I Take Terrible Photographs, How Can I Take Better Pictures?

How How Can I Take Better Pictures?


Those of you that have followed me for a while know I am a horrible photographer.  Simply awful.  I cut off heads, my pictures are blurry because I move at the last second, and the lighting is always wrong … to name but a few of the problems with my picture taking skills.   I can combat some of those problems by taking two or three shots of the same still life (not kidding), and photo editing programs have helped me center, take out redeye, clarify, etc., or my pictures would be even worse (if you can believe that!).

Sonny-boy has a great photography-eye.  Hubby and I tried to talk him into making it a minor years ago, but he wasn’t interested.  Maybe the old “if it is work it isn’t fun” theory applied?  I recall handing the camera over to Sonny-boy when he was as young as eight to take photos at family events and on vacation. It used to floor strangers who walked up to us and handed over their camera while requesting that either I, or my ex-husband, take their group photo, and instead we would hand the camera over to the kid.

We’d always reassured people that it was better this way, he has a real “eye” and we would also assure them that Sonny-boy’s photo would probably be their best one!  I always wished for contact info (this was before the days of prevalent email) to find out if they were happy with the picture(s) Sonny-boy took, but never was nervy enough to ask.  Based on what he did for us, I am sure those pics were pretty darned good.

So, any suggestions on how I can take better pictures?  I do not have an astigmatism, so that isn’t an excuse.  I bought a few light-boxes to set up a more controlled space, and now I am wondering if a new camera (ok a camera that isn’t point and shoot or my phone) is something I should look into? How important is camera equipment to a good photograph?  Hubby took the picture below during our Florida trip that is so fabulous, it looks Photoshopped.  It was taken with his blackberry!

Florida Vacation Pictures


Yup, with a blackberry!

Maybe I really am the world’s worst photographer and there is nothing that can be done?

Were you a terrible photographer who managed to turn it around? How’d you do it? Or have you always been able to take decent pics?  What (midpriced) cameras would you recommend for a total photospaz?  On the one hand I don’t want to waste money on something that isn’t going to help me, on the other hand, maybe I need to upgrade from my Droid to get better – or at least clearer – pictures?

I truly take terrible photographs, how can I take better pictures? Any help would be appreciated!

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Back By Popular Demand – Email Notification Of Comment Replies

Email Notification Of Comment Replies


Back by popular demand – email notification of comment replies!

Email Notification Of Comment Replies


When you commented on a post on Coupons, Deals and More, you automatically received follow-up email to those comments. This was wonderful for a Sunday Morning Shopping post, but horrible on contest posts. Of course you want to see what everyone else bought and know immediately if you should run out for that deal, but you didn’t really need 500 email with people saying “thanks for the chance” on a holiday contest.

Eventually Didi figured out a way to manage those subscriptions and allow an opt-out, but without access to her instructions, it was difficult to find out how to manage your subscriptions.

Email Notification Of Comment Replies


So, when it was requested that email notifications for post replies be brought back, I wanted the ability to manage the post immediately.

Email Notification Of Comment Replies


This subsequent comment email notification plugin should easily allow you to manage your subscriptions. It is at the bottom of every post you comment on, so if you want reply comments emailed to you, just make sure that is enabled after your first reply. If you do not want email replies, make sure that is disabled for that post.

You must reply to a post to receive email notifications for post replies. If you reply to this post and want comments, you will not get the email notifications for post replies on any other post – unless you replied to that other post too. It is based o your comments as the plugin assumes a reply equals interest.

Please let me know if the plugin isn’t working correctly at anytime. I chose this plugin based on reviews and the fact that you could immediate manage your subscriptions without hunting for the information. I liked that option, and I hope you do too!


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Why Is It So Hard To Open A Jar?

Why Is It So Hard To Open A Jar?


I was attempting to open a jar the other day. I banged it on the counter. I tapped it against the kitchen counter. I used a flexible jar opener. I ran the jar under hot water, and then used a towel to try and open it. That actually worked, but you have to figure the 47 other things I tried must have loosened it up.

Now, I am not elderly. Ok, maybe a 10 year old would consider me elderly. Possibly a 15 year old. But I doubt many in their twenties would consider me elderly; to them I am just old. I am a middle aged woman without any arthritis issues, and I could not open this freaking jar!!

Which brings me to my original question: why is it so hard to open a jar? And, how do the elderly open any jars? The hot-fill pasteurizing process does ensure freshness and block disease and rot, but couldn’t there be a happy medium? A jar that ensures freshness, blocks air preventing disease and rot, and allows people to opened the darned thing would make someone a bazillionaire! It would be as useful (probably more so) than inventing an alternative for oil.

Do you have any easy-open tips for opening jars?

(For those wondering, no that is not me. I bought the photo at istock.)

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