I finally broke down and invested in a good light for my photography. I've been googling over the AlienBees for over a year, but could never muster enough courage to purchase one. But I finally took the plunge and purchased one Paul C. Buff Eienstein flash unit. This is one of the first photos captured with the light. The Setup: White photography backdrop/reflector I created after watching How to Make a Backdrop or Reflector for a photo studio. Einstein Light with an old white umbrella I had from a previous light kit Flash unit - Canon 430EXII Speedlight Canon 6D and Canon 80mm 1.8 lens

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I’m known for wearing jeans every day and all day. I’ll dress them up and I’ll dress them down, but they are ALWAYS on. Going out to a club I’ll throw on heels, going to the movies I’ll mix it up with boots. I can’t help it, it’s been my go-to wardrobe for decades. But this year I’ve decided to mix it up a bit. I’ve decided to nix the jeans for the year, that’s 12 months! Three-hundred and sixty-five days! I know for some of you that’s not a big deal but for me this is INSANE. I have to admit I did get a little help, my favorite pair of jeans have a split in them right in the crotch. I’m so bummed because I loved my Lucky jeans. But I’ve decided instead of buying a bundle more I would get rid of jeans altogether (que in the comfortable ...

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This weekend I decided to spend some quality time with my camera, that I’m sure has been feeling neglected over the last few months. I’ve picked it up for a photo here and there but nothing really significant. The fastest way to get out of a creative rut is to do something you’ve never done before. i’ve always been amazed by the high speed water drop photography I’ve seen online and thought it would be a cool thing to try out. So after charging up the camera batteries I searched online to try and find a great tutorial on how other photographers accomplish the effect. There are several options, some more complex than others, I settled on Water drop photography: make a splash with high-speed flash. (more…)

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I'v always been fascinated with Macro Photography. Here's a flower I captured a couple of months ago. I'm hoping to spend a little more time with my Tamron 90mm Macro lens today. Websites and E-Books on Macro / Close Up Photography Close Up - Presented by Tamron Extreme Macro Mike Moats - Pro Macro Photographer  

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This year we decided to introduce the kids to vision boards, I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, but the kids weren’t old enough to really understand their meaning. Our youngest, who just turned 7, still had trouble grasping the concept and needed lots of guidance but I’m proud of his progress. What is a Vision Board? A vision board is what you make it, it’s as unique as the person creating it. You get to choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good. You can use your vision board to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on. Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place in your vision board. How we Explained it to the Kids? We started off with a trip to Michaels to pick up the materials (white board, ...

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