January 2017 Wallpapers + Calendar Download

Free January 2017 Wallapapers and Calendar Download | Thyme is Honey

If you think that putting up a January Wallpaper download is the only thing I’m procrastinating on, you’d be wrong! The past week has been a hectic one between wrapping up end-of-year client projects, launching this year’s #21PageChallenge (you can still join, here), and having guests in town to celebrate the new year. But, January 2nd isn’t that late, right?

JANUARY 2017 WALLPAPER – PHONE

JANUARY 2017 WALLPAPER – TABLET

JANUARY 2017 WALLPAPER – DESKTOP

FREE JANUARY 2017 PRINTABLE CALENDAR

Above you’ll find download links to grab a new wallpaper for your phone, tablet or desktop computer. I’ve also included a link to download a free January 2017 printable calendar (if you’d like the entire year, you can purchase it in my Etsy Shop).

JANUARY 2017 Printable Calendar by Thyme is Honey

 

iPhone Photography eBook

Learning to Master iPhone Photography - learn how to take better photos for your blog, business or personal life with this iPhone Photography eBook | Thyme is Honey

I’m thrilled to offer literally everything I know about iPhone Photography in an easy-to-read eBook! Now that I’ve been teaching this material as a class for the past 6 months, I finally managed to expand my course hand-out into an eBook, “Learning to Master iPhone Photography“, and am thrilled that those of you who haven’t been able to attend a class can now learn this material in the comfort of your own home (sweatpants and coffee encouraged)!

The cost of the eBook is $15 for a 20-page PDF file that you can print at home, or read on your tablet or phone. Purchasing the eBook also gives you access to my Student Portal, where you’ll find a complete list of all the equipment and products I use (props, tripods, lenses), helpful tutorials, and free access to updated versions of the eBook as soon as iOS updates are released.

Learning to Master iPhone Photography - learn how to take better photos for your blog, business or personal life with this iPhone Photography eBook | Thyme is Honey

So, what topics does the eBook cover? Well, basically everything I’ve learned about iPhone photography the past 7 years condensed into a simple guide that will walk you through basic skills as well as advanced techniques that you can use to promote your business or hobbies. Here’s the table of contents, to give you an overview of what is covered:

TABLE OF CONTENTS
ONE Knowing Your iPhone
TWO Camera Modes
THREE Camera Settings
FOUR On-screen + Additional Features
FIVE 8 Tips for Better iPhone Photos
SIX Photo Composition
SEVEN 12 Tips for Improving Your Composition
EIGHT Photo Editing + Apps
NINE A Simple Home Studio
TEN Upgrading Your Studio
ELEVEN Basics of Photostyling
TWELVE Quick Guide: Tips for different Photography Styles
THIRTEEN Backing Up Your Photos
FOURTEEN Printing + Sharing Your Photos

Maybe you’re new around here and you’re thinking, “I can totally hold up a phone and press a button. Why would I need an eBook and who is this chick anyways? Well, allow me to introduce myself.

I’M DANI!  I recently celebrated my 5-year anniversary of being self-employed full-time as a social media strategist, but I’ve been blogging and working in social media for the past 7 years, entering the scene when Facebook for business was just starting, when Twitter wasn’t widely used, and before Pinterest or Instagram even existed.

Over the past 7 years I’ve watched as the landscape of social media has changed in amazing and exciting ways! My job used to revolve mostly around writing witty Tweets and captivating Facebook posts, but slowly evolved into work that was much more visual.

My passion for social media and ability to create captivating images landed me contracts to work with some really exciting brands! I’m now creating content and managing accounts that vary in size from 3,000, to 50,000 to over 5 million. Learning photography is one of the skills that has not only helped advance my career, but has also enriched my life by helping me capture, share and preserve the beautiful things around me.

Over the years I’ve become skilled in graphic design, photography, online marketing, content management and various other skills that I needed not only for my own website + Etsy Shop, but also to keep my client’s accounts relevant and growing. As my knowledge on the topics has grown I’ve started speaking on social media topics and for the past 6 months have taught an iPhone Photography class.

I have these skills and I want to share them with you. Anyone can hold up their phone and capture a photo, but I believe that there is a method behind a great photo that can be taught, and that by practicing those skills a beautiful art form can emerge. Whether you take that art form and use it to capture your personal life, or you use it to launch a business of your own is entirely up to you. The goal of “Learning to Master iPhone Photography” is to organize everything I’ve learned in one pretty package that provides you with all of the information and tools you need to unlock that creativity.

Getting here required a lot of work, encouragement from those around me, and experts in various fields that were willing to mentor me. I want to be your resource in the iPhone Photography + Social Media world, and this eBook is our first coffee date.

Grab your copy, find a comfy spot, and fly through the 20 pages. I recommend having your phone handy so that you can walk through some of the steps as you read them. Purchasing the eBook also gives you life-long access to my Student Portal, where you’ll have access to a complete list of all the products I use, helpful tutorials, as well as access to any updated versions of the eBook.

I’m excited to see how my eBook helps you improve your iPhone photography to capture the world around you!

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Upload HD Photos to Facebook

Are the photos you upload to Facebook uploading in High Resolution? Here's how to check! | Thyme is Honey

Through the iPhone Photography classes I teach at Revel (next one is November 30th), I’ve discovered that a lot of people assume that Facebook is a safe place to store their photos.

In theory, yes, Facebook stores your photos and it’s not likely they’ll ever lose them. But, when you take a cute photo of your baby and upload it to Facebook, that file is resized, reducing the resolution and therefore creating a smaller file. The problem with this, is that if you then delete the original file off your phone, the only copy you have left is a low-resolution file on Facebook. Sure, it’s there for you to view whenever you want, you can tag people, comment on it, and email a link to your mother-in-law.

But, if you ever want to print that photo, add it to your Christmas card, submit it for a photography contest or just use it to embarrass your daughter/son when they turn 18, you might be disappointed with the resolution. A photo downloaded from Facebook is usually smaller between 700 and 900 pixels wide, meaning that once printed, it would only be an inch or two wide (at most, 3), and resizing it will result in a blurry, pixelated photo.

But don’t fear, you can fix this, and it’s easy. It is possible to Upload HD Photos to Facebook, it’s just not a default setting. All you have to do is adjust this setting and all of your Facebook uploads will then be hi resolution, print quality photos.

STEPS FOR UPLOADING HD PHOTOS TO FACEBOOK
iPhone

  1. Open the Facebook App on your phone.
  2. Click on the menu in the lower right corner, looks like three bars stacked on top of each other.
  3. Scroll down to Settings, near the bottom.
  4. Click on Account Settings.
  5. Select Videos and Photos.
  6. There should be a section for Video Settings and Photo Settings, scroll down to Photo Settings and toggle the Upload HD option so that it turns green. (you might want to turn Upload HD on for video, too, if you feel like the videos you share are something you might want in the future).

Android

  1. From your News Feed, tap on the menu, looks like  three bars stacked on top of each other.
  2. Scroll down and tap App Settings, then select Account Settings
  3. Below Photos, tap the toggle next to Upload HD

Almost all of the photos I upload come from my phone, but if you upload photos from a memory card or camera, you’ll need to make sure the album that you add them to is set to HD in order to ensure those uploads display at the highest resolution. When you create a new album it will look like this, and you’ll need to make sure the High Quality option is checked:

uploading hd to facebook

Note that Facebook is still not the safest place to store your images. It is definitely an easy way to create a digital archive, but I would still suggest backing up your photos automatically with a service like DropBox, or taking the photos off your phone once per month and saving them to a hard drive (that’s what I do).  

October 2016 Wallpaper Downloads

Free October 2016 Wallpapers with Calendar | Thyme is Honey

I think September may have given me whiplash. I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt like this month went by in a flash. Since I know that October will be no different for most of us, I thought I’d get ahead of the game and get an October Wallpaper Download with October 2016 Calendar into your hands (and onto your computers + devices) so that we can all look forward to the shiny new month ahead. Click below to download the files. Oh, and HAPPY FALL!

DESKTOP WALLPAPER
PHONE WALLPAPER
TABLET WALLPAPER

Get the matching phone case in my Society6 Shop!

Thyme is Honey Society 6 Phone Case

The Daily Page for iPad Pro

The Daily Page for iPad Pro - a great way to digitally plan, organize and tackle your day!

I’ve had a lot of fun with my iPad Pro (shop the 12″ iPad Pro or the 9.7″ iPad Pro) and Apple Pencil over the past few months, and I’ve enjoyed using it to use my Daily Page in a digital format. In my opinion nothing will ever replace good old paper + pen, but for those who love having everything on their iPad or are trying to reduce their use of paper, this is a great alternative….and it’s so much fun! There are several apps that will allow you to use your Digital Daily Page. My favorite is Paper53.

I shared a short preview last week on Instagram’s new Stories feature, and loved feedback from followers who thought the idea looked really fun! (make sure you’re following me on Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff!)

Once you purchase The Daily Page for iPad Pro you can open the .jpg file in several apps (Paper53, Notepad Plus and Procreate are a few I’ve tested out). You can then edit the page using the various tools within the app. You can use the Apple Pencil to write in your to-dos, check off your water, and plan your meals! Use the marker tool to highlight important tasks and sketch out all of your brilliant ideas! So far Paper53 has been my favorite and the best aspect of Paper53 is that it allows you to save each page in a Workspace so that you can essentially start an archive of your pages (like a digital journal!). Here’s a short video to demonstrate using The Daily Page for iPad Pro within the Paper53 app.