Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Capturing Photos During the Golden Hour

We’ve all heard of kissing a frog, well what about kissing a fish?

As I continue on my journey to take more creative photos, I learn from my daughter Hailey who always gives me fresh, amusing material (without even prompting her). She often teaches me how to let go and have fun with photos!

These photos were taken as the sun was going down.  Professional photographers call this the "golden hour" and I'm trying to learn more about it.  It's said that it's the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset.  There should be less shadows and harsh highlights and your photos may pick up a warm glow. I believe that I was in the golden hour when I took these photos.  It seems to me that it lasts less than an hour but what do I know?  I've tried to capture the golden hour too many times to count.  If you're not paying attention you may miss it! Believe it or not, there is a golden hour calculator on-line.  

The main goal is to be ready with your camera and take a lot of photos during this period of time. You will know when you capture the right shot!

Often when I have beautiful photos I don’t want to my layout design to be overly complex.  Adding too many embellishment can be distracting. I kept this layout simple; while still leaving a place for my journaling that documented our day. I found the perfect paper that reminded me of the beautiful coloring of a rainbow trout.

Supplies:  Paper-Hue Paper-Chase Rainbows-KaiserCraft, Today Journal Card, Chipboard Letters-Thickers, Pink Mini Letters, Embellishments-Amy Tangerine

Now let's go create!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Photo Ideas: Successes and Fails

When I was recently in Hawaii, I enlisted my niece who is 8 to help me with some new photo ideas. We had a lot of fun spending time together and making a list of the images that we wanted to capture.

As a beginning photographer, I am always trying to improve my skills.  These skills include learning the manual functions of my digital camera, understanding design and composition, and challenging myself to be more creative.  Hopefully I will inspire you to try some new things with your camera and learn from my successes and fails.

Hawaiian Flower-Success

Using my new 50mm lens and setting my aperture low, I was able to focus on the flower while leaving the background blurry.

Girls Jumping in Air-Success (sort of)

Although their form is not that great, these girls had fun jumping in the air (or at least trying to)!

Holding the Sun-Fail

Unfortunately, I need some more work on my night time photography skills.  The photo is a little too dark and there should be more of a silhouette of my niece.  I still like the concept so we will try this one again.

Grains of Sand-Success

This will be great to use for an upcoming scrapbook page.  I like how it shows the sand and the white space on the right will be perfect for journaling.  I also changed it to black and white (below) which would be another interesting usage of the photo.

Washing Away Stress-Fail

The simple reason this was a fail is because I lost patience.  To "get the right shot" you must not lose patience.  The goal of this photo was to capture the wave washing away a part of the stress that I wrote in the sand.  It's very hard to do because if you capture the photo too late the wave will wipe out the entire word, if you capture it too early (like this), the word it not wiped out at all.  We'll have to try this one again also.

Laying in Surf-Success

You would think that this would be a simple photo to capture but it wasn't especially if you don't want you and your camera to get wiped out by a wave.  The waves at this beach were very unpredictable and was lucky to get this photo.  I love how my niece's feet are so much smaller than mine in contrast.

Flower and Ocean-Fail

Although this photo is somewhat interesting, I wanted the flower to be in focus.  Looks like I need to learn more about aperture.  I think I had my setting too high.

Now let's go create!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ideas for Documenting Relationships

Documenting relationships is an important aspect of my scrapbook design.  There are many types of relationships, those between families, a special relationship with a pet or even a relationship with an  inanimate object like a special toy or a car.

In the layout below, I wanted to focus on the "teacher/student" relationship between my daughter and niece.  My daughter, as an experienced fisherman (or is it fisherwoman?), was teaching my niece who just received her very first fishing pole, how to fish.  It was so cute to watch the two of them patiently waiting for their first fish, enjoying each other and their love of fishing.  

Blog Exercise:
  • Make a list of relationships that you want to document.  It can be a relationship that you have with someone, a relationship that you admire, or maybe a unique relationship (like a child with a doll or your husband and his motorcycle). 
  • Grab your camera and start taking photos.  The photos don't have to be taken all in one day.  You may want to capture the relationship over a period of time, or maybe during a certain event. You may want to look at older photos to see if any of them capture the essence of the relationship.
  • Don't forget to document the story.  It can be from your perspective or you can ask others to comment on the relationship.
  • Have fun with the exercise and I would love for you to reply to this blog and share the ideas that you've come up with.

Supplies: Paper-October Afternoon Treasure Map, Paper Strips-October Afternoon, You and Me Card-Project Life Great Outdoors, Shipping Tag, Red Floss-We R Memory Keepers, Stickers-October Afternoon Treasure Map, Idaho wood shape-Etsy TheWoodshapeStore.

Now let's go create!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Scrapbooking Conversations with Kids

Welcome to Stick It Down's June blog hop

Several of our design team members have created projects to share with you using any of our past SID sketches. If you've never participated in a blog hop before, you'll "hop" from blog to blog to visit each designer's page and project. You'll leave a comment at each stop along the hop. The hop will end here where you started, where you can comment to let us know you've completed the hop and you're entered to win the grand prize. You have until Monday June 6 at 11:59
pm to complete the hop. The winner will be announced on or before June 9.

We have several prize packages and one grand prize lined up! Paper Wings Productions is generously sponsoring our blog hop and is offering a gift certificate to the online store!

Paper Wings Productions is owned by Carrie Edelmann Avery. All of the PWP stamps are produced in the USA and are made using the highest quality of materials. You can check out the PWP online store to see the red rubber cling stamps and the clear photopolymer stamps!

In addition the the grand prize, many of our design team members are offering prizes on their blog and we also have a few other prizes lined up. We've also made it possible to earn additional entries for prizes by following the SID blog, our Facebook page, the PWP blog, and the PWP Facebook page.

Hi everyone!  Thanks for visiting my blog and joining in on the blog hop adventure.  If you are visiting the blogs in order, you should have arrived to me from Grace's blog. Here is the sketch I chose for June.

Something I decided to do last year when I was camping with my niece and nephew was ask them some simple questions and take photos while doing so.  I love the different facial expressions and the personality that is shown in these photos.  I created a layout using the photos of my niece and I will be creating another one of my nephew soon.

Supplies:  Project Life Acetate Shapes, October Afternoon Snapshots-Compose, Webster's Pages-Dream in Color

Thanks for stopping by today.  Your next stop on the blog hop is Hanne's blog.  Hope to hear from you again soon!

Now let's go create!

Here is the order of the hop, in case you get lost:
Jess K
Jessica S