Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


5 Types of Photos All Bloggers Should Stockpile

Five Types of Photos All Bloggers Should StockpileHave you ever written a fabulous post and then realized that you don’t have a photo to go along with it? Yes? Good, I’m glad I’m not the only one. This has happened to me so much that I decided to make sure that it never rarely happens again. For me, this means having a stockpile of photos that sit on my computer just waiting for the right post to come along. Yes, you could use a stock image from a website but then you run the risk of the photo looking too generic and not fitting with the brand that you’ve spent so much time and effort creating.

I like making my own stock photographs because it gives me a chance to:

  • flex my creative muscles
  • practice my photography skills
  • explore my environment

Here are a few of the categories of stock photos that I’m creating:

  1. Animals – dogs, horses, cows, they’re always fun for random posts
  2. Food – especially coffee and pastry pictures, they make great photos for reflective posts
  3. Landscape – thinking about going on a trip or writing about a memory, these make great images
  4. People – this is a great opportunity to practice shooting out of focus, unless you’ve gotten a model release
  5. Technology – I love these types of photos for blogging or photography related posts

Whenever I take my camera out, I try to shoot a couple of things in one or two of the above categories, then I save them {unedited} on my computer. You don’t want to edit them because you want to be able to manipulate the image to fit your post when it’s needed.

Create Your Own Stock Photography {Living Outside the Stacks}

And don’t think you can only create your stock photography if you have a DSLR, you absolutely positively can take great photos with a point and shoot or your cell phone. And thanks to the abundance of apps, you can edit to your heart’s desire.

What would you add to the list?

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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Black and White {#OurProject52}

This is my last full week of work, so I’ve been busy making sure that all the little things are done, so I haven’t really had time to get out with my camera and take new pictures. That means I had to dig through my archives to see what I could find to convert to black and white…

Chain Link {Living Outside the Stacks} #ourproject52

Ceiling {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

The thing about black and white images is that you need to have something with a lot of contrast. For the most part, I prefer simplicity in black and white images like the chain link, because your eye knows where to focus. But the ceiling, with all of it’s gradations of gray and black is interesting as well.

My Daughter Portrait {Living Outside the Stacks} #ourproject52


My Daughter {Living Outside the Stacks} #ourproject52

Pictures I took of my daughter for a previous post, if you’d like to see similar pictures in color, click here.

Black and white portraits are probably my favorite. I like the gritty urban feel they have.

Do you like black and white photography?

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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I’m linking up this post with Lipgloss and Binky and Everyday Eyecandy for the Our Project 52 photography challenge. Please check them out and make sure you visit the other participants.


52 Week Project: Flickr Edition

Did I tell you guys that I’m also participating in a 52 Week Project with some of my flickr friends? Oh, how could I leave that out? I thought I told y’all everything! Every year since about 2012, I’ve been invited to join in either a 52 week or 365 project, and every year I sign up and quit after about 3 months. Most of the time it’s because I forget to take a picture and then I feel bad for missing day and just don’t bother anymore and sometimes it’s because my creative spark peters out. This year I’m happy to say that I’ve participated in TWO 52 week projects and I’ve only had one missed day! Yay!

Anyway, I decided to share the photos from this past month with you guys. If you’d like to see the previous months’ photos, click here. Enjoy!

Week 17: Architectural Interest

Week 17 Architectural Abstract {Living Outside the Stacks}

Taken downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Can you tell what it is?

Week 16: Still Life

Week 16 Still Life {Living Outside the Stacks}

I absolutely adore the light coming in through the window. The only thing missing is a bit of steam coming from my mug.

Week 15: Airborne

Week 15 Airborne {Living Outside the Stacks}

If only you knew how many of those little flurries were inhaled by my daughter during the taking of this photo…

Week 14: Flowers

Week 14 Flowers {Living Outside the Stacks}

These have to be the most delicate flowers in the world. And, honest to goodness, I think they only bloom for about 72 hours. I’m glad I was able to capture them.

Week 13: Spring

Week 13 Spring {Living Outside the Stacks}

Spring in Missouri means 2 things: rain and tornadoes. Either way the sound of the wind chimes on the front porch is magical.

Have a lovely weekend!

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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