Sunday, 17 February 2013

Tripod

This weekend I set about putting my newly acquired camera tripod (a Christmas present from my brother) to use and what a difference to my photos it has made!


One of the drawbacks to living in a small cottage is that there it can be quite dark due to the smaller windows and this is means that when I take photos inside (especially when it is winter) I have to change the settings on my camera so that there is a longer delay on the shutter closure to allow more light in. But this also means that the camera picks up even the smallest movement of my hand, and results in a rather shaky picture!


But now with the tripod I have perfect stillness! I got up nice and early today to catch the best light and proceeded in settling up the tripod in each room and liberally snapped away. I tried to catch most of the room in two photos and then focus on a pretty room detail so that I could make pleasing collages of these images.


I am rather pleased with the results so far, the hardest room to do was the bathroom as it is the smallest room. I even took a few photos while standing in the bath! Holly and Ivy seemed determined to be in most of the photos and I had to disregard a few of the shots which have some rather blurry photos of them playing in the middle of the floor.


The dining room was also quite difficult as if I don't have the light switched on the natural light that comes through the garden door can make give it quite a "cool" look. But having the electric light can make it seem rather yellow, I quickly realised that getting the right lighting is what makes a really good photo - after content obviously. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my amateur attempts!


41 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photographs Charlotte and certainly worthy of any magazine. I must admit I really struggle to take nice photographs so a tripod would be a good investment as I can never keep my hands still.
    Jo xx

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  2. What a beautiful cottage you have, are they original shutters at the window?

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    1. Thank you, unfortunately the shutters didn't come with the cottage - although they are old. We bought them at a local reclaimation yard and had them fitted about a year after we moved in.

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  3. Lovely photos your eiderdowns are fab!

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  4. You have a very beautiful home. Fabulous photos.
    Kay x

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  5. Your photos look very professional - and your house is beautiful!

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  6. Lovely photos, I'm not surprised you are pleased with them. As someone else has said they are certainly as good as any in a magazine. I particularly like your bedroom photos; it's probably because you have some pretty eiderdowns and quilts and the perfume bottle is very pretty.

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  7. Hi Charlotte,

    Your cottage is absolutely CHARMING!! I love the soft wall colors in your rooms, your furnishings, and accessories; all the little details just make your home so lovely. The camera tripod will make a huge difference. I just use our point and shoot camera most of the time, but my husband has a larger Canon DSLR camera, and he uses the tripod a lot. We both love to take pictures.

    I've been following your blog for about a year now. I've been meaning to stop and leave a comment and somehow never seem to get around to it. We live in the southeastern region of the United States, and I blog at "House at Forest Manor." We visited England in 1999, and I've been doing a series of posts on our trip there. I had always wanted to visit your beautiful country, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, even though it was only for one week. One day, I hope to return for another visit.

    Enjoy your new tripod, and I hope you have a great weekend!

    Denise

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  8. The photos convey just how wonderful and lovely your cottage is. Thank you for the tour...just beautiful!

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  9. Oh gosh, what wonderful photos and your cottage is so very pretty! It looks light filled. Our cottage is tiny and although it has high ceilings and big windows, it can still be hard to photograph. Tripod - brilliant! Minerva ~

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  10. HI,be still my beating heart your photo's are FABULOSO!!! My face is a lovely shade of green,I am sooo envious of your beautiful home, job well done indeedy,you have excellent taste.'bye for now Pam.

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  11. Oh my goodness,your home is GORGEOUS!! Thank you for showing your cottage and all the wonderful things in it.It makes me want to have a good tidy up and rearrange everything in my house.
    Enjoy your new tripod!

    Bellaboo X

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  12. Hi - the photos are beautiful! Can I ask - where is the bed from with the baskets underneath? This is exactly what I am looking for for my spare bedroom. Thank you! Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      I'm so glad you like my photos! The bed with the baskets is from Feather & Black, we bought it a few years ago so I'm not sure if they still make it.
      Charlotte

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  13. Charlotte, your photos are so beautiful! What a great present. Your cottage is gorgeous, the colours and decorations perfect. Your picture taking is amazing. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.

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  14. What beautiful pictures. Your cottage is so cute and cosy. I love the soft colours you have used for the walls. The bed is so clever with the wicker baskets. And the floral bedding is to die for. Thank you for sharing.
    Rosezeeta.

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  15. Fab photos and what a fabulous cottage.So cosy and homely. Thank you for giving us a sneaky peek!

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  16. You have a beautiful house, and the photos are very nice!!

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  17. Your photos are lovely! I was also given a tripod recently but one that only extends to 6 inches tall - even so it's nice to not have to worry about the shaky hand effect! Your cottage looks beautiful x Jane

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  18. Such a pretty cottage and like the other blogger said worthy to be featured in any magazine for its lovely content. I too have a tripod but i haven't even tried it out...perhaps I should as clearly it makes a difference to the photo quality! Have a lovely week. Sharon

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  19. Lovely pics, I so enjoy popping over here for look see. I am loving those eiderdowns of yours! xo Rachel

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  20. I love your cottage and this blog, I always get a serious case of cottage envy when perusing..However it also inpsires me to do something with my own place...x

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  21. Charlotte, do you think you should submit your cottage to Country Living or Country Homes & Interiors? I think, and I am sure so do others, that your beautiful cottage is more than worthy of a magazine place. You have a wonderful style. These photos are truly wonderful. ( sorry for the second comment )

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    1. Hi Ann,
      Thank you for your lovely comments. That's so nice of you to say! I would love for my home to be featured in one of those lovely interior magazines. I've been trying to get my home included for a while now so maybe I'll have some good news soon...
      Charlotte

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    2. Hi Charlotte, I wish you all the very best and hope you are successful (I am sure you will be). Please let us all know when the time comes so I can order my copy !! Ann

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  22. I love your cottage. The colours you chose for the two bedroom walls! Do you remember what are the names of those paints?

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    1. Hi Magali,
      Thank you! The colour in the main bedroom is Starling's Egg by Little Greene Paint Company and the second bedroom is Teresa's Green by Farrow and Ball.
      Charlotte

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    2. Thanks for your answer. I must say that I've had my eye on Teresa's green for a while now. Your answer made me buy a sample... But it turns out to be too dark for my dining-room... I'll try something lighter, but with the same "spirit"!
      Magali

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  23. Your home looks beautiful. So cosy and homely x x x x

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  24. Gorgeous photo's of a beautiful house. They really are fantastic photos….must get me a tripod (and perhaps finish decorating the house.)

    Ali
    xx

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  25. Your cottage is absolutely gorgeous! I love the bedroom with the quaint little fireplace! Great photos! x

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