Monday, December 31, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I love nighttime in December! The air, the stars, the lights ...it's wonderful!
Taking pictures at night is a lot of fun, but it can also be challenging. Since there isn't as much light at night, your camera has a more difficult time focusing. If it doesn't detect enough light, your camera compensates by taking more time to actually snap the picture, staying open longer to allow more light in. This is great if you can hold your camera perfectly still for the couple of seconds it takes to snap the picture. However, if you move around at all, it can create a blurry picture.
* Experiment with the Night Mode on your camera. My camera has extra settings when I press "Menu" in this mode that allows me to let in more or less light by speeding up the shutter (look at your camera manual for details on how to do that). If you don't have Night Mode, try switching off your flash (unless there is something within about 10 feet that you want illuminated).
* Another note on experimentation: depending on what you are taking pictures of, you may find that you actually like the effect it creates to keep the shutter open longer. This is especially fun in pictures where you want to capture movement (see example here). If using the tips listed above takes away from the effect you are going for, don't use them! Be creative!
Now get out there and practice before the season is over!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
*Remove Oreo from white chocolate, let drip, then place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper
*Top off with red and green crystal sprinkles
*Refrigerate to allow white chocolate to set up
*Take them out, let them warm up a bit, then
***NOTE: Toothpick method works well for dunking Oreos in milk :)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Another thing you'll want to see is where your camera is focusing - it doesn't always automatically focus on exactly what you want it to. My camera shows this with little brackets that appear at the actual point(s) where my shot is in focus. If it doesn't automatically focus where you want it to, let go of the shutter button and press it down halfway again. If that still doesn't work, let it go try moving the camera into a slightly different position before pressing it down again.
NOTE: If you can't get these little brackets to display, reference your user manual to see if you have that function, then follow the instructions to enable it.
Once you are in focus, press the shutter button the remainder of the way down to take your picture. Try to be as still as possible. Use the review button to see if it turned out the way you wanted it to. If not, try again!
NOTE: These instructions about how to focus can be applied even when you aren't using macro.
Something important to note: different cameras have different abilities when it comes to Macro. For example, your camera's Macro setting may allow you to focus on a subject less than an inch from your camera. My camera will not focus that closely - I have to hold my camera a few inches away from my subject. The best thing to do is play around with your camera and see what it can do.
Finally, don't be afraid to pull out the user manual that came with your camera - it should have a good description of how to use the Macro function. Or you can just go here. :)
You'll probably be surprised at the kind of pictures you can take when you actually make the time to get to know what your camera's features are. If you don't believe me, read Angela's testimonial!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Jeff recently told me about http://www.brainhoney.com/, a website where you can create and post lessons/tutorials to the web. He just finished creating one about how to build a budget. We're both big fans of budgeting, so I even gave a little "testimonial" at the end. :)
Visit the website if you get a chance and type "budget" into the search line. He is entering his lesson in a scholarship contest and gets extra points for all the hits he gets, as well as the viewer ratings. The deadline is Friday night at midnight, so take a look and rate it if you get a chance!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I think I'm somewhat behind the times, but I recently discovered Lotta Jansdotter. Her designs are simply delightful.
Angela clued me in on this one. I'm definitely going to have to make a few of these little notepads. I love paper goods, and I adore cute little envelopes!
Don't you LOVE getting good mail? It's fun to open the mailbox to a fat, new Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
In other homemaking news, I also filleted and fried fish for the first time in my life! I had been waiting to do it until Jeff had some other engagement to take him away from the house (he's not a big fish fan), and the BYU game was a perfect opportunity. And let me tell you, it was deeelicious!