Spring is in the air | Printing your pictures

So as I crouch down in an awkward position trying not to tip over, camera in hand. I chase around a busy little honey bee, I stop to watch it munch away on some tasty pollen and think to myself. Without these little guys there would be no flowers, no plants. If there were no flowers what would I take pictures of?  These amazing little creatures do more than strike fear into the majority of the population; they keep the planet alive, or at least play a huge role in keeping us alive.

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Photo by Nicole Stratton

It’s a hot summer day and the buzz of the bees calm the air, while the flowers fill my view with bursts of colour. Purple lavenders are the focus of my photoshoot today as they are bee’s favorite snack, which I don’t blame them as they smell beautiful. Bees are probably one of the hardest things to take pictures of; they are so busy and focused on their honey that they don’t have time to stop and smile for my camera. So I suggest practicing awkward squats for long periods of time as well as fast movements and maybe swearing as one may get curious and come to check you out, but don’t worry honey bees and bumble bees are actually very submissive so there is nothing to be afraid of. A bee dies if it stings you so it will not sting you unless you provoke it to do so. Wasps on the other hand are often aggressive and are more likely to sting. Try not to get them mixed up when taking pictures; they especially do not like their pictures taken.

Photo by Nicole Stratton

It took me about a year to master this art and still I have days where I might spend hours upon hours with bees and go home with three good photos. But everyone has to start somewhere, and even if you only know how to turn your camera on and as long as it is in auto you know how to work it, that’s alright you’ll be able to take good photos.

With technology these days we tend not to think about printing but again with technology there is so many new ways to print. Metal is probably one of my favourite  things to print on, the pop of the colours will make your photos look so vibrant. Curved metal is great for your work place desk or your fireplace mantel. You can either throw it up on Facebook for the world to see or hold it in your hands to show it off at work or at home, to me that is worth it.

Submitted by Nicole Stratton

How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits

While I admit that summer is and always will be my very favourite season, fall is arguably the most photogenic one. The light is beautiful but rarely too intense for portraits, the sunsets are early and stunning, and the rich golden colours make the perfect backdrop to any photograph.

Whether you’re just snapping a few candids with your phone on a laid back fall walk, or taking your DSLR out for some family portraits, here are some tips to make the most of photographing this beautiful season.

1. Take advantage of fall fashion

We might not all want to be caught on film in our bikinis in July, but we’re all comfortable and picture-perfect in our sweaters, jeans, and scarves in October. Make sure everyone is wearing enough layers not to freeze, and opt for simple, comfortable outfits, livened up with accessories like bold scarves, cute hats, and tall boots.

How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
photo credit: Jack Fussell on flickr
How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
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How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
photo courtesy Emily MacKenzie

2. Catch the best light

With the quick changing of the seasons (at least way up north where we live), sunset always seems to take me by surprise this time of year. When planning an evening shoot, you can always check the Farmer’s Almanac for when sunset will happen in your area on your chosen day. Then I like to head out an hour earlier to catch the gradually fading light and, eventually, the beautiful colours of the sky. Unless you’re taking photos on a cloudy day, you may find the intense sunlight of earlier hours causes faces to be blown out or your subjects to be squinting.

How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
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How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
Photo credit: Lina Hayes on flickr
How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
photo credit: Vandan Desai on flickr

3. Have fun!

Carefully posed photos can look great, be flattering for everyone, and if done well, look surprisingly natural. But sometimes you just can’t beat a great candid photo. Run through the fallen leaves, jump in a pile of them, or just relax and watch the sunset. These little moments can create the best memories.

How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
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How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
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How to take stunning outdoor fall portraits
photo credit: Giacomo Carena on flickr

Got any other great tips to add? What are your all-time favourite autumn shots? Share below!