At Click it Up a Notch® you will find photography tutorials, inspiration, and realize you are not alone when trying to learn how to capture the everyday moments of your life.
At Click it Up a Notch® you will find photography tutorials, inspiration, and realize you are not alone when trying to learn how to capture the everyday moments of your life.

We realize there is so much information out there on photography. We want to make it easy for you to learn about light, composition, different photography projects and more. Head over to our Getting Started page to find out more.

We also have over four years of photography tips and tutorials on Click it Up a Notch®. It can seem overwhelming. So don’t forget to join over 48K other photographers and get the emails delivered to your inbox each week. Plus, as a bonus for joining, I email you a FREE ebook with 8 ways to improve your photography in a week.

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Personally, I love Lightroom. I find it user friendly and affordable. Although I own Photoshop, I do 100% of my editing in Lightroom.

I have put together a list of some of my favorite Lightroom tutorials to help you get started on understanding the program. Opening a new computer program can be overwhelming…so many buttons. Just watch a few of these videos to feel more confident in what you are doing.

Remember, you don’t know have to know what every button does in the program. Figure out what works for you and start from there.

Great question and one we have all struggled with at one point or another. There are several reasons your image may not be sharp from your shutter speed to your aperture or even your lens.

Typically, the biggest issue is one of two things.

1. The shutter speed is too low. I recommend staying above 1/125.

2. The aperture is too wide. Depending on how many people you are photographing you want to make sure your aperture is set at a number where everyone is going to be in focus.

Read 8 ways to take a sharp image to find out more.

Lenses are expensive but I don’t think you have to break the bank to get a great lens that can help you achieve those blurry backgrounds you love.

I remember shortly after I purchased my first DSLR and I was asking my friend, Megan Cieloha, a million questions about photography she told me I needed to buy a 50mm 1.8. It was only around $100. My jaw dropped….a hundred dollars! I just spent a ton of money on this DSLR and now you want me to buy another lens! But she was right, as she often is. That lens made a world of difference in my images. Now, a hundred dollars for a lens doesn’t seem so steep.

Read more about why I think that is a great first lens.

Yes, I am launching my first online workshop, Ultimate Intro to Photography, this spring. I’ve set up this video based workshop so it’s the only beginner workshop you’ll ever need to take.

I wanted to create a workshop that I would have loved to have taken when I first started. Through videos of me walking you through concepts as well as watching me photograph subjects in different light, you will walk away confident in your skills of manual mode, seeing the light as well using composition to tell your story better.

Find out more about Ultimate Intro to Photography here.

Meet Courtney
Meet Courtney

Learn it all, step-by-step, with me, Courtney Slazinik – the force behind Click it Up a Notch®, a Huffington Post Top 5 Blogs for momtographers.

A former teacher who got into photography to capture my beautiful family, I am eager to share what I’ve learned over the past 5 years & open the door to photography for other moms.

  • Trisha Hughes
    Trisha Hughes

    I’m a midwestern girl who’s traveled the globe. My house is always messy but my sense of humor makes up for it. I started my blog, Eat Your Beets, as an excuse to get my husband to give up gluten. It didn’t work. Once I realized I was pretty good at food photography I decided to help other’s turn that same passion into reality by writing my ebook, Eat Pretty Things.

  • Beth Deschamp
    Beth Deschamp

    My favorite thing about becoming a photographer is being able to portray the beauty of ordinary things in everyday life and to create photography collections for clients that capture their truest moments. My photography journey has taught me to see the beauty in the little things, and that is a life lesson I will always be grateful for. Check out my website – {beth} a-dilly

  • Marissa Lynn
    Marissa Lynn

    Hi Y’all I’m Marissa, momma to 3 little Young’s and married to my high school sweetheart. I spend my days as a private editor for some amazing wedding photographers and my nights and weekends loving on my family :) Get access to my free ebook here.

  • Laurie Flickinger
    Laurie Flickinger

    I am a wife, a mother of 3, and a natural light hobbyist photographer. Photography is my passion, my outlet, and my sanity. My love of photography started like most MWACs, when my 1st child was born. I shoot with a Nikon D700 and a handful of prime lenses. When not learning all I can about photography, I enjoy reading, decorating my home, lake time, mindless television, and laughing with the girls. Check out my website –

  • Allison Jacobs
    Allison Jacobs

    I am a photographer with the goal of capturing the places, people, and things I love with my camera. I shoot with Canon, drink coffee every morning and am obsessed with photography. I am a food lover, runner, and reader but not always in that order. Check out my website –

  • Maria Jung
    Maria Jung

    Freckled head honcho of Maria Jung Photography and August Joy Studios. You could say I’m a wanderlust bent on capturing childhood as we travel the world. You can find me shooting studio and outdoor portraits when I’m not taking candids of my family.