10 Tips for Great Flower Photography

Written by Ken Henderson

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5. Control your depth of field. If you are photographing a single flower with a busy background then use a wide aperture to selectively focus onrepparttar flower and blur outrepparttar 134935 background. Conversely, if you are photographing a field of flowersrepparttar 134936 use a smaller aperture setting to bring most, if not allrepparttar 134937 flowers into focus. If your camera has a depth of field preview then this isrepparttar 134938 time to use it.

6. Look forrepparttar 134939 unusual. Some examples would be snow or ice on a flower, A flower growing out of concrete or even a dead flower that has an interesting look.

7. Donít put your camera away just because itís cloudy or looks like a storm is coming. Colors really pop at this time and you can get some amazing photographs in these conditions. I have even photographed in rainy and foggy weather with great results. Be sure to use a tripod and keep your gear dry.

8. On a bluebird sunny day, softenrepparttar 134940 harsh contrasty light by placing a diffusion screen betweenrepparttar 134941 flower you are photographing andrepparttar 134942 sun. You can purchase a portable diffusion screen or use something you have on hand. You can completely blockrepparttar 134943 sun and put your flower in shade, then redirect some light back onrepparttar 134944 flower with a reflector. This reflector can be a commercially made reflector or just something reflective like a white T-shirt or a piece of foam core. Another photographic technique would be to use fill flash. If your camera has an automatic fill flash function then give it a try. Experiment withrepparttar 134945 lighting ratio if your camera will let you changerepparttar 134946 flash output. I find reflectors to be a better option then fill flash most ofrepparttar 134947 time.

9. Photograph your flowers from different angles. Shoot straight down, fromrepparttar 134948 side, fromrepparttar 134949 underneath, just change it up a little.

10. Have fun with it. Donít be afraid to experiment and try different things. Once you think you haverepparttar 134950 photograph inrepparttar 134951 bag, get wacky with it!

Ken is a long time photo enthusiast who decided to publish a web site www.explore-photography.com after many of his favorite photography magazines stopped or reduced thier articles on photography techniques and started focusing on product reviews.

9 Steps to Soapmaking Success

Written by Lisa Maliga

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Step 3: Forrepparttar double boiler method, putrepparttar 116362 soap inrepparttar 116363 top level and melt, stirring occasionally. Add a piece of color if using Color Nuggets, fromrepparttar 116364 prepackaged colors youíve bought. Powdered colors arenít highly recommended for glycerin soap, as theyíre more difficult to mix. Cosmetic grade liquid colors can be used. Step 4: Oncerepparttar 116365 color is melted itís time to addrepparttar 116366 fragrance. Use 1 teaspoon and let your nose be your guide. Underscenting will cause your soap to be less aromatic after a few months. Adding a little more scent is okay. Step 5: Pour your soap intorepparttar 116367 mold. For this recipe you need a 4.5-cup capacity mold. A rectangular shape is preferred. Step 6: You can let your soap harden at room temperature, or you can put it intorepparttar 116368 freezer for about 30-60 minutes. Freezingrepparttar 116369 soap speeds uprepparttar 116370 process and allowsrepparttar 116371 soap to pop out ofrepparttar 116372 mold easier. Step 7: Itís time to see your first successful chunk of handmade Melt and Pour glycerin soap. You can tell itís ready when:repparttar 116373 mold is cool and it easily pulls away fromrepparttar 116374 soap. Release it onto a wax paper-covered surface. Cover it with more wax paper and a paper towel. You should allow it to return to room temperature before using it. Itís advised to let it sit for 24 hours forrepparttar 116375 fragrance oil to settle. Step 8: Cuttingrepparttar 116376 soap can be done with a large knife. This recipe yields approximately 6 bars, depending onrepparttar 116377 thickness. Planerepparttar 116378 rough edges and traces of white filmy popped bubbles with a paring knife. These will be more noticeable on darker colored soap. Step 9: Wraprepparttar 116379 pieces with a cling wrap. The generic cling wrap is better. Pricier cling wraps donít allowrepparttar 116380 aroma to be smelled, as theyíre too thick.

Make a label for your soap if youíll be giving it to someone for a special occasion like Christmas, birthdays, a wedding or anniversary, a promotion, etc. You should listrepparttar 116381 ingredients.

Lisa Maliga, owner of Everything Shea Aromatic Creations http://www.everythingshea.com offers a fragrant selection of designer shea butter glycerin soaps, exclusive Whipped Shea Butter, & unique SoapCakes to personalize for gifts or promotions.

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