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    HI! I'M ERIN MANNING

    I'm a photographer, author, traveler, and educator. From camera basics to lighting and composition, I'm here to help you create beautiful photographs…and we'll have fun. I promise.

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    Steal the Old Family Photos

    Visiting family for the holidays? Now’s your chance to go through the old family photo albums and take what you want. Here's how:

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  • Have your selfie

    A merry little christmas

    Three easy photo tips for capturing a great selfie this holiday season.

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  • Create Great Photos On-the-Go

    iPhone Travel Photo Tips

    Behold, the list of iPhone Photo Basics. It’s easier than you might think to create a great photo, even on-the-go.

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  • Be creative, funny, and memorable

    Cool Smartphone Apps

    Use these smartphone apps to spruce up your social media.

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  • Online Courses

    Learn About Lighting

    Learn how to work with natural light and studio light with my Lynda.com courses.

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  • Learn Off-Camera Flash

    The Easy Way

    A must-have for any budding photographer or home studio. Featuring the Strobelite Plus, a 32" Octabox, and a 5-in-1 reflector, this kit is a fantastic way to learn the art of flash photography.

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  • USA Today - Talking Tech

    Save Your Photos

    Is your smartphone FULL of photos and videos? Don't worry! There are easy ways to save and back them up. Check out my Talking Tech debut on USA Today with Jefferson Graham.

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  • The BEST

    Lighting Kit

    This all-in-one educational kit is the PERFECT choice for your first lighting kit. Easy to use, cool to the touch, and a great value. I use it for all my video shoots too because it's constant light. Available in camera stores everywhere! Click the video button and watch how to put it together.

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  • Eleven Tips and Techniques

    How to Take Great Vacation Photos

    This post has all kinds of practical tips and techniques for capturing memorable vacation photos.

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    Learn "Live" with Me

    I teach photography all over the world and I love it. There are no silly questions, ask away. It's my mission to help you. From trade show venues to cruise ship classes and online courses, there's an opportunity for live-learning in your near future.

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  • Preserve and share your pictures

    Restoring Your Old Photos

    If you’ve been keeping your old photos in a shoebox, album, or even a frame, there is a good chance your precious heirlooms are faded and damaged. Sound terrible? Help is on the way.

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  • 21 Videos

    Photo Basics

    Would you like to know more about the light and composing a good shot? Do those “techie” videos make your brain turn off and your eyes glaze over? You’re in the right place. These videos provide practical tips for capturing beautiful photographs. Get started now!

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  • Easy-to-understand

    Technical Information

    Ever wondered how to capture those close-up shots? Check out these simple tips.

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  • Step-by-Step

    Photo Education

    Watch my Digital Photography 101 course on creativeLIVE and learn how to control your camera, work with the light, pose people, and compose beautiful images.

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  • A fun way to take your videos to the next level

    Make Movies on your iPad

    Cruise and learn with me at sea, via the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Crystal Cruises. Create professional-looking videos using an iPad/iPhone and the iMovie App - it’s easier than you might think.

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  • Informative

    Articles

    Find out how to create the photographs you'll treasure for a lifetime.

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  • Mobile Photography

    The Super Selfie!

    It’s time to uncover your hidden “Selfie” powers and create a portrait that you’re proud to post online.

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  • Inspiring

    Videos

    Simple techniques for capturing beautiful photos of your baby.

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    Photography Tips and Tutorials

    The latest videos and articles covering photography techniques, getting the most from your camera, helpful lighting tips and a whole lot more.

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  • Erin's

    Lifestyle Photography

    Looking for inspiration? Check out a selection of recent photography.

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