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Snap! Even More Photography Tips

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Hello hello, hope you all are staying warm amidst the storms!  I hinted in last week’s article about better brighter blog photos that I would be bringing in some friends to back me up in my explanation that you can achieve better interior shots by pulling more light into your lens with the manual functions on your camera.  Well, well, that day has come! 

I gave all four blogger photographers a mini assignment.  Shoot for me the same image 1) with a flash, 2) on Auto with no flash, and then 3) in a Manual Mode, adjusting your aperture or f/stop, shutter speed and/or ISO setting.  (My brief definitions here.) 

Please welcome four of my favorite bloggers, who just so happen to have excellent photography skills, and are here to offer some fabulous tips for you!  Settle in with a hot cup of coffee or tea on this blustery day, and hear what they have to say. 

Mrs. Limestone of A Brooklyn Limestone in Progress:

“If there is one thing I repeat a lot on my blog it’s this: cameras don’t take good photos, people do.  It is essential you get to know your camera and some of what it can do to make great photographs.   It might seem daunting at first but it’s worth the effort.  Let’s use an example of this trio of vintage cameras.  Apropos, no?
 
The first shot is with the camera set on Auto with the flash turned on. I shudder just thinking about it because if there is ever a way to ruin a photo, it’s with on camera flash.  Take my word for it – never ever  use it and you’re photos will be so much better without doing a thing.

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See, not so good. So let’s try it again, this time with the flash off.

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So much better, but not quite right. I will be the first to tell you that the AUTO function (always with flash off) is pretty darn handy.  It makes for lovely photos 7 times out of 10.  That’s because nearly all cameras are quite smart in that they figure out how to get a good photo without any effort on the photographers part.  Particularly wonderful when you are trying to capture an image quickly and don’t have time to fiddle.  But sometimes there are outside influences that fool your camera and that’s when using the manual controls come in.
 

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Be My Guest: Colour Me Happy

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

One of my favorite reads every day is Colour Me Happy, written by Colour and Decorating Expert Maria Killam.  Maria tackles all sorts of problems in decorating and design with a focus on choosing the right colors.

Some of my favorite tips are answers to questions like ‘Which Color Sofa Should You Buy?  or Maria’s informative suggestions in ‘What Everyone Should Know About Gray’.   I’m delighted to have Maria here this afternoon with her suggestions on ways to make your home a cozier space this autumn.

 

5 ways to Cozy your Space for Fall

by Maria Killam of Colour Me Happy

"I am thrilled and honored to be guest posting with Kate here at Centsational Girl.  She is so creative and talented; I just love her blog, this woman wields a spray can like nobody’s business!  Here are my top tips for a cozy fall:

 

1) Paint a room green. Green goes with everything, looks fabulous with your staple pieces in brown or gray and feels warm and spacious.

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This is a custom colour based on Benjamin Moore’s ‘Forest Moss’.   I love the way it’s mixed with charcoal, contemporary accent pillows and gold accents.

 

2) Add mirrors.

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Mirrors add sparkle and light to a darker space and are an inexpensive way to fill up a wall where art would normally be.   Check out Kate’s entire transformation of her family room (above) – the mirrors and the lamp makeover really add bling to the room.

*flattered you would pick my space Maria!

  

3) Introduce a dramatic colour to your living room

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This room has primarily red accents but it still works with the raspberry wall and keeps the space feeling fresh.  Keep in mind the white and cream in the room are necessary to work with such a clean colour.

 

4) Add Cushions with Pattern

 

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I recently saw a client who informed me that she didn’t like cushions at all, she simply has a gorgeous throw in all the colours of her living room, but I got her to commit to a minimum of three (for 2 loveseats).  Without cushions on a sofa, it can look naked.   Toss pillows do a great job of repeating the existing colour in your space!

 

5. Have an Ottoman with a Throw.  I am a big believer in ottomans, especially in great rooms. The first thing I want to do is put my feet up when I sit down at the end of the day and a throw is also a requirement to stay warm.

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Stick around, Kate has so many ideas on her wonderful blog!  How do you make your home feel like fall?"

 

Thank you so much Maria for sharing your tips today, it’s always a pleasure learning from you!   Speaking of fall decorating, be sure to link up to Julia’s Fall Open House Party and also Nester’s Fall Mantel Party too!  

 

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