Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July Rambles

Hello peeps!  I didn't plan to disappear for so long. So what's been going on around here you ask? I like lists and none of this really goes together, so let's do this in list form:

1) I took some photos of fireworks and meant to blog them, but I've had a few other sessions that I've been working to finish first.

2) Making a big dent in my 'To Read' list. I'm planning to put together a post of some favorites (and not so favorites) as of late.

3) Food photography! If you know me, you know I like taking pictures of food, and I've been practicing more and working on my styling, finding inspiration from cookbooks and blogs (namely Kristin Teig).

4) Getting back into some sewing + knitting. My list of projects is still a mile long but this dress is up next in a deep red knit.

5) Reminding myself how to use photoshop. Since I got Lightroom 5 for graduation last December, I haven't needed to open the old Elements. But there came a time when I needed to do some head-swapping and I couldn't pull it off in Lightroom (side note- I've been switching heads and blinking eyes since the dark ages of digital photography, with good old windows 98 paint program as my software of choice. How things have changed).

6) Reading by the pool. The weather has been deliciously mild, hovering in the mid 80s without the usual smothering humidity. Love it.

7) Counting down until August 23rd. If you know what I am talking about, you, too, are counting the days (and the shadows).

What's new with you this month?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Baby V and Family | Paducah KY family photographer

What a sweet family to photograph! Despite the heat and horrible humidity, we got some great photos. Little baby V is such a happy baby. He seemed a little unsure of the whole photo shoot thing, but by the end of the session he was a natural model, even with two outfit changes. :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How to Photograph Fireworks | Photography Tips

Independence Day is this Friday! Most of us (if you live in America, that is) will probably watch a firework show, and many of us will photograph, video, instagram, snapchat, tweet, tumble and stumble those photos. So, here are a few tips for getting the firework pictures you want.

1) Use a tripod. Unless you want some crazy-blurry-artsy photos (which sometimes I do on occasion), prop up your camera on a tripod, a box, a rock, or a box of rocks. Really just something to prevent the camera from moving.

2) If you have a DSLR or a camera that allows you to change the settings, I suggest the following:
            -set your camera to manual setting (usually marked as "M").
           -set your shutter to "Bulb", or "B" setting. If your camera does not have a bulb setting, then start with a long shutter speed, such as 20 seconds.
           -place your ISO at a low number like 100.
           -set the aperture to f/5.6.

3) Take some shots and experiment with the settings to create the shot you want. The number of fireworks that go off during your exposure will affect how your photo comes out. If your exposure is too long or there are too many fireworks within the time of your exposure, the shot will be too bright and overexposed. To correct this, you can either shorten your exposure or use a smaller aperture (increasing the f-stop number). If your shot is too dark, do the opposite (lengthen the exposure time or use a larger aperture).

Did any of that make sense? If you have any tips for shooting firework displays please share them in the comments! I'd love to see your shots if you try any of these suggestions.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

When the strawberries come in | Food Photography

/// photos from early June ///

For me, the "unofficial official" start of summer is when the strawberries start coming in from the garden. In years past, my dad would take my sister and I to a local farm where we would pick overflowing buckets of these red berries. We would wake up before sunrise, dress, then eat bars of granola during the car ride to the farm. The afternoon would then be spent sorting, washing, cutting, and sugaring the berries to be frozen for later use. Sadly, the farm closed down a few years ago, but that yearly Strawberry Saturday is one of my favorite memories.

This year, our berries came from my grandparents' garden. My sister and I took charge and processed the berries ourselves, saving one for the freezer and eating one ourselves (we really did save more than we ate though, honest).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Afternoons.

My favorite time of the year. While I adore the first bright days of spring and the colors of fall, I always come back to summer. June afternoons are some of the best days.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon downtown, going to a photo gallery and my favorite coffee shop. And yes, that last sentence sounded really hipster-y as was pointed out by a friend of mine, but in my defense, I didn't order coffee nor was I wearing plaid. ;)

In other random-ness, here are a few things I'm enjoying lately:

-The photography of Andria Lindquist. I admire her unconventional style and editing.

-Nancy Ray's series of posts on organization. I love how she describes tackling email in her 'email ninja game'. :)

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