Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Everyday Scrapper Goes On The Run!

Well, technically it's a hop. But I would rather run! Know why? Cause I know that we have some pretty awesome girls and they will be sharing some pretty cool stuff for you! Giveaways from several of us as well as a prize on the main site! Cool right?? I happen to think so! This is our first ever blog hop, and we are super excited about it! After you are done here, you will be finishing up the last couple stops from our contributors and sketch team members. So pin an "S" on my chest and away we go!

I do random things on TES, but a lot of what I do is tutorials. So along those lines, I would like to share a little tip about "Point and Shoot" cameras with built in flashes. We all have them, we all know how unpredictable they are and how horribly washed out the photos can end up when using them.

I went to school (briefly) for photography and learned lots of things. Not once did they teach us about controlling a fixed flash! The worst is indoors. So this is what I figured out! Are you ready???
Paper towels and scotch tape! You can control the amount of flash by the thickness of the paper towel. This is how I do it. I take a paper towel and hold it just over the flash single thickness, then take a photo. Look at the result. Then decide whether you need to double it. I usually end up with a triple or quad thickness. Then simply scotch tape the piece of paper towel over your flash! Basically, this is buffering the amount of light.

Here is a sample I did, using a single, double, then quad towel. (Just so you know, my sofa is actually the color of the third! That's what happens when you buy a dry clean only sofa and move to the country with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a little boy! Yep, it's embarassing!)
This is one thickness of paper:


This is double thickness of paper towel:


This is quad thickness of paper towel:

See how much difference there is? Now depending on your photo and light conditions, you can adjust this very quickly. If you are doing a portrait shoot, you can easily do this before hand. If you are jus taking snapshots, take one, then adjust. everywhere you go, you can find toilet paper or a napkin! Hope you try this out! So easy!

Now the part you really want... the goodies, right? I am just starting out with an Etsy store. Right now, I am really into making scarflettes and cowels. So why not give one away. But it will be custom, just for you! So check out my shop and let me know which strikes your fancy! If you are the lucky winner, I will get with you about the particulars. Check it out here.

And from here, you are running to Jennifer Priest!

If you get off track along the way or are starting at my blog, here is the complete list of the blogs you need to make it to. In order to be entered for the TES RAK, you MUST leave a comment on all the blogs.

1. The Everyday Scrapper www.theeverydayscrapper.com/?p=2828 (if this doesn't work, just go to www.theeverydayscrapper.com and scroll through the recent posts!)
2. Catherine www.dance-the-tide.blogspot.com
3. Anneliese www.queen-of-the-crop.blogspot.com
4. Jewels www.joy-n-jesus.blogspot.com
5. Karen www.countrygirl-karen.blogspot.com
6. Jennifer L www.jenniferlongenecker.blogspot.com
7. Mia www.makepositivechanges.blogspot.com
8. Rachael www.rachaelwoodphotography.blogspot.com
9. Jennifer P www.hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com
10. Sharon www.sharonbertolino.blogspot.com
11. Ana www.anazelia-myscrapbookaddiction.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by! I will be announcing a winner Next Tuesday (the 23rd), so be sure to check back in!

29 comments:

  1. You do wonderful work on Etsy. I Love the scarflettes!! Thank you for the idea about the using the flash. I'll have to give it a try.

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  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, I'm going to have to try that flash trick.

    Love the billings scarflette

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  3. thanks for the tip about the flash, and the examples -a la tutorial style! I think your couch is a perfect color! :) Love all of your etsy items, really like Vancouver cowl.

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  4. Thanks for the photo tip, definately will try ;) Great Etsy items, no need for those in Florida, LOL.

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  5. oooh i love the photo tip!! you do wonderful work!

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  6. I like your work. your cards are awsome also.

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  7. I like the Kennebunkport scarf.
    I like your photography and thank you for the tips.

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  8. OMGosh thanks for the photo tips!!! So helpful and I love the your in the mari gras fat tuesday mood with the beads :P XoXo Niki_Ray

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  9. Thanks for the tip Rachael. Now on to check out your Etsy store.

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  10. Ok I think we have the same sofa, LOL. I like the Vancouver cowl.

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  11. What an awesome trick! That rocks! We should have you doing photo tips on TES! :)

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  12. I like the Billings Scarflette form your etsy shop, looks comfy and stylish!

    Cool trick on the camera flash, I will be trying that out! Thanks

    ~Gloria

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  13. Paper towel?? I NEVER would have thought of that. Thanks so much for the tip.

    Love the scarves, especially the Kashmir cowl hoodie.

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  14. They are all so lovely! I like the Seattle one the best though...I can't decide if it is because it is green or has pearl buttons...just lovely!

    And I am impressed you were able to take so many pictures of your cat with out him/her flinching!

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  15. Thanks for joining in. I checked out your store and I really like the Billings Scarflette.

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  16. Wow, thanks for the great info on flash photography! You are super talented, love the Vancouver Cowl and Seattle Neck Warmer!

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  17. Great photography tip and love the Mardi Gras beads since i am in New orleans!!!

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  18. Congrats on your new shop! Love the tip about the flash too--I always have issues with the flash!!

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  19. Are those Mardi Gras beads? Love them!

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  20. The Seattle neck warmer for sure... Thanks for sharing

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  21. Paper towels & such, who-da thunk it?? Great visual aids too! Love your etsy stuff !

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  22. Great etsy stuff! I like the Aspen, personally. Awesome tip on the flash too! I struggle w/ that often. TFS!!!

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  23. Thanks for the tip. I love your Vancouver one. Thank you for the RAK and GL on your store. Thanks for the blog run.....I mean hop lol.

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  24. the flash tip is awesome...thinking if my daughter might try at her next concert? I think the Seattle Neck Warmer is very pretty!

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  25. What a great photography tip! Can use all the help I can get!

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  26. Your store is really neat! I love the Seattle cowl, (I love green!).

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  27. Simply stunning. Thanks for the invite to hop in

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  28. Love your blog! And thanks for the tip about the flash.

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