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Creative Lighting Tips for Your Outdoor Photography

Creative Lighting Tips for Your Outdoor Photography

Creative Tips to enhance the quality of the pictures you take through the use of string lights.
How to Light Your Yard Up in Fall and Winter

How to Light Your Yard Up in Fall and Winter

Solar lights withstand harsh weather conditions by emitting bright white light outdoors.


Fall is here, and you’ll likely experience a dip in the temperatures felt throughout your city. The warm summer air now has a chill to it. You’re starting to spend less time outdoors without a light jacket or sweater but still enjoy spending time on your deck, porch or pergola looking at the stars. As you gather around the fire pit this fall, illuminate your pathway with solar lights. They’ll cast a bright glow over your sidewalk and prevent people from trampling what’s left of your flower garden in the dark.

If you haven’t thought much about outdoor lighting, now is the time to do so. You still have a few weeks before the cold of winter drives you indoors. It’s the perfect time to stake the solar lights into the ground so you can continue to use them when snow has fallen.

Let’s start by learning what makes solar lights ideal in states that experience four seasons.

What Makes Solar Lights Ideal for the Four Seasons States?

Solar lights are durable and easy-to-place into the ground. That’s a few of the reasons why they remain popular in states with four seasons. The lights are also able to withstand harsh weather conditions such as rain, sleet, ice, and snow. When you buy solar lights, you’re investing in long-term benefits.

One of the most notable things about this type of outdoor lighting is how they’re ready to use right away. There are no wires to install, and each set of lights comes with extra stakes and batteries to keep them working throughout fall and winter. That means greater illumination outdoors even when the weather is dreary. You’ll still be able to take your dogs outside and let the kids play in the snow without fear of them accidentally tripping and falling in the dark.

How are Solar Lights Used?

Solar lights are used mainly to illuminate pathways. They can create barriers for flower beds or even to light up the base of a flag pole, birdbath or mailbox. You can arrange them in shapes or patterns, too, depending on your needs and personal style aesthetic. You can be as creative as you want to be using the staked lights because they do a great job of keeping your yard lit throughout the night.

If you want to make your driveway more visible in the dark, investing in outdoor lighting is imperative. Solar lights store energy from the sun in their solar panels. That means that they don’t rely solely on battery power except on days where it’s overcast. You won’t increase your home energy bill, either, the way you would with Christmas lights that run off electricity.

Make Solar Lights Your Top Priority to Buy Right Away

Invite a warm glow to your outdoor space during the colder weather months of the year. Solar lights are among the most convenient and cost-effective solutions available. Contact us to let us know what you have in mind for your front or backyard. You’ll find adding solar lights was among the best decisions you made for your property this year.

5 Ways to Decorate Your Outdoor Space for Fall

5 Ways to Decorate Your Outdoor Space for Fall

5 Ways to Decorate Your Outdoor Space for Fall

Cooler weather calls for more comfortable seating on your porch or patio.


Fall is around the corner and you’ll be able to enjoy the cooler weather that comes with it shortly. That means more time outdoors, sitting around the firepit, and conversing with family and friends. Your porch or patio served you well throughout the summer but now it’s time to prepare it for a new season so you’ll continue to want to spend time outside. By getting in the spirit of autumn with its warm colors and exciting holidays, you can easily come up with a theme that elevates your property by making it more appealing to others.

Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Porch or Patio This Autumn 

Tapping into your creative vision of your home and extending it to the exterior, you can transform your porch or patio into a place where people gather to spend time together. Five ways to decorate your outdoor space for fall are included below. Have fun implementing the ideas and even coming up with a few of your own.

#1: Pick a Few Fall Colors to Work With

Think brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Warm colors are prevalent during autumn. You can also introduce gold because it complements the brilliant color palette of fall. Change out your summer decorations which are typically cooler colors in favor of the warmer colors you’ve selected.

#2: Focus on Creating a Sense of Warmth in the Area

Eventually, the days become shorter and the nights become longer. There is a distinct difference in temperature in the fall, too. You can give your area a sense of warmth with some new lighting elements. Think Patio String Lights, Bulbs or Solar Lights. Each casts a warm glow over your yard and its visitors.

#3: Add Natural Elements to the Space

Fall is the time where the leaves change color and fall from the trees. It’s when certain fruits and vegetables such as pumpkins and squash thrive. You’ll find acorns and pinecones in abundance this time of year. Why not add a twig basket filled with these gifts from nature to place on your patio table for décor?

#4: Put Away the Summer Lawn Furniture

Take anything that is distinctly summer-related and store it away for winter. Make sure that it is protected from the elements so the pillows and furniture don’t mildew with moisture. If you have furniture or cushions that you prefer to use in the colder weather months, now is the time to bring it out and arrange it to your liking.

#5: Celebrate the Harvest or Halloween

You can continue to switch out your decorations in response to the upcoming harvest and holidays. If you enjoy Halloween, you can put a spooky spin on your lighting by investing in a projector for your home. Or, if you like celebrating the harvest, you can invest in plastic fruits and vegetables and place them throughout the space in a way that pleases your eye.

Transform Your Outdoor Space into a Place You Enjoy Sitting In During Fall

Make your porch or patio feel warm and inviting this autumn. You’ve got options that increase the comfort level and nighttime visibility of your outdoor space. Experiment with some of the suggestions listed above and watch your seating area transform instantly without any real work.
5 Outdoor Activities You’ll Want to Enjoy This Summer

5 Outdoor Activities You’ll Want to Enjoy This Summer

A lighted space allows you to stay outside later and enjoy the fun longer.

 

Summer provides the perfect setting for your outdoor space. Not only are the temperatures ideal for many outdoor activities, but you’re also able to enjoy the leisurely pace of a vacation mindset because your kids are out of school. When coming up with things to do to make the season special, don’t be afraid to step outside the box and engage in activities and habits that aren’t the norm for you and your family.

You’ll likely discover some things about yourself that you didn’t know already. In fact, the new routine you create for yourself could be one that you adopt every year when the temperatures rise. That’s part of the fun of being open to new experiences because you never know which ones will be lifechanging for you!

The Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

There are many health benefits that come with spending time outdoors. In addition to serving as a natural stress reliever, it allows you to burn calories and breathe in the fresh air. It lowers your blood pressure and provides you with the opportunity to disconnect from the digital world.

Here are five outdoor activities you’ll want to enjoy this summer:

  1. Backyard barbecues. Throw your favorite foods on the grill and whip up some side dishes such as potato salad and baked beans. Enjoy the feeling of eating outdoors.
  2. Reading and relaxing. That great book can’t wait on your bookshelf any longer. Take it outside for an afternoon reading session.
  3. Having drinks with friends. Serve summer-inspired adult beverages to your friends. Catch up on all the things that have been going on in each other’s lives for the past few months.
  4. Gardening via a flower bed or vegetable garden. Enjoy growing flowers and veggies from seed. Experience a beautiful splash of color and a physical activity that burns calories but is wholly enjoyable.
  5. Back-to-school bash for the kids. School will be back in session before you know. Let the kids enjoy a few more hours of summertime fun with their friends by hosting a party in your outdoor space for their friends and parents.

Even when the sun has gone down for the day, you’re still able to spend time in a well-lit space outdoors. Keep that in mind when shopping for lights for your patio, pergola or deck. You can illuminate the space quickly and affordably by shopping the Outdoor Lighting Store. You have many options to choose from that add a warm glow to your backyard.

Light Up Your Outdoor Space

The right outdoor lights help set the mood. They give you a reason to stay outside longer and make your deck, patio or yard feel warm and inviting to guests. As the temperatures start to drop and summer turns to fall, you’ll have many compelling reasons to continue entertaining outdoors. Taking the time to set up your outdoor space with beautiful string lights or bulbs ensures that you have a safe place to go long after the sun has set.

  • Angela O
How to Use Outdoor Lighting in Your Photography Projects

How to Use Outdoor Lighting in Your Photography Projects

Who said that natural lighting was essential for beautiful photographs?

 

If you’re serious about taking pictures, you know the importance of lighting. In dark spaces where natural light from the sun is unavailable, you must improvise. Adding an artificial light source through outdoor lighting helps cast a warm glow over your subject and create a balance between light and shadow. It sets the mood for a gathering and even helps tell the story you’re trying to relay with your camera.

Making the Most of the Lights You Have

Lighting can be a powerful tool that transforms the look and appeal of your photos. In addition to adding a layer of safety to an outdoor space that is normally dark, it also plays into a photo shoot by serving as a fun and interesting prop. The unique shape and arrangement of string lights make the items photo-worthy by themselves.

Here are some ideas for using outdoor lighting in your photography projects:

  • For softer lighting, use a broader bulb. Doing so allows you to diffuse light from many different angles. A narrow bulb produces harsher lighting which requires other forms of diffusion to soften it.
  • The closer you are to the bulb, the softer the light is. If you want the light itself to be prominent in the photo, take a few steps back. That way, you can create the look that you’re hoping to achieve with the shot.
  • Capture texture by experimenting with the placement of your string lights. When above, below or to the side of a subject, the tiniest details are captured. If placed in front of the person or item being photographed, the texture is hard to make out.
  • Create a DIY diffuser for outdoor use. Using this tutorial from Instructables and a few inexpensive supplies, create your own diffuser. It’s an easy way to get the soft glow you were hoping to achieve from artificial lighting in an outdoor nighttime setting.
  • Shadows help subjects be seen as 3-D. Shadows prevent photos from becoming flat in appearance. They create volume which helps show the true nature of the subject being depicted.
  • The human eye cannot see color the way a camera can. Even white light appears colored at times. Different types of bulbs cast different colors and whatever surface light bounces off of, it takes on that hue.

Choose the ideas that you like most from the list to experiment with. See which are the most successful for you. Share what you’ve learned along the way with your family and friends who enjoy photography because they may benefit from your new knowledge. They may want to know how to make their special events photo-friendly using outdoor lighting.

An Affordable and Creative Tool to Use for Your Photography

Make your photography sing with outdoor lighting. It adds an element of surprise to photos and can be used to create cool effects rather easily. If you want to kick your photography skills up a notch or two, consider installing temporary or permanent lights outdoors and see what it does for you.

  • Angela O
5 Ways to Create Your Own DIY Backyard Furniture

5 Ways to Create Your Own DIY Backyard Furniture

Create an oasis that is true to your creative nature!

The furniture that you choose to decorate your outdoor space with says a lot about you. It gives others a glimpse into your style and preferences. It allows them to be a part of your creative vision especially if you opt to make the furniture yourself. You’re telling others that you can see past the original purpose of an object to recycle and repurpose it into something new to enjoy.

Five ways to create your own DIY backyard furniture include:

  1. Using pallets. Easy to acquire and very versatile, wooden shipping pallets can be cut down, built-up, and used in a number of ways to create sturdy outdoor furniture. One look at websites such as Pinterest and Instructables provides you with inspiration galore. You can easily layer pallets, too, making sturdier and taller furniture based on your needs.
  2. Repurposing tires. Rubber is incredibly durable and makes excellent material for seating. You can use old tires to make swings or even weave together pieces of it to form the base of the chairs you keep outside on your patio or deck. Rubber does dry out and become brittle when exposed to extreme sunlight. If using tires for furniture, it’s best to place them in the shade where they won’t be exposed to harsh temperatures.
  3. Reclaiming wood. Any old piece of wood can be converted into an incredible new piece of furniture. Examples of this include barn wood which can be transformed into a bench, a potting table or shelf for keeping plants. Any type of wood will do. It can come from a downed tree, driftwood or even an old building you loved and admired. Whatever the case may be, think about how you’ll make it more weather-resistant. If you don’t want to do much to alter the look of old wood, you can apply a clear sealant to keep rain and snow from causing it to buckle.
  4. Utilizing old wire spools. Utility companies often give them away for free so they’re not required to dispose of them.  They make great tables because they can be painted or left just as they are when you first got them. Old spools can be cut in half, too, and used as the base for stools and circular benches.
  5. Welding together different types of metal. If you possess the talent, training, and tools, you can take different types of metal and weld them together to create eclectic furniture using items that other people typically would discard or sell for scrap. Metal is sturdy and typically rust-proof, making it perfect for outdoor settings even in areas of the country subject to four seasons.

Spruce up your backyard with the right furniture and lighting. By carefully crafting each piece using your own two hands, you know you’ll enjoy it more than you would if you were to buy it from a retailer. The furniture has sentimental meaning because it was made by you. You’ll love showing off your patio or gazebo, its contents, and your outdoor string lights to others visiting your home.

  • Caroline McNally