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Giveaway Monday — Custom Name Sign from Everyday Lettering!!

15 Aug

 Update — giveaway closed. Winner is #217 Danyelle.

{{Happy Monday}}

Welcome to Giveaway Monday. 
This week’s giveaway is from — Everyday Lettering! 
Everyday Lettering is a fun shop run by Heather — a mom to a fantastic 2-year old boy and an avid photographer. In addition to her photography, Heather makes custom name art using her own photos of everyday items that spell out letters. 


The thing I love about Heather’s shop is that each letter has several different versions you can choose from, so there are so many ways your word can look.

I had to experiment and see what my name would look like: 

It would be so cute in my Craft Room!!

I love the beautiful pictures that make up Heather’s creations! And I love that her art is affordable. 
There are also THREE different ways you can get your word made: 

 1. THE BLOCK:

This option features each picture in your word/name on an individual block.
Each block measures approximately 5.5 inches high X 3.5 inches wide X 1.5 inches deep.



 2. THE BOARD:

This option features your entire word/name together on a single board.
The piece measures 5.5 inches high X 1.5 inches deep and just over 3 inches wide per letter.
3. THE SINGLE:
For
this option you are ordering just the photographic prints of the
letters you choose for your word/name. Then you can do what you want
with them.
You
could get your word/name custom framed or possibly find a frame with the
correct number of openings in a store. Frame them individually or in
some cute vintage frames. The sky is the limit.
You can order in either 3.5X5, 4X6, or 5X7-inch prints.

 Heather is giving away a One Word/Name 
{your choice of name and style} 
You can also like Everyday Lettering on Facebook — where you can find out about Heather’s new items, sales and giveaways. 
What a great gift idea!!  


Here’s how YOU can win:

  • Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your blog. one entry each.
Good Luck! 
This giveaway ends Monday, Aug. 22nd.

Have a SUPER day!!! 

xoxo
 
 

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Giveaway Monday — Win a Lightscoop!! {say goodbye to ugly flash photos}

9 May
UPDATE — Giveaway Closed.

The winner was #302 Missy from Pure Femininity 

 

I know I’ve said it before, but I really want to share some of my favorite things in my  giveaways this year. And I’m so excited to tell you about another one of my favorite things — the Lightscoop.

I love my digital camera. And I am still learning all of the ins and outs of taking a great picture. One thing I have learned is natural light is a must for a good picture. 

But what happens when something wonderful happens after the sun goes down?? 

You either have to use a very low shutter speed and hope for the best, find some sort of expensive studio lighting or use the dreaded flash!!

But I recently found a fabulous solution that I just had to share with you — the Lightscoop!! 
It slides easily over your camera’s hot shoe and redirects your pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall.

 Look at the difference: 
Without Flash,            With Flash,            With Lightscoop!

All of these pictures were taken at night…
Can you see how much warmer and more natural the light is on the picture on the right? 

The Lightscoop takes the light from your flash and redirects it up to a ceiling or wall, and redirects it back to the subject, creating a softer, more natural picture.  

And it’s only $29.95!! 

And…Lightscoop is giving away a standard Lightscoop to a Tatertots and Jello reader!! 

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • required: Visit Lightscoop and tell me how owning a Lightscoop would improve your photography. one entry.
Get Extra Entries by: (leave a separate comment for each)
  • Tweet about this giveaway: { Check out this  #photography #giveaway with @Lightscoop & @jenjentrixie http://bit.ly/cl0Pgd }. one entry.
  • “Like”  Lightscoop on facebook and leave them a comment. one entry.
  • Spread the word about this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter or on your blog. one entry each. 
**Winner must live in the continental US
{this giveaway will end on Monday, May 16th}
Have a Happy Monday!! 
xoxo
PS coming up this week on TT&J: 
A birthday party 
An Office Idea
A Spring Wreath
A Furniture Tutorial 
And more…

Giveaway Monday — Win a Lightscoop!! {say goodbye to ugly flash photos}

9 May
UPDATE — Giveaway Closed.

The winner was #302 Missy from Pure Femininity 

 

I know I’ve said it before, but I really want to share some of my favorite things in my  giveaways this year. And I’m so excited to tell you about another one of my favorite things — the Lightscoop.

I love my digital camera. And I am still learning all of the ins and outs of taking a great picture. One thing I have learned is natural light is a must for a good picture. 

But what happens when something wonderful happens after the sun goes down?? 

You either have to use a very low shutter speed and hope for the best, find some sort of expensive studio lighting or use the dreaded flash!!

But I recently found a fabulous solution that I just had to share with you — the Lightscoop!! 
It slides easily over your camera’s hot shoe and redirects your pop-up flash to a ceiling or wall.

 Look at the difference: 
Without Flash,            With Flash,            With Lightscoop!

All of these pictures were taken at night…
Can you see how much warmer and more natural the light is on the picture on the right? 

The Lightscoop takes the light from your flash and redirects it up to a ceiling or wall, and redirects it back to the subject, creating a softer, more natural picture.  

And it’s only $29.95!! 

And…Lightscoop is giving away a standard Lightscoop to a Tatertots and Jello reader!! 

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • required: Visit Lightscoop and tell me how owning a Lightscoop would improve your photography. one entry.
Get Extra Entries by: (leave a separate comment for each)
  • Tweet about this giveaway: { Check out this  #photography #giveaway with @Lightscoop & @jenjentrixie http://bit.ly/cl0Pgd }. one entry.
  • “Like”  Lightscoop on facebook and leave them a comment. one entry.
  • Spread the word about this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter or on your blog. one entry each. 
**Winner must live in the continental US
{this giveaway will end on Monday, May 16th}
Have a Happy Monday!! 
xoxo
PS coming up this week on TT&J: 
A birthday party 
An Office Idea
A Spring Wreath
A Furniture Tutorial 
And more…

Giveaway — Faces to Love, blogger makeover project!!

10 Feb
I had such a fun time at Blissdom and met so many amazing people, including Amy and Angie from I Heart Faces!!

I Heart Faces is
a photography website with weekly photo challenges for all levels of
photographers.
Co-Founders, Amy & Angie make sure you’ll find great photo editing tutorials, camera tutorials, photography tips and giveaways each week. They also host a free photography forum with over 9,300 members!
Not
everyone has access or the time to pose for great photographers, so
during our BlissDom trip in Nashville, Amy & Angie took photos of
bloggers to use as their profile image!

Here are the fun pictures that they took of me!!

 The are calling it Faces to Love – Blogger Makeover Project. To make it even more fun… they want to give one of you and one of their readers a photo makeover as well!!

**I
will be choosing one lucky reader who will get themselves made over
photoshop style!
Amy & Angie will work their magic on a photo you
provide them. They will then send you several images to use on your
blog
, Facebook profile or Twitter Avatar.**

So cool!!! 

To be entered to win a make-over for your photo. Just leave a comment below! 
To be entered for more chances to win:
  • For even more chances to win, visit the other two bloggers featured today — 30 Days and Tip Junkie and leave a comment there.
  • Tell your friends about this giveaway via Facebook or Twitter. (Leave a comment here letting me know you did this.)
(you have up to 5 chances to win!)
{This contest ends on Wed. Feb. 16th at 10 pm. Winners announced on Friday Feb. 18th.}
Find I Heart Faces here: 
IHF Photography Community: http://iheartfaces.ning.com/

xoxox 

 

Giveaway — Faces to Love, blogger makeover project!!

10 Feb
I had such a fun time at Blissdom and met so many amazing people, including Amy and Angie from I Heart Faces!!

I Heart Faces is
a photography website with weekly photo challenges for all levels of
photographers.
Co-Founders, Amy & Angie make sure you’ll find great photo editing tutorials, camera tutorials, photography tips and giveaways each week. They also host a free photography forum with over 9,300 members!
Not
everyone has access or the time to pose for great photographers, so
during our BlissDom trip in Nashville, Amy & Angie took photos of
bloggers to use as their profile image!

Here are the fun pictures that they took of me!!

 The are calling it Faces to Love – Blogger Makeover Project. To make it even more fun… they want to give one of you and one of their readers a photo makeover as well!!

**I
will be choosing one lucky reader who will get themselves made over
photoshop style!
Amy & Angie will work their magic on a photo you
provide them. They will then send you several images to use on your
blog
, Facebook profile or Twitter Avatar.**

So cool!!! 

To be entered to win a make-over for your photo. Just leave a comment below! 
To be entered for more chances to win:
  • For even more chances to win, visit the other two bloggers featured today — 30 Days and Tip Junkie and leave a comment there.
  • Tell your friends about this giveaway via Facebook or Twitter. (Leave a comment here letting me know you did this.)
(you have up to 5 chances to win!)
{This contest ends on Wed. Feb. 16th at 10 pm. Winners announced on Friday Feb. 18th.}
Find I Heart Faces here: 
IHF Photography Community: http://iheartfaces.ning.com/

xoxox 

 

Wenderful’s — The Anatomy of a Snapshot: Exposure

27 May
The Anatomy of a Snapshot: Exposure

If you’re looking to make “The Switch” from using your DSLR in auto mode to shooting in Manual, you’ll need to understand Exposure. (And if you’re totally happy shooting in auto, kudos to you. There is certainly no reason you need to be shooting in any mode other than what you are happy and comfortable in, unless you’re planning on taking on photography as a career. In that case, you really should know your way around exposure).

Exposure: is the total amount of light allowed to fall on the photographic medium (film or sensor) during the process of taking a photograph.

Whenever anyone asks me to help them learn how to shoot in manual I suggest two things:

1. Read your camera’s manual from front to back. At least three times. Until you know what every button and switch does and why.

2. Once you understand your camera, read Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson. It’s the best “textbook” for learning exposure. You can find it on Amazon.

I’ll do a quick review of exposure to get you started. But if you’re serious about learning to shoot in manual, do the two suggestions above, and then practice, practice, practice, and you’ll be well on your way.

I thought and thought about the best way to explain exposure for this post. I came up with an analogy that may not technically be the most correct analogy, but I’m going with it anyway.

Exposure is made up of three components: ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. They make up the Exposure Triangle. Think of a window with sheer curtains and wooden shutters. For this analogy, we’ll imagine exposure as the light coming into the window.

In the “olden days”, when you loaded actual film into a camera, when you headed to the pharmacy, you were given the option to buy 100, 200, 400, 800, etc… ISO film. That number indicated how sensitive to light your film was. Now that digital cameras don’t use film, ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor on your DSLR camera. For this post, think of ISO as the sheer curtain. The sheerer the curtain, the more light comes through your window, and the more sensitive your sensor is to light (high ISO – good for dark and rainy days when you need to let in more light). The thicker the curtain, the less light will come through your window (low ISO – good for bright, sunny days when you don’t want to fade your furniture).

The Aperture of a lens is the diameter of the lens opening and is usually controlled by an iris. The larger the diameter of the aperture, the more light reaches the film / image sensor. In this case, aperture is how wide you open the shutters. Open them wide on dark days to let in the most light (low f/stop number, or what we call shooting “wide open”). Open them just a crack on sunny days to protect that furniture of yours (high f/stop number, or what we call shooting “closed up” ). Aperture is also what will let you hone in on a single object and allow the background and foreground to be out of focus by shooting wide open. It will also allow everything to be in focus when photographing something like a landscape by shooting closed up. Now, aperture is counter-intuitive. As the f/stop value increases, the aperture gets small, and vice versa, as the f/stop value decreases, the aperture gets larger. That can mess with your mind while you’re learning. But it’ll get easier the more you practice.

Shutter Speed refers to the length of time a camera’s shutter is open. In this case the shutter speed is how quickly you open and close the shutters. Close them quickly on sunny days so you don’t let too much light in. Open them slowly on dark days to let in more light. It’s important to note that the longer your shutter is left open, the more likely you are to get a blurred image. The faster you open and close that shutter, the less likely you are to have a blurred image. A high Shutter Speed is great for sports and children. A low Shutter Speed is good for stationary objects, landscapes, etc… Play around with shutter speed to create motion. I can’t hand hold the camera and get a sharp shot under 1/80 unless I brace myself against something stationary and hold my breath while releasing the shutter. At the same time, I can’t get a sharp shot of a moving object (like a child) at under 1/200 of a second.

Once you understand how each component of the exposure triangle works together, you’ll be able to adjust your settings so that they create “correct” exposure, meaning your image will neither be over or under exposed. Once you understand what settings do what, you can start to get creative. You’ll be able to look at the conditions for your picture and know exactly what your settings should be. Once you know that, you’re on your way to some pretty spectacular creativity.

For my final post next week, I’ll wrap up this series by answering your questions.

If you have any questions about what we’ve talked about in The Anatomy of a Snapshot or anything else you’d like to ask me, leave a comment and I’ll come back next week and leave you an answer in my post.

Happy Shooting!!!
Thanks Wenderful! It’s been so fun learning more about how to take a great picture! Leave a comment here if you have a question on anything photography-related. Wendy will answer YOUR questions in her last post next week!
Have a Terrific Thursday!
XOXO

Wenderful’s Anatomy of a Snapshot: Part 5 — Avoiding the Fake Smile AND *Shey*{B} GIVEAWAY

20 May
Avoiding the Fake Smile
In our house, “cheese” is a four letter word.  My husband strongly dislikes everything made with any type of cheese product.  Lasagna, fondue, casseroles, mac and cheese, and nachos are never on the dinner menu here at our house.  And I strongly dislike  the phrase, Say cheese!”  Not only does it produce the  same painful look on everyone’s face (pronouncing the letter ‘E’) but it’s boring and, like my husband,  not everyone likes cheese.  So if you can’t shout, “Say cheese!”, what do you do to produce natural smiles?
Kids are honest.  They haven’t yet developed the refined skill of appearing happy when they’re not.  So the trick to capturing a genuine smile is to create a happy kid.  There are all kinds of ideas out there in the blogosphere but I will share with you a few tips and tricks that I use with clients as well as with my own kids.
KIDS
1.  Engage them in a song.  Don’t choose one that they’ve heard over and over again, like the ABCs.  BORING!  Choose something they’ve never heard before.  And one maybe you’ve never heard either.  Make one up.  Preferably one with their name in it.  Something silly and fun and playful.  They’ll think you’re silly and they’ll laugh.  And if you can’t make something up spontaneously like that, sing an old stand-by but change the words to something silly.  “On this farm he had a pair of pants, E-I-E-I-O”.  The kids will look at you like you’re nuts which makes for a great genuine expression, and then they’ll laugh and give you a fantastic smile.
2.  Engage them in a conversation.  Tell them about something silly you did as a kid or tell them about something silly that you heard about. Kids LOVE to talk about themselves so ask them if they’ve ever done something like that.  Sometimes that will give them the chance to tell you something they think is funny.  Snap away!
3.  Make Noise! All kids find humor in any and all bodily functions.  Even if it kind of grosses you out, don’t be afraid to make bodily sounds.  Then ask, “Was that you, or was that Daddy/the dog/the cat?”  If you find farting noises difficult to do, there are some free apps for your iphone that will make farting noises of all shapes and sizes for you.  I know.  I have a husband and three boys who get endless enjoyment from ours.
4.  Break out the bubbles.  Young kids especially are mesmerized by bubbles.  Let them run and chase and blow the bubbles.  My favorite photos of kids are unposed, natural, action shots.
5.  Use reverse psychology.  Tell them, “whatever you do, do NOT look at me”.  When they do look over say, “Hey, are you looking at me?!”  If they’ve warmed up to you, that should work wonders.
TEENS
1.  Compliment!  Teenagers crave compliments.  Most of the time they are unsure of themselves at this age and feel a little awkward.  But once they hear that they are gorgeous, handsome, hot, beautiful, breath-taking they begin to relax and start to enjoy the attention.
2.  Show them Proof!  Every now and then when I get a shot that makes my heart sing, I’ll show them the image on the back of the camera.  They are always curious to see how they look in pictures and love having instant proof that you are making them look awesome.  They make more of an effort to follow your guidance once they see the results.
3.  Engage them in conversation.  Tell them about what you were like at their age.  Tell them something that will really date you, like how you really wanted Madonna fishnets and a Lionel Richie tape for your 15th birthday.  It’ll help them relax and they might even share something about themselves with you.
4.  Belly laugh!  This is my favorite and can make for the biggest and best smiles.  Ask them to laugh as hard and as loud as they can.  If they are too reserved, you do it for them first.  Once they see what a fool you are making of yourself, they’ll be more likely to try it.
And remember, if all else fails, there are times and kids who just won’t smile like you want them to.  And that’s OK.  Take their picture anyway.  It will still be a genuine record of them at that time and in that moment.  Some of my favorite images of my kids were taken spontaneously and are a true expression of their spirit.
Now go out and never ever again utter the expression, ‘Say Cheese!”

Next Week:  Exposure

Thanks Wenderful! 
We appreciate the time and effort that you put into your post so we can take better pictures! 
And in honor of all your fabulous Photography tips, the fabulous *Shey*{B} is going to give away one of her AMAZING handmade camera strap covers!
I have been lusting after a camera strap cover forever and never bought one for myself, here are some of my favorites:
I love the polka dots on this one.
https://i1.wp.com/cache1.bigcartel.com/product_images/12184621/il_430xN.115514403.jpg
But I also love the color combination on this one, plus houndstooth!!
https://i2.wp.com/cache0.bigcartel.com/product_images/24760468/IMG_0272.jpg
{More polka dots!}
Shey also has a wonderful blog I love to visit — with great giveaways. Plus, she also has fantastic tutorials — you can imagine what a great seamstress she is. I also follow her on Twitter — she is hilarious! 
She is offering you a choice of a Click Cover:
https://i2.wp.com/cache1.bigcartel.com/product_images/24727125/IMG_0217_list.jpg
 Such fun colors!
Or, her newest creation — Cherry Limeaid
So – this is how you can win: 
1. Leave a comment here with your favorite strap from the*Shey*{B} store.
2. Leave some comment love over at Wenderful’s 365 Blog.
3. Spread the word of this fun giveaway via Twitter, Facebook, or on your sidebar (1 entry each)
4. Follow *Shey*{B} on Twitter
5. If you are a Tatertots & Jello follower or subscriber {love you guys!}, leave another comment.
Tons of ways to win!

This giveaway will run through Sunday night at midnight (MST).
And *Shey*{B} is also offering Tatertots & Jello 10% off your total purchase if you enter “tatertots” at checkout!
Good Luck!
XOXO