Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
The seven-day festival of Kwanzaa, which celebrates African-American heritage and culture, starts today and ends Jan. 1. Here are some facts about the week-long holiday. Tell Us: Do you have any facts about Kwanzaa that you would like to share? Please write them in the comments section below. This list was compiled with information from City News Service.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Here's a list of open restaurants around town.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Have a kitchen emergency? Forget to get someone a card? Here's what's open and closed on Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas! Fairlawn-Bath Patch hopes you and your family are enjoying a tasty meal, lots of wonderful presents and time together. If you run into any kitchen or medical emergencies today, we rounded up a list of businesses that are open and closed today. The following businesses are CLOSED: • Fairlawn City Hall, Bath Township Hall • Post offices • Banks • Government buildings • Akron Public Library System, including Fairlawn-Bath Branch. • Acme Fresh Market • Mustard Seed Market • Earth Fare • Giant Eagle in Fairlawn Town Centre • Giant Eagle Montrose • Rite Aid The following businesses are OPEN: • Walgreens is open 24 hours
Now that it's finally falling, here's how you can take fantastic pictures of snow.
*Originally published December 2011. Sooner or later, snow will arrive. When it does, you’ll rush out to take photos of snow angels, frolicking kids and puppies and the snowman on the front lawn. You’ll see bright white flakes. If you aren’t careful, your camera will see — well, look at the first photograph. Your camera will see gray. The fix is quick and easy. Go to your exposure compensation screen. It might be accessible with a dial or button on the camera itself, or you might have to go into your advanced menu. When you find it, change the settings to increase the camera's exposure. Try going to +1 or +2 on the exposure scale. Lock in the change, and go retake the photo. Chances are, it will look like the second picture, which has …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Happy Holidays from Patch!
We've rounded up the best of the best holiday songs, according to you, and created a Spotify playlist that can be played at your holiday parties this year. Thank you to everyone who told us their favorite and if we forgot any, let us know in the comments. Happy Holidays from Patch!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Don't forget to tell us your favorite carol so we can include it in our Spotify playlist!
It is possible to take good pictures of candle flickers. The secret here.
*Originally published December 2011. From now until the New Year, candles will be a big part of holiday celebrations. Hanukkah started Tuesday night and Kwanzaa begins Dec. 26. Both observances include a candle lighting ritual — a perfect opportunity to snap a memorable photograph. The trick to capturing candlelight is getting enough illumination for a good image without destroying the effect of the candle. Relying on the camera’s automatic mode won’t do. The flash is triggered and the result is a flat, lifeless photo. I made one so you can see just what I’m talking about. So don’t depend on a spontaneous snapshot; construct a quick-and-dirty setup and you’ll take a photo you’ll treasure. Here’s what you need. Here are the steps. For …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Need a good playlist for your Christmas parties? Tell us your favorite Christmas songs and we'll put one together for you!
Happy Holidays, Patchers! It's time to start planning those parties and family get-togethers we love at this time of year. If you're the party planner, it's always nice to have a playlist ready to last you through the evening. We want to help you with that playlist (one thing you can check off your to-do list!) but we need your help first. Tell us: What is your favorite holiday song? Leave your favorite in the comments and we'll create a Spotify playlist that will run on each Patch site Friday morning.
Squirmy toddlers can be hard to photography. Here's how you can do it successfully.
*Originally published December 2011. Aren't happy toddler photos are holiday mainstay? I mean, what can compare with a picture of a little one surrounded by wrapping paper and presents? For this tutorial, I studied my favorite resource: "How to Photograph Your Family," by Nick Kelsh. I loaded fresh batteries into my flash and cleared my smartcard. Finally I arranged a photo shoot with my neighbor's great-nephew, Jackson Shorr. Kelsh gives great tips, but he misses some important points. After an hour with Jackson, I came up with my own suggestions for getting a great shot. Try them out and post your photos here at Patch. Please post your photos, and share techniques and questions in the comments. You can also share your best photos by …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A month of hints for happy holiday photos
*Originally published December 2011. The day after Thanksgiving I realized I could no longer procrastinate. It was time to mail holiday cards. In years past, I would have gone to Borders and picked up a box, but I have a camera now. I can create my own card. I decided to experiment with do-it-yourself portrait and found it wasn't that difficult. It only took an hour to come up with a good recipe for a happy holiday portrait. Try this at home. You'll need the following "ingredients:" Here's what you do: