Write 31 Days - Taking Better Blog Photos - Introduction

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Posted by Jennifer - 10/1/14
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I'm not sure how I stumbled across the challenge to Write for 31 days straight, but since I've been off the blogging radar for a while, I thought this would be perfect to try and get me back on track. I want to inspire others to write more too and I figured the best way I could help them was to teach how to take better blog photos.

The first few days will cover some technical phrases that will help you understand the number 1 thing you can do to enhance your photos! After we get that out of the way, then we'll start covering ideas for content and creative methods to make your subjects look better.

If you have questions or ideas along the way, please reach out and comment.


Are you ready to learn some basic tips on taking better photos?

To join this FREE 31 Day series simply sign up HERE to have each day's topic delivered to your inbox. Eventually this series, as well as other photography tips will be added to my new site www.healthylivinghappyhome.com (which is not up yet), so another reason to sign up now is that you will be the first to receive new information as the new site goes live! Or if you prefer not to have the posts delivered to your inbox you can simply check back here at www.memoryjournalists.com/blog each day starting October 1, 2014.

I think it's going to be a fun and motivating month to learn some new tips and I challenge you to post any photos you take on our Facebook page.

Are you ready?! Let's get started! Each day the new post link will be added to a list on this main post. They will be posted by 8am PST.

Day 1: this post.
Day 2: My recommend reading list for photography how to books.
Day 3: What is depth of field?
Day 4: What is shutter speed?
Day 5: What is ISO (aka film speed)?
Day 6: What is the exposure triangle?
Day 7: Manual exposure
Day 8: Automatic vs manual camera modes
Day 9: Use details to enhance your story.
Day 10: Rule of Thirds
Day 11: What is the Hand Test?
Day 12: What is Catch Light?
Day 13: Direction of Light
Day 14: Direction of Light Part 2
Day 15: Using Natural Light
Day 16: What is your photo story?
Day 17: Framing
Day 18: Leading Lines
Day 19: Horizon Lines
Day 20: Using Geometric shapes and repeated lines.

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Top 3 Halloween Recipe Ideas

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Posted by Mai - 10/21/14
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From spooky lady fingers, to mummy pizzas, and eye-balling desserts, who doesn't want a dip of these yummy flavors? I'll share with you my top 3, which are kid-friendly, and wont entirely freak anyone out. However, there are an endless variety of recipes you can implement into your own, so, just have fun with it! It's also a great time for family bonding when making these treats, and don't worry about the mess, because by the next morning, you'll have plenty of wrappers to pick up.

Appetizer: Creepy Mozzarella Fingers
These creepy fingers are fun, and super easy. All you need is Mozzarella sticks, bell pepper, and cream cheese. I think just by looking at the image, you won't need much instruction on these. Get colorful, and try them with red bell peppers, or thin slices of carrots for the fingernail area.

Recipe, Photo Courtesy: Crafty's Cuppa Coffee




Top 3 Halloween Recipe Ideas

Dinner: Personal Pizzas
With personal pizzas, you can simply purchase the Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, cheese, pizza sauce, and olives to complete the spider web dish. Adding pepperoni and bell pepper will achieve a pumpkin like pizza. You can even just do all mozzarella cheese for the mummy ensemble, since kids are crazy about cheese pizzas.

Recipe, Photo Courtesy: The Pinning Mama

Top 3 Halloween Recipe Ideas

Dessert: Eyeball Cake Pops
These Halloween Eyeball Pops Kit is quick, easy, and are fun to make. It doesn't involve any baking, and is fun for you and the kids to decorate.

Recipe, Photo Courtesy: Wilton

Top 3 Halloween Recipe Ideas

Beware, and check out more fun and easy Halloween Recipe Ideas on our Memory Journalists Pinterest page.

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Symmetry - Taking Better Blog Photos

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Posted by Jennifer - 10/21/14
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We're going to continue down the path of composition in photos. Yesterday we talked about geometric shapes. Today we're going to talk about the use of symmetry.

Symmetry can have many meanings. We'll eventually talk about symmetry in relationship to album designs and scrap-booking. Sometimes you need to take into consideration where you will be hanging photos, or how you will want them displayed in an album as you are taking your photos. In this first example, I knew I wanted a close up of both Jason's and Brittany's rings. I came up with the idea to have each of them hold the opposite's ring, i.e. Jason' holding Brittany's ring and Brittany holding Jason's ring. The actual pose composition of each photo is different, but the concept is what is symmetrical. And then I placed both these images on opposing pages in an album.

use of symmetry in photographs

Here is an example of symmetry in a non-traditional sense. There is an even number of girls and guys on each side, but not merely lined up as a standard wedding party photo. But you still feel (and now see) the symmetry even if the photo feels more fun!

use of symmetry in photographs

And lastly, you can use symmetry with symmetry. Matching feet placement (with super fun shoes!) in between the faces of both Caitlin and Sean, which also created a sense of symmetry.

Symmetry feels nice. Our eyes tend to be drawn towards it. It's a matter of finding ways to add symmetry to your photos! Have fun!

use of symmetry in photographs

We'd love to see what you come up with! Please be sure to send in your photos as you try out our tips. Email your entries to info@memoryjournalists.com or post to our facebook page.

You can get back to the monthly table of contents of Taking Better Blog Photos via our Day 1 post.

To join this FREE 31 Day series simply sign up HERE to have each day's topic delivered to your inbox. Eventually this series, as well as other photography tips will be added to my new site www.healthylivinghappyhome.com (which is not up yet), so another reason to sign up now is that you will be the first to receive new information as the new site goes live!

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Geometric Shapes - Taking Better Blog Photos

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Posted by Jennifer - 10/20/14
Photographed by Jennifer, Teresa

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We're going to continue down the path of composition in photos. Yesterday we talked about Horizon Lines. Today, we're going to talk about the use of geometric shapes.

In this first photo storyboard, Teresa used the triangular painted walls to show off the fun side of a couples' combined personalities. The use of shapes can add elements of humor to photographs.

using geometric shapes in photographs

In this photo, similar to Teresa's use of triangles, I used the huge drain pipes and their circular shapes to have a bit of fun with Nicole and Jason.

using geometric shapes in photographs

We photographed Matt when he was horsing around during his family photo session. It created a big X of sorts, and he just climbed up.

using geometric shapes in photographs

Repeated lines is another form of geometric shapes. Here we are using them with Kim and Scott during Christmas in Old Folsom.

using geometric shapes in photographs

Geometric shapes are fun! And can be more than what you may think is the standard shape, such as circles, squares, or triangles. You can come up with a variety of shapes and sizes if you just are on the look out for a bit of unusual back drops. We'd love to see what you come up with! Please be sure to send in your photos as you try out our tips. Email your entries to info@memoryjournalists.com or post to our facebook page.

You can get back to the monthly table of contents of Taking Better Blog Photos via our Day 1 post.

To join this FREE 31 Day series simply sign up HERE to have each day's topic delivered to your inbox. Eventually this series, as well as other photography tips will be added to my new site www.healthylivinghappyhome.com (which is not up yet), so another reason to sign up now is that you will be the first to receive new information as the new site goes live!

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Horizon Lines - Taking Better Blog Photos

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Posted by Jennifer - 10/19/14
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We're going to continue down the path of composition in photos. Yesterday we talked about Leading Lines. Today, we're going to talk about the use of horizon lines.

Take a look at this photo from John and Nicole's wedding in Capitola-by-the-Sea. Does it make you want to lean your head to the right to straighten out the horizon? It's a bit unsettling... and it's not that great for those of us who have neck issues!

using Horizon Lines in photographs

Now in comparison, how does this image make you feel? Whenever you have the horizon showing in photographs, it's important to know that our brain knows inherently that it should be straight.

using Horizon Lines in photographs

Here's another example of where our brain knows that lines should be straight. In this case, it's the up and down lines of a building. And where the grass/ground meets the building.

using Horizon Lines in photographs

Verses this version...doesn't this just feel better? It's important to consider the architectural elements that are purposely part of your composition and by default should be part of your story. (read our story telling photo tip).

using Horizon Lines in photographs

Now in this last example, the building is not part of our story. It's not important. I don't think it's off-putting or unsettling to have the tilt you can see (because I'm telling you, else I'm thinking you wouldn't even notice it) of the building lines.

using Horizon Lines in photographs

We'd love to see what you come up with! Please be sure to send in your photos as you try out our tips. Email your entries to info@memoryjournalists.com or post to our facebook page.

You can get back to the monthly table of contents of Taking Better Blog Photos via our Day 1 post.

To join this FREE 31 Day series simply sign up HERE to have each day's topic delivered to your inbox. Eventually this series, as well as other photography tips will be added to my new site www.healthylivinghappyhome.com (which is not up yet), so another reason to sign up now is that you will be the first to receive new information as the new site goes live!

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