Jun 2

Free Summer “Seeds” Download

2010 at 2:14 pm   |   by Kristin Chesemore Filed under Motherhood

seedsSummer is almost here for the Chesemore family. School ends next Friday and I am excited to have my three boys home for three months. They can hardly wait for Summer Celebration, hours of swimming, and ice cream at Jimmy Cone.

My boys don’t know it yet, but I also have some serious goals for their summer—and topping the list is Scripture memory.

At these ages (6, 7, 10), kid’s minds are like sponges: they absorb and retain information very easily. So I want to soak my three little sponges in God’s Word all summer.

One of the most effective (and fun!) ways to help kids memorize Scripture is through song—and that’s why our summer soundtrack will be Seeds Family Worship.

I know I’ve blogged on this before, but I love these cd’s. The music is upbeat and fun to listen to (even for a mom!). And what better way to make good use of those drives to and from the pool or ice cream and especially long road trips.

Seeds Family Worship has kindly offered girltalk readers a free download of one of their songs (my son, Owen’s favorite): “The Good Song.”

Hope you enjoy the song, the Seeds CD’s, and your summer!

Jun 1

Photography Talk: Inside My Camera Bag

2010 at 2:13 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Photography

cameraI’m interrupting myself—and my general comments on photography—to answer a question which I’ve received a lot: “what kind of camera do you use?”

Up until a few months ago, I was shooting with the Nikon d70. This past February it died, and I made the upgrade to the Nikon d300s. I love it!

But my favorite pieces of equipment in my camera bag are actually my lenses. The lens is as important—if not more so—than the camera in achieving a good image. I have the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and the Nikon 105mm f/2.8. (You can find comparable lenses for the brand of camera that you use.)

My 50mm is on my camera 75% of the time. If I could recommend you buy one thing to improve your photography, it would be this lens. It is a fixed-lens which means it has no zoom. Your feet become the zoom—don’t worry, you get used to it!

Fixed lenses produce sharper images. And that little “f/1.4” means that you can shoot with a very wide aperture. Translation: you can shoot in low light situations without using a flash. There are more advantages than the two just mentioned. Google, and you will find more than you can read.

(This lens has a cheaper cousin known as the 50mm “f/1.8.” It’s cheaper because of that little “f” number again. Not a big deal. Simply means that with the “f/1.4” I will be able to shoot with a tad less light than you.)

My 105mm is fun. It took me many birthdays to save for. It is also a fixed lens (I like those no-zooms). It’s a telephoto lens so I can be far away from my subject while seeing them up close through the viewfinder. It produces a really beautiful soft and hazy background, which I love. It also has macro capabilities so I could take a picture of a single eyelash if I really felt like it. Hmm…don’t think I’ll ever feel like it.

Hope that answers your questions. Feel free to keep ‘em coming.