The Photographic Life : Review & Giveaway -10/15


"The Photographic Life" is a website for mothers by a mother. I love taking pictures of my little son and my camera is always in my bag. I have a great interest in photography and also started using Photoshop recently to do some magic on the " not -so-good pictures". I am still a bud when it comes to photography so I haven't ventured out yet to pick one of the high-end cameras.

I was given the opportunity to review this website, just on time! Couldn't have been sooner or later ! The site is meant to help you work with whatever equipment you might have. Mary, the founder of this website is a mother and a professional photographer. She encourages moms to let her know if there are topics you want to hear about.

The language used in describing various tips and techniques is simple and easily understandable.

The main topics covered are:
  • Gear - camera types & accessories
  • How to take photos of children of different ages?
  • What to do after the shoot - scrapbooking and how to organise your pictures?
  • Editing using softwares like Photoshop, Picasa and other such softwares.
The topics include practical information and tips on how to capture the moment in the correct light and the options available to you for editing. There is quite a bit of tips on lighting, tips on how to read and understand certain functions in your camera. Ordinarily, it is most likely that we will overlook these functions.But after reading the topics covered for these functions, you will understand the truth behind these functions and how they can give you a much better picture. Do we ever bother to read the histogram that appears at the back of your camera? Now, I do know what it all means!

Mary has done a good job in creating a simple yet practical way to offer some understanding about photography to moms like me who like to click away and then sulk over the bad shots! Clicking with knowledge of the background, subject in focus and the equipment used, will yield much better pictures.

One video in particular, educated me about Photoshop. Mary explains in simple steps about how you can transform a picture into a much presentable format by using Photoshop. For a Photoshop beginner like me, it has provided me more insight on how effectively Photoshop can be used.

If you are a mom, interested in knowing more about how to take good pictures or looking to improve your photography skills, you should definitely check out this website. There is also a forum where you can post your shots and you can request for feedback or there will be something to learn from each other at the forum.

Membership costs are just $1 trial membership, and after that a very affordable $6 per month,
and a portion of the membership fees benefits two non-profit children's charities, The Tiny Sparrow Foundation and Wipe Out Kids Cancers.

"The Photographic Life" is giving away 1 year membership to one lucky reader to benefit from this beautiful website!

Leave a comment on what you'd like to learn from this website!

This Giveaway is open to Canada and US until Oct 15, 2010.Random Generator will choose a winner and winner will be announced on Oct 16, 2010.

(Disclaimer: Thanks to "The Photographic Life" for giving me the opportunity to review their website. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way.All opinions expressed here are only my own.)

6 comments:

3 Giggly Monsters said...

I would love to win this because I am always needing Help in the photography picture. I love to take pictures but they never seem to come out as good as I would like them to.
megankayden@yahoo.com

Mom vs. the boys said...

I think I have okay equipment, but I don't know how to use them to their potential. I could use some help!
momvstheboys at gmail dot com

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

Oh I could name a number of things. I would love to learn what the settings on my camera are for as well as how to touch up some photos in PhotoShop

HillaryM said...

Wow, just the free things I saw on the site look awesome. There is information for different types of cameras--even those on your phone! I loved the assignment given for light and there were directions to post responses on a discussion board--I'm guessing that's where the membership comes in. They have even had a Meetup. I'd love to meet with someone for some hands on help! If I don't win, I may have to splurge and buy this for myself! Thanks for introducing me to this great site!

ruthhill74 said...

I am always trying to learn how to fix pictures that don't have enough light and are blurry.

ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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