Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Some random things...

I don't normally brag or call much attention to myself, but I was so excited last week when I got an email from Cards Magazine telling me they're going to publish one of my cards in the September issue! This was the first time I've ever submitted anything! I guess it just pays to take the time to do it!


Why is it so difficult for my to lose weight? Or maybe I should say...why is it so difficult for me to eat healthier? I'm sure I could lose weight easily if I just would have portion control, or just eat salads all the time, but as a nursing mom, I'm hungry ALL the time! Any tips for me?


Ever since I've started my family blog, I've received some emails from you complimenting my photography and asking what I use for equipment and if I've taken classes. Seriously people, this is the highest form of flattery! It amazes me that you enjoy my photos!
I'm just going to post some of that tech-y stuff now. Then whoever wants to know can refer to this. or email me if you want more. Don't get me wrong, I love your emails, but there might be some out there that want to email me but just haven't gotten around to it. Keep in mind I am no professional by any means. So here goes:

Camera: Nikon D70
Lenses: 50mm 1.8, 18-70mm (kit lens), 70-300 tele-macro zoom (this means it is a zoom lens that has a built in macro)
Other equipment: Black fabric for backdrop, tripod. I don't use any special lighting, only a room with plenty of light from a window. I never use flash anymore (unless it's at night of course) because I love the skin tones with natural light.
Photo Editing: I use Photoshop Elements 3.0. Yes, it's outdated...I know. I'm just a SAHM and we have a budget here and there is nothing in our budget for CS3. Someday I'll have it....someday.
Photo Course: Go to www.twopeasinabucket.com. they have a 12 week photography course and you can download all 12 weeks now. This course has been helpful for me for some extra tips and tricks that I didn't know about. It will be really good for some of you because it starts at the very basics in the first few weeks. It really explains a lot of things, in language that we can understand!

There's a lot to learn with an SLR and when I got mine 3 years ago, I was really struggling to learn. I went from a measly 3mp point & shoot with huge shutter lag to my current camera, and I was really overwhelmed. I took the basic classes at Ritz because they came free when I purchased my camera. That helped a little, but what I did was just practice, practice, practice. I used the "P" mode exclusively until I was comfortable with my compositions and after that, I explored Aperature, Shutter, and now I only shoot in Manual because I can get accurate exposure.

Feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions. Hopefully I can try to help you out.


I'll be back later today with a project!


Alexandra said...

Congrats on getting published Sara!! That is totally awesome!!


Vera said...

Way to go, Sara! Can't wait to see your card in Cards magazine!

Pegg S said...

That's exciting news! Congrats on your publication!

I'm trying to lose some weight too-- I love to eat though. Exercise is the key for me! I am trying to get to the gym a few times a week. Now that the weather is nice, maybe you can go for a long walk with baby a few times a week? I heard some old doctor on the news the other night say -- if you are hungry and want a snack - eat an apple. If you can't imagine eating a whole apple, then you aren't hungry. I'm not phrasing it right, but hopefully that makes sense! Also, healthy snacks is the way to go! Good luck...