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Archive for September, 2009

Fall Photography Tips

Fall Fruit

Venture outdoors to explore and capture the gorgeous fall colors the season has to offer. The vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow can create amazing photographs. This fall, maximize your photography skills with these tips to make your snapshots shine!

-The best time of the day to photograph in the fall is early morning or late afternoon. The shadows and light during these times of the day provide depth to your photos.

-Don’t be fooled by overcast days. Grey and slightly gloomy days allow for fall colors to truly pop in your photos.

-Windy day? Try out different shutter speeds and use a tripod to experiment with pictures that capture motions from the breeze or light wind. Moving leaves and blurred effects can be unique.

-Indulge in contrasts by including opposing colors. Bright fall foliage will look even brighter when photographed next to a dark landscape or building.

-Water reflection on a pond, lake or stream are best captured early morning when the light is slowing rising. It’s best to focus on a focal point to allow for a clear reflection.

Some of the most beautiful pictures are taken during the rall. Experiment with different lenses and shutter speeds to give an element of uniqueness to your photos.

Fall is Here – Let’s Celebrate!

Autumn Scene

If you’re like most people, you can already feel that chill in the air, that crispness in the mornings, and that cheery feeling that gets you feeling giddy about Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s true, fall is just about here and it’s time to start preparing. At, we’re here to help you celebrate by offering you all of the essentials you need to create the perfect fall scrapbooks. Not sure where to begin? Consider some of these great ideas for fall scrapbook motifs:

1.If you love the foliage, celebrate it by creating scrapbook pages that feature landscape photos of the changing trees, pressed flowers, and even artificial leaves to add color.

2.Get into the spirit of the harvest by including stickers, illustrations, or photos of gourds, pumpkins, corn husks, and other seasonal fruits and veggies.

3.Feeling spooky? Let goblins, ghosts, and ghouls be the focal point of your Halloween scrapbook.

4.Get creative with your Turkey Day pages by adding actual feathers and including pictures of your own thanksgiving feast. As a special touch, include a family recipe or two in your pages.

5.Fall is a season for apples, so be sure to get into the spirit of things by including apple stickers, photos, and decals onto your pages.

End of Summer Scrapbooking

Well the summer flew by faster than we could have imagined, and school is back in session. One way to celebrate your first week of classes is to scrapbook your summer adventures. Not only will this help you transition into the new school year, but it also gives you time to reflect on the summer you just had. has some “end of summer” scrapbooking ideas that you may want to include in your scrapbook:

1 – Make your scrapbook chronological by starting with the last week of the previous school year.

2 – Add all of your vacations including day trips by decorating the page according to the theme of the trip. For example, if you went to the beach, create a page that reflects a beach theme or if you went to Disney World, create a page with a Disney theme.

3 – Create a page for those rainy days. This will help add contrast to your “fun in the sun” pages.

4 – Remember to put a 4th of July page that has a patriotic theme!

5 – Backyard BBQ’s are always a big part of the summer so including some of those occasions will definitely spice things up.

6 – Finish the scrapbook with a page that shows the start of the current school year.

Photography Tips: Sunrise and Sunset


Taking photos at some of the most beautiful times of day can be challenging, especially if you’re trying to get a good landscape shot. To help you through photographing sunrise and sunset, here are a few great tips from

-Autumn has a lot of really great sunrises. Purple and pink skies will contrast beautifully with the bold autumn leaves when you watch sunrise from start to finish. But remember, if you’re taking early morning photos, be careful about your light. To get the full impact of all of the colors, try adjusting your settings. If you use a more advanced digital camera, turn down the exposure a few notches to get more dimension.

-Once the sun is in plain sight, you have to be careful of flare. Try using your hat or hand to block out flare or take your photo from a shady spot. If you use a camera with a larger lens, there are always lens hoods that you can use to prevent flare from ruining your picture.

-When shooting either at sunrise or sunset, try putting the horizon off center. This adds a deeper look to your picture and can make the shot look more interesting.

-Pay attention to the clouds. The more clouds there are – without completely covering the sky – the more dynamic the colors will be.

-At sunset, try moving to a higher elevation to get a broader view of the landscape and colors to really capture that moment.