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It’s my mission this year to help you become a better photographer for your family. You deserve to have great photos to look back on and cherish as your family grows up. I’m teaming up with Canon again to teach you everything I know–Or close to it. So if there’s something you have a question about ask and I’ll be sure to address it in an upcoming post!

Also, in a few weeks I’m going to be at the B&H Event Space in New York City giving a presentation about just that! If you’re in the area I’d love it if you stopped by, or if not, tune in because it’ll be live streamed!

Canon EOS Rebel t7i DSLR modes explained

Ok, so you’ve decided you really want to get better at photography, and you’re wanting to finally switch out of auto mode. What next?

On a Canon, scene intelligent auto is great for guessing the best settings for your moment. But learning your settings and switching to manual can make a huge difference.

It can be intimidating to switch to full manual mode (where you have control over all of your camera settings) all at once. But there are some other modes in between that can help you get that perfect photo. There are a dozen modes on an EOS Rebel T7i and that alone can be intimidating. I’m going to highlight 5 favorites I have and work you through how to use them.

SCN (Special Scene Mode)

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use special scene SCN mode

Similar to full-auto except in this mode you can pick a specific scenario you’re shooting in. Taking a group photo? A picture of your child blowing out his birthday candles? A night portrait or a picture of the delicious meal you just made? These special scene options automatically choose the best settings for your situation. It’s kind of like a more specific auto-mode.

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use special scene SCN mode

Make sure you pay attention to your camera settings in each of these different modes. That way you’ll get an idea of how to fix your settings when you’re ready to move to full manual mode.

Portrait Mode

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use portrait mode

You’ll want to switch to this mode if you want to… You guessed it, take portraits. It makes your subject stand out against a shallow depth of field (a blurred background) and creates smoother skin tones and softer hair. Great for beginners if you’re just wanting to shoot portraits. But if you think you’ll be switching back and forth between photographing portraits of your kids and your kids doing other things, I’d suggest using the next mode to photograph.

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use portrait mode

AV (Aperture Priority Mode)

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use AV mode

This is the mode I switched to from auto when I was ready to step up my photography a little bit, but not ready to go to full-on auto. It allows you to set the aperture (f-stop) and automatically takes care of the rest. With the aperture you can decide how much or how little depth (or blur) you’d like in the background of your photos.

The higher the number the less background blur you’ll have. The smaller the number, the less depth you’ll have. Decide how much of the background you want to see and set your f-stop accordingly. The photo on the left I shot at f/1.4 the photo on the right was shot at f/11.

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use AV mode

TV (Shutter Priority Mode)

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use TV Shutter priority mode

This is a great mode to switch to when you’re wanting to create a certain look for things in motion. A waterfall for example can be frozen with a higher shutter speed, seeing more of the droplets and stream of water. Or you can use a slower shutter speed and make it look like a smooth, rushing stream.

When it comes to photographing your kids–Riding a bike, or running for example. If you want to freeze them in motion, and capture them in a sharp image, you’ll use a higher shutter speed. If you’re purposely wanting to blur them a little bit–Capturing the motion, you’ll want to use a slower shutter speed. So in the photos below, on the left I used a shutter speed of 1/80. And the photo on the right was shot at 1/4000.

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use TV Shutter priority mode

Program AE Mode

All of these different settings we’ve been discussing–Aperture, shutter speed (and ISO), together determine your exposure, which is how bright your photo is going to be. Personally I like my photos to be ever so slightly over exposed. In this mode you get to decide your preferred exposure level, and your camera takes care of the rest. I usually set mine to be about +⅓ or +2/3 . I’ll take a test shot, see if I like how bright it is, and adjust as necessary. The nice thing about this mode is if you’re moving in and out of shadowy areas, or areas where the light drastically changes, your camera’s settings will automatically regulate.

Press and hold the +/- exposure button and roll the shutter wheel to set your preferred exposure level. Note that the higher that number goes, the brighter or over exposed the photo will be. The lower, the darker. You want to be around the 0, just above, or just below.

Canon EOS Rebel t7i tutorial how to use program mode and set exposure

Helpful Hints

The great thing is once you master the latter three modes you’re pretty much ready to switch to full manual. Then you can take full control over your settings. I like to set my aperture first depending on how much depth I want, then my ISO and last my shutter speed, keeping note to where that exposure meter is falling.

If you’re more of a visual person, I’ve created a video detailing the differences between these modes.

We’re created a printable photography cheat sheet for you. You can download the full sized file here and print to keep on hand and help you out when you’re on the go. And for more of my photography tips check out my photography course: Child’s Play: Simple Tips for Photographing Children.

Photography cheat sheet and Canon camera modes explained

From birthdays to family vacations, to holidays and more, I’ve teamed up with Canon again this year to share how we capture the moments we cherish most. I’m also dishing out tips to help you better photograph your special moments with your family. Shout out to my favorite camera brand for sponsoring this series.

I’ve got a random tutorial and fun video to share today, in case someone else out there happens to get terrorized by the tiny pests known as fruit flies.

A few weeks ago I had them swarming in my house and not a clue where they came from. I mean obviously they’re attracted to fruit, but we didn’t have any old fruit, and even when I got rid or all the fresh produce they still seemed to linger.

Finally I looked up how to kill fruit flies, and found some interesting ways to make fly traps. With a little trial, error, and tweaking I found what I think is the perfect way to kill fruit flies naturally.

An easy photo and video tutorial for killing fruit flies naturally using household items. Get rid of those pests for good!


Here’s what you’ll need:

A cup/bowl/container of some sort

Apple cider vinegar

Dish soap

Cling wrap

Toothpick

A small piece o fruit for good measure

Directions:

1. Pour apple cider vinegar in the bottom of the cup. Just enough to have a layer at the bottom.

2. Add a tablespoon of dish soap to the vinegar.

3. Cover the top of the container with cling wrap.

4. Poke holes in the cling wrap using the tip of the toothpick. You won’t need to make the holes bigger than the tip of the toothpick. Those little beasts can squeeze though just fine and if the holes are too big they’ll be able to fly back out.

You’re done! Here are the nasty results:An easy photo and video tutorial for killing fruit flies naturally using household items. Get rid of those pests for good!

Here are the directions in video form. Excuse my noisy kids in the background.

I caught all of those nasty beasts and the picture isn’t pretty. Actually it’s gross and awesome at the same time. Mission accomplished!

Let me know how it works for you, and share with your friends who need to know!

I don’t even want to dwell on the fact that I may never be pregnant again. I loved being pregnant. Both times. Nausea, cankles and all. It’s such a short and special time in my life and I wanted to document it as best as I could.

When I was pregnant with my son I had a couple of maternity sessions. Including a boudoir session. I also took my own selfies once a week to document my growing belly. I had quite a few people ask me how I made these images and I promised I’d do a tutorial. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of my pregnancy letters project with Big T. It’s also a great demo of going from looking great to grungy, but whatev… Weekly Pregnancy Love Letters

5 weeks pregnant

I’m passionate about documenting little moments with my kids, and sometimes that means making sure I’m captured in those moments too.

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I want my kids to know I was there goofing off alongside them, and not always be remembered as being behind the camera. I think a lot of moms face the same problems I do with this… My husband isn’t always here when I want him to take pictures for me, and he certainly doesn’t take the initiative on his own. And when I do get his help, he’s usually not enthusiastic about it, and the pictures don’t always turn out, bless his heart.

Nevertheless, I make it happen. Now I enjoy taking photos with my kids on my own and I’m here to share my tips for taking self-portraits with your kids.

First, what you’ll need:
A camera (duh), preferably one with a timer and/or remote response.
A remote control compatible with your camera.
A tripod, or something to balance your camera on.
Patience.

1. Take time to set up. The first thing I do is get my camera set up on my tripod in a nice prime position aiming toward a spot my kids and I will be sitting. If I’m indoors, I try to pick a place that is well lit by window light. I get as much prepared beforehand, so the kids don’t have to wait while I fumble around and change my settings.

10 tips for cute selfies with kids

2. Pre-focus. I try to do this one of two ways. In once instance I’ll set the camera’s lens to manual focus, then aim at my daughter or son, who is sitting where we’ll be, and focus on one of them. Or, I’ll leave my lens on auto focus, and use my camera remote.

3. Use a and remote timer. I switch my remote to the 2 second timer setting so once I hit the shutter button on the remote, I have two seconds to hide it before the photo snaps.

4. Snap away (a lot). I’m sure to take several different photos and poses before going to check my camera to see how they’ve turned out.

10 tips for cute selfies with kids
5. Let your kids take the photo. It’s fun for them to get involved and push the button. It an also make for some cute outtakes.

6. Keep the shutter speed up and shoot closed. I try to keep the shutter speed above 100 in case the kiddos have the wiggles, and the aperture higher than usual. That way you don’t have to worry about accidentally getting some of you out of focus.

7. Shoot wide. It’s easier to shoot wider than necessary and crop the photo than to try to aim the shot tighter and hope to get it just right.

8. Take a variety of angles/ emotions/perspectives. Raise your tripod up, and move it around after you’ve gotten some you like, play with angles.

9. Sit close together. Get snug! Hug, touch, cuddle. And keep snapping! I tend to like the sorta “candid” looks by making faces and sounds at my daughter between pictures. But it’s fun to take some all looking at the camera too. You can even make them into a “photo booth” style with your timer.

10 tips for cute selfies with kids
10. Have Fun. This of course is most important. Don’t stress about it, make it a fun event, and show your kids how they look in the digital previews.

My daughter loves taking pictures, but she especially loves taking pictures with me, or her brother. The ones I take myself with them aren’t usually as striking as the ones I take of them alone, but I cherish these just as much, if not more, because they capture the love I have for them.

Before I knew if Big T was a boy I browsed Pinterest for style ideas for little baby boys. I love boutique-style clothing for my daughter and I wanted my son to be able to look just as adorable in snazzy clothing.

I came across this tutorial to make a cardigan onesie. And while they are SO adorable, the directions made me a little anxious. Mostly the part of dealing with knit fabrics, all the buttons holes and whatnot. I figured there must be a simpler way to get the same look and that’s what I set out to do. I am not the craftiest person in the world, and I like to make things as easy as possible.

DIY Onesie Cardigan

Not only did I figure out a fool-proof way to get the job done, and make a cardigan-style onesie that goes on line a regular onesie–Over the head so you don’t have to mess with all those extra buttons. And the best part is it only cost a whopping $2 to make this thing–If you shop like I do. Sure beats the price tags you’ll find searching Etsy for similar styles.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

I went to one of our local children’s resale shop–Once Upon a Child. They have TONS of onesies, only $1 each. I picked up as many cute styles as I could find, mostly aiming for the striped or bright solid colors. I also went with mostly short-sleeved styles for now because come on, Texas is freggin HOT.

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Then, instead of messing with cutting and attaching stretchy knit fabric, I decided to use bias tape. I found some from this Etsy shop. She let me split up the colors and yardage, so I got 1 yard each of 11 different colors for $11.

I already had buttons and thread, plus scrap fabric for the bow ties, and I was good to go. Want to make your own? I’ll walk you through it.How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

First, here’s what you’ll need:

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Onesie
Scissors
Pins
1yd Bias tape–I like the double fold 1/2 inch tape
Coordinating thread
And a sewing machine to attach the bias tape
Buttons

Step 1 (pictured below)
Create a point at the center of the onesie, parallel to the under-arm area of the sleeve. That’s going to be the point of the v-neck. Using a straight-edge, draw the lines of the V up to the shoulders. Then draw a line down the center of the onesie.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

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How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Step 2 (pictured below)
Cut along your lines. Then cut the onesie trim around the collar area.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

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Step 3 (pictured below)
Open your bias tape and slide the cut edge of the onesie inside to the center fold of the tape. Pin. Note: You don’t need to go completely around the onesie with the bias tape because we’ll overlap where the V connects.

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Step 4 (pictured below)
Sew the bias tape onto the onesie. I stitch all the way around to connect it, starting at the bottom. Then when I get to the opposite side of the straight line, I top stitch the other side of the bias tape, closing the onesie again.

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Step 5 (pictured below)
Add buttons. You can do this carefully using a hot glue gun, or stitch them on with needle and thread.

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Step 6
Spice it up with a coordinating onesie and/or bow tie (super easy tutorial for those coming soon!)

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Using different colors and embellishments could totally girlie it up, but my girl is too big for onesies now so these are all for my little guy.

Like the tutorial? Have any questions? Leave them in the comments section. And please share with your friends!

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

Before Lil’ J was born I already had about six tutus and three tutu dresses made for her. I posted a tutu making tutorial already, but tutu dresses are even more fun, especially for little babies and in my opinion, they’re easier to make! So here’s are my instructions for how to make a tutu dress.

I didn’t want to pay $40+ on something I could make for $5 so I learned how to make them myself.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

I was making one for my friend While Sol Sleeps, so I took photographs along the way to show you how it’s done.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

First, what you’ll need is tulle, a crocheted tube top (which can be made of you cut the tie at the end of a big beanie, or you can buy 6in crocheted headbands here), tulle, scissors, and whatever embellishments you want: flowers, ribbon, etc.

1. Cut the tulle in lengths that you like. I buy my tulle by the roll at Hobby Lobby. It’s rolled up 6in wide which is perfect for tutus. Then I cut the strips 20in long since it’ll be folded in half and become a 10in tutu.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

2. Fold a tulle strip in half, and push the hoop part through a bottom crochet hole in the tutu top.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

3. Pull the other end of the tulle through the loop to make a easy knot, pull it tight.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

4. Repeat all the way around the crocheted top.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

5. Add the flower, and ribbon embellishments to finish it off. I make the flower detachable on a silver hair clip so it can be a hairbow, or clip onto the dress!How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial
What do you think? Don’t think you can make one? Ourlittletutus.com sells cute tutu dresses for an affordable price!

Also, I’ll give away a small pink and black tutu dress to a commenter who comments on this post before November 1st. Lil’ J wore it once to model for this picture, then out grew it! {Giveaway Closed}

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

Update: NEW Disney Princess Tutu Dress Tutorials
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