Saturday, August 22, 2009

Choose Your Own Blog Candy Adventure & WIN!


Let’s play a little game. Consider yourself a treasure hunter and follow these clues to find the pot o’blog candy gold.

1. Do you like free stuff? If yes, proceed to #2. If no, well, game over.



2. Do you own a camera? If yes, proceed to #3. If no, then I'm afraid this is the end of the road for you, my friend.


3. Do you want to look like a stylin’ photographer when you take your pictures? If yes, proceed to #4. If no, still proceed to #4.





4. Do you want to take better pictures? If yes, proceed to #5. If no, proceed to #6.




5. So, you want to be a stylin’ photographer AND take better photos, eh? Well, you’re in luck. I have the hot tip on how to win a handmade camera strap (made by me) AND a brand new camera lens.

For the details on how to win a handmade camera strap, see #6.

To enter to win a camera lens, you’ll want to check out the Creating Keepsakes blog. We’re giving away a Tamron Camera Lens (valued at $629) to a lucky winner. Hurry. You have until Monday to enter. Good luck!

6. So you want to be a stylin’ photographer but don’t care so much about taking better shots. Well, I’ve got something for you. I’ve made camera straps that slide over existing straps (using delicious BasicGrey fabric), and I’m giving one away to a lucky winner. What’s that? These straps won’t fit your camera? You don’t like pink or green? No worries. If you’re selected as my winner and find your prize won’t work for you, all you have to do is let me know and I’ll customize one that will work. How’s that for service?




How to Enter:


On or before Aug. 25, leave me a comment on this blog post, stating your favorite camera or photo tip. This can be a tip for organizing your photos, a tip for using a camera setting, a tip for traveling with your camera…anything! From the comments I receive, I’ll randomly select a lucky winner. That name will be announced on my blog on Aug. 26, so please check back. Good luck!

29 comments:

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

When not using your camera, be sure it's in the case. I had mine stomped on and ruined by an unruly child once at a soccer game...not happy!

Becky said...

You can "hide" from kids by using a telephoto lens. The pics might not be glamor shots, but they will be candid moments that you will be gems later on!

Alicia said...

The tripod is my best friend when it comes to my camera and using natural light. I can use a slow shutter speed and soak in all that sunny goodness that makes my projects look their best!

Molly said...

WOW! what a great giveaway!

my favorite tip is to just keep clicking. you never know what you are going to get. i stopped looking for the 'perfect' shot a long time ago...as kids will do that. ;) and to have fun! know that these are YOUR memories you are catching!!!

tccba said...

Project 365 has been the best--I have my camera with me everywhere, and I am practicing and experimenting with shots I never would have considered because I need a photo every day! Thank you!

Christine

Shaunte Wadley said...

When we go on vacation, I take a long an imexpensive digital point and shoot. Then each day I "assign" one of the kids to be the back-up photographer. I get some interesting things...and I actually get candid photos of MYSELF, which is nice, since I am usually the one behind the camera.

Scrapdog1-- said...

Don't miss a shot. Carry your camera with you everywhere. I keep it in my purse and never regret it. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't take a picture.

Tara said...

Don't forget those candid shots!! I was in such a rut with trying to get everyone to "POSE AND SAY CHEESE"... some of my BEST photos are the ones when your subject doesn't know you are photographing them, they have "real" smiles and personality just shines through!!

Jennifer Moore said...

Zoom in! I love detail shots, so zooming in is a favorite tip of mine. I've taken some really close up shots of my children when they were babies, and I am so glad I did. I miss their chubby little baby cheeks that were captured so well in the photos! :)

abbeyviolet said...

Just keep taking pictures until you get the shot right. It takes practice and in the digital era there is no reason to stop trying new things to find the picture you love.

Lindsay said...

Download your pictures frequently! Don't rely on your camera card to always be there... I've learned this the hard way.
Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful strap! :)

*Paula* said...

OOoh - pick me Megan - that strap looks awesome!! My tip -- I keep my camera with me at all times - I hate to miss out on opportunities or cute things my kids are doing so I am always prepared. Plus, I take a bunch of pics, that way I am more likely to get one good one!

rae said...

look at you go! LOVE your camera strap Ms. Seamstress ;)
My sweet momma is going to make me one of my own when she comes to visit in two weeks :)
hope that you are well~
xoxox~rae

Kristin said...

Just wanted to say go you for making those cute straps! My best tip is to get down (or up) on your subjects level and fill the frame. It really makes the difference between a snapshot and a scrap worthy photo.

P.S. Don't include me in the giveaway...I have made way too many of these to count! :-)

Brianna said...

My tip would be to play with the white balance and get it off of the "auto" setting. I am amazed that I can get a more natural looking shot if I just take a minute to change the setting.

Karen C. said...

Do a photo shoot in your own house. I hung a sheet on the wall in a corner and put a matching sheet on the floor. I got out the tripod and clicked away. The pics turned out quite well.

Jen said...

I always carry my point and shoot camera in my purse so I'm always ready to take pictures.

Erica Hettwer said...

Here's my tip for taking pics of kids...bark at them. LOL! It works every time. Oh, and don't just say "Woof", actually bark like a dog. They love it!

Oh, and when taking pics of adults, tell them to smile and pretend they like each other. It'll make them laugh and you'll get natural smiles.

Ashley Harris said...

I love shooting at the level of my kids. It gives a great perspective of what they see. It just makes me happy. Oh and no flash!!

simplydar said...

Keep a camera on you at all times.
Shoot, shoot, shoot, that's the only way to get better! Well, that coupled with reading and learning!

ronee said...

my favorite favorite shots are super close. i love to get down on my child's level and get in really close. it's a totally different look! also i love natural light...but you already know that!
love you girlie!

Deanne said...

awesome strap! I love the Basic grey fabric you chose! I would have to say my favorite tip is tip get close! really focus on your subject and always have your camera with you :)Thanks for the chance to win such a gem!

Roxanne said...

Take lots of pictures, and frequently. Life is too short to not capture the moments with your loved ones.

caroline said...

the best camera is the cannon powershot s5
you can take 450 photos in the length of the battery life.
It has an amazing zoom lenses.
my tip is to fill the frame. its great to amazing photos with so many things going on! :)

Connie said...

Hi Megan! The strap is great!
Tip: I keep my battery charger in my purse along with my camera at all times. It is frusterating to have your camera go dead just in the middle of capturing those great vacation photos and no battery charger handy!

Linda said...

If you have a DSLR, put a filter on the end of your lense. It can be a clear one--no matter. It's better to have the filter break on the lense that your actual lense glass. Much cheaper to replace the filter!

Cassi said...

i like to get low (close to the ground) and shoot up, makes for some great shots. i just like to change perspetive/angles to add interest to my photos.

Tifany said...

I organize our photos chronologically. I have a folder for each year, and in each year folder are twelve monht folders where I store the pictures from that month. If there is a big even in a month, I will make a special event folder within the month folder.

Picasa and GIMP are my {free!} best photo friends!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it is a tip, but I download/edit/order my pics weekly so they never pile up (and I am always afraid I will do something to my memory card & lose them). Love the BG fabric straps! Kristi B