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3 DSLR photography tips for the indoor photos you want

On Mom365, I am sharing my top 3 DSLR photography tips for great indoor photos that will have you getting creative indoors, no matter the weather outside.

1) Get out of auto

This doesn’t mean you have to shoot fully in manual. I recommend starting with Aperture Priority. This will allow you to crank your ISO up to the maximum if necessary, giving you better results indoors. If your DSLR is older, this might mean ISO 1600. Most newer DLSR will let you to ISO 3200 or 6400 or higher.

You’ll also want to open up your aperture so your camera doesn’t need as much light, which means a lower f-stop number. Your kit lens will probably go to f/4.5 or f/3.5.

See lesson 5 of the Photosanity Workshop or check out Stop Missing the Moment if you need more help learning how to do this.

2) Get a prime lens

As I mention above, your kit lens will open up to f/4.5 or f/3.5, but a prime lens could take you to f/1.8 or wider, giving you better low light capabilities.

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What to do if your iphone gets lost or stolen

It happened to me. My iphone was stolen right out of my hands on the streets of NYC.

Read about how it happened and learn what you can do to protect your iphone - and your memories - if your favorite device is ever lost or stolen.

I share my 6 steps for how to protect your iPhone in case it gets lost or stolen. Steps 4 and 5 are essential in order to protect your photos.

1) Always get the insurance

Luckily my phone was insured, but to be honest, it was a spur of the moment decision at the time of purchase, and when my phone was stolen, I couldn’t remember which way I had decided until I was able to check with my carrier after the theft.

Get all 6 steps on Mom365.


Packing list must-haves for photo-friendly vacations

Whether you are headed for the beach or the slopes, I'm sharing your packing list must-haves for a photo-friendly vacation.

From camera gear like lenses and straps to iPhone apps and photo-ready outfits, get my complete list of what to pack for capturing the moment on your next family vacation.

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Parent photo tip - make the most of the walk home from school (sibling photos week 5/52)

Last week I shared with you my “in the snow” photos… but even after the sidewalks are shoveled and everyone is back at school, there are still great opportunities for winter weather photos.

The other day I grabbed my DSLR so I could capture the snow lined walk with Liam to pick Jack up from preschool, as well as during the walk back with both of them.

As Liam attended the same preschool before Jack did, we have over four years there and I have so many memories of this four block walk with each of them, over the years, through all seasons and weather.

Photo tip

Frustrated with your kids taking FOREVER to walk home because they are distracted by seemingly every lump of snow along the way? Instead, take advantage of this time when they are pre-occupied to practice your photography skills and capture the moment!


Photo valentine gifts for classmates and grandparents

Classroom Valentines

Every year at the preschool my older son used to attend and my younger son now attends, they do a Valentine’s Day card swap. The kids make their own Valentine’s Day mailbox out of a Kleenex box and they love it!

The Valentine’s Day cards don’t have to be handmade, but they usually are. And they don’t have to be photo cards, but we enjoy creating them together.

Photo cards are a great way to get kids involved in Valentine’s Day, to give them a project they can be proud of, and to create something special that their friends will treasure.

I try to come up with a simple concept that the kids can easily help with and the making of the cards is a great photo op!

Jump over to Mom365 to read my three simple ways to make DIY Valentine's Day photo cards.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Grandparents

Didn't quite get it together to make photo holiday gifts for grandparents?

Don't worry, you have a second chance. How about Valentine's Day photo gifts?

On Mom365 I am sharing 5 simple ideas for Valentine's Day gifts for grandparents.

1) A framed photo

It is simple and easy to send grandparents a framed photo for Valentine's Day, especially if you order through Mpix.

With Mpix, you can upload your photo and order it to come framed. If grandma and grandpa do not live near you, you can even have your framed photo shipped directly to them, for a Valentine that will arrive at their door.

Get my complete list of photo gift ideas for grandparents, perfect for Valentine's Day or any holiday, on Mom365.