WEEK 8 Instafun Fall Camp

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I walked out of work late Friday night and saw the first snow! It’s time to unpack sweaters and break out the crockpot. I included my favorite Cincinnati chili recipe below. It was shared with me by Samantha Theobald, owner of Lightbox Salon, and it’s is a wonderful clean version of the traditional recipe (I like it even better.) Try one of the fall activities below!

Eat a candy apple
Make pumpkin bread
Go on a hike
Make root vegetables
Make chili
Bring out sweaters from storage
Listen to the leaves crunching under your feet
Build a bonfire
Spend a day antiquing
Plan a girl’s brunch
Remember what you’re thankful for
Make your own lip balm
Light a pine scented candle


INSTAGRAM LESSON

This week we are going to review how to take the best photos for Instagram with your phone, and how to edit them. This may sound simple, but there are some real goodies below! 

THE BASICS
Let's start with some tips on getting a good photo...

LIGHTS
At the restaurant we often have to photograph new menu rollouts for social. It's a habit to look at a big, low hanging, heat lamp and think that it's the best place to take a photo. However, lamps are not a good light source. The issues is that the photo is covered in a warm, orange light that is really hard to edit. It makes the food monochromatic. The best way to photograph food, (or anything!) is to use natural light. Open the curtains and get closer to the window. If you're doing a lot of selfies for makeup or another business (or just for fun!) try a beauty light

If your dreams are to produce a series of videos get yourself a diva ring. Ever watched a video and noticed light rings in the eyes of the speaker? That lady has a diva ring light. 

CLEAN LENS
Another tip we don't normally think of, wipe off your phone's camera lens before taking a photo. 

EDITING
Instagram offers a good selection of filters and editing tools to make your photos stand out and take them to the next level, or even rescue bad ones from the trash. If you’re feeling like going even more in depth, there are also plenty of photo-editing apps like VSCOFilmbornSnapseedAviary, and Adobe’s Photoshop Express and Spark Post (iOS versions linked, but you can also find them in the Google Play store). VSCO is particularly well known for its film-like presets, whereas something like Spark Post lets you make collages, add text and graphics, and more.

PRESENTS
I also like Color Story, and other apps where you can buy your own presents. (If your'e a photo editing beginner, color story is awesome!)

What are presents? 'Presets' are kind of like another word for 'filters.' Presents are made in Lightroom and can be applied to all of your photos to get a consistent look and feel. Ever wonder how someone's instagram feed looks so curated? This is one of the tools! You can buy presents from makers on Instagram or use Lightroom to make your own. There are presents for foodies, beach goers, traveler and all sorts of lifestyles! 

 A photo of a special taken by our Garmache, Olivia, with an iPhone at Commonwealth.

A photo of a special taken by our Garmache, Olivia, with an iPhone at Commonwealth.

 
 An example of a present pack from Etsy.

An example of a present pack from Etsy.

 
 What a present looks like when it is applied to a photo.

What a present looks like when it is applied to a photo.

 
 Color Story App

Color Story App