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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gather Together, Take Photos

Happy Thanksgiving to all readers! It is hard to believe that it is Thanksgiving already -- soon December, Christmas, and 2010! Where did 2009 go?

Two years ago on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I posted a blog with a couple recipes. As I type this post -- I have that same pound cake in the oven (well not the same cake -- but the same recipe). It is a great cake and one that we have at many family holiday events. It was my father-in-law's favorite. I am thinking we will have ours with vanilla ice cream and fried apples & cranberries. I love fried apples and this time of year it is wonderful to mix in fresh cranberries.

The cookbook is at my printer and will be ready for purchase by December 5.

As you get together with family and friends -- get out the cameras and take plenty of photos. Watch your backgrounds -- busy backgrounds steal the show from your subject. If you have subjects prone to red eye -- and yes some people are more prone than others -- here are a few tips.
  • use your red eye reduction feature on your camera
  • turn on more lights in a room
  • if you can, bounce your flash off of the ceiling rather than pointing it directly at the subject
  • have your subject not look directly at the flash/camera
  • you, the photographer, stand near a light source
Red eye is caused by the dilated pupil. The more ambient light or having the subject look at a light source can contract the pupil and minimize the chance. If this is not possible -- redirecting the flash or having the subject not look directly at the flash can also be a remedy.

Red eye is common. White eye is not. Anytime you get a white reflection instead of red, you need to have a doctor check out that subject.


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