Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

I can't believe that Christmas is already here! 
Hope you all have a great Christmas with friends and family!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11

Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's a White Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
We got about six inches of snow yesterday.  This morning my brother and I went out to take some pictures.  It was so beautiful.  The pictures don't really do it justice.

God's creation is one of the many things that I am thankful for!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Felt Flowers

I just love making flowers out of paper and fabric. 
Well, today I want to share a really easy way to make flowers out of felt.

~hot glue

Your first step will be to cut a square of your felt.  The size is all up to you.  I usually do mine about 5"x 5".
When you cut it out, you want to cut it as I have shown in the picture below.  This will give your flower more character.

After that you will start gluing and rolling.

It is complete!
See, very simple and quick!
They make for very cute hair-clips!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Final Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 10

Wow.  I can't believe that this is the last week.  It went by so fast!
Well, this final week we will be talking about photo editing!!!
There are many free sites that you can edit photos on.  
I use Picmonkey
They have the option of upgrading to Royale.  I haven't done this because they have so many free options that are great! They also have the option of doing a collage.
I can guarantee you, that if you aren't already using this, you will love it!
I also have Photoshop Elements 12.  This takes a long time to learn, and I am slowly--did I say slowly? getting the hang of it.  
But today I want to talk about Picmonkey.
Here is a picture that I haven't edited yet.

When you go into effects, you will see Orton.  This is one of my favorite:)
I use this on almost all of my landscape and portraits.

One of the nice things about Picmonkey is that you can choose how much of the effect you want.
So don't click on one effect and not like it.  Play with it some.
Here is the picture with the same effect, but a little bit more faded.

One thing I like to do after using Orton is to use the Dusk effect or a little black and white.

With Dusk Effect
You can also add text to your picture.
They have a bunch of fonts to choose from!

There are so many other effects and things that you can use, so go play around with it!

Well, I really hope that you all enjoyed these tips, and I hope they have helped you some.
Please comment below if you have any questions at all.

If you would like to see the tips from previous weeks, click on the links below.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 9

Many of you may have the option of setting your ISO on your camera.
Some may wonder, "What does this do to effect my pictures?"
Well, you may notice that when you set this to a lower number and it is darker, your pictures will be blurry.
Many newer cameras have the option of setting yours REALLY high.  Mine goes up to a Hi 2-over 6400.
You can set your ISO to Auto, which I normally do when shooting.  However, if you want to shoot in Manual mode, you are going to be setting your ISO.

So, what do the lower numbers mean and what do the higher numbers mean?
When shooting with a lower number, say 160, and it is bright and sunny, your pictures will be good.
Now, lets shoot with that same number on a dark, rainy day.  You aren't going to have that clear image.  Instead, it may be a little or a lot blurry.

When you have a lower number, your camera isn't as sensitive to the light as it is when you have a higher number.
Your shutter speed will be slower, so when you shoot, your camera will take every little bit of shake in your hands.  Setting your camera on a tripod will help with this.

So, now lets set it to a higher number.  It's bright and sunny again.  Your ISO is set to 1000.  You keep taking pictures and you think they are beautiful!  But, you notice that when you look back at them, your pictures looks very grainy.

It was too high.
I did this before.  I took some beautiful- so I thought- pictures.  Then, I came inside, and I noticed that my ISO setting was still bumped up really high.  What did I have?  Grainy pictures.

So, play around with it a little and you will get the hang of it.  I still am, but I thought I'd share a really brief idea of setting your ISO.

If you would like to see the tips from the previous weeks, click on the links below.
Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 8
Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 7
Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 6
Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 5
Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 4
Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 3
Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 2
Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 1

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 8

                   This week I wanted to talk about focal points.  Have you ever taken an object and just wanted to take a picture of it?  Then you ended up taking a picture of that same object for ten minuets?
You started playing around with the focal point and discovered how creative you can get!
 I do this a lot.  I get bored, so I take my camera out and end up playing with it for a longer time than I thought!

Don't just think you can get one picture of an object with only the same focal point.  Changing things up can be a good thing.

Now, when you are doing this, you don't want your viewers to not know what you are focusing on.
Your focal point is the place that your viewers eyes travel to first.
People will just glance at your picture and then proceed to the next one if your focal point is not really known.
You don't want them to have any question about what the focus is.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 7

I want to share a few tips this week about taking portraits.
I am no professional, but I have learned these from doing the mistakes myself.
I was asked to take pictures of couples at a banquet one time.
While reviewing the images, I wished that I had paid closer attention to some things

Tip 1- Watch the Clothes.

So, you have the perfect picture of someone.  You love the angle and the pose, but you look at the clothes, and think to yourself, " Why didn't I tell them to fix their shirt collar?"

Take a good five seconds to study the clothes of your subjects before you take their picture.
They would rather you say something to them instead of getting their picture and realizing that their clothes aren't nice.

Tip 2- Watch the Limbs

Yes, this may sound kinda funny, but it is very important.  While framing your subject, don't stop it at joints.  This can result in some very strange looking pictures.  Also, be aware of this if you are cropping them.

Tip 3- Play With the Sun.

One of the best times to take pictures is when the sun is lower.
This adds a lot to your pictures. However, for the best pictures, you want the sun to be behind your subject.
Also, watch for shadows on your subjects.

Tip 4-  Get Down Low

You can get very creative if you get down low with your subject. 
Don't be afraid to move around and shoot at different angles.
My brother took this picture, and I think that it is very cool!

Tip 5- Take More Than One Shot.

As your subjects are moving around and talking, don't be afraid to take pictures.  Natural shots can be the best for memories:)  
Also, it gives the people you are taking pictures of more of a variety to choose from.

If you would like to see the tips from the previous weeks, click on the links below.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 6

As many of you may have noticed, a lot of my pictures have the subject off to the left or right a little.
This is called The Rule of Thirds. 
Don't worry, this isn't some complicated thing that takes so much time and practice.
This is something that you may already be doing, but haven't noticed what it is called.
If you have a newer camera, you may notice the grid on your LCD display.
It is divided into nine parts- three rows going across and three going down.

Well, put very simply, the Rule of Thirds is when your subject is off to the side, and
intersecting the lines on the grid.

Notice on the above picture, the subject is more in the middle.
On the one below, I have it off to the side.

Your subject doesn't have to be perfectly intersecting the lines.
Trust me, mine aren't!
Here are some other examples.

See, your subject doesn't always have to be perfectly in the center.
Hope you have some fun trying this out!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Photo Walk

The other week my dad and I went out to take pictures.
The place we were planning on going to, wasn't open. So we drove around in circles, got lost a couple of times, and finally found a neat place.
We had to walk up hill a lot, but once we got up there, it was worth it.
  It was my first time using the polarizing filter on landscape photography.

The clouds were perfect!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Photo Tip Tuesday- Week 5

For this week's tip, we will talk about shooting at different angles.
Most times, people are taking pictures, they shoot at only one angle and think that is the best one they have.
Well, shooting at different angles is one way to get better pictures.  You would be surprised at how creative you get from doing this.
Lets take flowers for instance.
People think that the best shots for flowers is shooting straight down on them.

While this does make a nice picture, getting creative and shooting at a different angle would be nice.
Here are a few shots that I took at different angles.

I did the same thing with an apple. 
I didn't shoot at one angle.
I shot a couple at one angle and moved around some.

Don't be afraid to take more than one picture:)
This really helps with creativity.
 It helps give you that "photographer's eye".
Have fun trying it!

If you would like to see the tip from the previous weeks, click on the links below.

Friday, October 3, 2014

How to Make Fabric Roses

I would like to share how you can make fabric roses.
These are extremely fast and easy, and I'm sure you will love them!

What you will need:
~Synthetic Silky Fabric-(I used lining from a skirt)
~Sewing needle and thread.
*******If you use regular cotton material, it will just burn up*******

First off, you need to cut circles in different sizes.  They don't have to be perfectly round or certain sizes.  However, they will shrink, so don't do extremely small ones:)
I used three different sizes, but you can do as many as you like.

Next, you will take your candle to start burning the edges.
You don't have to touch the fabric to the flame.  Mine melted even before I put it in the flame.

Once you are done doing this to all of your circles, place them on top of each other, biggest to smallest.
Then take your needle and thread and tac them together.
I make an 'x' and that holds mine together.

You can do whatever you like to finish it off.  Some people put beads in the middle of theirs.  I use the rosettes that I put in my other flower.  
Now you can put them on headbands, hair-clips or what ever you want!