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Kristen Prelipp-Oguntoyinbo

10 Things All Photo Geeks Must Know – Part 2

This is the second part of a new series about photography called, “Ten Things All Photo Geeks Must Know.” It is for the more serious amateur photographer who shoots with a digital camera. These ten tips are the basis for a solid foundation in photography. Once you have these skills in your proverbial camera bag you will be able to advance quickly. Some of the posts will apply to film cameras as well but I am writing this series with an aspiring digital photo geek in mind.   Tip Two- What is an Aperture?   An aperture is to...

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Ode to a Lenten Rose

In January there is not much for a gardener to do, but at the very least you can admire one of my favorite plants, the Lenten rose, or Hellebores. Named for the time that it normally blooms, it has begun its show early this year. I am not a winter person. I tend to hibernate in my home with all the lights on to get through the cold and dark months. I think I have come to love hellebores for the fact that its blooming signals that spring is close at hand. Well, not this year! My Lenten roses...

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Harvesting Books on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Last week I was keeping my ears and eyes open for a great photo story to tell and happened to hear about a wonderful organization called Book Harvest. The founder of Book Harvest, Ginger Young, was being interviewed on WCHL by Ron Stutts about their MLK Day Book Drive. This organization, which is only one-year-old, has successfully collected and distributed 35,000 books to low-income children in its first year alone. Suzanne DeConto, an Americorp volunteer, reads a book to Sophie O’Malley and Lila Ashdown, both four-years-old, at Book Harvest’s book drive at Flyleaf Books on Monday, January 16, 2012....

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Ten Things All Photo Geeks Must Know!

I am so excited to announce a new series about photography called, “Ten Things All Photo Geeks Must Know.” It is for the more serious amateur photographer who shoots with a digital camera. These ten tips are the basis for a solid foundation in photography. Once you have these skills in your proverbial camera bag you will be able to advance quickly. Some of the posts will apply to film cameras as well but I am writing this series with an aspiring digital photo geek in mind. Tip One- What is a Histogram? A histogram is a bar graph...

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How to Better Photograph Your Family- Tip Eight

This is the eighth in an eight-part series created for the amateur family photographer. These tips are simple, quick things you can do to vastly improve the photos you take. TIP 8: DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOU As the self-designated family photographer you have been faithfully recording your family’s history for years. But are you in any of the photographs? I am quite sure the answer is no as you are most often behind the camera. Perhaps you took on this role because you hate to be photographed. Whatever your reason, you owe it to your family to include yourself....

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December Gardening

You may think there is nothing to do in the garden in December as the weather is bleak and the plants are dormant. But this time of year is wonderful for buying bushes, planting bulbs and keeping poinsettias in your home.  First I will tell you about some bushes that would be a great gift for the gardener in your life. This time of year is the best time to plant bushes. We tend to get a lot of rain in December and January so once you plant your bush you won’t have to be as vigilant about watering....

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Great Photo Gift Ideas

Today I visited Southeastern Camera in Carrboro to find out the best gifts to buy for the photo geek in your life. We all have one in our family or circle of friends. They are hard to find at times as they are often hidden behind a camera or are in front of a computer screen for hours at a time, but we love them all the same! Chris Johnson at Southeastern Camera pulled out five items that have been big sellers this year. $169.99 Action Life Media has created an ergonomic grip for iPhones. There is a whole...

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How to Better Photograph Your Family- Tip Seven

This is the seventh in an eight-part series created by me, Kristin Prelipp Oguntoyinbo, for the amateur family photographer. These tips are simple, quick things you can do to vastly improve the photos you take. TIP 7: HAVE A PLAN.   If you are the self-designated family photographer you work hard at faithfully recording all the family events. But what good are all of these photographs if you don’t have a plan for them? Do they just sit lonely and unattended on your camera? Or on your hard drive? First, I will give you a solid, easy plan for...

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The Great Shoot Out in the Garden

On Sunday, October 9th, Kidzu Museum of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is hosting the Great Shoot Out of 2011 at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. What’s the Great Shoot Out? The Great Shoot Out is a fun way to get a professional portrait by one of North Carolina’s kid-friendliest photographers for a great deal! Sessions can feature up to seven people, dogs, cats and what/whoever else you’d like to have in a snappy photo. All funds benefit the amazing programming at Kidzu Children’s Museum. I am one of the professional photographers who will be on hand that day. What fun...

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How to Head Swap

Even for a professional photographer it can often be challenging to get a great family portrait in which each person looks good. Perhaps one subject looks perfect in one frame but the other subject is scowling. Next frame brings the same problem but in reverse. The solution is to do a head swap! No, a head swap is not a medieval torture or a new yoga move, it is just an innocuous technique in Photoshop to save an almost great family photo.   My background is in photojournalism so at first this felt wrong to do this. A newspaper photographer...

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