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Have a personal blog? Here’s how to make blogging easier

Are you a mom with a camera who likes to take pictures of her kids?

Do you feel like it’s important to document your family’s life?

Have you ever held back from posting ALL of your vacation photos to social media because you felt like it was a terrible faux pas?

Do you feel like your images need a home other than your hard drive so that they can be shared and enjoyed?

Have you ever started a blog only to let it die?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then what I’m about to say is for you!

I’ve been keeping a personal blog for eight years. It began two years after my sweetheart and I were married.

Not long after, we were expecting our first baby and I found myself gravitating towards learning how to use a camera. Before I knew it, my habit for writing and my passion for photography merged onto the perfect platform for me: a blog!

Words cannot express how grateful I am to have countless memories recorded, all bringing back a rush of feelings and taking me to those special (and sometimes not-so-special) moments in time.

I am now a mom to three little boys and have a part time photography business. Life is busy, but I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks along the way to keep blogging (aka our family’s memories) from feeling like an overwhelming chore.

It really is a doable task! And can be an enjoyable one, too.

Tips for writing your blog:

If a picture speaks a thousand words, how much does a picture accompanied by a paragraph speak?

How often do you want to post on your blog?

Does three or four times a week seem daunting? How about posting just once a week instead? Don’t feel discouraged if you get behind.

There’s a wonderful button that lets you schedule your posts. That means you can set a date and a time to publish that post in the future OR you can back date it to the correct time the action actually took place. I openly admit to back dating posts often, especially when it takes me a month or more to edit sixty vacation pictures!

Take the pressure off yourself. Make blogging work for you and your schedule. This is your life, after all.

I've been keeping a personal blog for eight years. Life is busy, but I've figured out a few tips and tricks along the way to keep blogging (aka our family's memories) from feeling like an overwhelming chore.

I've been keeping a personal blog for eight years. Life is busy, but I've figured out a few tips and tricks along the way to keep blogging (aka our family's memories) from feeling like an overwhelming chore.

Jot down notes throughout the day.

Record anything that is meaningful to you inside your phone’s notes or memo app. It can be a fleeting thought, something funny your child said, or the best and worst things that happened to you that day.

Our phones always seem to be within reach, utilize it. When it’s time to sit down at the computer and you’re suddenly staring at a blank white space to fill, you already have some ideas with which to start.

For the love of bullet points.

When writing a blog post, don’t underestimate the power of bullet points. Think of using titles like, ‘Our Top Three Weekend Highlights’.

Then simply write three paragraphs of 3-5 sentences each. Voila. A blog post practically writes itself.

I've been keeping a personal blog for eight years. Life is busy, but I've figured out a few tips and tricks along the way to keep blogging (aka our family's memories) from feeling like an overwhelming chore.

Use repeated titles to make a series.

A friend I know uses ‘Quarterly Quotes’ to write down the funny things her boys have said over the last few months. As for me, I have several series that have come and gone and sometimes get resurrected. Right now I do monthly updates for my baby and purge all my extra photos under the label, ‘Snapshots of Life Lately’.

You don’t have to write a novel.

Sometimes a single photo (or three or five) with a few words attached is more than enough, just like Instagram.

Remember, this is your life you’re recording! Not every detail needs to be documented, just the ones that are meaningful to you and that you want to share.

I've been keeping a personal blog for eight years. Life is busy, but I've figured out a few tips and tricks along the way to keep blogging (aka our family's memories) from feeling like an overwhelming chore.

Tips for your blog photos:

Manage all your photos.

I manage and edit all of my photos with Lightroom CC. When I’m ready to post pictures to my blog, I simply export them using the following settings:

  1. First, I press ctrl and then click on all of my landscape pictures in Lightroom.
  2. Then I head up to File-Export. I export all of my blog pictures to a monthly folder that I use specifically for uploading to the web.
  3. I rename the pictures ‘BLOG’ followed by whatever it was that we were doing. For example, ‘BLOG Raspberry Picking’.
  4. Then I resize to fit along the long edge at 650 pixels across at a resolution of 100 pixels per inch. The reason I resize my pictures to 650 pixels across is because that is exactly how wide the main area of my blog is. Your blog might be more narrow or more wide.
  5. I sharpen for the screen and press export.
  6. Then I begin again and click on all of my portrait photos that I want for the blog. The only change that I make during export is to fit along the short edge 650 pixels across. You’ll find out exactly why in the next step!

I've been keeping a personal blog for eight years. Life is busy, but I've figured out a few tips and tricks along the way to keep blogging (aka our family's memories) from feeling like an overwhelming chore.

By the way, the above export settings can be made into a one click preset!

Upload your pictures to your blog.

I use the Blogger platform since that’s what I started with and it suits my needs just fine.

  1. I start by uploading all of the pictures I just exported at once.
  2. Then, in the upload window, the order in which I click on the photos is the order in which they will load into my post. Easy!
  3. Then I click on each picture and choose ‘original size’. (WordPress has a nifty little button on the right side of the upload window that lets you choose the size of your pictures before posting them into the body of your blog post.) I’ve found that using the original size for my photos not only makes them big, but keeps them nice and crisp and beautiful, instead of getting compressed and slightly fuzzy.

Print your blog.

Lastly, you’ve put a lot of time and heart into your blog, be sure to print it! If you Google ‘blog to book’, many options will pop up.

I’ve personally used blog2print over the years since it is so quick and easy. I print my blog yearly and now have a nice little stack of volumes sitting on my living room shelf. It’s like the ultimate scrapbook!

I've been keeping a personal blog for eight years. Life is busy, but I've figured out a few tips and tricks along the way to keep blogging (aka our family's memories) from feeling like an overwhelming chore.

Happy blogging, friends!

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Everything You Need to Know About Memory Cards

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No matter what digital camera you shoot with nowadays, you must have some kind of storage where your media is going to be saved to. While some devices like phones and tablets often come with some built-in memory, you will often find yourself looking for ways to expand that storage by using memory cards or other external storage accessories. And if you shoot with a dedicated digital camera, you will find that it does not offer any kind of storage and you will need to buy at least one memory card in order to be able to store captured images. That’s how a quest for selecting the best memory card begins. Unfortunately, choosing and buying memory cards can be a very frustrating experience, because there are so many different types of memory cards out there with so many different classes and price points, that it can become a very frustrating experience, especially for a beginner. In this article, we will explore memory cards in detail and give you everything you need to know about them.

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Compressed vs Uncompressed vs Lossless Compressed RAW Options

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When you go through camera menu options, you might come across a number of different options that are related to the way your RAW images are saved. One of those options is typically the type of compression that is applied to RAW files. There are several reasons why camera manufacturers provide RAW file compression options, but the most basic one is to save space. Let’s take a look at file compression options and explore differences between compressed, uncompressed and lossless compressed RAW files in more detail.

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7 dangerous things you should photograph your kids doing

When my children are engaged in an activity, especially something new and thrilling, I am able to capture their true essence.

Below are some activities that offer healthy risks and are not only fun, but also teach motor skills and develop confidence.

Using your own judgment and common sense you can determine what your child is ready for and how much, if any, supervision is required.

Climb a tree

“To climb a tree is for a child to discover a new world” (Froebel, Education of Man 1826)

Climbing trees fosters coordination, strength, curiosity, creative thinking, confidence and much more. By allowing kids to climb trees, we are encouraging them to explore the natural world.

Use different lenses to capture your child among the branches. A wide angle lens can be used to exaggerate the height and environment, a long focal length can be used to capture proud expressions, or try out a creative lens like a Lensbaby to enhance the experience.

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

Build a fire

While taking all the appropriate precautions and adult supervision, building a campfire can be a great lesson for kids in fire respect and caution. Capture children of all ages gathering the wood, document the building of the frame, and the anticipation of the fire igniting.

While roasting marshmallows, children can help tend to the blaze. S’mores always lends to sticky and joyful images. Don’t forget to practice low light photography as the sun goes down but the fun continues.

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

Experiment with dry ice

Offer a science club at home that can begin with slime, the disappearing eggshell, elephant toothpaste and enormous amounts of vinegar and baking soda. All of these experiments encourage children to be curious, creative and confident.

A trip to the grocery store for a $ 10 bag of dry ice can lead to hours of experimenting. Armed with gloves and tongs, you can follow the many ideas Google offers and keep the projects going until the last piece turns into gas.

Preparation is the key to capturing kids experimenting. Collect all of the ingredients ahead of time, clear a large enough area to allow a clean frame, and set your shutter speed to 1/500 to be ready to capture reactions (both faces and experiments).

Related: 7 ways to play with dry ice and water

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

Cook a meal

Learning to operate the stove, use knives safely, and follow recipes are all life lessons that can be shared with young children. Adding children to the meal prep process definitely requires extra patience and possibly a later dinner time.

The kitchen offers a variety of perspectives, colors, textures, and movement that will spice up your images. Some ideas include using a chair to shoot from above, set your timer and jump in an image, or practice your still art food photography using the final plated meal.

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

Jump off a cliff

Strong swimmer, deep water, pencil dive, and your child now has an opportunity to make an awesome memory while gaining self confidence. While keeping your own nerves in check, you can capture the steep climb up, the anticipation of the jump, the freefall to the water, or the priceless look when they come up for air.

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

Play barefoot

Kick off your shoes and let the kids run and play outside barefoot. The driveway and playground are great places for young children to build extra protection on their feet while strengthening their lower legs and developing body awareness.

While documenting their free feet, you can also include the environment, favorite toys, new skills they are learning, and don’t forget the dirt!

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

Sword fight with sticks

Sticks encourage children to use their imagination while playing in the fresh air. Beyond being a sword, a stick can become a fishing pole, a torch, or a life saving device to escape hot lava.

Observe your children playing and anticipate when the right time is to take documentary style images.

When my children are engaged in an activity, I am able to photograph their true essence. Here are some activities that offer healthy risks and are fun!

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Does photography have any more technical limitations?

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Something I noticed recently made me stop and think for a moment, since, if true, it means that the modern era of photography is an especially noteworthy time: With very few exceptions, there are no scenes or subjects that are impossible to capture with today’s technology. Nearly everything you come across, from nighttime landscapes to microscopic insects, can be photographed with high levels of precision and image quality, so long as you know what you’re doing (and you pack along the right equipment). That’s a powerful fact — so, how can you make the most of it?

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