FREE MINI-MAG! Photography in the Garden

20 12 2018

In this mini-magazine, I share my tips and tricks for photographing your garden in its best light, whether you’re shooting with a DSLR, point-n-shoot, or smartphone. You’ll learn about composition, harnessing the light, photographic resources, and what’s in my bag. Photographing gardens and the natural world has been enormously rewarding for me. Below are some sample pages from the mini-magazine.

Read your manual, shoot regularly, learn how to process your digital images and above all else, always stay curious!

Click here: Cindy Dyer Garden Photography

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Annabella by the sea

27 10 2014

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Annabella by the Sea

Scenes from a wedding: Jeff & Angela, 10.18.2014

27 10 2014

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Here comes the bride…

6 04 2014

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Kim Solo

Eric & Kim

6 04 2014

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Eric & Kim, 4.5.2014

6 04 2014
Yesterday I photographed the wedding of my neighbors Eric & Kim at the Osprey Point Inn in Rock Hall on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Beautiful weather, lovely venue and fun, relaxed atmosphere—it was truly a joy to photograph their big day! For this outdoor session, I used my new Nikon D800 and my bright and gorgeous Nikkor 85mm 1.8 (first time I’ve used it). Gotta get used to my RAW files being a whopping 45mb, though! More photos to come…
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Scenes from a wedding: Shelly and Matt 3.16.2013

9 04 2013

Here are a few shots of the bridal party, family groups and happy couple shots after the ceremony. We timed everything to be able to take advantage of the sunset when it came to doing the solo shots of Shelly and Matt. Perfect timing!—with very special thanks to one of Shelly’s brothers (a videographer and film maker) for moving things along by efficiently organizing the groups. How about that sunset over Huntsville?

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Scenes from a wedding: Shelly & Matt 3.16.2013

9 04 2013

I don’t think I ever caught Shelly without a smile during the entire event. She was one of the happiest brides I’ve ever photographed (not to mention very photogenic, too).

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Scenes from a wedding: Shelly & Matt 3.16.2013

9 04 2013

Shelly is the daughter of my friend, Sandy, in Huntsville, Alabama. Michael and I had the honor of photographing the wedding in Huntsville at Burritt on the Mountain, a beautiful park overlooking the city. Below is a collage of photos captured leading up to the event. More to come!

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Before the ceremony…

25 03 2013

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Shelly Glow lorez

Matt & Shelly, 3.16.2013

23 03 2013

Michael and I drove to Huntsville, Alabama last weekend to photograph Shelly and Matt’s wedding. The venue was Burritt on the Mountain, overlooking the city. The venue was spectacular, the weather was picture-perfect, and you’d be hard pressed to find a more photogenic or happier couple anywhere! We took advantage of a lovely sunset right after the ceremony to create some portraits of the bride and groom. More photos to come…

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Scenes from a wedding: Ashley & Chase, New Year’s Day, 2013

6 02 2013

Ashley is the eldest daughter of my college roommate and friend, Sonya, and I had the honor of photographing her wedding in Austin at The Allan House in Austin, Texas. It was a nice way to start out the new year!

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Visit my newly-updated Zenfolio botanical gallery!

9 04 2011

Below is a small sampling of more than 500 images in my newly-updated Zenfolio botanical gallery. Click here to visit the entire gallery. I’ll be revising the design to include galleries for portraits, stock, weddings, events, landscape, commercial and travel images as well as a bio, contact information and pricing for various services.

First studio portraits using the Westcott Spiderlite TD5 system

7 02 2011

I got to use my new Westcott Spiderlite TD5 2-light kit system for the first time last night when I photographed my friend Karen for her website and business promotion. She owns Karen Wyatt Skin Care in Burke, Virginia. (See how pretty her skin is? You could have skin that nice, too—book an appointment with her now!) Although I usually use strobes or my Nikon Speedlight setups in my studio, I became an instant fan of these “constant” what-you-see-is-what-you-get cool lights. I can’t wait to experiment with them more!

The TD5 system uses five fluorescent bulbs (in each light) to provide daylight balanced light, but without the intense heat that my old Lowell Tota-lights would produce (which reminds me—I should sell those things since I never use them!). My main light had a 24×32 shallow softbox and the other softbox (used as a hair light in most of the shots) was a stripbank measuring 12×36. My only complaint (and it is a small one) was that Westcott didn’t include any instructions on assembly. The one sheet of paper included showed us how to screw in the lightbulbs. Duh. We figured it out despite the lack of direction—smart women that we are!

Scott Kelby, my favorite Photoshop guru and an all around genuinely nice guy, highly recommended them after seeing wedding and portrait photographer Monte Zucker use them at a seminar. (A Washington, D.C. native, Zucker died of pancreatic cancer in 2007 at his home in Florida. He was 77).

I met Scott Kelby way back when he was teaching his wonderful $99 day-long workshops, right before he founded NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals). Scott is the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, editor-in-chief of Layers Magazine, training director and instructor for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, President National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), CEO of Kelby Media Group, and the author of a slew of bestselling technology books (many of which I own!). I attended the very first Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando with my friends Cammie and Paula (can’t remember the year, though). I’ve been a member of NAPP ever since and try to attend at least one day-long workshop each year. Check out Scott’s website/blog here. I’m a die-hard Scott Kelby fan!

Check out the seminar schedule for the Photoshop CS5 for Photographers Tour with Matt Klowkowski here, the Photoshop CS5 Power User Tour with Dave Cross here, and the Photoshop CS5 From Focused to Finished Tour with Ben Wilmore here. If you have the opportunity to attend any one of these workshops, it will be the best $99 you’ve ever spent! NAPP members pay just $79 for the day-long seminars. If you’re serious about photography and Photoshop, consider joining NAPP. You’ll receive Photoshop User Magazine, which is $9.99 per issue if you buy it at a bookstore—the $99 annual membership includes that subscription and many other discounts—including savings on hardware, software and NAPP’s excellent DVD training series.

In the two videos below, Scott talks about the first time he used the lights, how they work, and he also announces the holiday light kit special from Westcott.

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More scenes from a wedding

17 11 2010

Abbie & Todd, 9.12.2010 © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

Attention, fellow photographers!

17 09 2010

WARNING: I’m going to brag about a DVD service I started subscribing to this year. No, I don’t get paid for this review, BUT if you decide to sign up, yours truly will qualify for free DVDs and other prizes simply for referring potential subscribers during their promo period. So, yes, I could possibly benefit, but not unless someone signs up! Truth is, I would blog about them anyway, because it has been such a great technical and business resource for me on the photography side of my business.

I discovered PhotoVision online earlier this year and decided to subscribe to their DVD series. It’s really a great price for what you get. Every other month I get a 2-hour DVD with tips on photographic styles and techniques, digital workflow, lighting and posing, Photoshop tips and tricks, marketing and sales strategies, and hardware and software reviews. Each DVD covers approximately 9-10 different photographers, studios, and a wide variety of topics.

It’s a really well-done series and makes me want to do more photography than I’m already doing (and win the lottery so I can build a dream studio, too!). They have more than 22,000 studios participating in the series and sponsors include: Canon, Westcott, Quantum, PPA, Nik Software, WHCC,, WPPI, Animoto, Marathon Press, Radio Popper and Albums, Inc.

My favorite video are the ones where they visit photography studios (with amazing layouts and set-ups) and film the artist in action with real clients.

To give you an idea of topics, my latest DVD contains:

Lori Nordstrom: Garnering display (marketing)

Gary Box: Flattery is everything pt. 1 (photographing seniors)

Sana Antisdel: Tough guys (photographing senior boys)

Brian Demint: Shake it or leaf it (fashion photography)

Julie Klaasmeyer: Ginormica approach to window light (studio design & marketing) and One year and counting (window light children)

Beth Jansen: Better homes and babies, pt. 1 (location children)

Mike Fulton & Cody Clinton: Glimpses of Camelot (location bridal)

Kevin Jairaj: Maximizing your online opportunities (marketing)

Tim & Beverly Walden: Sales secrets for success (sales)

The series is geared toward all professional portrait, wedding, fashion, commercial and events photographers as well as photography students. Their normal subscription fee is $140, but if you click on the link below, you can get it for just $39 per year (which is what I paid when I signed up). Worth every penny, I say!

Use promo code: PVFAN