Something for you to enjoy!

I’ve taken a longer break than usual. So here’s a pretty photo for you to enjoy!

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Look! It’s Kim playing her horn!

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Month of Light #5- “Rachel’s Guide to Having a Not-Awful Facebook Photo”

Okay. I’ve always been kind of a snob when it comes to Facebook photos, especially profile pictures. I’m not going to lie, when I see people change their profile pictures multiple times a day (not kidding), I’m like… “Dude. What are you doing?” Typically the photos are super blurry, poorly lit, and have pretty awful composition. (Yup. I’m a photography snob.) And yes, this post is pretty much all photos of me on a journey to get a good photo. Enjoy the ride!

First thing’s first- typical photos from my generation.

4-5-2I was having a bit of fun here. Either way, when I was a young lass in my myspace days, I took my share of mirror shots. But even then I liked the photos to be inverted so it actually looked like me and not my evil twin.

This being my evil twin:

4-5-1Yuck- look how yellow it is. Let’s get some better lighting in this place.

4-5-3Wait a second- I have a camera! Why aren’t I using that? Most phones have pretty decent cameras, especially iPhones and other smart phones, so my call/text only phone is probably not a good example of phone pictures. Anyway, if you have a camera- even just a point-and-shoot- you can get great shots.

4-5-4Alright, next up-you’re taking a profile picture of yourself. Shouldn’t you be the main focus?

4-5-6I was being a dork for this photo I guess! Either way, all SLR cameras are good for manual settings, and even newer point-and-shoots allow for moderate adjustments. Clearly in this photo, I have the shutter speed too low and the ISO speed too high. Again, being a camera snob, I hate using the “auto” setting on my camera, but it’s really up to the user.

4-5-7Oh no- it’s blurry! I hate blurry photos- unfortunately, my main senior photo from high school is slightly blurry, and I didn’t notice it until I had selected it. It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine now.

4-5-8Another thing to keep in mind is the composition- I’ve cut my chin off, and my cabinet in the background is throwing off the photo. Don’t let something like that ruin a good photo!

4-5-9I’m not really one for editing- I think it takes away the integrity of the photo. I do mild edits, such as color enhancement or blemish removal, as I’m doing here in my favorite online program- picmonkey.com.

And voila- a pretty decent profile picture.

4-5I know, I know, I’m a snob about photos! Haha. Hopefully that helped a little bit…. Or inspired you to take new photos. I feel like people who think they don’t look good in photos just haven’t figured out yet how to take them. Maybe it’s just me. I dunno. Anyway that’s all, have a great day!