It’s been raining for days and days and days around here. I really needed something fresh and green to contrast against these wet days and drab skies. So I planted a little garden in my kitchen window.
Did you ever wonder why the saying “Home Sweet Home” isn’t “House Sweet House” ? I think the answer is quite obvious. The word “home” has a much deeper meaning that is far more intangible.
Like many of you, I spend hours looking through the pages of design magazines, loving the images I see. I save thousands of those images in my files. I get ideas from hundreds of sources and store them all away for inspiration. When I eventually get around to it, I incorporate little upgrades here and there.
One thing strikes me quite often whenever I swoon over fabulous designer spaces. Yes, they’re gorgeous. Yes, they’re mesmerizing. Yes, they make me long for a cleaner, more pulled together design in my own home.
Yet one thing is absent from all of those images, regardless of how perfect they are on the pages of a glossy magazine. Those images, those spaces, and those houses are just not home. A house is just four walls and a roof, but a home is made up of everything else inside.
A house may be decorated from floor to ceiling with the finest furnishings money can buy. But that will never ever make it a home. A home is a sanctuary. Home is comfort. Home is inviting. Home is a refuge from the world.
Home is coffee cups left on the table and beds left unmade.
Home is where you wear your coziest clothing with only comfort and never fashion in mind.
OK peeps, I think it’s time I spill the beans on how I take and manipulate my photos. Several of you have sent me emails asking me about the camera and the software I use on this site. I’m here to share. Sharing is what I do. I love to share, especially with those of you just starting out. Ha, that’s funny. “Just starting out.” That’s me, like, nine months ago. Strange, surreal, and completely true.
But first, before I share, I have a few confessions to make.
First confession: Believe me when I tell you I am a complete amateur when it comes to photography. (Some of you are saying, “Um, yes, we know that.”) In fact, if you said the word “aperture” to me a few months ago, I’d have looked at you cross-eyed.
Second confession: I have a really killer camera that does half the work for me. My weapon of choice is a Nikon D60 and it totally rocks. Mr. CG bought it for me two years ago when I complained about my flimsy digital never taking pictures when I wanted it to. You know that 3/4 second delay that misses the moment ? That fleeting precious moment when your kid is doing the cutest thing ever ? Then your camera never captures it ? Hated that. I complained constantly. Tears welled. I might have thrown my old camera a few times. Then hubby bought me my Nikon.
Yes, they’re expensive, but oh my goodness gracious darling, are they ever so worth it. Mine has paid for itself tenfold with the quality of pictures it has given me.
For example, take this most recent picture of chocolate covered biscotti from yesterday. My friends, I simply set the camera to “no flash” and shot this beauty. The camera did 80% of the work.
Third confession: I’ve learned to never ever ever use a flash. The flash is not your friend when taking up close and personal shots of your latest craft, project, recipe, or kid. Turn it off, that’s all I can say. Turn.Off.The.Flash. Light is your friend. The flash is not.
Fourth confession: I do not use Photoshop for my everyday blog editing. I don’t have the patience, time, or in depth knowledge of Photoshop to manipulate every single photo. Yes, I’m learning the program slowly, but I never turn to Photoshop for my everyday blog photos.
I use Picasa. Picasa is free.
Picasa is my friend !
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