How to Take The Cutest Dog Pictures

Dogs are a man’s best friend – do you want to turn your dog into an Instagram superstar? Follow these tips for some super cute dog photos you can show off to all your friends!

Act normal!

When you’re taking pictures of your dog, take it slow – act like you’re doing absolutely nothing! The worst thing to do here is act like its a huge dramatic thing that’s happening, keep it as normal as possible and your dog is more likely to stay put! You also don’t want them to think you’re playing a game and they end up moving around way too much!

Don’t use flash

puppy-1903313_1920Although in most photography cases you use flash indoors, not here! Using flash runs the risk of startling your dog which you don’t want to do! If you need flash, then try raising the ISO. The ISO is a scale on your camera which relates to light sensitivity – you’ll find it on a scale from about 100 to roughly 3200 (though the numbers vary a little between cameras). Use a low number if it’s a bright sunny day or slowly raise it if there’s not much light around. Using a higher ISO will give you a bit more noise in the photo though in return you’ll definitely be able to see your dog! The best way to decide what ISO you need is trial and error. Start off by raising the ISO in small amounts otherwise you might get a picture that’s unnecessarily noisy!

Get your dog comfortable

Let your dog sniff the camera. This way they can understand it’s not some weird unknown machine that might cause them harm. Body language is also seriously important, dogs can pick up on human body language so easily. Unlike cats – eye contact is really important. Straight on eye contact is a sign of security for dogs – in the wild, it’s what their pack leaders do.

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Watch the details and your background

When taking pictures of any animal, focus on the eyes! This means anyone looking at your image will look straight at the eyes so it gives the image a focus – and the eyes give your dog the cute factor!

Your background is also really important. As a general rule, try make the background as simple as possible. You want maximum attention on your dog at the end of the day not your washing behind him!

Take lots of pictures and experiment!

We’re not in the days of film photography now – so take lots of pictures! This means you can select the sharpest, clearest image as your winner! Try taking your photos from different angles. I always find the cutest pictures are taken on your dog’s level – see the world from their perspective!

Maybe you’re after an action shot of your dog playing. If this is the case you’ll definitely need lots of pictures! Your camera/smartphone probably will have a continous mode so you can take a burst of pictures milliseconds after the previous one. If you can set a shutter speed then get this as quick as possible!

Pay your model…

Lastly, just as humans love a good treat, I’m sure your model will too! I’ve been told this is the best way to get some future cooperation.

Parenting Insights | Emma

In yesterday’s post we spoke to Emma, a Mum of three from Cornwall. Every Sunday we’ll be giving you an insight from a Mum and her parenting experiences. 

“…I will always support you don’t ever be afraid to talk to me, you know there’s nothing that you can say which will upset me. I’m here to support you 100%…”

“…I was fostered as a child so I’ve always known that as a Mum I want to be the best parent I can possibly be. Going from foster home to foster home, I’ve always wanted to show them that no matter what you do wrong I will always back and support you. The affection you get from them, knowing that you’ve created this little person. You see how much they love you and rely on you. Even the smallest things, like cooking their favourite dinner (which is anything pasta!) makes them so happy.  This little person you’ve created is so amazing.”

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At the Beach (from @the.greens.in.cornwall on Instagram)

Parenting Stories Chapter 2

Meet the Mums

Here on our blog we’re shining a light on Mums from all walks of life. In this article we talk to Emma. She’s a Mum of 3 – Charlie (10), Harry (9) and Rosie (6). Starting out with a blog and working with some brands, she has now built up an Instagram following. Over there, she documents the ups, downs and everything in between of life as a stay at home Mum. 

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Emma and Rosie (6)

 

What does parenting mean to you?

There are so many so many ways to answer that question. You sacrifice your life for them to protect them and give them what they need. To show them unconditional love. It’s a minefield. When you have your first child you go into it all blind, to the idea of being a parent – you’re winging it. Now with three, they’re all so individual – you do the best you can for them every day. 

I will always support you don’t ever be afraid to talk to me, you know there’s nothing that you can say which will upset me. I’m here to support you 100%

In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding bit of being a parent is?

The affection you get from them, knowing that you’ve created this little person. You see how much they love you and rely on you. Even the smallest things, like cooking their favourite dinner (which is anything pasta!) makes them so happy.  this little person you’ve created is so amazing.

How do you think your parents have shaped how you’ve bought your kids up? 

I was fostered as a child so I’ve always known that when I want to be the best parent I can possibly be. Particularly because of my background, going from foster home to foster home, I’ve always wanted to show them that no matter what you do wrong I will always back and support you. I want them to know that there’s nothing you can do which will upset me, I’m here to support you 100%. 

The kids know quite a bit about my upbringing and they took it quite well – it doesn’t phase them that we haven’t got a massive family network. I think everything happens for a reason. I think they enjoy the fact we are a small unit. We’re such a tight knit family – it’s just us, my partner and they have a stepsister. We’re all here to support each other. It’s nice having a small unit, we go out for adventures on weekends and all kinds of fun activities. 

If you could do one thing differently, what would it be? 

We’ve recently moved. About a year ago we moved to Cornwall. For us, that’s what we chose for a better life for them. Where we used to live there was a lot of bullying and we were insecure about letting them go out to play. We’d worry about what would happen to them, you can’t be with them all the time and you have to let them have them have their freedom. But where we are here, we can let them play out the front friends that they’ve made there’s not a constant worry about how they are.

Now we’re about a 15 minute drive from the beach and things are so different. People don’t have the same priorities. The silly things like having the right shoes and brands just aren’t there anymore, we can worry about the bigger things in life!

Now is your chance to embarrass your kid – tell me an embarrassing story! 

I don’t know if this is ultimately embarrasing but we were walking in a little village. I took my kids to feed the ducks – have a picnic, that kind of thing.  I  gave my daughter, who’s 6 some bread to feed the ducks. I made sure I told her to steer well clear of the water and don’t chuck the whole loaf in. But the next thing I know – I look round and she’s in the water with the ducks!!  My boys found it hilarious and even started filming it! I just hope the other people nearby weren’t watching too closely…

What annoys you the most about parenting? 

The most annoying, and I’m going to be completely real here, is how untidy and messy they can be! I’m not a complete neat freak – things have a place! It’s when they take their school clothes off and just throw them on the floor. I’m like “you know where they go!”. They might have a packet of crisps but leave the cupboard open – but I don’t think I’m alone in this battle!

What’s the one most important thing about parenting?

Don’t follow other people – it’s good to be different. Now with Instagram and so on, people show what they want you to see, but it’s not real life! They post just the good bits and not the reality. Filters or not, do it how you feel comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with asking for advice, don’t feel like you need to follow the crowd!

Documenting your memories is another thing I think is so important. I’d reccomend taking a picture a day of your kids. It could be in any format you like  but it creates a lovely record of how your kids so you can see how they’ve grown. When your mother in law comments on how much they’ve grown, you have the proof!

So above all, use your time wisely, make the most of you children while they are young because before long they grow up and don’t want mummy cuddles or to go out with you because their lives develop more as they grow.

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7 Reasons to start Photography

Photography is more accessible than ever before. We want to show that ultimately  anyone can start taking some stunning pictures. 

1. Photos have the power to create change

Your photos have the power to create real change. Photography is such a powerful visual tool that your viewers can learn so much from. The rise of smartphones have given us all our individual, personalised promotional platform. Let me give you a brief example, where I combine two of my passions to make a small impact, here and there.

Nowadays we’re always hearing about conservation and protecting our planet. I passionately believe that to protect our animals we need to understand them. I don’t mean just in the sense of what they eat, when they eat and from a biological point of view but also their personality. Seeing animals as closer to humans than not will help protect them. So next time you’re taking pictures of something living – think about the emotion, how can you best convey their personality? 

2. You can capture your family memories

Your kids are always on the move. On Saturday, we have our second parenting interview going out. Mum, Emma couldn’t have put it better “I’d reccomend taking a picture a day of your kids. It could be in any format you like  but it creates a lovely record of how your kids so you can see how they’ve grown. When your mother in law comments on how much they’ve grown, you have the proof!”

3. Getting out of your comfort zone

Taking photos encourages you to go out and visit new places. If you’re not sure where to start, why not google “photo experiences”? It could be something to add to your Christmas list. They’re held in so many different locations – cities, zoos and walks in the countryside. You go with a group of people (or a 1:1 session if you prefer) to take photos. These have such a nice environment as you can all learn together and make new friends at the same time. It’s likely you’ll all have different cameras too so you can help each other out – conquer the same challenges together. Above all, photography encourages you to look at the world a little bit different – see things you didn’t see before. Get down (or up!) to a different angle – look at your subjects from as many different angles as possible! If you want to – it’s even an excuse for that holiday you’ve always wanted to go on. For me – I’ve always wanted to go to Norway to take photos of the Northern Lights – but maybe you’d prefer somewhere a little warmer?

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Roses on Whitstable beach from @wildlifeclaire on Instagram

4. You can connect

Photography can link you up with all sorts of people you never would have dreamt of meeting. If you’re just starting out, the good news is there’s so much help around! A simple search on Facebook will connect you to photographers across the world of all levels. You can share experiences, pick up inspiration and get some advice. Some also arrange meet ups. Maybe you’ve just moved to an area – photography could be the key to meeting local people.

5. It’s a rewarding hobby!

You can start with the phone you have right now! For sure, you can invest however much you want into photography but it’s not a necessity. It’s all about your creativity. That’s what’s unique and what will get you some showstopping images. Loads of my family members create photobooks each year with all their favourite photos. Taking them off the screen gives you something concrete you can look back on for years to come. Why not try making a Tremo book to start?

6. Share them with a click

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Nowadays, you don’t need to spend a fortune developing film. You can share photos with friends and family at the click of a button. What could be better than instantly sharing your memories? If you’re stuck for ideas, see what’s on Instagram. There’s so many posts under different hashtags – #instasunsets and #photooftheday might give you some starting tips! Some people can use Instagram highlights to group their pictures by topic. Social media is also brilliant at giving you instant feedback on your pictures – don’t be too restricted by the number of likes though!

7. It’s yours

Unlike films which can only portray one, factual angle at a time photography is your own unique brand. It’s the world from your view and no one will have the same images as you. There’s so many creative products you can make from your own photos. Photo mugs, wall art and customised clothing are just some of the things you can do with your photos and you don’t need loads of money to do it! I findloads of ideas on Pinterest to create really unique photo displays. Particularly around this time of year, you can get twigs and branches to help you make a ‘frame’ which you can tie with string. With pegs, you can then attach the photos. I love how unique these look – something you really can’t buy in the shops!

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We’d love to see your photos – tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #tremobooks and we’ll share our favourites!

Parenting stories Chapter 1

Meet the Mums

Everyone has a special relationship with their Mum. On our blog we want to tell the stories of Mums from every walk of life. We want to inspire you, maybe show you a different perspective and above all showcase how different one of the most amazing jobs in the world can be.

In this article we talk to Liz – she’s a Mum to Claire who’s 21. She began her working life in the pharmaceutical industry. When she became pregnant with me, she moved into teaching – and 11 years on she’s still going strong! 

What does parenting mean to you?

Parenting is so many things. For us, ‘parenting’ isn’t what some might say. She’s 21, so for us it’s such a bigger idea. It’s all about teamwork. We’re all working together to reach the same goal. 

In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding bit of being a parent is?

I don’t know if courage can be taught. Whether it is, or isn’t, it’s one huge aspect to parenting. Sometimes I’ve wondered if some of the stuff Claire has done has been achievable but if you meet each challenge with the same amount of determination you’ll be surprised what can be done. In 2011, Claire had a spinal fusion to correct a 65 degree S shaped curve in her spine. It’s fair to say we were both petrified. Though if you’d have said she would have crossed the finish line of the London Marathon 8 years later I wouldn’t have believed you – but I would have been a lot less worried! 

How do you think your parents have shaped how you’ve bought your kid/s up? 

My parents first set eyes on each other as Doctors training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. They really were a pair. In pre-Facebook days they wrote each other love letters which still exist to this day. It’s safe to say, my Dad wasn’t the most by-the-book person. In doctor’s exams there would be an actor given the task of ‘presenting’ with a particular illness. They then had to correctly diagnose the illness. I have no idea if this is true or not but he’d say how he could always sweet talk the actor into divulging the illness. Well after he retired, he continued dispensing medical advice (some more wanted than others!) where he could. 

Igniting your kids curiosity is something everyone should do. Okay his medical approach may have been somewhat unorthodox – there was one thing which was always there – and that’s his curiosity. One thing he taught both of us is to continue asking questions. We’d have so many random conversations about the weirdest of things. From how the world’s first lab burger was created to a family of wild orangutans – we covered it all. He taught us the power of knowledge and the importance of continuing to learn – developing new skills all the time. Whether it’s something big or small – we try to adopt this approach wherever we can. 

If you could do one thing differently, what would it be? 

She’d definitely say she got her wacky parts from me and the sensible grown-up bits from her Dad! Travel is totally were she feels the impacts of it. So perhaps I’d encourage her Dad more to take greater leaps of faith and travel beyond a 2 hour car drive from our house! My Dad was a HUGE fan of travelling – venturing to all four corners of the globe. He went to Australia to visit friends and family, the Northern Lights. You name it. Some of our holidays had mixed success though. I remember having such high hopes for the Northern Lights. Though maybe thanks to a touch of light pollution, we saw them across a car park and they didn’t look as special as people made them out to be! But nonetheless I don’t think that’s put Claire off her desires to visit Norway and other Alpine countries. Though money isn’t vital to having an amazing time. Trying new things and stepping a little outside your comfort zone could be though.  

Now is your chance to embarrass your kid – tell me an embarrassing story! 

Claire has always loved animals. We had a local zoo with chimpanzees. Years ago we must have told her a story which was so life like we managed to accidentally convince her she’d gone into the chimpanzee enclosure to feed them. She then proceeded to tell the whole school about her chimpanzee encounter! It was only in semi recent years we had to break it to her that it didn’t happen!

What annoys you the most about parenting? 

Me and Claire are so ridiculously similar. We finish each others’ sentences, at restaurants we order the same stuff (not intentionally, we promise!). People can never quite believe that yes we have our own opinions but a lot of the time they are soooooo similar. And the other bit – probably more annoying is when Claire gets ‘hangry’ (hungry and angry all at the same time). I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who lives her life quite so dictated by food! 

What’s the one most important thing about parenting?

There’s not a single magic ingredient. Just to ‘be you’ is probably the most important. You can’t pretend to be someone you’re not. If someone doesn’t value your skills and personality for what it is then it says more about that person than it does you. 

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5 Tips to improve your Smartphone Photography Skill Set


We are all Photographers

Here at Tremo Books, we think that everyone is a photographer. As solid proof we bring hundreds of beautiful smartphone pictures that turned out to be amazing photobooks. Today, photographers don’t need to spend thousands on expensive equipment, in fact you’re probably holding your photography power tool right now. Take a look at our top 5 tips which will help you shoot some stunning pictures right now!
 

1. Choose the right angle when taking a photo

Angle can be vital in photos – it can take an average picture and turn it into a showstopper. Why not get down low – or maybe go for a birds eye view? The key is to be different, break the rules and be as wild as possible!



2. Edit your photos

There are loads of free apps out there that can transform your photos – I love Snapseed which is available on the Android and Apple App Store. The key here is not to overdo it but experiment with all the available tools. 
If you don’t get on with one app – pick another! Your favourite app store has so much on offer, from Adobe Photoshop Express to editing within the Instagram app. 


3. Change the depth of field

Most smartphone cameras have a function which lets you change this. On a DSLR or maybe even your smartphone  you might see this displayed as an ‘f’ number. Some phones have a sliding scale to alter the focus. This is the magic tool to get you blurred backgrounds and a perfectly sharp image. The general rule of thumb is that a low “f” number is used for anything close up – think your insta friendly coffee break, selfies or flowers. Opt for a high “f” number if you want loads in focus. This is perfect for a cityscape, landscape or anything in between.


4. HDR Magic

HDR – or High Dynamic Range is a must have with smartphone photography. Some have this mode installed on your default camera app or you can apply this after you’ve taken the shot. Although it can be overused, it helps bring out the darkest and lightest parts of your picture to create a better colour balance overall.



5. Composition

Thinking about what’s in your image can help take it to the next level. In this instance – less is definitely more. The rule of thirds is an easy one to put into practice. Imagine your photo is divided into a simple 3×3 grid. You then place the subject of your image – so a person or building for example in one of those sections. In my picture of The Shard you can see I’ve placed it in the middle of the picture – but I’ve divided the whole image in a ⅔ sky to ⅓ river ratio. This just helps to create an overall interesting shot – think about where the viewer’s eye is going to go. What will they want to look at – your plain blue sky or the landscape below? 



We consider these 5 tips shown above to be easy ways for you to take your photography skills to a new level. As with any skill, photography is something that needs a bit of practice, depending on your goals. Our goal, within this article is to offer simple and handy ways for you to take more engaging and beautiful photos, so you can capture the precious moments of your life. And why not, turn them into a beautiful photobook someday.

Stay tuned, this is just the beginning !