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5 Tips to Taking Better Photos

Posted on April 21, 2016 by

We’re taking more pictures than ever. We have the ability to take countless photos and we have multiple platforms to share them on. As a photographer, I’ve developed my own list of tips to help create more engaging photos for every type of camera. Get out there, and get that killer shot. You might even gain a few “likes” in the process.

  1. Take fewer photos at once

It’s easy to fall into the temptation of snapping a million photos per second to sort through them afterwards and hope that one turned out. Resist. Instead, assess the situation and take a few moments to plan the photo before you even pull out your phone or camera. Once you start shooting, take your time. It’s about quality over quantity.

  1. Move around

After you’ve taken the initial photo you were inspired to get, try again. But this time, move around. The first framing of your subject might be good, but push yourself a little further and you might get something great. The best way to do this is to literally move your feet and walk to a new perspective.

  1. It’s all about the light

Photography is really all about capturing light. Train yourself to see more than just the thing you’re taking the photo of. It’s just as important, if not more important, to see the light around or on the subject of your photo. Generally, the more interesting the lighting in a shot, the more interesting the whole photo will be.

  1. Think differently

Often in photography, your initial idea with a photo has been done before, and done often. Take a moment to really try to see the scene differently. Get into the motivation of the photo and try to show your audience an emotion. If your viewer feels something when they look at your photo, you’re doing something right.

  1. Do your own thing

As with lots of things, rules are meant to be broken. Don’t be afraid to make some mistakes and develop your own style. Figure out what you like and make it better. Just keep experimenting and let your photos show your personality.

| April 4 | Design
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Good Gourd, It’s Pumpkin Season

Posted on November 5, 2015 by

It’s that golden time of year, the time when the stores and our gardens are filled with the warm hues of pumpkins and squashes. My appreciation for pumpkins began at a young age, when every year I would look forward to the fall and winter when my grandma would bake pumpkin pie. As I grew, my affection for pumpkins matured and I found myself appreciating all sorts of squash delights. My healthy obsession (literally healthy) has inspired me this autumn to fully embrace these somewhat strange fruits in a variety of ways. So if you’re looking to add more gourds into your life, let me help you out:

1. Pumpkin Carving
Get creative with it, seriously, go all out. This doesn’t just need to be for Halloween, use these ideas to have carved pumpkins for decorating throughout the whole season.

2. Butternut Squash Soup
Use this recipe to warm yourself on a cold day.

3. Butternut Squash Loaf
All the spices of a pumpkin spice latte in this loaf, do I need to say more?

4. Pumpkin Pie
I can’t share my recipe for this one; it’s a family secret.

5. Gourd Crafts
This blog shows you how to turn your new obsession into candleholders.

6. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Not only are these seeds tasty, but they also can help in your production of serotonin, giving you a nice mood boost.

If you still need convincing of the magic of pumpkins, just remember, Cinderella had a pumpkin that was a carriage, proving that pumpkins can really do anything.