Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tips for taking the perfect picture

Hey there everyone, it's Poppy.
Sorry this post is a bit late, I had two assignments due this morning and had to spend all afternoon yesterday finishing them (bibliographies are such a pain...). Anyway today I have planned to share some photography tips with you. I'm no expert but these tips always help me.

1.Move the focus point around.
The same thing can get a bit boring, I try to have the focal object of my photos in the corner or at the bottom sometimes.

2.Try and capture the shadows or reflections.
How cool does it look when you can see the flower you took a photo of reflected in the water below it?

3. Do something different.
Does it really matter if the photo doesn't turn out how you expected? Try taking photos of some different things and you might find that you really like one of them.

4.Change the perspective.
How different does a tree look if you take a photo from the ground looking up? Have a go at changing the perspective of your photo.

5.Play around with colour v black and white.
Try putting a black and white filter on your photo, sometimes it looks really cool.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Creating your own quote cards

In my last post I talked about how to create photo walls and the photo walls I have in my room. Today I thought I might share a tutorial of how to create your own photo quote cards using Photoshop (if you have it ) or canva.com if you don't. You could use these cards in a scrapbook as presents/cards or on a photo wall.

1.Choose your photo
I use photos that I have taken, but you could find any image you wanted. Once you have chosen your photo you can open it in Photoshop, or upload it to canva. (using canva choose use custom dimensions, select inches from the drop down menu and type in 6x4)

2.Choose your quote
Using pinterest, or a search engine find the quote you would like to put on your photo.

3.Add the text to your photo
In canva press text, select the size (which you can change later) and type the quote. In Photoshop press the text button from the left hand menu choose the size and type the quote in.

4.Change the font and make the text fit the photo.
Choose the fonts you like and make the text fit around the photo, in Photoshop you can wrap the text if you would like.

5.Download/save your photo card.

Here is one of the photo cards I have created.
Let me know in the comments below if you have created any photo cards, or if you have any posts you would like to see.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

5 tips to help you manage peak-assessment time.

It's just past the middle of term 3 for me and that means that all the assessment is piling up, there are so many dates to remember, things to write and bibliographies to write. Sometimes it all feels a bit too much and like you will never be able to get over the workload but using the tips and websites below will hopefully help make things a bit easier for you, and help you achieve your best. (I know they all help me a lot).

1.Make an assessment calendar! This is a super simple and easy way to know what is coming up. Assessment planners are pretty much a calendar of the term or semester in which you write all your due dates, tests, exams and distribution dates. To make one simply create a table with a row for each week of school you have (plus one extra) and 6 columns. The way I organise mine is to have the weeks down the right hand side, and the days of the week across the top. (That wasn't a very clear explanation so I've added an image below). You then add the dates (like a calendar) and fill in the assessment.

2.Use a diary/planner. A diary or planner gives you a chance to record all the things you have to do for each day, the classes you have and assessment that could be given out or due.

3.Start as soon as you get the task and work on it steadily. You've probably heard this a million times before but starting the assessment as soon as you get it makes a world of difference the night before it is due (you get that amount of time to do it for a reason). But make sure you do a little bit most days (or starting early will be pointless)

4.Break the task into mini-tasks. I find this a great way to make the task a bit more approachable. The day I get the task I usually spend about half an hour working out 'mini-tasks' and creating ',mini-due-dates' for the tasks. This helps me see how far along I am and how much I have left. It also helps you to not panic about how much you have left to do.

5.Use some of these websites. I use all these websites for pretty much all my assignments and they make things so much easier. Hopefully they will help you too.
Wunderlist- wunderlist is super useful for point four, it lets you create folders for different assignments and break the assignment into chunks. You can create due dates for each chunk and even break your afternoon up into sections (more about wunderlist coming up next week)

Cite this for me- I'm sure you've all heard of cite this for me but it is soooooo useful I couldn't leave it out of this list. Basically it creates a bibliography for you, all you have to do is copy and paste the website url.

Instagrok- Instagrok is like a search engine mind map. You type in a key word and it brings up heaps of relevant information in a mind map format.

Grammarly- grammarly isn't quite as helpful as I'd hoped but it still works pretty well and can really help push your grades up.

Hopefully these websites and tips will help you as much as they help me. Don't forget to let me know in the comments if you have any other tips or websites that might be useful.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Photo Walls

Does any one else take heaps and heaps of photos and spend ages looking through them and editing them but then does nothing with them? Until a few weeks ago that was the way I worked. I'd take photos (on my camera, phone and instax), edit them and then they would just sit on my computer gathering 'dust'. But then I discovered photo walls.

Today I am going to share 4  different types of photo walls and what I think about each one.

1.String photo wall
This is the kind of photo wall where some string (or fairy lights) is strung across the wall and photos are pegged to it. I did try this method in my room but I found that the string/lights kept falling down. Make sure that you have strong hooks to tie the string to.

2.Instax photowall
I have one of these photo walls in my room and I love the way it looks. It is pretty much simply sticking all your instax photos onto a wall. I have a kinda triangle shaped wall in my room and this is where I have my instax photos. It looks pretty cool!

3.Digital camera photo wall
I'm in the process of building one of these. Basically it is covering an entire wall with your favourite digital photos.

4.Scrapbook wall
This idea really just occurred to me but why not use my photoshop tutorial and create some scrapbook pages to hang on the wall?

Really you can do anything you want. Perhaps a quote wall or inspiration board? Let me know what you think, or the ways you display your photos in the comments.

Have a great week

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Olympic Tag Post.

Hey there,
Vivian from day dreamer, night thinker has created this Olympic themed blogging tag post. In the post she shared she tagged 6 other bloggers, and we were one of them. Today I am going to be sharing her questions and tagging some other bloggers, enjoy.

Team? Australia

If you could compete in an event, what would it be? Probably volleyball or swimming (even though I am not a swimmer).

Favourite event to watch? I love watching the synchronised swimming and diving.

Olympian you most admire? I have no idea, they are all so good!

What sports do you currently play? I play netball

Summer of Winter Olympics? I don't really know. I love watching the skiing at the winter Olympics but the summer Olympics are really good too.

Ever been to see the Olympics in person? Unfortunately no, but hopefully one-day.

A sport that should be in the Olympics? Definitely netball, I'd love to watch the professions play.

What do you think would be going through your head right before you were about to compete in the Olympics?
I would probably be really nervous, but also really excited. I would probably be trying to remember all the last minute coaching points, and things I have to do as well.

Bloggers I tag:
The girls from Jeckles
Fox and wolf from fox and wolf
Fizzy from quirky girl studio
Sky highlights blog
Maya from mini and me blog
Olivia from liv's findings.
If you've been tagged you need to:
-Post your post with your answers to the above questions
-Use the blogging Olympics image (or create you own)
-Thank the person who tagged you and list the rules
-Tag others!

Have a great weekend everyone!