Easy Camera Hacks That Will Turn You Into An Expert

Today I have a collaboration post from me and Wendy Dressler. Enjoy!

Experts believe that there was over 1.2 trillion digital photos taken in 2017 alone. This huge number is nearly twice as many photos as the amount taken in 2013. The biggest reason for this huge increase in photos being taken is mobile phones. There are billions of mobile phones across the planet and most of them are capable of taking photos.

While more people are taking photos than ever before, there is a good chance that most of the photos aren’t the highest of quality. Most people either don’t know the best ways to take photos or aren’t using the correct equipment to get the best shots. With that in mind, this article is going to look at some easy camera tips and hacks to turn you into an expert.

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Figure out Depth of Field
Depth of field is essentially what is in focus in an image, or the distance between objects in a photo that appear sharp. Some photos will only have a certain subject in focus with everything else being blurred. On the other hand, some will have everything in the photo appear in focus. If everything is in focus, you have a long depth of field and if not, the depth of field is shallow. 

As you could imagine, figuring out and controlling DoF is an important thing to master in photography. Messing around with it and figuring out what should be in focus in your shot can help you get some truly unique shots. You can alter and change the depth of field by changing your distance, as well as things like using a wide aperture. 

Use the Right Equipment
While all you need to take a photo is a digital camera or a phone, any professional photographer will tell you there is much more to the process. Camera peripheries and equipment is an incredibly large market with dozens of different products that range from a few dollars up to potentially thousands of dollars. 

Many of these types of equipment such as lenses, backdrops, tripods and more can be found in a variety of different stores, or find them online. If you are just starting out with photography, there is no need to purchase them all right away. Instead, experience with your photos and see what you could pick up that could improve them. There are also many apps, programs and pieces of software that can improve your photos, as well. 

Learn the Importance of Lighting
Of all the things that contribute to the success or failure of a photo, lighting is among the most important. Lighting not only dictates the brightness or darkness of a photo, but also the atmosphere or mood the photo conveys. As a result, different shots will call for different lighting. In order to get the right photo, you need to be comfortable playing around with different types of light.

Of course, you have different types of light (studio light, natural light etc…), but the direction of the light is equally as important. Each type of light (and it’s direction) will influence how the photo looks. Without truly learning how important lighting is, and making sure you get it right, becoming a photo-taking expert may prove difficult. 

Study the Work of Others
While you should never copy someone else’s photos exactly, looking to them for inspiration is perfectly fine. The internet is full of millions of different photos, and whatever your interests are, you’ll surely find photos relating to them. Pinterest, Instagram, or a simple Google search can provide you endless sources of inspiration.

You should look at the lighting, how the subjects are positioned, see if you can identify the equipment that is used and more. If you want to get better and be seen as an expert at something, taking time to learn and appreciate the art form you are trying to master is very important. And due to the internet, this has been made incredibly easy.

In conclusion, hopefully this article has helped you learn some great tips to improve your photography and camera skills.

Wendy Dessler is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
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7 beauty gadgets I can't live without

Beauty is one of my FAVORITE things to talk about, so today I am going to list my 7 beauty gadgets I can't live without. Truth be told, I could have just stopped at 5, but what fun would that have been?!

1. flat iron

I straighten my hair (well, at least my bangs) everyday, and I needed a flat iron that wouldn't kill my hair. I found the Paul Mitchell Neuro Smooth flat iron and fell in love. It's digital, has titanium plates, heats up rather quick, and will adjust the temp depending on your hair type.

2. Personal Microderm

I started using the PMD Microderm about at the beginning of 2018 and I have to tell you, using the device is smart, convenient, and effective. After using it, my skin glows, which makes me feel comfortable in my own skin. I mean it's crazy how much confidence I have right now!

3. Amika Blowout Babe thermal brush

I had my eye on this brush for a rather long time, and when I finally splurged on it, I was very surprised. It's not a dryer brush, but rather a heated brush that helps with smoothing and end curling. I use it in place of a flat iron, and it feels healthier on my hair. 

4. Foreo Luna Fofo

I'm a sucker for a good beauty gadget and the Foreo Luna Fofo is a great one, not only because it made an appearance on my 15 best beauty products of 2018, but because it's a great little tool. This little gal is just like the Foreo Luna Play, but it has advanced sensors that connect to the FOREO app to measure hydration, and provide an overview of your skin’s health. My skin always feels cleaner after I use it.

5. Eyelash curler

Any beauty gal will tell you that mascara ain't anything without an eyelash curler. I use one from Sephora, only because it is pink and was on sale when I bought it. Here's one that's similar.

6. Schick Intuition f.a.b. Womens Razor 

The first of it's kind, the FAB (Front and back) Razor can go forwards or backwards! Unique bi-directional blade cartridge shaves in both directions without lifting the razor from your skin, while advanced moisture gel provides an effortless glide.

7. Makeup brushes

Makeup brushes are my weakness- I own so many of them. From drugstore to high end, I have a brush for everything imaginable with makeup application. My current favorite are brushes from It Cosmetics.

What would be on your list of beauty gadgets you couldn't live without? Tell me!

15 best beauty products of 2018

Trying out new beauty products is my favorite thing to do, and sharing those products with you is my second favorite thing to do. 2018 was a rather fruitful year for me in terms of beauty products. I switched to being more conscious of what I was buying and gravitated towards vegan and cruelty-free products; and I only bought what I needed. Today I am rounding up 15 of the beast beauty products that I tried in 2018 and LOVED! BONUS: they are ALL cruelty free! Oh yeah!

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With titanium plates that deliver perfect, even heat in seconds, the iron has an adjustable temp control that heats up to 450F in 30 seconds, an auto shut-off, and a SmartSense microchip for lightning-fast heat recovery-fewer passes for smooth results.

This stuff not only smells amazing, but it is thickening and makes my fine, flat hair feel like it has volume. 

A must have for chemical treated hair, this stuff seals the cuticle and protects against heat and UV. It can be used wet or dry. 


A hybrid complexion cream that instantly and completely blurs imperfections, evens out the skin tone, and doesn't look overdone. I love how this stuff feels lightweight and makes my face look amazing! 

A Limited-edition eye and cheek palette features 12 matte and radiant eyeshadows plus a one-of-a-kind ombré blush... the colors are BEAUTIFUL and the formula feels so soft on my eye lid.

Not only does the formula feel like butter, but it spreads like it too!

I'm a mom and I work full-time so sometimes it's hard for me to get the sleep I need; and my eyes show it. This eyeliner helps brighten my eyes and makes me look awake. 


This little beauty is just like the Foreo Luna Play, but it has advanced sensors that connect to the FOREO app to measure hydration, and provide an overview of your skin’s health. I love the clean feeling that I get from it.

Made locally in Indiana, this facewash is worth the money. It is organic and natural, cleans off my make up, and makes my face feel clean! It also smells so good!!

Sometimes my face gets oily, and I need a mattifier... this stuff is amazing! It's great to add to a tinted moisturizer, because I get twice the moisture and a beautiful color. 

Not only does this feel good on my face, it also moisturizes, gives a glowy finish, and leaves my face looking radiant!

I love a good cleanser and this one makes my face feel so smooth with its natural fruit exfoliant.

An all-in-one repair salve that you can use practically anywhere on your body. It is soooo moisturizing and smells yummy!


A formula that gently corrects any nail imperfection, providing an incredibly smooth and even foundation. It gives me a nice base to paint my nails.

Not only does the formula go on smooth, but it's on the thicker side meaning that it stays on the nail and not on my fingertips. My current favorite color is Dress Code.

Did you discover any new beauty products in 2018?

Letter from the Editor: January

Ah, it feels so good to be back. After taking a little hiatus, I am finally back on the blogging train. Did you miss me? Well, I hope so!

Since it's a new year, I am going to get back to my "letters from the editor", which is something that I write each month and it tells you about what is going to go on around these parts, my goals for the month, any blogging news, and of course, give you a run down of what is to come :)

2018 Recap

For me, 2018 was an ok year. There were some really great points and some really low points, but overall it was a good year.  

  • In March, I was fired from a job that I loved.
  • In April, we lost a close friend.
  • In May, we got 6 baby chickens and then after some interviews, I started a new job at the end of the month. 
  • In August, my son started 2nd grade and I started on my second master's degree- this time in ABA
  • In September, the hubby and I celebrated 9 years of being married, I saw The Offspring (my FAVORITE band), and my son turned 8.
  • In October, we celebrated Halloween with my son being Freddy Kruger
  • In December I put in my two weeks and moved on to a position more closer to home, ended the semester with two Bs, saw my bestie, took family pictures, and tried alligator for the first time. 

My biggest blog posts of the year were:

So, on to THE new year.... and the many things that I want to do around these parts...I love the newness of a fresh year. It's like a blank notebook just waiting to be written in.

My seven goals for January are:

1. Organize all of my pictures on my computer
I am an avid picture taker and every time I need space on my computer, I just upload a bunch of pictures to my computer. And they are not organized- they are labeled with the date. So, a big goal is to organize those pictures into the right folders.

2. Draft and publish three blog posts
I have been neglecting this here blog for sometimes now and it's time to shift my focus to it. My goals is to write three blog posts: one beauty, one about tech, and one about mental health; it may end up being two about beauty and one about tech, but I'm not 100% yet.

3. Film and upload one video to YouTube
It's a little known fact that I have a YouTube channel.... and I post lifestyle videos. This time I want to make a beauty favorites video, so we'll see where that one goes.

4. Use my planner for one month
I am not in the habit of using my planner, but I do think that if I commit to it for one month, it will become a habit. Maybe. Well, I hope so anyways.

5. Post at least 5 times a week to Instagram
Instagram is my FAVORITE social media platform, and just like blogging, I have been lacking in the picture department. I want to grow my following, so the best way to do that is to post!

6. Post at least once a week to Facebook
I don't know why I don't post to Facebook more frequently, but I don't. Not this month, though!

7. Post one sponsored post
I used to do sponsored posts all the time, but I have gotten out of it for some reason. Sponsored posts make me money. Yes- you can make money blogging. So I am going to go full throttle with my networks and get me some money.

Well, that's all folks! Thanks for listening/reading and I will see you soon!

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