A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book

95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book

Ready to show your photos some love? Whether it’s of your sister’s smile, your morning coffee, or your new puppy, photos are a way to connect on Facebook and Instagram, keep a visual diary of our lives, and create momentos for future generations. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess, are in love with photographing everyday life. Here, they share that love with 95 all-new tips and photo challenges that will inspire you to style and snap better photos and then transform them into simple yet stunning projects and gifts. You’ll learn how to: • Take the most flattering self-portraits • Be your own stylist to turn dull, cluttered photos into pretty lifestyle photography • Capture adorable couple portraits • Turn everyday moments, hobbies, and rituals into amazing photos • Show off your favorite photos by turning them into handmade jewelry, home décor, and gifts Packed with Elsie and Emma’s happy spirit and unique style, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book will inspire you to capture your days, your friends, and your dreams in beautiful photos!

A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home

Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space

A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home

Step inside the world of Elsie and Emma, the sisters behind the décor blog A Beautiful Mess. With tiny budgets and a crafty, can-do attitude, they overhauled each room in their first homes with DIY projects using family photos, vibrant fabrics, flea-market finds, and affordable furniture. Now, you can learn how to paint, craft, and decorate your way to a happy, bright space with distinct personality. In the same upbeat spirit and modern style found on their blog, you’ll find fresh, all-new projects including: • An inspired geometric-pattern coffee table made of balsa wood • A hand-lettered statement wall featuring your favorite quote • A quick and easy electrical tape update for your refrigerator • A set of beautifully designed serving dishes And more! Packed with bonus styling tips from hanging the perfect gallery wall to making mismatched furniture work, Happy Handmade Home is design inspiration for personalizing your own space.

Snap and Share

Exploring the Potential of Instagram and Other Photo and Video Apps

Snap and Share

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s true, then what are a thousand pictures worth? Today, with the use of mobile smartphones and similar devices containing miniaturized cameras, snapping and sharing photos has never been easier—or more commonplace. Playing around with photo and video apps like Instagram, Vine, Flickr, and Snapchat has become a natural part of teenage life. But along with the fun comes responsibility. This volume guides readers through simple steps for using photo and video apps and offers ideas for unleashing creativity. It also addresses the potential risks of using these apps, such as cyberbullying, and suggests a code of conduct that should be enforced whenever anyone snaps and shares.

Instagram

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger

Instagram

In an increasingly app-focused world, you would be hard-pressed to find a user who hasn’t encountered the massively popular photo-sharing app Instagram. With over 150 million active monthly users, Instagram’s wild success is well known, but unlike other stories of tech triumph, few know the details behind the achievements of Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. With their experience from other companies, including Google and Microsoft, this pair gave new life to amateur photography the world over. Read how two young, driven techies became the CEOs of the most popular photography app in the world today.

Ruby Star Wrapping

Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove

Ruby Star Wrapping

Explains how to transform leftover materials and containers into reusable gift packaging, revealing how creative, environmentally aware crafters can use discarded boxes, old linens and other common objects to make gift-worthy boxes, bags and wraps. Original.

Canon 7D

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Canon 7D

This book has one goal: to teach Canon 7D owners how to make great shots using your camera. Starting with the top ten things you need to know about the 7D — charging your battery, setting your ISO, reviewing your photos, and more — professional photographer Nicole S. Young then carefully guides you through the modes of the camera, offering practical advice on choosing your settings, expert shooting tips, and end-of-chapter “challenges” to get you up and running with your 7D. This book is for anyone who has upgraded from a point-and-shoot, or who wants to jump right into photography with the control and capabilities of a powerful DSLR. Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots shows not only what makes a great shot work — but how to get that shot using your 7D. Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Nicole S. Young, and you will: Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the 7D Use the 7D’s advanced camera settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits Find out how to get great shots in low light Learn the basics behind shooting video with your 7D and start making movies of your own Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with challenges at the end of every chapter And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your 7D to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/canon7dfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

Canon EOS 60D

From Snapshots to Great Shots, Portable Documents

Canon EOS 60D

This book has one goal: to teach you how to make great shots using your Canon EOS 60D. Starting with the top ten things you need to know about the camera—charging your battery, setting your ISO, reviewing your photos, and more—photography pro Nicole Young then carefully guides you through the modes of the camera, offering practical advice on choosing your settings, expert shooting tips, and end-of-chapter “challenges” to get you up and running with your EOS 60D. This book is for anyone who wants to upgrade from a point-and-shoot, or who wants to jump right into photography with the control and capabilities of a powerful DSLR. Canon EOS 60D: From Snapshots to Great Shots shows not only what makes a great shot work—but how to get that shot using your EOS 60D. Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, and you will: Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the EOS 60D Use the EOS 60D’s advanced camera settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits Find out how to get great shots in low light Learn the basics of shooting video with your EOS 60D and start making movies of your own Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with challenges at the end of every chapter And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your EOS 60D to get great shots at http://www.flickr.com/groups/canon60dfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

What Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running America

What Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running America

A guide to the politicos, money men, lobbyists, and deal makers who really run America What foreign country has the power to send America crashing into a recession? Why is the USA still dangerously dependent on oil, when viable energy alternatives have existed for decades? Who made the call that we should return to nuclear energy—and then took a high-paying position with a nuclear company? Which youth group was a spawning ground for many contemporary power mongers? What lobbyists and special-interest groups are running the show on Capitol Hill—and exactly what tools of persuasion are they using? Melissa Rossi answers these questions and more in this timely and topical guide to who’s pulling the strings behind the scenes of American politics. This latest edition of Rossi’s popular What Every American Should Know. . . series puts the spotlight on our own backyard, covering topics like: • Which groups ensure that Americans pay more for drugs than any other nation • How our immigration laws are damaging the U.S. economy • Who’s telling the school boards what your child will learn • Who really benefits from U.S. foreign policy • How corporations and government agencies are spying on us • Why we should avoid electronic voting • Who killed the electric car and who exposed it Organized by topic for easy reference, What Every American Should Know About Who’s Really Running America shows Americans what is going on behind the scenes and how they can counterbalance the influence of a small, powerful elite to put the power back where it should be—in the hands of the people.