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Get More out of Your Amazon Prime

When you log into your  Amazon Prime account does your welcome screen look like mine?
Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime account
Are you getting everything you can out of your Amazon Prime Membership? I am or should I say was only using 2 out of 5 Prime benefits umm that is only 40%. What?!? Not cool…If you are not using all of your Prime benefits like me than you need to fix it just like I did.
Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime account?
Do you take a ton of pictures with your phone? Of course you do! Ever try to get them off your phone and onto your computer or some other storage device? Was it easy? Tell the truth have you ever actually done it? Ever have a computer crash and burn? Did you lose all your photos? Did you pay a ridiculous amount of money to save them?
Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime account?
My laptop was stolen a few years ago and all of the pictures on there, almost 2 years worth of memories, were just gone. Oh how I wish I had Prime Photos and had all of my photos on the Amazon Cloud Drive instead of just on my device.
Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime account?
No more worries and no more lost photos. Now I am sending them all to the Amazon Cloud Drive which is included in my Amazon Prime  Membership so it is like getting all that peace of mind for free. There were over 600 pictures on my phone. That is hundreds of memories now all safely stored in the Amazon Cloud Drive. Not only are they safe but they are accessible from any device anywhere. I can log in on the web at Amazon.com/clouddrive or Amazon.com/primephotos from my laptop, desktop, or tablet to access all of my pictures.
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So apparently getting burned once is not enough for me to learn my lesson. The hard drive just died on my desktop. Yikes! Yes, I back it up on an external hard drive but it is such a pain in the bottom to retrieve files. Thankfully my computer guy was able to fix it and put everything back and thankfully it was a relatively inexpensive fix, only $150. I will admit I lost a few hours of sleep worrying about it and you can guess what I am doing now. Yup, uploading all the thousands of pictures on my desktop to my Amazon Cloud Drive. Thank God I get unlimited storage with my Amazon Prime membership.
 Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime?
Set up on your device is really easy  to do. Just download the Amazon Photos-Cloud Drive App onto your device. Log in using your Amazon account log in credentials. The app defaults to Auto-Save turned on which means that every time you take a new photo it gets uploaded to the cloud automatically but only when you are connected to wifi. Boom! Set it and forget it and all of your precious photos are safe in the cloud without you having to take any actions!
 Get more from your Amazon Prime
Have I convinced you yet that you need to get the most our of your Amazon Prime and start using the Amazon Cloud Drive? How many memories are you willing to lose before you tuck them safely into the cloud? What are you waiting for? Go save your precious photos now!

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May 8, 2014

Epiphanie Bags: Clover Camera Bag Review

Disclosure: I received a camera bag from Epiphanie for this review, but all opinions are mine.

Epiphanie Bags

Epiphanie Bags

Epiphanie Bags: Clover Camera Bag Review

I received this Epiphanie Clover camera + laptop bag for the purpose of my review. I wanted this bag so badly that I tracked down the media contact. The reason is simple this is the best looking camera bag I have ever seen. It fits my laptop, tablet, sunglasses, Canon and two lens. I can’t even describe how stunning it is in person. I love the color and the sleek look of the bag. It is timeless and elegant and did I say it fits all my stuff. I just love it!

They have thought of everything. I love the outside pocket and the one in the interior. The sections for my camera and one for my laptop. The dividers can be fully removed, so I can easily turn it to an every day bag!

This is my actual bag at soccer this weekend. You would have no idea if it didn’t have the cool camera charm that it was a camera bag. That is what I love most about it. I do not want people to know I am carrying an expensive camera. I am very pleased with the bags appearance and construction. The only issue I have is now I want one in the pink and one in red.

It is funny I just can’t imagine my life without my Epiphanie camera bag. I am just sad that I didn’t have it sooner because it really makes taking the a great shot easier since it does hold the majority of your tools!

This would make a superior gift for yourself or someone who also loves photography.

Epiphanie Bags

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Epiphanie Bags was started four years ago by professional photographer Maile (pronounced Mylie) Wilson, they offer stylish camera bags for women and men.

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For Photography tips:

Check out my Food Photography list

DIY photography set

PVC Pipe Craft Projects: $20 Photography Studio Setup

Food Photography list

food photography

I have become a food photographer. I never thought that would happen. I am learning more each and every day. I really enjoy photographing food. I believe that it is just like anything else you need knowledge, practice, patience, equipment, and did I mention a lot of practice! I am so into cooking and food photography I have  a site called cooking in bliss so check that site out. I found the key to great food photography is great looking food. Then you need the right light, setting, and the right lens. I am learning each day and I believe I am close to the perfect picture.

Tutorials I have watched

All the ones on Lynda.com

Check out creative live for FREE Photography classes

The art of food photography

Learn my shot

Tutorials I have read

Digital Food Photography

Edible Perspective – Great 101 definitions

Awesome free ebook Two Peas

Websites to check out:

food photography images

food stylist 

food stylist

food stylist Vivaldo

The strobist lighting information

 

Software to edit images I recommend

picmonkey

lightroom 5

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

Okay, I am going to be honest one of the best tips I have received is how to load presets into lightroom. It is easier to use these created enhancements instead of spending hours making your own or doing each picture by hand. This is the best food photography tricks. 

food photography

Free Lightroom presets for food/ Still Life

Adobe Lightroom presets (you have to tweet and like them on FB)

Pretty Presets

The Bell Sisters

17 presets for free

More nice presets

One nice preset I love

Lightroom presets I have paid for 

$5 107 downloads of still life

Books I own

Dujardin, Helene Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling,

Equipment I own

My Cheap Camera Bag

frugal ways to save

Cheap Camera Bag

My Stylish Camera Bag

Epiphanie Bags

Read my Epiphanie Bags: Clover Camera Bag Review

How to make a DIY studio

diy photography

DIY photography set

Swanky Prints

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See my before and after shoot images to see how I set them up.

Places to submit your food photography images

Recipe Posts

  1. FoodgawkerFoodgawker has some pretty high standards, and is a great community for your best recipe posts! They do have to be approved before they will post a recipe.
  2. TasteSpotting– Like Foodgawker, they like recipe with great photos, and your recipes will have to be approved before posting.
  3. DessertStalking– This is a super fun site dedicated to all things sweet! Set up an account to begin, and make sure to check out their posting guidelines, which are pretty easy and straightforward.
  4. Food Porn Daily– I know what it sounds like, but I promise it’s not bad ha! You can submit a recipe here easily by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking “submit a photo”
  5. Bakeolicious– This is a great tumblr to submit your baked recipes to.
  6. FoodiePix– This is another great site to submit your recipes too. Sign up is easy and free, and they also have a great tip section for bloggers!
  7. eRecipe Cards This is a fun site because you can actually have your followers visit the site, and they have the option to search by blogger! So you can put all your recipes in one place. People that don’t know you can find you too because they can search by ingredient.
  8. Taste of Home– This is always a great site for exposure, because taste of home is already a well known magazine. You can set up a free account to post your recipes here.
  9. FoodSpreading– They love food bloggers, and have a great page for getting your recipes out there!
  10. Tasty Kitchen– Tasty Kitchen is user friendly, and has a great community! Set up your free account and start adding!

My Equipment Because People Want to Know

These reduce the glare when you are shooting glass

PLR Optics 58MM High Resolution 3-piece Filter Set (UV, Fluorescent, Polarizer) For The Canon Digital EOS Rebel SL1 (100D), T5i (700D), T4i (650D), T3 (1100D), T3i (600D), T1i (500D), T2i (550D), XSI (450D), XS (1000D), XTI (400D), XT (350D), 1D C, 70D, 60D, 60Da, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, 5D, 1D X, 1D, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark 3, 7D, 6D Digital SLR Cameras Which Has Any Of These (18-55mm, 75-300mm, 50mm 1.4 , 55-200) Canon Lenses

67mm Pro series Multi-Coated High Resolution Polarized Filter For Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS STM Lens, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

This is one of the best investments. I have shaky hands and this gives me the ability to take images with a huge range of motion. This is a must have. I can’t live without item. I would save up instead of buying junk!

Vanguard SBH-250 Magnesium Ballhead with Sliding Quick Shoe

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod Legs with Multi-Angle Central Column System

This is what I started with and I still use it to take product pictures. It makes taking picture and controlling light easier.

800 Watt Video Lighting Kit Photography Lighting kit Umbrella Softbox Kit And Background Light By Fancier F304

LENS:

I am so glad I saved up and bought this lens it has an amazing ability to capture food images. I can’t explain how in love with this lens I am.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras This is my favorite by far but a bit expensive!

This is my take everywhere lens it shots nicely but is a bit heavy. I find I can take great close ups and get nice detail far away as well.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

This is the lens I bring with me when my kids are on stage. It isn’t useful for food photography and it came in a kit I bought at one time.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

 

This is my favorite lens. It is heavy but incredible.

 

kids in the snow

This is a no brainer if you do food. You should not touch your camera while playing with food. I also let my kids click the button so that keeps them out of my picture.

Remote Shutter Release Cable for Canon Camera

This is really helpful to make sure my computer is tethered to my camera. I shoot using lightroom so I can see what I am doing on a large screen. This item bridges the gap between the camera and the computer.

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (9.8 Feet/3.0 Meters)

I use these to hold onto my swanky prints and to keep placemats tied down.

Cheaplights 6 PCS 3.75″ Spring Clamps

I lost all my pictures once and realized I needed a wifi card just in case. It works with your smart phone to upload the pictures to it.

Eye-Fi Mobi 16GB SDHC Class 10 Wireless Memory Card, Frustration Free Packaging (MOBI-16-FF) CURRENT MODEL

This is a great lens for food photography. I also use it for portrait photography. It was my starter lens but I like the 100 macro and use that one all the time.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Lens – Gray Market

I keep the lens I am not using in this

Deluxe Soft Small Camera Case For Canon EOS5D Mark II EOS5D Mark III EOS6D EOS7D EOS60D EOS70D EOS-M Rebel SL1 T2i T3 T3i T4i T5i Digital SLR + More!!

I always have cards to spare…

SanDisk 8 GB Class 4 SD Flash Memory Card SDSDB-008G-AFFP

I always have two batteries or more you never want to run out of battery.

Replacement LP-E6 Battery For Canon EOS 60D, EOS 70D, EOS 5D II, EOS 5D III, EOS 6D, EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera + More!!

These are great and they fold up easily. I uses the clips above to hold them.

NEEWER 60CM 22-Inch 5 in 1 Light Multi Photo Collapsible Reflector

This is what is in my cheap photography bag post.

Clik Elite CE510RE Capsule Small (Red)

Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card (TS16GSDHC10E)

This is to prevent my lens from being scratched

Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter

This is my baby and the single biggest investment I have made. I have been very happy but I have had to learn a lot to use this camera. I suggest staying with the Canon rebel if you aren’t ready to study!

Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF24-105mm IS Lens Kit

4-Year Camera/Camcorder Accident Protection Plan ($2000-2250)

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling

Follow my board on food photography board on pinterest Food Photography

You can also follow me on instagram if you want to see my before and after photography projects.. http://instagram.com/madamedeals

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January 28, 2014

Frugal Ways To Save Money: Camera Bags

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I decided that I was going to share with you Frugal Ways To Save Money.  I think using your brain is the best way to figure out ways to save money. I recently bought a camera and a new lens. The camera was very expensive as was the lens. I realized I didn’t have anywhere safe to keep these item. I started to investigate camera bags. I was shocked to see they started at $100 and the cute ones that I liked were around $300. Truth be told I had spent all my money on the equipment and $300 is almost as much as the lens I am saving for.

I began to think about what a camera bag is. It is a bag with a compartment that keeps lens and the camera body safe. I did what everyone would do and I went to amazon and I searched. Camera bag inside. Then on page two I saw Camera Bag insert. Yes, that is what it is called. I came across a couple of choices. Then I went up stairs in my closet and I pulled out my bag and purse collection. I tried to decide which bag would be most useful as a camera bag. Then I found a purse I had that I could fit a camera in. I found a brief case and two tote bags. I measure out what the inserts would be to try to get an idea of which one would fit.

Then I put the camera and the lens in each box and visualized the additional padding. I decided I had a good chance at making three bags I had on hand into camera bags for the cost of the insert.


Clik Elite CE510RE Capsule Small (Red)

 

Here are some more pictures of what I put in my Clik Elite case. Then you can see I used two of my purses. The camera I have is the Canon 6d

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