The Weekend Update: Aug 29

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via Hannah Mayo

· Not only is she one of our most influential forum contributors, but Hannah Mayo is also a major champion of fellow mothers in this poignant photo-interview project simply titled, Motherhood.

· The best evidence of why flaws are a great thing.

· The lakeside film session that has us wishing for an endless summer.

· Check out this simple genius trick for shy street photographers looking to grab the candid shot.

· No, maybe you’re not the Wolf of Wall Street but here’s the complete guide to swearing at work anyway.

· Here’s how and why you should invest in a virtual cobweb clearing life audit this weekend!

· Kodak just announced the unwelcome end of its much loved fine-grained BW400CN. We suggest working now on filling up your supply from your local drugstores and here before prices begin to sky rocket.

· There’s no hard and fast rule that you can’t turn the oven on in this heat- especially when it comes to food that makes your mouth water while reading the recipe! We’re into these California Roll Nachos paired with these scrumptious Dipped + Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies for your post-meal sweet tooth.

· If you were born before 1985, you know what it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet.

Hope your weekend is full of the good stuff! xo

Bloom’s Insta Round-up

summer ig Photo courtesy of Summer Murdock

We are trying to stretch summer out as long as we can but it’s hard to deny fall is creeping in. Time after time, we are blown away with the amazing images you share with us in our feed. Thank you inspiring us and our followers as well as for making Bloom part of your day.

We hope you enjoy these stunners below featuring the last signs of the season of the sun. Keep on tagging your pics with #thebloomforum. If you would like a daily dose of inspiration straight to your phone then make sure you check out and follow our feed. We’ve got some new exciting stuff coming up soon just for our IG followers and you’ll definitely want to keep connected!

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Until next month!

The Bloom Team

Simple Shooting SOOC with Stephanie Beaty || October 2014


Are you ready to transition from auto and program modes to manual? Transform your shooting results in 30 days by learning the foundations of natural light portrait photography from Stephanie Beaty of Lifeography. Discover the easy way to capture beautiful images SOOC (straightoutofcamera) without image processing or photoshop. Stop relying on editing to correct your images and learn how simple and freeing it can be to ‘get it right in camera’.

Who is this workshop for?
● Beginners who want to learn to use their DSLR.
● Program, Aperture or Shutter Priority Mode shooters who are ready to make the leap to manual.
● Photographers who rely on shooting RAW to consistently correct exposure, white balance, sharpness or crops.
● Anyone spending significant time on nonstylistic editing for image presentation.
● Shooters who depend on actions for image correction instead of enhancement.



In Simple Shooting SOOC, some of the topics Stephanie will guide beginning photographers through include:
- A DSLR overview and custom settings that will make your camera work for you
- Demystifying exposure and the exposure triangle to share how aperture, shutter speed and ISO
work together
- Metering like a pro
- Focus modes and the best way to select AF points
- A no-fail formula that will help beginners eliminate camera shake and nail focus in simple portraits
- Natural Light 101 and the top three lighting scenarios that can help every beginner succeed
- Easy tips and tricks on getting correct white balance in camera
- Professional framing secrets for dynamic portraits, the rule of thirds, and how to avoid ‘spraying
and praying’ / overshooting through thoughtful composition
- What ideal SOOC images should look like. Before and after editing examples that demonstrate
the benefit of high quality SOOC images
- My favorite beginners photography book and website reading lists

Suggested Equipment:
DSLR and 50mm Lens (or any lens with at least an f2.8 maximum aperture) All images will be shot in JPG mode and shared SOOC, resized for web.



Simple Shooting SOOC includes a topical PDF guide, as well as recorded tutorial videos. Participants are encouraged to submit three images at the start of the workshop for review and goal setting and contribute to multiple technical assignment threads. Active participants will receive a written review/critique two weeks after the close of the workshop of up to 5 SOOC images.

Stephanie has been shooting professionally since 2006 and is an award-winning portrait and commercial photographer currently based in Tampa, Florida. Her work has been featured in a variety of international publications including Practical Photography Magazine, For The Love by Jinky Art and JPG Magazine. Her photographs were recently selected for multiple juried gallery exhibits by The Darkroom Gallery in 2014. She has a heart for encouraging others and a passion for helping women pursue and achieve their creative and professional goals, while maintaining life balance.



1. This workshop is for forum members only, therefore, you must be a member of the forum to take the workshop. To become a member, simply click here to sign up.
2. Registration takes place inside the forum in the Bloom News section under Mini Workshop Information.
3. This workshop will run from Monday, October 20th – Monday, November 3rd.
4. 20 active seats are available at $200.00 per seat.
5. 25 silent seats are available at $150.00 per seat. Silent seats will be able to view all the workshop material but cannot post inside the private forum, email Stephanie and get cc on their homework.
6. The private workshop information will be available for one month after the workshop ends.
7. This is an online workshop and students work at their own pace within the allotted workshop dates.
8. Registration is now open inside the forum on a first come first serve basis.

No refunds are given once a seat is purchased, however, you can sell your seat on your own.


Want to see more of Stephanie’s work? Just head here: website || blog || facebook || instagram

If you have any questions regarding the content of the workshop, please email Stephanie directly at For all other emails, please feel free to send us an email at
Thanks all!
The Bloom Team