How I Easily Put My DSLR Images on Instagram

I use Instagram a lot. I love it. I really like enjoy meeting new photographers on there and making friends. There are a lot of good things about Instagram. Plus it just gets a little addicting sometimes. Sometimes I think new photographers get a little intimidated and aren’t sure how to put their DSLR images on IG. Instagram was started to be just for phone pictures. But it has evolved and you will now see many photographers putting their pictures from their big girl camera up on IG. It’s fairly easy to do, but it could be a bit daunting at first. Let me show you how I do it.

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upload your images to flickr

It’s extremely easy to upload your images to Flickr. On the top right side there is a little cloud icon with an arrow pointing up. Click that and then click ‘choose photos and videos to upload’ and of course, choose the image you have in mind for uploading to Instagram. That’s all you need for this step.

go on your phone and open up the flickr app

Assuming that you have the Flickr app, open it up and click on the image you wish to post to Instagram. Now I click the share button, which is the one in between the word bubble and circle with an i in it. I click Save, and from there I usually choose the original size, but you can decide which size is the best for your IG feed.

head on over to instagram to post

And now, the super easy part, is to head over to Instagram to post your picture. I like to use an app called InstaSize that allows me to add a white border to my images. I personally don’t love the square crop, but it is a total preference on how you personally upload your images to IG and make your feed look. I like being consistent so I always use that app when uploading my images to IG and I also always use horizontal images to keep my feed looking the same.

That’s it! Super easy and literally takes me seconds. I usually upload my images to Flickr the night before and have plenty of images to pick from. Another way I have used in the past is uploading to my Facebook page first, and then downloading them on my phone. But I prefer my Flickr method because it is faster and easier. What are some ways you upload your images to Instagram? I’d love to hear! Are you a full time iPhone or phone shooter? I’d love to know that, too!

Letters to My Little One | 20 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

To my little peanut,

Can you believe it’s been 20 weeks already? We are half way there, little one. You are developing more + more and pushing out more + more. I can feel you kick every once in a while if I really focus. Daddy likes to push on my belly to see if you’ll respond, most of the time, I believe you do! Soon your kicks will get stronger and stronger. And perhaps you’ll even kick daddy back one of these days!

We’re so excited to see you next week on the big screen! You have no idea how excited we are. We get to see you for the first time and it’s going to be amazing. I have dreamed about this day for so long. And it’s finally almost here. Daddy is really excited, too. We keep reminding each other how many days until we get to see you. It’s going to be our little Valentine’s day gift. So, thank you, little one. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift!

I am most excited to see you kick and to hopefully recognize what it feels like when you do kick! The doctor told me last visit (way back at the beginning of January, can you believe that?) that some first time mom’s don’t recognize that they felt their baby kick until later in their first pregnancy. But, I know I’ve felt you kick. It feels like a pressure that I’ve never felt before, and it’s only gotten stronger over the weeks. I know it’s you saying hello to me.

You do keep me up at night, already! It’s so hard to find a comfortable position now, but I don’t blame you. My legs also cramp during the night which doesn’t make it any easier. I have a nice pillow that I use and that usually helps. I guess you’re just getting me ready for when you come into this world. I know I am going to have many sleepless nights once you get here, but I know it will be worth it. Because, little one, you are worth it. You’re worth everything! You’re worth the nausea, the exhaustion, the sleepless nights, you’re worth it. Because you are exactly what I wanted. I waited a longer time than I thought I would, and I am so happy you’re finally in my belly growing like a champ. Keep it up!

People are starting to notice you because you are getting so big. I smile proudly. I am not used to the size of my belly (and it’s not even that big yet!) but I smile because I know you’re in there, growing. I know you’re the reason my belly is getting bigger and bigger. I smile because you’re in there. Oh! I can’t wait to see you next week! You’re going to be so cute, I just know it!

We still have quite the journey ahead of us. 20 more weeks. But we’ve made it this far, little one, and I know we can make it the rest. Know that there are so many people here that already love you. I can’t wait to see you next week! I can already tell how perfect you are going to be, so keep growing! Keep maturing! Keep being perfect, little one.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

Blog Jar : Why Your Blog Needs One

Everyone needs a blog jar. It literally takes seconds to make and only costs about $5.00 – if that! I already had a jar lying around. I use jars for different things like storing my earrings/jewelry. They’re cute and easy to use. All you need to make a blog jar a success is a jar and pieces of paper. That’s it. You have a blog jar, now stuff it with ideas! I am in love with the idea of a blog jar and I have really enjoyed using it for my blog.

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A blog jar is a jar full of blog post ideas. This is great for those days where you literally can’t think of anything to do (I know we’ve all been there!).  After you have your jar all you need is pieces of paper and blog ideas.

Need help with ideas? Check out my 100 photography blog post ideas to get you started.

Having a blog jar will be one of the best investments you can make for your blog. It will make you a better blogger and, in turn, will help make your blog more successful. I have been using my blog jar and I am in love with it. It’s so easy to sit down, pull a slip of paper out of the jar, and write that post. I absolutely love it! Here are the reasons I came up with why a blog jar is so beneficial.

you’ll never run out of ideas

This is the best part. You get to refill the jar as you go. Think of a blog post? Write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. See a list of possible blog post ideas? Write down the ones that inspire you! You have no more excuses for not blogging. And it’s so easy.

keeps your blog interesting

You never know which piece of paper you’ll pull out. It keeps your blog interesting and allows you to have more variety in your posts. All good things. You want your blog to be spontaneous yet controlled, and the blog jar is the best way to do just that!

 

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encourages you to blog consistently

Do you ever find it hard to blog because you can’t think of anything to blog? Well, of course the blog jar would help with that! When you know you will always have something to blog about it will help you be more consistent in your blogging. Which in turn, will help you become a better blogger. Consistency is important when it comes to blogging.

it inspires you

It will help keep you inspired. Since it’s so spontaneous, you’ll have to get creative whenever you do pull out a new slip of paper. I know it’s kept me on my toes.

You will be so amazed the different posts you’ll be able to write now that you have a blog jar. Plus, they’re really cute. I hope this inspires you to create your own blog jar and to blog more consistently! Have a blog post that could be added to the jar? Post it in the comments below, I’d love to hear all about it.

 

5 Tips to Stay Inspired During the Winter Months

Winter months can be some of the hardest months for photography. If you’re like me, you might get a little unhappy when the sun doesn’t show up for days. I have to look for different ways to stay inspired. These tips will help you stay motivated in the winter months.

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I think one thing that really helps with winter photography is keeping it in mind when editing. My style is darker in general, so I didn’t really have to change it much. But winter months are dark. If your style is  usually bright, try mixing it up. You might like the result better.

All images in this post were taken with my Nikon D610 and my old 50mm 1.8 lens.

1. go on a photo walk

If it’s not too cold outside, go on a photo walk! It will boost your inspiration because you’ll be photographing new things. If it’s too cold, try to find an indoor location that you can photograph in. Like a museum or aquarium. There are endless possibilities!

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2. practice a photography technique

Light can sometimes be hard to find in the winter time. And bad light = no inspiration. Instead of focusing on light (like I usually do), focus on your composition. Focus on texture. Practice free lensing. Practice getting genuine smiles with your children. Practice your self portraits. There are so many different techniques you can practice while waiting for that yummy light to come back.

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3. shoot nature

Winter is the perfect time to take nature shots. Why? Because even dead things can be beautiful. And nature + snow = GORGEOUS! Plus you can always go and buy some flowers from the store to macro shoot. I also find that macro works best with soft light, that you so often get in the winter time. Window light on an overcast day can be soooo beautiful. Or even just an overcast day outside can be beautiful for nature shots.

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4. read photography material

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a ton of photography materials lying around just waiting for you to read. These photography materials could include a photography book, a Clickin Moms breakout or class material, or even catching up on your favorite blog! Maybe even some YouTube videos. Just pick something to read and then practice what you read!

5. seek the light, but don’t get discouraged when you can’t find it

I mentioned above how bad light = no inspiration. But, the opposite could actually be true! The weeks where there is nothing but overcast skies are the worst. But you can still get good light if you just seek it. OR if you still feel uninspired, you can always create your own light! I’ve gotten creative and used my car headlights in order to mimic that beautiful golden light. And it worked! Get creative and have fun with it.

What are some ways you like to stay inspired in the winter months? Share in the comments below!

Photo Walks : Why They Are Good For Your Photography

Everyone should take photo walks at least once a month. Grab a friend, a spouse, a sibling,  a child, and your camera, and go for that walk! Be sure to tell them ahead of time, so that they know why you’re stopping to capture that beautiful light! All images in this blog post were taken with my old Nikon 50mm 1.8D that also allows me to freelens. I love this lens and it creates the most beautiful bokeh.

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they help you see the beauty in things

When going for a walk in a new location, it helps you see the beauty in all things. You’ll be looking for the light. The texture. And you won’t be so focused on capturing a photograph perfectly. Photo walks are for you. For you to enjoy your photography and time with a loved one. For you to look around at the world that sometimes seems to be spinning too fast. They’re for you to slow down. Take your time. And just enjoy the beauty.

they allow you to experiment

Have you always wanted to try something new? Always wanted to photograph something new? A photo walk is perfect for that. You’ll be looking for unique things to photograph, which will allow you to experiment. Have you always wanted to freelens? Go for a photo walk and give it a try! Try blurring your images, see if you like the effect. Try photographing different textures that you wouldn’t normally photograph. Experiment and have fun!

 

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they help you relax

When I went for my walk, I had just got home from a long day at work. It was nice and exciting for me to go find the light and take pictures. It was relaxing to talk to my husband (and sister!) and to just have fun. Me + my husband + my camera = bliss. It made that long day at work totally worth it. So, take that photo walk and just relax.

they allow you to photograph something different

I know I was getting stuck in a rut. I would always go in my backyard and I was getting bored. I am pretty sure I’ve photographed all there is to photograph in my backyard. I needed new material. I simply went for a walk in my neighborhood, but I want to take a walk in my city to try and capture even different things. It’s nice to mix up your photos with new locations to help keep you inspired in your photography.

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they allow you to have fun

Probably the most important thing out there is to have fun with your photography. Photo walks help you have fun with your photography because of all the items listed above, but also because it’s just you and that camera. Nothing else matters! These photos are strictly for you, to please you, and no one else. You have your camera for a reason, I’m going to bet you actually like taking images with it! So why wouldn’t a photo walk be fun? If you’re getting bored and you’re uninspired, I highly recommend picking up your camera and going somewhere different.

Where are some of your favorite places to take a photo walk? Comment below!