When I started this whole blog thing I had a camera that you throw away before I ever knew about five tips for sharper photos.

You know.

The kind that was yellow and you took all the pictures and turned the little dial at the top manually and when you got to 25 you took it to Walgreen’s.

And two days later (or an afternoon if they were having a special) they gave you your pictures back.

I occasionally took some pictures of my family at an event with awards or holidays that rhymed with mistmas…..

….but I never, ever took any pictures of my house.

Until I started a blog.

And now, four and a half years later I’ve learned a little about pictures and taking them and lighting and sharpening and just in case you were graduating from yellow camera school, I thought I’d share them with you.

Here are five tips for sharper photos.

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  1. Image for Ellen Ellen

    My first "real" camera was a Kodak Instamatic that went through nursing school with me. I was so proud of it! The yellow ones came much, much later. I often wonder how we survived not knowing if we "got the picture" before they were developed. Most of my photos these days are of my adorable Grandson, but often take pictures of my house decorations at the different holidays. Thank-you for these helpful tips- your photos are the best!

  2. Image for Adriana Adriana

    Gorgeous photos Karianne! I didn't see the link for the tripod? Love your blog! You are such an inspiration!

  3. Image for Bluwatergal Bluwatergal

    Lovely photos as always Karianne. Swoon! And how did you know this is just the help I needed to get over my current mental block for full room photography?!! I followed your previous tip on the fave lens for whole room shots (game changer!) and now the remote shutter widget tip will be the nudge over the finish line. :) I have 3 rooms to shoot for the blog ~ I'm fine with shooting the details & closeups ~ but the big shots are my stumbling block. Thank you for sharing "the learnings" and now I'm excited to git'er done!! Happy day Rockstar :)

  4. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    This came at the perfect time. I've been reading all about my new DSLR -- about 10 minutes and now I'm sure I'm ready for Manuel. I'll put the ISO at f 3/2, the S at 320, the A at 100. I memorized those numbers to make sure I'd be able to get a trap sharp photo. I think I've got those terms are right? The grass I get for my camera is very important so I need to make sure it will fit for my brand. I am so excited. Look out Foodgawker and Tastespotting. Here I come. I know they won't be able to reject me like they've done the last 272 times. Guess I'd better go out and take some shops -- I need the practice focusing and popping up the light. Thank you for your timely info. Have a sunshine filled day!!

  5. Image for Mary Crozier Mary Crozier

    You have been such an inspiration-I now own a tripod and a remote timer and just received 2 of those lighted umbrellas (really inexpensive on Amazon)-and I am actually finally taking better pictures. PicMonkey helps a great deal-especially with lightening up a dark photo. Happy Monday, my friend!

  6. Image for Rose Rose

    Good Morning Sweet Lady~ I just found out about pic monkey, and I love it as well. It does make your pictures stand out - Have a wonderful day Much love, Rose

  7. Image for Karen Karen

    Perfect timing and great tips. Can't wait to try the timer feature, never thought about shaking when pushing the button, I have just been trying to hold my breath! Ahh, big deep breath now. K

  8. Image for Susan Susan

    Thank you for these super-helpful tips which I plan on putting into practice, KariAnne...goodness knows, if anyone is qualified to give tips on how to take stunning photos, it is *YOU*...there is plenty of proof for that statement above! I have a good camera, it's a Nikon, but I'll be honest and tell you upfront, I have no idea how to use probably about 95% of the features, which is both a shame and a waste. And I must also admit to being afraid of using manual focus, but hearing that this tip has played an essential role in creating the beautiful photos we see here at Thistlewood Farms, I think it's about time for me to brave up and give it a try! I also had no idea you could set the timer...the reasons for doing so make complete sense! Now I just have to round up my camera's manual and I'm on my way to taking better photos thanks to you!

  9. Image for Lisa Lisa

    These are all great tips. I have to say I am surprised you use PicMonkey to edit your photos. I had no idea you could get such great photos using their editor. I learn something new every day. :) Have a great week!

  10. Image for wanda wanda

    Great tips! Love PicMonkey too! Wish I had a trainer to help me learn how to use my camera best! https://www.queenieslittlekingdom.com/2016/08/01/i-can-do-anything/

  11. Image for Loryl Fisher Loryl Fisher

    I am always amazed at how much you have to know to produce a successful, beautiful, amazing blog! These tips are so useful even for the average person wanting to take gorgeous photos. You ROCK!

  12. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Great tips! I always love learning from the best. Just curious, I was setting my ISO at 200 and shooting in manual but I recently read I should keep my ISO at 100 and adjust the other settings. What is the difference? I'm having a hard time telling which comes out better. What's your opinion?

  13. Image for gail gail

    Oh how I struggle with photos! I use picmonkey, so I'll try that tip about sharpening. I'll try to put the other tips to good use as well. thanks Karianne! gail

  14. Image for Mindy Whipple Mindy Whipple

    Thank you so much for the tips! I am working hard at improving but have yet to switched over to the "M" button. I need to take that plunge...Again, appreciate your willingness to share with us!

  15. Image for Paula Paula

    Thank you, Karianne, for the valuable information! I will be retiring in October and hope to be doing a lot of experimenting with my present camera before moving onto something much more expensive like a Canon Rebel, which I have been dreaming of getting. You are an inspiration, and so glad I stumbled upon your blog a year or so ago. Blessings to you and your wonderful family.

  16. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

    Thanks, KariAnne, for photography tips that can be used right away. I re-pinned this post on Pinterest this morning even before I read the actual post. :) The tips are so good they are already flying around Pinterest. Judith

  17. Image for Cindy Baugh Cindy Baugh

    Thank you, Kariann! I am terrible at photography. I think it is one of the things that is holding me back from starting my blog up again.

  18. Image for Justin Justin

    These are great shots! What lens did you use? I looks like maybe a 50mm or 35? I'll have to look into pic monkey too I'm in desperate need of a decent editor that doesn't require a small loan to buy it.

  19. Image for Laurie Laurie

    Your pictures are always gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us at Brag About It! Pinning to share. ~Laurie

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