was determined to try this whole boiling water trick out for myself. So early one morning, Sean and I got the water ready, grabbed the camera, and headed out to the lake. Here are some tips on how you can turn boiling water into snow (and photograph it).

How to Photograph the Northern Lights

Seeing the northern lights is one of the coolest life experiences out there. Here are my tips on how to photograph the northern lights.

Beginner’s Guide to ISO

ISO is one of the three main pillars of photography. I’ve created guides for aperture and shutter speed, so now check out my beginner’s guide to ISO!

My Beginner Photography Workshops

I thought I’d give you an inside look at my beginner photography workshops with a few photos I took during the last one!

Beginner’s Guide to Shutter Speed

There are three main components in order to achieve proper exposure: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. In this beginner’s guide, I will go over shutter speed!

5 Tips for Winter Photography

It’s that time of year. Snowy trails, iced-over lakes, and bitter cold temperatures. Here are five tips for photographing this season.

A Guide to Depth of Field

Depth of field can be a tricky thing to wrap your mind around. Here I’ve laid out five tips to help understand it further.

Sunflowers at Sunrise

  Nine Acres of Heaven A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from my boyfriend with a link to a place called Pope Farm Conservancy. When I clicked on it, I saw a title that read, "Sunflower Days, August 12-20 2017". Sunflower Days?! No need to...

Five of My Favorite Shots from Iceland

1. Black Sand Beach   She dreams more often than she sleeps A post shared by Kristen (@kristenelizacarlson) on Jan 23, 2017 at 8:17pm PST 2. Standing about 10 feet away from a waterfall as powerful as Skogafoss will do two things to a person. 1) soak you completely to...

Two Days Exploring Edinburgh

We kicked off the trip with two days exploring Edinburgh, Scotland. We explored the streets, visited some pubs, saw the famous Edinburgh Castle, had a pastry in a cute Scottish cafe, and even found the street that JK Rowling used as inspiration for Diagon Alley.

A Snowy Christmas Eve

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was really lovely. One of my brothers who lives in Denver came home for the holidays. He hasn't been home in about two years so it was great to celebrate as a whole family. He brought his puppy too! On the morning of...

Icelandic Horses

"Stop the car!" My face was pressed up against the passenger window looking out towards an open field. The ponies were a multicolored blur as we sped past and my heart jumped. Icelandic horses. It was our first day on the ring road and we were heading south. I had...

Red Door Family Farm

Last Tuesday, a friend and I went out to this place called Red Door Family Farm. Here are a few photos I shot while visiting.

An Afternoon Hike

My mom and I went on an afternoon hike, took some photos, and just enjoyed the warm weather. 

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