Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts

Monday, November 3, 2014

Photography Inspiration from Canon Canada

I love taking pictures. This hobby of taking photography became more of a passion for me when my children were born, as I wanted to capture the moments and memories that I can later use to tell them stories. I think capturing quality clear images make it more exciting to print, or make albums. I really like this Facebook app from Canon Canada that inspires, and allows us to learn how to take pictures of our children so the pictures look professional.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Details on a Selection of Books from the Father's Day Boutique

Taking pictures either nature, still photography, or pictures to remember moments is a fun hobby for me, as photography helps me tell a story. Photography using all types of cameras has been a learning experience that I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy. To keep my excitement for capturing images unique, new and lively, I like checking out photography books.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Photography Tips and Printing Quality Pictures With HP Photosmart 7520 Printer

I had a wonderful opportunity to attend “The Original You” event sponsored by HP Canada, where I learned a lot about photography and creating fabulous prints at home using HP products.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

External flash and grey card helps to take pictures in low lighting

During my lessons at the Henry's school of imaging I learned many tips on how to take pictures especially when the lighting is low. One of the tips the instructor at Henry's told me was to use a grey (gray) card and an external flash to help me during low lighting. When I used both these tools it made a huge difference to the same picture, which you can see in these unprocessed pictures.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday gifts and ideas from Henry's

Henry's has been Canada's largest independent camera and accessories retailer since 1909.  This family owned and operated business has lots of up-to-date new products in their stores across Canada.  We have relied on Henry's in the past for our camera needs and we continue to do so today.

There are so many holiday gifts at Henry's for the whole family.  Here are some ideas...
  • They have many compact to advanced high performing cameras such as the nostalgic Fuji Instax Mini 7S that has easy to carry films so we can snap pictures anywhere and develop it instantly.
  • The Samsung Wi-Fi camera allows us to transfer photos and videos to all social media networks because of its built-in technology.
  • There are lots of tripods in a variety of sizes.
  • DIY arts and crafts i.e. Pinhole Camera and other creative things such as the Film Roll Sticky Notes.
  • Photo gloves like the Lowepro gloves is useful as it absorbs moisture and keep our fingers soft and warm during the cold weather so we can take pictures outdoors.
  • Henry's private and group Imagining workshops cater to our photography needs.
  • If you don't know what to pick get a gift card from Henry's, I am sure anyone receiving the gift card will have ton of things that they want :)
Henry's also has a fabulous selection of bags such as this Jo-Totes Betsy bag.  I really like the fashionable, functional design of this bag.  
The designer of the bag has realized that not everyone has the same equipment because we can adjust the velcro of the three interior pads and make compartments that suits our needs, or simply leave them out.  The numerous pockets in the bag allow us to store anything we want i.e. cameras, lenses, wallets, tablet/iPad, notepad and more.  The almost hidden zippered front flap is a perfect place to put paper, book, pen and other stationaries.  The bag also has a zippered back, which will fit the iPad or other thin laptops.  The front pockets have hidden magnetic closures that make it easy for us to put other belongings.  The main compartment has a zipper closure.  This bag is 11" high, 15.5" wide and 4" deep.  The shoulder pad and straps are adjustable and removable.
  
I find this bag very useful, as I like taking my camera, all the lenses, other equipment and belongings with me when I go out.  I think this bag is wonderful to use during any season especially winter because of the zips and quality of the soft faux leather.  This bag looks trendy and goes well with any outfit.  The bag is available in dark brown or mustard.  We can carry the bag anyway we want cross-body or in a shoulder strap.  The bag itself is lightweight so when the camera is put inside it, it is not heavy or awkward to carry.  The cotton interior fabric and the protective foam sewn into the lining of all four sides and the bottom keeps our lenses and camera safe.  
I think anyone who likes to be trendy and enjoy taking their camera everywhere they go will really benefit and find this bag, which is available at Henry's to a be a wonderful gift.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Learning to take the Perfect Picture

It is always nice to learn from someone on how to operate the camera instead of reading the manual and books :)  I too have tried asking family/friends, reading the manual and going through many many photography books, which didn't work well for me.  
When asking family members most of the time I tend to say, "Yes Yes I know!" and that doesn't help ;)  Reading the manual is down right boring! and somewhat confusing especially when the terminology doesn't make sense.  Going through photography books is fun in the beginning, but over time it becomes frustrating when we don't get the results mentioned in the books.  
I tried taking my pictures on automatic mode in the beginning when I got my camera and felt bad about not using the costly DSLR to its fullest potential.  I learned a lot by experimenting and taking pictures.  Sometimes this was extremely frustrating, as I didn't understand what was wrong and why the pictures were not turning out well.  

Horse at Sunset
Horse at Sunset Cavendish PEI 
Although, some pictures I have taken have been decent and impressive, this is only because of correct timing with the natural lighting.  However, in autumn and winter when there is no sunlight and I need to take a picture it frustrates me.  I couldn't figure out how to fix this problem of taking pictures in low lighting until I attended the one-on-one training session at Henry's School of Imaging.
This one-on-one lesson with the Henry's instructor helped me to ask questions that are specific to what I wanted to learn.  My session with the knowledgable instructor was 2 hours long, just enough time to learn everything I wanted to know about low lighting and some specifics about the different camera modes.  
I liked that I was able to tell what I already knew to the instructor and to ask specifically about the things I didn't understand.  The Henry's instructor that taught me used easy to understand language instead of technical jargons, so I was able to understand and take notes the way I wanted.  The instructor also asked me what I understood after each new part he taught before moving on, this helped me to stay calm and not feel overwhelmed.  Since the training was one-on-one and not in a group setting I didn't feel shy to ask the instructor for clarification.

I took this training at a Henry's store close to home, we can also request for one-on-one training at our home or office.  These private training sessions are designed for people who are looking to learn a wide range of skills in an organized step-by-step approach.  For this hands-on training session I took my lenses and camera, so I can learn about them more and practice using my camera.  

We can also take these lessons from Henry's in a group setting along with our family or friends.  If you are interested in taking lessons check out the details online or at any of the 32 Henry's store across Canada.     
Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
I truly believe that pictures capture memories and learning how to do it properly allows us to enjoy the hobby and see the world in a positive way.  
When I first held my DSLR camera that we bought a few years ago from Henry's I was very excited and started taking pictures of everything small and big.  I spent many evenings leisurely sitting on the porch taking pictures of birds, flowers, our children, grass, sky etc...  After I got into photography I started appreciating even the smallest things God has created from a different light and felt a sense of respect even for a small bug or a dew drop that started to look pretty and amazing :)
Gladiolus after the rain
A few tips about learning photography...
  • Plan, be patient and practice!
  • Make sure to have all the gear i.e. batteries, charger, power convertor and outlet adapter before going on a trip.
  • Get a bag that will fit all this gear and keep them safe
  • Keep the camera lenses clean and prevent it from getting dirty, when not taking pictures keep the lens cap closed.
  • Transfer images and delete it off the camera.
  • Try not to view pictures on the LCD screen too much as it reduces the battery
  • Learn hands-on about all the nitty gritty topics of photography from an instructor at Henry's School of Imaging.
Amaryllis
Amaryllis
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Stylish hat: Fit to flick

Fit to flick is a cute hat that allows the ponytail, braid or bun to come through the stitched slit in the hat. It is a fashionable, functional hat that is comfortable. The hat keeps the ears warm and air will not go into the head. We can wear the hairball, which will not come out when the hat is removed.
The difference between Fit to flick and the traditional hat is that when traditional hats are removed it makes the hair look messy and often leaves a bend by the nape. Check out the variety of hats that is available and order it online. Girls and ladies will definitely want to wear this stylish hat :)

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Kodak Hero

Kodak Hero 9.1 is an All in one printer. The name itself, summarizes that this is a state of the art printer which can do everything from scanning, printing, copying and faxing :)


It is easy to setup and has clear labeled instructions. Prints are beautiful and has professional quality pictures. The cost of replacing the ink is low, the prints dry instantly and is water/stain resistant.
We can use all the new technology that is available to print on the go i.e. prints from Android, blackberry, all Apple products, tablets, email etc...
The printer prints 3D pictures and comes with 3D software and 3D glasses. It has features that enhance pictures with facial touch up and has the option of making old documents that are scanned to look new.


It has smart features which detect paper size, print modes, the time needed to print and predicts the needed supplies to finish the job. The Kodak Hero can scan multiple pictures at the same time and separately file each one.
It has lots of template designs
that are very useful for use in the home, school and office i.e lined paper, shopping lists, music sheets, tic tac toe games etc...



The colour LCD touchscreen is informative and easy to use, which automatically organizes pictures making it easy to find and print. The biggest "eco friendly" bonus is the ability to print double sided pages. The scanner feeder loads up to 30 pages, photo printing feeder holds upto 40 sheets, and the paper input tray holds 100 sheets; I like this feature as it allows the use of time efficiently without the hassle of loading and unloading paper.

Kodak printer is suitable anywhere because of its sleek design and features. I believe that it is worth investing on this Hero to print your Kodak moments and for everyday use.



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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Horse at Sunset

Horse at Sunset

I had a wonderful time taking the picture of this horse at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.
It was the perfect lighting as the sun was setting. The light was glowing on this colourful horse. The horse was posing without moving.
Proof that lighting is very important to take pictures without worrying about processing afterwards :)

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kodak picture kiosk



I was very happy to be invited to experience the Kodak picture kiosk in a one-on-one session; and to print some fabulous keepsakes.


Using the Kodak kiosk we can print:
- pictures in different sizes 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, wallet size pictures, collages
- greeting cards
- calendars
- photo books
- creative themed pictures with borders
- personalized items i.e. mugs
- we can scan old pictures and print
- prints from Facebook, Picasa
- can edit and crop

I was very happy with the outcome of the pictures as the prints were beautiful. The printed pictures can be touched right away without worrying about finger prints :)
It is fun, easy and creative to make affordable personalized gifts. Do take a look at the Kodak kiosk at supermarkets and grocery stores if you get a chance. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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