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    Happy Friday: Red, White and Blue Foods!

    August 29, 2014 | Posted by Kristen Smith | filed in: Food & Such, Fun Essentials

    We are sending red, white and blue wishes for a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. In need of some tasty treats? Try one of these fabulous finds below:

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    Clockwise from top left: Fruit Salsa | Purple Potato Pizza | Spectacular Sangria | Red, White and Blue Chex Mix | Grilled Tomato and Mozarella Sandwiches |  Red Velvet Pancakes |

    Happy Friday Everyone!

     

    Erin McMannessErin McManness

    What’s In Her Bag: Jane Ammon

    August 27, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness | filed in: Fun Essentials, Photography

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    Jane Ammon is based in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania and is a photographer who believes in childlike delight, especially if you are an adult. Take a peek into her gorgeous camera bag below.


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    In Her Bag, On the Web:

    1. We love both of Jane’s bags: the Jo Totes Rose in Bronze, and the Jo Totes Mille in Mustard.

    2. The gorgeous Sony A99, and Jane’s Backup Camera, the Sony A900.

    3. Try the Sony 50 1.4 lens!

    4. Add those everyday extras to your bag – Back to School time is a great way to save on these items!

    5. Many of our members use Fuji Instax – we love all of the options that come with this little camera!

    Be sure to check out Jane’s beautiful work on her website and her blog, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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    Photographing Your Kids’ Sports

    August 25, 2014 | Posted by Linda De Los Reyes | filed in: Helpful Articles, Photography

    Gosh, they’ve grown quickly, haven’t they? From cruising in the playpen to romping around the backyard, you’ve documented hundreds of endearing moments of discovery and playtime. And now, they’re sprinting up and down soccer fields, racing up and down the swimming pool or swinging a wooden bat with all their might.

    Photographing kids’ sports is a fun endeavor. If your kids are like mine, they can’t wait to see themselves in action. So, here are a few easy tips for capturing your kids’ best athletic moments.

    Camera Settings

    Put your camera in sports mode – it’s usually the Running Person on the main dial of your DSLR. This will automatically set the shutter speed high to freeze the action.

    Alternatively, you could use the semi-auto mode for shutter priority (Tv on the main dial) so you can set the shutter speed where you like it – I usually use 1/1000 of a second but you could go as low as 1/500. The camera will figure out the appropriate aperture and ISO to achieve the correct exposure. Take a few shots and check if you’ve sufficiently frozen the action. If not, just keep dialing up the shutter speed.

    Because there’s a lot of action, you should keep your camera on continuous or burst mode. Several frames will be taken when you press the shutter so that you have a better chance of capturing the right moment(s).

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    Camera Gear/Equipment

    I’m often asked what the best lens is for photographing sports and honestly, it really depends on the sport and how close you can get to the action. I mostly photograph soccer and field hockey games right now so I prefer my 100mm-400mm lens. However, my 70mm-200mm has worked well for those shots along the sideline or across the shorter width of the field. I’ve also used my 70mm-200mm standing outside of the arena for my daughters’ horse shows.

    Light

    Know where your light is coming from so you can decide where to best position yourself. On bright sunny days, it’s easy to light up your subject by making sure that the players are facing the light (sun). This light can be harsh, causing stark contrasts of light and shadow on your players’ faces. Sometimes this works well with the drama of the action and sometimes, you’d like to see more of the tense facial expression. This is a creative choice; so see what works for the images you’re creating.

    Or take a different approach and make sure the light is behind the players. This could result in images with a bit of rim light around the player as well as more even lighting across the player’s body and face.

    As the light starts fading in the late afternoons, you’ll need more light on the players. Try bumping up the ISO or using a flash.

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    Background

    A clean, uncluttered background will really make your player stand out in the photo. So, take a look at what’s in the background of your shots and change your position if necessary. If this isn’t possible because you’re at a very busy venue, as for most soccer tournaments, you could blur the background by using a wider aperture – set your main dial to Av (aperture priority) and try f/4 or f/5.6. The camera will set the shutter speed and ISO for the correct exposure.

    Patience and Anticipation

    It really helps to know the sport so that you can anticipate the action. For example, in soccer, when you know that the player is about to kick the ball, press the shutter release all the way down just before the ball is kicked. This way, you’ll be sure to capture the player kicking the ball with the ball still in the frame.

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    Action and Composition

    The most interesting sports action shots are when the player is facing straight toward the camera with the ball in the frame. At soccer games, my favorite spot to stand is along the end line on one side of the goal. Here, I wait for the action to come to me as the plays are designed to bring the ball toward the goal.

    Filling the frame with the player’s body is always a great individual action shot. In addition, the “rule of thirds” applies to action shots, probably even more so. Try to make sure that if you’re photographing kids fighting for the ball, place them just off center in the frame.

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    Take a LOT of Photos…More Than You Think You Need

    I usually take a storyteller approach to my daughters’ games. So, I’m also looking for more than just shots of kids playing the game. Here are some ideas:

    -       The team in a huddle or just when they run onto the field;
    -       Close-ups of kids’ tense expressions as they meet at halftime;
    -       The scoreboard;
    -       The dejection or elation on the kids’ faces after the game is over.

    Of course, when your camera is set on burst mode, you’ll naturally end up with a lot of photos from which you can choose your favorites.

    Good luck and enjoy it! Remember kids’ sports are all about the fun of the game.

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    Back To School Freebie: Iron on T-shirt Transfers!

    August 22, 2014 | Posted by Kristen Smith | filed in: Fashion, Fun Essentials, Giveaways

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    To celebrate the kiddos heading back to school over the next couple weeks, we are offering not one, but TWO free downloads today! Dress your little one in style for his/her first day back with one of our adorable iron on T-shirt transfers. Links below!

    Learning Bug Transfer

    Learning Machine Transfer

    Instructions for Use

    Materials: Plain T-shirt, Iron on Transfer Paper, Iron, Piece of Cardboard

    1 – Download the image of your choice.

    2 – Purchase Iron on Transfer Paper (available at most major craft stores, looks like this!) Be sure to purchase the correct type based on the printer you own, i.e. InkJet or Laser.

    3 – Purchase a blank t-shirt in the color of your choice, but take in to account the color of the design you are using. Do not pick a color contained in the design as those sections would then be lost.

    4 - Print design. Read instructions included with transfer paper. Typically paper will need to be loaded a specific way for your printer to print on the correct side. (Design will need to be printed as a mirror image to ensure it looks correct when transferred).

    5 - Once printed, allow to dry for a few minutes. During this time plug in your iron and get your t-shirt and sheet of cardboard.

    6 – Lay t-shirt out and slide cardboard in between front and back. Make sure cardboard is at least the size of your transfer paper or larger.

    7 - Again, instructions at this point may differ based on the transfers you purchased so be sure to read the packaging to see what is recommended for transferring the design to fabric (iron temperature, etc). For most brands, you will place the design face down with protective layer facing you. Make sure to place design where you intend for it to be on the shirt.

    8 – Iron across the back of paper in a circular motion making sure to use even pressure across the entire design. Do not hold iron for too long in one section or burning can occur.

    9 – Allow paper to cool down before slowly peeling from the corner. Peel slowly and carefully.

    10 – Enjoy! Be sure to read care instructions for your new t-shirt on transfer paper packaging!

    Happy Friday everyone!

    Erin McMannessErin McManness

    What’s In Her Bag: Christy Johnson

    August 21, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness | filed in: Fun Essentials, Photography

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    In Her Bag, On the Web:

    1. Awesome Canon 5D MIII Camera!

    2. Try new lenses and find favorites, like this Canon 50mm 1.2L.

    3. Always have room for more photos with SanDisk Memory Cards.

    4. This is genius! Clean out pesky smudges with a Lens Pen.

    5. Everyone always has their iPhone on hand. Dress yours up with these colorful cases from Emily Rickard.

    6. And finally, store it all in a gorgeous Kelly Moore “Kate” Bag!

    Be sure to check out Christy’s website, at BeTrueImageDesign.com, and follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!


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