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Silent Sunday #1

Silent Sunday

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December 2, 2012 - 7:05 pm

40s Chic - You have really captured the colours of autumn – what a fab photo!

December 2, 2012 - 7:14 pm

The Oliver's Mad House - That looks amazing! very beautiful :-)

December 2, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Kofo Baptist Photography - Thank you!!!

December 2, 2012 - 7:44 pm

Kofo Baptist - Thank you very much. :-)

December 2, 2012 - 11:13 pm

Eleanor Holmes - Stunning picture!

December 3, 2012 - 11:25 am

Kofo Baptist Photography - Thank you very much!

December 7, 2012 - 9:31 am

What Jean Likes - Truly stunning photos Kofo! I’m your newest follower and so glad I found your blog! Come visit our Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you will! It’s a great and easy way to get followers to your lovely blog/website or to your Twitter/Facebook, etc…
Link up your website and pages too! http://www.whatjeanlikes.com/2012/12/alohafrihop33.html

December 11, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Money Master Mom - I found you via the bloggy moms blog hop. This picture is gorgeous, it just so peaceful. I feel like I could hear the grass crunch if I was there.

Little Girl’s Wall Clock from Coco Male

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Little Girl’s Wall Clock from Coco Male

Just how cute is this gorgeous pink wall clock from Coco Male?

At just £18, it’s bound to add a splash of colour to your little girl’s room with its bright pink plate and multi-coloured dials and numbers.

This beautiful little clock is perfect for learning how to tell time. Plus the quarter hours are cleverly written out which makes learning easier and so much fun.

 

 

 

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Before and After Monday: A Clean Edit in Lightroom

It’s Before and After Monday. This week I am sharing with you a ‘before and after’ clean edit in Lightroom.

Here’s a quick rundown of how I edited this photo. I started off by opening the raw image in Lightroom. The first thing I did was to change the camera calibration from ‘adobe standard’ to ‘camera portrait’. This little change made a lot of difference.

Next I concentrated on correcting exposure and white balance. The image was underexposed so I increased the exposure. I noticed the photo was too cool so I corrected the white balance by increasing the temp and the tint. I wanted the photo warmer and this did the trick.

The next thing I did was to add some fill light and reduce the blacks.

The image was still looking a bit blah so I increased the brightness and contrast. I also increased the clarity, vibrance and saturation, as well as the highlights, lights and darks. I reduced the shadows a little bit.

I used the spot removal tool to remove spots and I also used the noise reduction tool to reduce the noise. Then I sharpened the image. That’s all. What do you think of the clean edit?

Before and After Monday: A Clean Edit in Lightroom

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October 31, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Ruth Alade - I love your blog.

December 5, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Pary Moppins - Beautiful! Found you through Bloggy Moms.

What do you think?: Mum-Of-Two Terri Graham Breastfeeds Her Dog

Mum-Of-Two Terri Graham Breastfeeds Her Dog

Mum-Of-Two Terri Graham Breastfeeds Her Dog

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

The Oct 20 edition of Closer magazine features an interview with Terri Graham, a mum of two from California, who breastfeeds her pug dog.

Graham couldn’t breastfeed her own children so instead she offered her boobs to her puppy named Spider.

Bizarrely, she says breastfeeding Spider makes her feel like a better mum.

“Having Spider suckle on my boob means I finally feel complete and a better mother,” Graham told Closer.

A psychologist interviewed for the magazine suggested that Graham seek help.

What do you think about this mum breastfeeding her dog?

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October 19, 2012 - 9:35 pm

LaTosha Rip Granny Thompson - Freakin nasty

October 20, 2012 - 1:31 am

Maryium Bakes - Looking at the photo without reading it first, I thought; wow she needs help. After reading, I think she needs help really really badly!

October 20, 2012 - 2:10 am

Jahcinda Marina Jordan - thats the strangest thing ive ever seen

October 20, 2012 - 3:15 am

Kit Nevarez - What?

October 20, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Jaime RocketshipLove Smith - i hope she is still not breast feeding her kids,wtf dude

December 2, 2012 - 7:16 pm

The Oliver's Mad House - that is absolutely revolting!

How to Take Fantastic Pictures of Your Kids

Learn how to take fantastic pictures of your kids with these seven simple photography tips for mums.

Hands up if you’ve always wanted to take great photos of your kids but felt you lacked the technical know-how.  You don’t need to have a fancy camera or be a photography geek to take decent pictures of your offspring.  You can take your photography skills to the next level by following these basic steps.  Are you ready to snap? Let’s hope so.

Knowledge is power
The key to getting your near-perfect picture is to decide before you shoot what story you want your photo to tell. Do you want to capture your toddler building Lego blocks? Or do you want to remember what your son looked like with his two missing front teeth? You don’t want the main story to be lost so having an idea what this is, will help as you compose your picture.

Choose your focus
While brewing up your perfect composition, you need to know where to focus your camera. Your focus should be what is most important to you. You want to compose your image so that the main element in the story will be the focus.

Eliminate distracting backgrounds
It may not always be possible to eliminate distracting backgrounds but wherever possible, try and reduce clutter in your photographs.

How to Take Fantastic Pictures of Your Kids

How to Take Fantastic Pictures of Your Kids

Get closer
Moving closer to your subject has its advantages. You instantly eliminate distracting objects in the background and you can focus on only the things that will add to your picture. Don’t fall for the capture-everything-in-sight trap.  You can also capture little details that you want to remember when you move in closer such as your toddler’s tiny ponytails or dimples.

Say no to flash
For a natural looking portrait, use natural light instead of flash.  Open your blinds and let the light through.  When you’re photographing children, flash photography can sometimes create unnatural portraits so try and avoid if you can. Or better yet, take the children outside to play and photograph them there.

Try different angles
If you don’t want your pictures all looking the same, get into the habit of trying different angles.  Move around, climb on top of something, lie down, bend down, squat -  basically, shoot your images from different angles to add a unique viewpoint to your photos.

Don’t be too serious
Unless you want your children frowning in every shot, be prepared to play with them. Children like to play and giggle. Make jokes, make funny faces, do anything to get a smile, a grin or if you’re lucky, serious laughter. Don’t be too serious and you will capture honest photos of your child with deliriously happy expressions.

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