Our local communities are celebrating Canada 150 in so many great ways! Beckwith Township is running a fun photo contest right now for all ages. Submit a photo in one of these categories for consideration:
- Built Heritage
- Natural Heritage
- Historical Photos
I’m sure you could interpret these in so many different ways. Drop off the hard copy to the Beckwith Township Office, or email your digital photo to be entered. Good luck!
Recently, the CBC Radio Program “Q” had an episode regarding those endless vacation photos people always post on their social media sites. While for some people, it’s a way to keep their collection of photos in one place so that they can look back on them five years from now and reminisce. But for those of us who are logging in to check our Facebook or Instagram feeds for five minutes, getting sucked into mediocre or over-filtered photos that go on and on, can be annoying.
Henry Alford, author of WOULD IT KILL YOU TO STOP DOING THAT? : A MODERN GUIDE TO MANNERS, says that to stay within proper social etiquette and not annoy your friends and followers, you should only post a MAXIMUM of three vacation photos, stay away from those filters, and don’t try too hard to make your life appear “special”.
If you’d like to know a little more about this radio program, and hear more from Alford, you can drop by the episode entitled “How Not to be a Jerk About Sharing Vacation Photos”. And then get to your Facebook page and edit!!!
Hey Dad….stay home with your baby today!
Okay, this isn’t an official holiday or anything, but we do have a lot of dads that come with their little ones to babytime and storytime. And it’s refreshing to see such hands-on dads!
While some dads are really lucky, the Swedish government recognizes how hard it is for fathers to spend these precious and important early years with their children. Not only do they have a very generous maternity leave in Sweden (480 days), at least 60 of these days MUST be taken by the father, or are lost altogether. Isn’t that amazing?
Photographer Johan Bävman has begun a photo series he calls Swedish Dads, showing just what it is like for these fathers who are tasked with taking care of their little ones. So far, he’s documented thirty dads, but is aiming for sixty, to have one for each of the paternity leave days. Drop by his website here to see some fantastic funny, heartwarming, and beautiful pictures of dads and their children in this series. You can also read about each of their stories. I guarantee this will make your Monday better!
The nice weather has everyone outside (finally!). And you’ve probably noticed a lot of people taking pictures, either with their phones, or a real camera. If you’re serious about photography, you might be trying to improve your photos, and improvement begins with knowledge.
We have plenty of great books in the library on both digital photography, and traditional SLR photography (or both). There are many great online resources as well, and if you don’t use Instagram, you might want to start an account. It’s a wonderful resource for inspiring photos, especially when you start following photographers you admire.
But what if you’re just starting out and you don’t know anything about photo jargon? All those words can be confusing….aperture, bokeh, field of vision? I came across a great website recently that breaks down the basics for you in a really easy way. I can almost guarantee your photos will improve just knowing these things. Not Dressed As A Lamb is a fashion blogger, but she makes this idea simple for anyone. Spend a few minutes on the link, and bookmark it to come back later…..you’ll learn as you go, and might need a refresher.
Most of all, have fun out there taking photos! It’ll show in your work.
Here is an interesting idea to get you through the end of the year. It has nothing to do with libraries or books, but everything to do with having enough energy to do everything you need to in the next few weeks. On the interesting lifestyle website, SMAGGLE, they have set up a 30-day Instagram Salad-a-Day challenge! Print out the list, read through the suggestions, and then get eating those greens! It’ll be fun to get a bit creative, and to work some salad back into your daily intake during the holidays. (Salad? Does it come in a cookie format?)
Read through the whole post. They give some great suggestions to get you thinking outside the box. And you don’t have to belong to Instagram. You can also post your photos to Facebook. Just be sure to use the hashtag #smagglesaladaday and tag @smaggle in your post. Easy, isn’t it? If you start today, you’ll be on Day 16–“Asian” is the theme today. Mmmm…crunchy noodles.
Tips for photographing food? If you’ve seen any of Martha Stewart’s awful food posts on Instagram, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you don’t want your pictures to look like. Instead, make sure your plate is clean around the edges, try to take a photo before you eat anything, make sure the lighting is really good, and aim for a photo taken from above, not off to the side. Remember, look at everything in the shot…..not just the food. Is there something on the table? Is someone making faces in the background? All of these things will make your shot less appealing, and you want people to ooh and ahh over your salad photos, right? Right!
Happy Salad Days!
For our Frivolous Friday post, if you’ve ever wasted precious minutes looking at Grumpy Cat on the internet:
…you might like a few new outlets for your visual interests. But you could spend a lot of time following links on Facebook, running through Tumblr feeds and flipping through Instagram posts to find the best images on the web right now. So when I came across Oublio, I was hooked! It organizes the most popular images on the web right now into one easy format. Just click the type of social media you’re most interested in, and up pops the image receiving the most views at any particular moment.
Keep in mind, sometimes the images are not for everyone, but they change often. And usually, they’re really fascinating! So, if you have a minute to pop to the site, that’s all it takes. You’ll definitely want to bookmark this page to come back to later. It’ll be your new instant web crush!
We haven’t had a Frivolous Friday post in a while. But a I started coming across some fantastic Instagram feeds, I wanted to share them with you. If you don’t use Instagram, maybe this will inspire you to start. There are so many fantastic, creative people out there!
First up is art director Javier Perez. He creates whimsical little pieces of art using everyday objects and typically, a pen. I’m sure you’ve seen these items on a regular basis and never thought of them in such creative ways. You can follow him on Instagram here.
(Photo credit Javier Perez)
I’ve been following Humans of New York on Instagram for a while now. Brandon is a wonderful photographer who takes photos of people on the streets (an in subways, and train stations and anywhere else he finds someone interesting), and usually asks them a few questions about their lives. The stories are JUST as riveting as the photos, and Brandon just released his first photographic book called, HUMANS OF NEW YORK.
How about Murad Osmann, the travel photographer who always photographs the places he goes with a photo of his girlfriend leading him along. It’s unique and the photos are gorgeous! It makes you feel like you’re right there with them. (Some of the pictures have a little nudity or near-nudity, so be warned that this is not for everyone.)
(Photo credit Murad Osmann)
There are plenty of new and established Instagram users that will capture your imagination, much more than the typical selfie photos and pictures of restaurant meals. Stop by, have some fun, and see who these creative people are following. Maybe you’ll discover a new guilty pleasure! Instagram.