It was 1989. I got a letter in the mail that said “Come see the new Shoebox to Showcase scrapbook albums; learn how to get your pictures out of those yucky sticky albums. Bring a friend and get a FREE PEN!”
Of course I wanted to learn about putting pictures in albums. Ordering triplicate copies of pictures was the ”in” thing to do when you got them developed. Which meant that my once-scant box of pictures was now exploding all over the place in numerous boxes, spilling out of bags, and peeking out from under the bed. SO many pictures because I had two little children. And I meant to capture every new outfit, messy face and everything in between.
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This spring, many of you will be celebrating a graduation in your household. Whether it’s a graduation from kindergarten to college, it’s an important rite of passage that deserves to be recognized. Honor the grad in your house with this simple but stunning sampler.
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My Mom is the centre of our family and we all love to spend time with her, whether it be a special dinner, shopping, cottage time, travel, out to dinner, a walk and or just having a cup of coffee together. She treasures each and every one of her grandchildren as they treasure her. Mother’s Day is a day to make her feel as special as she does with all of us.
I try to take as many photos of my children and my brother’s children with her as these will always be treasured memories. Not just on Mother’s Day is it important to snap those photos, but all through the year.
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My life has been documented relentlessly since I was born. Sitting on a bookshelf, the blue scrapbooks have multiplied through the years as I have experienced more and more in life. From the big moments: the first day of kindergarten, starting high school, college acceptance letter, my grandma’s last Christmas, and moving to Philadelphia; to the trifling: vacations, school dances, sporting events, family reunions, and day trips; my life is neatly remembered in those growing blue books.
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How fast do I want to snap this photo? That is the question you should ask yourself when you are setting your shutter speed in manual mode. How much natural light is available when you are taking the photo has a direct relationship to how fast you want to snap the photo. So if you are in low light you will need to hold your shutter open longer and if it is a bright situation you will need it to open and close quickly.
Shutter Speed = Time
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Ready to learn about aperture/F-stop? I am going to share a few tips with you about how to get started setting your aperture.
The first step is to decide what you are trying to achieve from the photo you want to take, blurred background, everything in focus, stop action, blurred action. If you are trying to blur your background or keep everything in focus it is your aperture you are going to set first. When beginning it is a good idea to go 50 percent manual and you do this by using the A(Nikon) or AV(Canon) mode found on the dial on the top of your camera. In this mode you set the f-stop and the camera chooses the correct shutter speed to balance the light meter in your camera.
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Would you like to get your camera off the automatic settings and take control of your camera? I am going to teach you about the different features that are available on most DSLR cameras (digital single-lens reflex) in this post and then I will do a more detailed post on some of the most important components of manual photography. The first step is to go to the dial on the top of your camera and turn the dial to “M” and away from the “Auto” or the green box option.
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I have to say I love my “big” cameras and I have bought camera bags that look like purses so that I can have my big camera with me when I am out and about, but I LOVE the convenience of always having a camera with me on my iphone when it is not convenient to bring my big cameras.
Manufacturers are making them better and better with each new model. For the majority of the population, phone cameras work perfectly for their photo needs on a day to day basis. You can take some pretty awesome photos with your phone!
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What do you photograph at birthdays? I wanted to share a few of the things that I like to photograph on that special day in our home.
Do you buy a cake or make a cake for the birthday person? Is there a family favourite that you always make or buy? Is there a theme cake? I always try to take a photo of the cake so we can look back each year to see what creation I have come up with.
Grant’s Car Crash Cake was perfect for his 11th birthday! He loves anything to do with cars and racing so he loved his cake!
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Dress in layers when heading out to do winter photos and don’t forget your gloves instead of mittens! Also, protect your camera from the winter elements by climatizing it to the cold slowly. Put your camera in your camera bag and put near the front door or in a porch that is colder than the rest of your house, then move your camera bag to the car so it is isn’t directly exposed to the cold, but it is definitely getting colder. This prevents your camera from fogging up when you take it out to start shooting. It is now time to take your camera out into the cold. If it is snowing cover up your camera with a clear plastic bag to protect it from the wet and cut a hole for the lens to fit through. Once your camera is cold you want to avoid getting it warm and then cold again because your lens will fog up similar to your eyeglasses. Also, the condensation is not good for your camera.
Having an extra battery is a good idea. Your camera battery won’t last as long in the cold so have a back up one in your pocket where it is warm.
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