Category Archives: photography

Back to School Tree Picture

Incase you missed it…here and here….this is the traditional “back to school” picture that we take every year. I recently came across the picture of my kids helping to plant this tree….sigh…..

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8th grade….#holycow…I remember this picture vividly. Hubs and I laughing at ourselves thinkin we are qualified to be planting a tree. This little tree was one of the first things we did when we moved to our house. By random chance…not planned at all…I began taking first day of school pictures in front of it. first day of school @cleverlyinspired (2)

 

Surely there is some deep thought about giving our kids roots…and watching them grow….and all of that. It just makes my heart happy to see this “growth” each year….I am no gardener…but I must be doing something right;)

 

I tried my own version of “dear photograph”…..

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Happy back to school week local friends….and to the rest of you…enjoy your last days of summer fun…they are gone too soon…

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

How to take pictures with sparklers (writing with light)

Well happy Friday friends! I wish all the Mothers out there a fabulous and relaxing Mother’s Day!

Just a quick note about the Traveling Art piece.…I know that Marian has the artwork right now. She is in the middle of her super crazy weekend at Luckett’s right now. I will keep you posted on that. Katie is chompin at the bit to get her hands on it…I cannot wait to see how this comes together!!! For real…I cannot wait!!! I will be sure to keep you posted:) If you missed it...Layla wrote a sweet post about her time with the art…  Onto something fun to try this weekend…

Spring and summer nights bring out some major family fun time. We had some sparklers at the lake this past weekend and I decided to pull the camera out and capture it all. It is really neat to see some of the shapes you can make with the light when you slow the shutter speed down. Here are some tips for “writing with light”…

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Here are some tips to capturing the light:

      • I was being kind of sloppy in these pictures because I didn’t have a tripod. In many of the pictures I was balancing the camera on my knees. It works in a pinch….but to truly get a crisp shot…use a tripod or another stationary object. (I used a bar stool in some shots…)
      • The trick to getting the “lines of light” is to slow the shutter speed way down. In most of these pictures the shutter is anywhere from 1.5 seconds to 3.5 seconds. The blurrier the light, the slower the shutter speed was set. Setting the camera to the M for manual mode works best.
      • Set the ISO low. My ISO was set about 100-250. The sun was still setting when I took these….so it continued to change. The low ISO will make the “light” from the sparklers pop.
      • Aperture is way open at F 5 allowing for the most amount of light and allowing for all objects to become as focused as possible.
      • You can use the S setting on the camera (this will allow you to tell the camera to set everything else…except the shutter speed) I didn’t try it that way….but it will probably work.
      • Have fun with the shapes….hearts, infinity signs….and letters are fun to make.
      • We used a tiki torch for lighting the sparklers…easier than continually lighting matches and then rushing to set the camera up.
      • Tell the kids to remain in one spot if you want to capture them as well. The more they move…the blurrier they will appear.

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Go have fun with it!! Course…I had to get in on the fun too ;)

So just remember: Set camera to M for Manual mode, Wide open aperture, Super slow shutter, Balance camera on a stationary object. Have fun with it and see what you get!

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Total side note….I was thrilled beyond words to log onto Twitter the other day to find that Better Homes and Gardens placed my little blog on their Home Bloggers we Love….need less to say…I am smitten with them too;) I am blushing:) Thanks BHG! And thanks to all of you who believe in me;) xoxo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY leather Camera Strap

Happy weekend friends! Little side note…a few were asking about the Banana Oatmeal bread…I failed to add the chocolate chips in the recipe but I have since updated it. Sorry about that:) And someone had asked about adding raisins instead…I would think that would be great too! On to a fun stylish craft today….

When I saw this leather camera strap in Country Living…I was in love. The strap that comes with most DLSR cameras is bulky and can be quite annoying to work around. I have tried in the past to make it a bit more stylish. That worked for awhile…but I really wanted something that was not quite as wide. This is really a perfect solution. I shopped around on etsy for a strap and found one here. It took about 10 days to get to me….so plan ahead ;)

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Supplies:

2 6inch lengths of decorative chain

2 lobster clasp

2 jump rings

leather strap from a seller on etsy

2 pairs of pliers (helps if they are needle nose)

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Steps:

  1. Place a jump ring on both sides of  your camera. This is what the lobster clasp will click on to. This will also allow for you to remove the strap easily when you want to work without it.
  2. See diagram below for sequence of chain and jump rings. You will need to use the needle nose pliers to open the chain in order to make two 6-8 inch lengths for both sides. You can measure to see where the camera will hang and cut chain accordingly.
  3. Slide the jump rings on to connect the lobster clasp. Click lobster clasp onto the camera and you are done!

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This would make a great handmade gift for the photographer in your life:)

Have a great weekend friends!!

xo

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Also, I am offering as space to handmade artisans. Spring time special is $25 for 45 days! See the bottom left (on the footer of the blog) for the paypal link to pay. Then just email me your 150 square ad (and the link for your shop).

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

How to make a coloring page from a photo

Hi friends:) We got a lot done this weekend in my office. I have a new way to hang window panels…and it is so unique! I promise I will show you soon. The room is just about ready for the camera:) Today I wanted to share another fun way to use your family photos….make them into a coloring page. I even included a printable at the bottom of the post…you can print it out and hang it up. When is the last time you colored a picture…just for the fun of it?? It is still fun…just like Kindergarten.

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I have told you before how much a I love Picasa. Besides being free, it is super easy to use and very quick. It is fun to use your photos in a new way…like making them into a coloring book. Pictures that work best are more graphic and “defined”…just play with it…and have fun….create one of a kind art on the cheap :)

Here are the steps…

1. Open Picasa and select a picture to use.

2. Crop it so that your image is “standing out”.

3. On the last tab in the top left, select Boost and adjust. This will help make the lines defined.

4. Select Pencil Sketch and adjust until the image is how you want it.

5. Select Print at the bottom.

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Select “pencil sketch” and drag the fade all the way down to “0”…play with the radius and strength. When you are finished click print at the bottom! That is it!

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Here is a print you can color in yourself:) (Link here will take you to printable.)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY photo backdrops

Well, our new white pine wide plank floors are laid and they are gorgeous! Sanding was almost finished today…and our house smells like a “Carolina pine forest…” (name that commercial). Any who, we are in love! They are so stunning and perfect for our bedroom and my office. I have been sharing some pics on Facebook and Instagram…and I will share some here a bit later this week. Thanks for all your excitement…it is really coming together beautifully.

Last week, I shared a few favorite tips for styling a photograph. I wanted to follow that up by showing these easy and cheap backdrops that you can make in a minute. They store easily and you can make a bunch for a little cash.

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I found some of the prettiest gift wrap at TJMaxx….I thought it would make such a pretty backdrop for photos. I made some backdrop boards with some foam board from the dollar store and some glue. Really quite simple, I know you don’t need me to explain…but here is how I went about making them.

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I cut the wrapping paper to the size of the board and made it overlap by half the length of the board. That way I can tape the paper up on the wall to have the background be the same as the surface. I would caution to not use a lot of glue or the paper will pucker. I just glued the edges with rubber cement. The nice thing about these boards is that I can just slide them into a narrow space when I don’t need them and they will not get creased or damaged.

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Oh the possibilities! I would check your local TJMaxx or Homegoods….I have found several there for only 2.99 a roll!DIY photo backdrop @cleverlyinspired (3)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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