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image storage

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

where do you store all of the personal images you’re capturing? On your camera? or maybe you’ve managed to download them to the computer? Either way– are they protected? (psst–the answer is no).

As I go through and cull images from last year to put onto disc and archive from my personal image folders, I’m revisiting moments of history in our family: First steps, wild hair-dos, potty-training, videos of the girls dancing and captured pitter patters of tiny feet. What would happen if I LOST all of these? (Oh, y’all do NOT want to know the answer to that…trust me.)

In this digital age, there is no guarantee that my personal shots will be printed on actual paper to archive in a scrapbook (I have intentions…) so the only real tangible evidence from these “historical” moments in our home reside in copies on my hard drives!!! And this is really just not safe. Caught up in the ever-present obstacle of the day (name it– it happens around here), I neglect to do what is most important in preserving memories of our lives as we go along…memories I want to keep so that our story can be told years, even centuries down the line. The unfortunate nature of keeping it all digital is that computers crash, hard drives crash and memory discs fail! Heck, I’m not even (more…)

Hugs of Love

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Its Valentine’s week and Birthday week for all the same. And because we’re celebrating love in all varieties, we’re going to have a fun game… with a prize!!

How to play:

1) Using your camera-phone (or digital camera if you have inclination- the goal is a quick, easy solution) grab a quick snapshot of you hugging a true love: your pony, your pup, your husband/boyfriend/significant other, or your child.

2) upload that image to the priddysweet . portraiture . facebook wall {you must first “like” the page if you don’t already}

3) share your image with your facebook friends and encourage them to vote for your image by clicking the “like” button and leaving comments on your image. {they must also “like” the priddysweet . portraiture . page to do this}.

The image with the most votes or “likes” on Valentines Day will win a $25 Starbucks gift card courtesy of priddysweet… cozy up with a warm cup of coffee in this freezing weather!!

Good luck and HAVE FUN!!! xoxo!

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IN FOCUS tuesday

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Phew. Its been a busy summer (so far). And I realized that not only have we had no photography assignments or contests or anything of the sort lately, but we haven’t even had any reviews or photography tips either! The time has come! Lets talk about Aperture so we can come up with a fun assignment to go along with it.

Now, before we begin…you might revisit the other links about your dSLR cameras just for review. I’ll wait. Go ahead. IN FOCUS: camera basics and IN FOCUS: camera basics continued 😉 All set? Ok.

QUESTION: how do you get the background of your picture to be blurry?

ANSWER: by adjusting aperture.

What is Aperture? well lets think of it like the pupil of your eye. The pupil dilates to let in more light…so the opening is LARGER to let in the most light. When there is lots of light around your pupil contracts and gets smaller to reduce the amount coming in. Your lens on your DSLR camera works in a similar way. When you close down the aperture (get ready to get confused…its when the f/ number is HIGHER like f/22), you let in less light. When you open the aperture value (f/ number is SMALLER f/1.8), more light comes in. The strange part is that the numbers are lower for a bigger aperture. (*for technical gurus…its b/c the value is a fraction). Nice, huh?

here’s a diagram of how it works. Notice the value of the f stops at very small aperture openings versus the value of the f-stops with very large openings.

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Aperture also controls depth of field which is what causes your backgrounds to be blurry. The wider apertures (think lower number) yield LESS depth of field which means that less of your image is in focus. This is great for portraits because we can focus on our subjects and disregard whatever background they’re standing in front of (to an extent) because it will be blurred out. BUT all of this can’t happen without the cooperation of shutter speed and ISO which we will begin to cover next week…so stay tuned. 😉

Read more in depth coverage of Aperture here.

Happy snapping!

Feature Friday: PETS

Friday, May 21st, 2010

you guessed it. fluff and fur means pet photography. who can deny the familiar wag of a puppy dog tail? or the sweet purr of a kitten? well, I can’t. I’m a sucker for animals (insert eye roll from my supportive and loving husband. *wink*) And mine grow up to be sweet some of the times… but also sinister and sneaky…which is what I love about them most. pets have such personalities!! I will refrain from telling you all of my pets’ unique characters–which include different accents and voiceovers– to spare you the judgements on my sanity. 😉 I do love them so much, though, and as I can tell from your adorable pet photo entries…you do too. (more…)

IN FOCUS: fluff and fur

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

This week our assignment is to capture fluff and fur. Now, while this does not suggest that you crawl under your couch and get pictures of dust bunnies (you all know that my brother will do that now) all interpretations of the subject are welcome. We are doing this for a guest critique again since you all liked the feedback last time. :) Do your best! All pictures will be evaluated and we will only have ONE ROUND so that means you’ll have to get crackin’ ASAP. Start sending me your photos today! You have until midnight Thursday to send in your one picture.

Ways to submit photos:

1) upload a photo on the priddysweet . portraiture fan page on Facebook
2) email your photo to

only ONE picture! So choose your very favorite one!! 😉

Good luck everyone!! And be on the lookout later this week for a lesson on more photography basics!! Its time to get geared up and focused again. 😉


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Sounds of Spring RESULTS

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We have a treat in store for today!! I’m so stoked to introduce our guest judge: Sara Beth Raab of Southern Design Studio. Sara Beth and I go wayyy back to our equestrian days in knoxville. I could post pictures of her in her equestrian glory but she’d probably then refuse to entertain our contests from here on out. 😉 She is a professional photographer in Memphis and without her help and guidance, I’m afraid that this passion turned business of mine would not exist! Sara has an awesome eye for this art and she’s extremely experienced (daughter of photographers…she photographed her first wedding at the age of 16!!) I will feature her work here this week for my “Inspired” series so stay tuned for that. You will LOVE her work!!

Sara Beth took a great look and spent time going through your entries carefully. She addressed each photo offering some tough but helpful critiques to encourage you and help you with your photography skills…an invaluable tool that we all get to learn from! Thank you SOOO MUCH, Sara!!

Alright. Here we go!!…. (more…)

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