Little Accomplishments – February 23rd, 2018

Little Accomplishments – February 23rd, 2018

Hi there, and Happy Friday to you guys!! ❤ I hope you’re doing well. 🙂 Last night, I decided to start putting together a Little Accomplishments post for today, so as you can see, that’s what I’ll be sharing with you! Compiling one of these from time to time is so enjoyable, because as I’ve stated before, I love celebrating all of life’s joys – no matter how small! (Edit: I just noticed I put ‘January’ in the title instead of ‘February’ – my goodness! That just shows how time flies, haha!)

On a side note, I wanted to quickly mention that today is my parents’ anniversary! ❤ This is a really special date for them, and for our whole family, as well. I couldn’t ask for a better friend than my mom, or a greater supporter than my dad – they both mean so much to me, and are my two biggest role models. I’m extremely thankful for all that they do for us! 🙂

Alright, now I’m ready to talk about today’s post! If you are, too, let’s check out what I’ve gotten done this past week. xx Happy reading!


Little Accomplishments –
February 23rd, 2018

This past week, I …

  • got all of last year’s pictures printed. (I’ve been needing to do this for a while, so you have no idea how much joy this accomplishment brings to me!! Knowing all those pictures will be printed, without the possibility of being lost on our family computer forever [lol], gives me such peace of mind. I’m looking forward to their arrival in the mail so I can sort them into my photo boxes [which you can see below].)

  • cleaned up my whole closet. (Another thing that’s been long in coming – I’m very happy that it’s finished now! I’ll be getting a dresser soon to keep my clothes in, instead of stacking them in my closet, because that hasn’t been working very well. Until then, I’ve created a nice setup, which I’m finally content with!)
  • worked on more blog posts. (Recently, I’ve been going through so much with my family – both good, and the occasional bad – that I didn’t have enough space left in my thoughts to compose a good blog post much of the time. However, this past week, I’ve enjoyed sitting down and coming up with ideas to then eventually write about on my blog. I hope you guys will enjoy them, too!)
  • got my very first camera. (Ahhhh I’m so excited!!! It just arrived in the mail this past Tuesday, and in the days since, I’ve thoroughly been enjoying trying out its many settings and getting familiar with how it works. After extensively browsing on Amazon, I found that the Kodak Pixpro AZ361 was the best choice for me. I have to tell you, the ease of use, fantastic image/video quality, and durability of this camera are an absolute steal at its current price! If you’re in the market for a camera, I’d highly recommend looking into this one. ❤ )


Thank you so much for reading!! I hope that you have an absolutely fantastic weekend. ❤ Before I go, however, I have a quote of the day that I’d like to share with you.

“You matter in God’s eyes.”

I pray that you’ll never forget that beautiful fact!

Let me know in the comments below:

What have YOU gotten done this past week?

Have a great day!

— Maggie

How To Take AWESOME Photos With Your iPhone

How To Take AWESOME Photos With Your iPhone

Technically, I’m not a photographer. I don’t use a camera to shoot any of my photos; I use my iPhone 5s. Therefore, what I really am is an iPhoneographer.

Over the past two and a half years, I’ve gotten pretty good at the simple art of taking great iPhone photos. I’d love to share my knowledge with you in 7 tips that are very important to remember on your own journey of taking pictures with your iPhone. 😊📱💥

{Master Your iPhone’s Camera Functions}

1. Always take photos full-size – avoid shooting in square mode! Crop later; most, if not all, editing apps have a cropping feature. It’s possible that you’ll regret only having square dimensions on certain shots if you ever decide to get them printed, framed, etc.

unfiltered; flower at an apple orchard

2. Turn off flash. I never use it, and I don’t recommend it; find light sources elsewhere. Plus, flash is blinding 😂

unfiltered; old picture of me being blinded by flash

3. Don’t use the photo filters that come with the camera. I’ve found that once I put those filtered photos onto my computer, the files become corrupt! Maybe it’s just my computer … either way, I think that edit app filters are prettier, anyway. 💕

filtered with Rookie Cam; my brother drawing with chalk
filtered with Rookie Cam; my brother drawing with chalk

4. Use the front-facing camera for all selfies. You don’t necessarily have to follow this rule/suggestion, but the quality of user-facing cameras of all phones are known for their poor picture quality. Save our eyes from fuzzy images; take photos with the outward-facing camera.

both filtered with Rookie Cam; outward-facing (left) selfie and user-facing (right) selfie

5. Learn how to use exposure. If you raise the exposure higher than auto (tap screen and slide up), that allows more light into the camera. You’ll get pictures like this:

unfiltered; trees in my backyard

If you lower the exposure so that less light enters the camera, you’ll get pictures like this:

filtered with Rookie Cam; my brother’s silhouette (pic taken at 4PM)

Different settings, different results. Experiment with both; you’ll soon learn what situations look best in high, low, and auto lighting.

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{3 Great Tips for Taking Awesome iPhone Photos}

1. Always be on the lookout for natural light. Phone cameras do best in natural lighting, which is why I’m always on the lookout for sunlight. Most shots taken outside or near an open window will turn out clearer and brighter than artificial-lighted photos, as long as there isn’t too much movement or direct sunlight. (If the sun is visible in the picture itself, the brightness of the picture might be overwhelming.)

unfiltered; my brother blowing bubbles

2. Tap to focus – always. Over the years, I’ve learned that auto-focus isn’t foolproof. Get in the habit of manually focusing – just tap the screen once where the subject of your photo is.

filtered with Rookie Cam; my sister laughing

3. Take as many photos as you can. iPhone camera shutter speeds aren’t very fast. (By the way, shutter speed is the amount of time between when you click and when the camera actually takes the picture.) That means that if you only take one picture, you’re not likely to have captured the moment exactly how you wanted it to look. I recommend taking tons of photos, even if they all look like duplicates from a distance. Once you’re done taking pictures, view each one up close, keep the good ones, and trash all the ones that didn’t turn out.

unfiltered; three very similar photos of my sister

Thank you so much for reading! If you’d like to see more tutorials, please comment below on what topics you’d like to see. For now, I’m planning on writing a post about my favorite editing app (Rookie Cam). 😄💕✨ ¡Adiós!

— Maggie