How to Photograph Your Home Vegetable Garden

Not too long ago I invested in a web enabled smart phone. It allows me to send and receive emails, surf the web and has a built in camera. In today’s world of fast pace, have it now, technology, I find that I am guilty of wanting the latest, greatest electronic gizmos. Electronics ranks 3rd in my list of must haves after gardening and woodworking, so it’s up there fairly high.

With smart phone in hand with a built in camera I was in heaven. I could use technology to take instant photos of my home vegetable garden and upload them online for the world to see. It is a real time snapshot of what I am growing at that moment.

Usually within seconds there are a few “likes” and some comments. Even with the latest technology, one thing I have learned is, I am not Ansel Adams (a world famous photographer). My photography skills needed some work.

I turned to Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes who is a professional photographer that specializes in landscapes and still-life photography. Perfect. Who else to get advice from than an award winning photography expert.

When is the best time to photograph the garden?
Michelle says the best time is when the sun is overhead. Choosing a soft morning or afternoon light is ideal, before 10 am if possible. The colors in your photos will be richer.

What is the best angle to photograph your garden?
“Don’t be afraid to get dirty,” says Michelle. “Kneeling, even laying down on the same level as your subject for the best detail and most interesting angle.” She continues, “If you’re shooting the entire garden in one frame, stand back and make sure your horizon line is on the one third or bottom one third of the shot.”

Both of these tips will work with any of today’s digital cameras or smart phones that are at least five megapixels. Less than 5 (which is rare today) and the pictures will look too “grainy”. Michelle also recommends that you should always take photos in color.

With today’s editing software you can always go back later and make your color photos go black and white. “Black and White landscape shots can really be stunning, especially when there is a lot of contrast between light and dark, such as right after a snowfall,” says Michelle.

Along with photographing my home vegetable garden (albeit, still a work in progress), I have come to learn and love Photoshop.

Photo Beam Sensors Have Key Advantages Over Passive Infrared Systems

Distinct advantages in the way photo beams security systems work when compared to PIR (passive infrared) systems should be taken in account for home and business owners alike looking to install or upgrade a perimeter security system.

While no one likes to think about their home or business being broken into, the fact is a burglar can strike any of us- at any time. Even if you live or own a business in a low crime neighborhood, that doesn’t stop thieves from targeting your property. No security system is perfect, but having no security system makes your home or business that much easier to break into than a home or business with a system.

If you are considering installing a wireless infrared home security system be sure to consider that while there are many options out there – each has distinct advantages and disadvantages! After owning and operating a business for several years – and having taken advantage of both PIR and photo beam systems to secure my property, there is one thing I have come to loathe above all – false alarms! There’s nothing like the stress of a midnight phone call, a panicked rush to contact the proper authorities – only to find that the culprit is the neighbourhood cat!

The distinct advantage of photo beam security over PIR security is evident in the way photo beams work. Two units create an ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ beam between each other. Photo beams are a thin beam, unlike many PIR alarms which have a vertical and horizontal spread beam with a limited detection distance. Both photo beams must be broken prior to alarm signal being sent so photo beam sensors eliminate false alarms caused by falling leaves, branches, animals and movement of vegetation due to weather – problems consistently noted with PIR systems – by myself personally and admitted unabashedly by providers and retailers.

These type of sensors are not a new technology by any means! They are currently one of the best established security solutions in the market place. Photo beams provide an invisible ‘fence’, which when broken by an intruder creates an alarm condition. This makes them particularly suitable for perimeter protection.

Unique technology innovations made by leading designers provide a wide range of functions that greatly simplify installation while maintaining reliable performance, even in adverse weather or poor environmental conditions.

Quite simply, photo beam perimeter security have taken active infrared detection to a new level of reliability and protection against false alarms!

Learning to Care for Iguanas by Using Iguana Photos

You can learn a lot from iguana photos. Of course, it is always good to use reading material to learn more about any given subject, but photos are also helpful, especially if you use them along with written material.

Photos and Iguanas

If you are wondering what an iguana looks like, the best way to find out is to find a picture of one. The best way to do this is to go to a computer, log onto the Internet and search for a picture of an iguana by using Google Image Search or the picture search section of your favorite search engine. Wikipedia and other online encyclopedias may also have pictures of iguanas.

You can determine the size, color, and shape of an iguana by looking at a picture. Of course, size would be just an estimate. It’s best to look at multiple pictures of an iguana – closeup photos and photos of an iguana in its natural habitat to put its size into context.

Iguanas and Their Food

Iguana photos can also depict what iguanas eat and how they eat their food. Iguanas are herbivores, and they eat green, leafy vegetables and fruit. For example, the kind of vegetables they eat include lettuce and broccoli. The kind of fruit they eat includes raspberries, oranges and blackberries. It is important that all food and water is fresh. If you need to know what non-fresh food looks like, you can do a search online, but spoiled food should be obvious in its smell and appearance.

Lighting and Temperature

Iguanas like to lie in the sun, so it’s important that any enclosure or habitat is properly lit. Do a search for iguana cage photos or something similar to get some inspiration on how you should keep the enclosure properly lit. The iguana’s cage should be between 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot rocks are not necessary and may damage the iguana’s feet and/or skin. An environment that does not have the ideal temperature may lead to indigestion. Photos can help you determine what kind of lamp or heating pad is appropriate for your cage or enclosure.


Your iguana’s enclosure or cage should be kept clean. This is also fairly obvious, but important. You can use photos to determine how clean the enclosure should be, and what a dirty cage or enclosure looks like so you can avoid a dirty habitat.

Photos should not always be used by themselves, but can help make written information clearer. With the World Wide Web, finding photos of iguanas and almost anything else is quick and easy.

Photo Cards For the Holidays

Holiday cards, the season is upon us. With the advent of online greeting cards and digital printing there are just so many choices out there, it can get downright confusing.

One interesting thing I have found in the world of online holiday cards is that for just a few dollars more than you would spend on digitally printed cards, you can get letterpress printed holiday cards – a real high quality product – hand printed, professionally designed, quality paper – the works.

If high quality and good design appeal to you, there is no comparison between the two types of printing. Digital printing has a laserjet quality look on glossy, flimsy cardstock. You know what I mean, you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. What letterpress printing offers is far superior. You get ultra thick paper ranging from 600gsm (thick) to 92pt (super thick). Why does that matter? The thicker the paper the more printing impression you get (if it’s a good letterpress printer). This increases the wow effect. Truly one of kind.

Another benefit of using letterpress printed holiday photo cards is the use of real photos. Digital printing uses a digital printer to print the photo directly onto the card. It is not a real photo on real photo paper. This diminishes some of the colors. With a letterpress printed holiday cards you use real photos from a photo center and place them on each card. Though this may seem tedious at first, but it doesn’t take long because the tape is already on the card; photo -ready. You simply peel and stick the picture in a few seconds and your done. This element really adds another level of texture and quality to the card.

Not to seem trendy by jumping on the green bandwagon, but if you are concerned about the environment, letterpress printing offers something else digital processors can’t. Many letterpress printers use vegetable or soy-based inks and hand print the designs onto a wide range of environmentally friendly papers from tree-free cotton papers to papers made from 100% post consumer waste. Just a few things to consider when you are ready to order you holiday cards online this year.