Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Posted: 19 Mar 2014 08:18 AM PDT

Lens of the Day and Gardening Club Quest Winner: Garden design hiding an ugly wall on a Shoestring

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 05:31 AM PDT

gardenwallWith spring quickly approaching, our thoughts turn to greener pastures and spiffing up our own yards.

Today’s Lens of the Day will help you do just that. We received this lens by way of our Gardening Club Quest challenge and liked it so much that we wanted to share it with everyone here today.

Visit Garden design hiding an ugly wall on a Shoestring by lensmaster adventuretravelshop to see how she fixed up a trouble spot in her garden and then be sure to stop by the Squidoo Gardening Club Quest lens where you’ll find even more great gardening tips and advice.

Have you got a bit of a green thumb?  Why not join the Squidoo Gardening Club?  Learn more here: All About Squidoo Clubs.

Review of the Day: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 05:20 AM PDT

3 Quick Tips To Help Anyone Take Better Food Photos For Their Lenses

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 05:25 PM PDT

berriesPicture this if you will.  You’re intrigued by one of our fun recipe quests.  You’ve got a delicious recipe.  You cooked it up just right and now you’re ready to share your masterpiece meal with the world.  The only thing you need before you can start building your lens is a GREAT photo but you’re not a professional photographer.  What to do?

Here’s 3 quick tips to help you get a great food shot even if you’re not the world’s greatest at taking pictures.  Keep in mind, just like everything else in the world, getting scrumptious food photos takes practice but these tips should help you get some Pinterest worthy pics in no time.

1.  If you don’t already have one, invest in a nice white dish.  If you browse through food photos as much as I do, you’ll notice that a majority of them are photographed on a white dish.  That’s because everything looks good on, and goes with, white.  If you like, you can use accessories to add additional color to the background such as place mats, flowers, or napkins.  And it’s fun to experiment and change these things up for different types of food.

2.  Keep your hand steady and get a close up of the food.  Your dish will look more appealing when folks can see exactly what’s in it.

3.  Take several shots from different angles and with different lighting.  (I get my best shots outside but you’ll need to watch for shadows.)  Try taking one that’s centered, one that’s off-center, one from the top, one from the side, one from the other side and any other way you can think of.  That way you’ll have plenty of shots to choose from when you’re done and you might be surprised at how good some of the unique ones come out.

When you’re done, choose your favorite photo of the dish and start building that yummy lens.  Well, you might want to eat the food first.  No sense letting such gorgeous fare go to waste.

Here’s a link to our new format recipe lens builder for when you’re ready.

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