When I’ve finally had the time and inclination to be outside taking pictures this week, Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.

While I always prefer being outdoors taking pictures with natural backgrounds, I figured now was as good a time as any to learn something new; taking indoor glamour shots. You know, the ones where the subject looks like it’s sitting in a studio with professional equipment?

Guess what? It’s easy to do right at home. I still can’t believe I took this picture:

Don says the smell of Stargazer lilies reminds him of Bengay, but they evoke a sense of grandeur and opulence for me. One whiff and I’m at the Waldorf Astoria. I love, love, love Stargazer lilies, so I wanted the focus of my pictures solely on the flower, not our kitchen in the background.

Here’s how:

1. Move a table so that it butts right up against a window. You’ll be using only natural light here, no artificial light at all.

2. Tape tissue paper to the window. This allows natural light to wash in, but blocks the direct, harsh light.

3. Tape aluminum foil to the table. Be sure to smooth it all out.

4. Place your glamour object (flowers or cupcakes would be my favorites) on the table and snap away!

Really easy, and really fun.

And honestly, who doesn’t want to feel like a professional photographer at least once in their life?

3/24 Update: Check out Flartus’s glamour over at Flartopia.

We’re having some serious technical difficulties here. For goodness’ sake, all I’ve wanted for the last few days is to show you my tomatoes.

Thanks to Danni at On the Way to Critter Farm, her support, and her tomato seeds, this is the very first tomato I’ve ever grown from seed. And I’ve been so excited to share it with you.

Instead, as I’ve downloaded pictures from my cameras these last few days, I’ve been getting this:

And, instead of this:

I’ve downloaded this:

Because I was able to download photos successfully onto another computer, here’s what I do know about this issue:

  1. It’s happening to about two-thirds of my photos; not all
  2. It’s not my cameras
  3. It’s not my lenses
  4. It’s not the USB cable
  5. It’s not the USB ports 
  6. Photos that I already have stored on the computer are not affected; only new photos that I download onto the computer are

There’s something going on with our computer and we can’t figure out what it is. Does anyone out there have any ideas?

By the way, the tomatoes are delish. Thank you, Danni! ♥