July 11, 2016

A New Head and Legs

While I may need (want) a new head and legs for this old body (ha)...I am talking about a new head and legs to improve my photography. 

lamp, plates

I finally took the plunge and made a decision. 

After about a year of thinking, reading reviews, and saving my money I finally purchased a tripod. 

I went to a camera store in Lexington and sought help with making my decision. The very nice salesman showed me how each clip, pin, and lock worked on the various legs he thought would be good for my camera. 


(These pics were taken with my iPad...so maybe not the best quality. I just wanted to show you the tripod with the camera attached.) 

I knew that I needed a head and legs that would support my camera with its heaviest lens. My cousin gave me that tip. 

The tripod is really two separate pieces. Head. Legs. I learned that in the camera store. (Murphy's Camera in Lexington, Ky) 

I found out from a cousin of mine who works in photojournalism that I should purchase a ball head for my legs. Makes for smooth tilting of camera. 
tripod head

I had to sit on the floor with the instructions to figure out how the locks, and various adjustments work. More to practice! Ha! I am trying to keep my brain busy learning new things, and photography sure does challenge my brain. 😊 


In the photo above, #1 points to the ball head. #2 points to the aluminum legs. 


If you look closely above, the arrow is touching the ball. 

I made a bit of an investment in my head and legs, because I really only want to buy one time. I hate to buy economy and then in six months or a year something breaks. 

I chose Manfrotto brand for both the head and legs. The legs are aluminum and a medium overall weight. 


My salesman asked how I used my camera. I told him that I would not be hiking through the woods taking pics, but rather setting up my tripod in and around the house mostly. 

Because of that I could buy a heavier tripod. (Hiker photographers need lightweight equipment.) I love the sturdiness of my new tripod. 


I set up the tripod in the dining room and took some practice shots. I felt that I needed to invest in a tripod to help me with a couple of things. 

1. Camera shake, i.e. blur. 
2. Level pictures. 

china cabinet

These practice shots look better than my usual hand held camera pics. 

They are sharp and more level! woohoo! I have more practicing to do in setting up my tripod shots, but I believe I see improvement. 



blue and white jars

chinoiserie jars

I decided some time ago that photography is going to be my "mid life" hobby. 

My goal is to learn to take portrait pics, as well as to learn lighting well enough to take photos of my dark house. Join me on the journey!

Do you use a tripod for your photos? If so...what tips can you share with us?

Thanks for visiting!

Blog linkups, July 10, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
I Should be Mopping the Floor, Inspiration Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
Our Home Away From Home
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (wed p.m.)
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
+Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson 
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Chic on a Shoestring, Flaunt It Friday
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup
Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest
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My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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