Tuesday Tip 8.4

Hello all! Hope everyone is well! This week's Tuesday Tip is marry someone with cool parents.

Yes, that's what I said.

Not only was my mother in law cool enough buy these Empire Strikes Back (the best Star Wars movie, BTW) sheets
for her boys, but she KEPT them! Now, my boys have them on their beds. Very cool, indeed.
She has many other qualities that add to her coolness, but I had to share the sheets!

Now, my father in law is high on the cool meter as well. Again, many examples, but the one that comes to mind right now (Sorry, Pat. It's almost time for lunch.) is his grilling prowess. Seriously, the man is a grillmaster. How he grills to my picky standards and still keeps everything perfectly tender is beyond me.
Don't even get me started on spices and marinades.

For the photography tip, here's an image and the pullback shot for Miss J. Her question was about shooting on location. You all know that I love details and faces and just plain gettin' up in your koolaid. That is also 1 of the 2 best ways to shoot on location if you don't have rolling hills, gorgeous scenery or awesome architecture to play with. Get up close.

Sweet and semi-cooperative subject

The pullback

The second way (and good for portraiture in general) is to open up your lens.
The smaller the f stop number, the larger the opening and the more blurred the background will be.
This keeps the focus on your subject and obscures distractions in the background.

Happy shooting! And leave questions for future tips in the comments or shoot me an email.


  1. The sheets are freaking fabulous. Philip and Ian will be jealous when we come visit. :)

  2. See how my comment from next week's tip fits right in with this one too! Great tip again, it's like getting a peek behind the curtain in Oz! Thanks!

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