Photo Frames – Helpful In Preserving Vast Memories

Some people think one photo is sufficient to recollect their best moment despite the fact that they are in possession of a DVD. Such is the profound effect of these photos that people like to display them in their house so that they do not have to undergo through a tortuous drill, for instance, of playing the DVD.

Availability of these in numerous styles and designs suits them when they decide to buy one such item keeping in mind home décor of their house. They just love to display such a frame at vintage points of their living room, bedroom, study room, or even toilets! Though mention of the word ‘toilet’ may sound a little weird on the face of it, but this is not the case. For instance, a buyer can hang his photo when he was caught peeing in school compound!

With a hectic life and busy work schedule, not everyone finds time either to narrate the entire story nor is it feasible. Therefore, choosing picture framing seems to be the best option with such people.

Resorting to picture framing gives people an opportunity to make viewing more attractive so that it can catch imagination of the viewers. This is especially effective at a time when drawings of various kinds such as horses, dogs, birds, kittens and butterflies can with heart of people viewing them. The market is flooded with them that do not come with those haunting border placed around your best nostalgic and enchanting moments. Under these circumstances, opting for something cheery and bright will work wonders for you.

Whenever people choose one, their ultimate aim is to make others smile and in a way they want to be very close to their creation. Selection of dull, dark and drab make people refrain from saying anything good about it. Therefore, it is advisable you should pay special attention to its design, color, layout or type. Essential factors that can help you achieve your ultimate objective of buying such a frame. Remember – only putting best photograph or picture is not enough to get its desired result. It is in this regard that it can enhance its beauty and look,

Photo Tip – Why You Need A Fill Light In Portrait Photography!

In the last few photo tips articles, we have been discussing portrait photography lighting patterns… Short, broad, split, the loop pattern, Rembrandt and finally the butterfly lighting pattern. Today’s photo tip is about controlling the pattern’s shadows with a fill light.

Each of our patterns has their good and bad points and will be perfect for some faces and terrible for others. If you haven’t done any experimenting to master them, I suggest you make that your weekend project!

These patterns are essential building blocks to mastering portrait photography.

As photographers, we tend to concern ourselves with light, almost to the exclusion of everything else – but shadows are just as important! In fact, each of the lighting patterns we’ve been discussing is named for the type of shadow the light source casts!

This lighting pattern series has been all about building them with one light – the main (or key) light – and how to position it to get the lighting pattern most pleasing for any specific facial type.

While it doesn’t matter what sort of light it is, it could be a studio flash, the sun, a window, a reflector even nothing more than a flashlight – it is important to have the shadows to add depth and life to our portrait photography.

But, when we look at portraits done by professional photographers, we note that they almost always have more than one light source. Typically they have three and as many as five or six!

Why? And how do we know when more lights are needed and where to put them?

Again, it all goes back to the shadows!

Suppose you are using a short lighting pattern to help visually narrow the subject’s face. This works because – visually – shadows tend to recede and lit areas come forward. Since the shadow is closest to the camera, it makes the face look thinner.

But, the color and depth of a shadow can impart emotions and feelings into a portrait that we don’t want! If we are using one light, we will have a sharp line dividing the highlight and shadow areas and we lose all the detail in the shadow area.

The shadowed area can be very dark – which if we want a lot of drama and emotion in our portrait, that’s a good thing… but what if we don’t want all the drama? Obviously, we need to lighten the shadow, while still maintaining our slimming light pattern.

To do this we add a second light. This is called the “fill light”. It’s named for the fact that this light fills in the shadows!

With a fill light, we can now have total control over the shadows! We can turn it off and have totally black shadows or we can turn it up and have the shadows virtually disappear – and anything in between!

Note: if we have the same amount of light intensity on the fill light as the main light the shadows are gone. If we have MORE light on the fill light, it will cast a shadow on the (previously) lit side. If it does this, it becomes the main light and the other one is the fill light. In other words the fill light is always of equal or lesser intensity than the main light.

To get an understanding of the fill light and what it does, look through your favorite magazines and first try to determine the lighting pattern, then where the main light was positioned and whether or not they used a fill light. If they did use one, why? If not – why not?

In portrait photography, the depth of the shadow is as important as the quality of the light and will make a huge impact on your viewer’s perceptions. We control the depth with a fill light.

Use today’s photo tip to start thinking about how you can use lighting patterns and a fill light in your portrait photography to start controlling your viewer’s emotions – and you will be on the way to consistently winning photo contests.

How To Become A Social Media Butterfly

Many are those who associate branding with large corporations like McDonalds and Nike and many other giants. Actually this is how it was before the digital age. Social media reshaped the branding landscape within online marketing. Social Media is now reaching a vast number of consumers that is giving them the opportunity to interact with the brand. Technology has given the means to small businesses and entrepreneurs to brand themselves in the vast ocean of social media without spending an extravagant amount of money.

Social networks are more about what consumers say about you or your brand other than what you say about your company. Through social media you establish authority, create trust through interactions, content and visibility. Most online marketers unfortunately close themselves into their cocoon and stay away from becoming the butterfly in social media. If you want to be known then brand yourself and social media is the right platform to do so.

Many use their legal name to brand. Others go beyond and choose any other word or company name. Choose whatever works for you best. What is most important is that you always use the same name on every social media page. This way you build an identity that is consistent and one that consumers will recognize.

Create accounts on sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, StumbleUpon, YouTube and other industry specific sites. You must always communicate your message through all your selected social media. However they must direct all your followers or fans to one central online presence like your blog or website. Your blog is yours and here is where you are in total control. All social network sites can change their rules of engagement as they please while you are the only one in control of your site. This is where the consumers get to know you better. This is where you nourish the trust within your followers.

Your site must provide interesting and fresh content to your followers. You must keep them coming back for more. Transform yourself into an information hub providing your followers valuable information. The more stuff you share, the more likely it is you will be passed around in their network using social media functions like Retweet on Twitter or Share on Facebook. Content will always be king in any type of media. Spice up your content by adding photos, pod-casts and videos. Choose what is best for your community.

Another good source to use social media for your personal brand is by joining online groups and communities and participate in online discussions or start a discussion yourself. In whatever you do always mention your brand at least in your signature. Do not be intrusive with your brand though. Keep your message subtle and soft. Be active in online communities in your industry related blogs and networks.

I always recommend organizing yourself systematically. Plan your week so you do not feel lost of what you have to do next. Dedicate a time or a day for content creation, for social media, for blog communities, for writing the script for your next video or podcast, to learn something new and also time to relax. After all, every butterfly stops to rest to observe the surroundings and regain the energy to fly again over more colorful flowers. There is nothing to be shy of in branding yourself. You have your qualities your knowledge and above all you have yourself that makes you unique. Take off to your flight in social media as you are a unique butterfly.

I wish you a great day – you deserve it.

Joseph Cale
Cale Mindset

Butterfly Wings and Fairy Tales Are Made For Little Girls

There’s nothing most little girls love more than to feel like a fairy princess. Whether it is the whimsical decor of their rooms or the adorable accessories they wear, such as tutus and butterfly wings, little girls just love to be little girls. Some of the most popular themes for children’s room decor revolve around butterflies, ladybugs, bumblebees, and flowers, with a bit of glitter and sparkle thrown in for extra magical effect and to inspire the imagination.

Butterfly room décor is perhaps one of the most magical and whimsical ways to decorate a nursery or young girl’s bedroom. A butterfly nursery creates a light, airy and uplifting feel that is sure to stimulate baby while creating a beautiful and restful place for baby to sleep and play. From glittering butterflies dangling from the ceiling, to colorful flowers and perhaps the baby’s name spelled out in alphabet letters on the wall, butterfly décor creates a feminine and lighthearted feel.

Butterfly decorations do not only add a sense of beauty and magic to nurseries and little girls rooms, but can create that extra special touch anywhere that a bit of whimsy is needed. Of course, a butterfly bedroom is filled with wonder and a bit of the fairy princess that lives in every little girl, but dainty nylon butterfly and flower decorations are also the perfect accessory to decorate a baby or bridal shower party, a garden themed party, or even an outdoor wedding. Sure, most people think of little girls waving their magic wands around with butterfly wings on their back when they think of butterfly decorations, but the fact is that even as we grow, a set of butterfly wings or a dainty butterfly decoration evokes a sense of magic in all of us.

Another popular bedroom décor theme for little girls centers around the garden. While butterfly decor can evoke its own magical or fairy princess theme, it can also work well with a garden theme. Other items like flowers, dragonflies, bumblebees, and ladybug decorations can inspire a little girl’s bedroom with color, charm and a feminine feel that little girls love. There’s no end to a child’s imagination and decorating their rooms with these whimsical decorations serves to inspire creative play and makes them feel like they are living like a fairy princess in their own magical land.

In addition to room decor, butterfly wings, tutu skirts and fairy wands top many a little girl’s list when it comes to desired dress up clothes. When a little girl puts on a butterfly costume, she doesn’t simply become a butterfly. With her nylon butterfly wings she feels as if she can fly like a fairy or an angel. Add to that a beautiful pastel colored nylon tutu and she really feels like she’s transformed into a character from a storybook. Imagination soars when children put on a pair of fairy or butterfly wings and a tutu, or wave a fairy wand. Not only do children look adorable in these costumes and dress up clothes (and are deserving of many a photo taken by mom or dad!), but accessories like tutus, fairy or butterfly wings, and wands inspire the imagination and result in hours of uninhibited creative play.

When it comes to bringing out creativity and inspiration in little girls, whether it’s the dress up clothes they wear when they play or the decorations that grace their rooms, there’s nothing like decorative items and accessories that are inspired by nature and sprinkled with a bit of glitter, sparkle and fairy dust to create some magic.