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  • Sleeping Beauties Newborns in Dreamland - Raver & Ryden

    Sleeping Beauties Baby Photography Book

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    “Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the Ribbons.”  Ruth Ann Schabacker One day I heard strange sounds in my living room. I discovered my housekeeper perusing “Sleeping Beauties – Newborns in Dreamland” by sisters Tracy Raver & Kelley Ryden. My normally quiet housekeeper had been drawn to my coffee table book provided by Seller’s Publishing for review.  She

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    Building a Custom Craftsman Home? Photograph Design Ideas

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    Before building a custom home, drive around communities with the particular home style that you love and shoot digital photos. Always have a camera available even if you only have a camera phone.  You never know when you will see a feature that you want to include in your design. We recently built a craftsman style home.  The above photo was part of

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  • Home Staging Tips for Online Photo Tours

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    Selling your home in a difficult market can be a challenge.  Most savvy home buyers browse online so your home’s virtual tour will either help attract buyers or drive buyers away.  In many cases, your house will be pre-sold if a buyer falls in love with your virtual tour. Realtors usually hire a professional photographer for their virtual tours.  Unfortunately

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  • Sunset Photography Tips

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    Being a night owl, you will only catch me taking sunset photos.  One time a friend dragged me to workout at 5 a.m. Came home and slept the rest of the day . . . ruined my day.  Have never made that mistake again. Sunset is one of the best times to capture vibrant photos with warm hues in the fading light. 

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  • How To Use SnagIt to Make An Outlook Vacation Postcard

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    SnagIt is great for capturing any image on your screen and pasting it in Word, Outlook or FrontPage.  You can even save your snagged images for uploading to a blog. Below are 4 simple steps to make the Florida vacation postcard in this article. Step 1 Display your image.  In this case, a picture of my golden retriever from his Florida vacation a few

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  • SnagIt Review – Techsmith Screen Capture Software

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    Online pictures are worth a thousand words when collaborating with graphic artists, programmers and business associates. Sure there is print screen but SnagIt is infinitely better.  For years, I have been a fan of this program.  SnagIt is always the first program loaded on any new computer of mine.  SnagIt Constantly Improves Just when you think this program can’t get better, Techsmith releases new

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  • Adobe Photoshop Tip – How to Change a Color Photo to Black and White

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    In the old days, professional photographers used both color and black and white film. Having your photos printed from colored film to black and white photos meant a special trip to a professional printer. Now with software advancements, changing a photo from color to black and white can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Photos that are

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  • How To Add A Screensaver Photo to Your Windows Desktop

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      Why have a boring Windows XP or Vista background when you can customize your Windows computer desktop? Our dog  waiting for us to throw his favorite ball is our screensaver at the moment.  During stressful days, the photo reminds us of great times at the lake with our best friend. Changing your desktop couldn’t be easier.  Here are the easy steps: Step 1: Find

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  • Blue Skies and Men in Trees

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    Whenever tree services come to our neighborhood, I always grab my Nikon D40 digital camera to take some pictures.  Men towering 30 feet in the air armed with chain saws against the backdrop of blue skies make beautiful photos.  Last week, we had a dead tree that barely missed our house and power lines so the electric company sent a

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  • Capturing Sunsets Nikonp80

    Capturing Sunsets With Nikon Coolpix P80

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    Sunsets make perfect photo opportunities because every 3 to 5 minutes each sunset dramatically changes color. Stay an hour on a beach or mountainside and wait for the sunset. You will witness a kaleidoscope of ever changing colors. Sometimes you will see striking orange colors and sometimes a lot of bluish hues. Always remember that every sunset is special and don’t use the flash since

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