The Saguaro Scottsdale hosts the Mojave Flea Holiday Market

The Mojave Flea Market is a nomadic market of makers and merchants coming from as far as California to New York to join Arizona's top vendors. Goal is to connect the dots within the national creative community to offer an experience to locals that is inclusive and inspiring and perfect for holiday gift shopping.

FREE admission: Saturday, December 15th from 10 to 5 pm. Dog and kid friendly

Held in the parking lot at The Saguaro Scottsdale

Features the very best in handcrafted food, jewelry, accessories, housewares, curated vintage and more

Tacos will be available on-site for purchase from The Saguaro's La Señora restaurant

For more information: www.thesaguaro.com/scottsdale/ or phone: (480) 308-1100

The Saguaro Scottsdale: 4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale 85251

My First Wheel

Company restores slightly used bikes and donates them to families at Luke Air Force base.

My First Wheels Program we started 5 yrs. ago with Luke Air Force Base to give back to the community

Why is it called My First Wheels: Because we are a company that remarkets vehicles to dealers across the united states, and because a Bike is the first set of wheels a we learn to drive as kids.

For more information, visit: www.ADESA.com

ADESA-1620 S. Stapley Dr., Suite 232, Mesa, AZ 85204

Tara at the Movies: " The Mule"

Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, Earl Stone takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success leads to easy money and a larger shipment that soon draws the attention of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. When Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on his conscience, he must decide whether to right those wrongs before law enforcement and cartel thugs catch up to him.

For more information on the movie, " The Mule": http://www.themulefilm.com/

For more information on Tara reviews and interviews visit: https://www.harkins.com/behind-screens

How to take the best photos this holiday! Leland Gebhardt has 7 tips.

We've all seen what happens when you take photos in the moment. Candid glimpses in your eye that should have been destined in a frame over the mantle, but instead the photo is forgettable. Perhaps the light was unflattering, eyes disappeared in dark shadows, the scene was obscured in a spectrum of blues and orange colors, or it just wasn't attractive.

If you've ever hired a professional photographer to capture your family, then you've seen the hard work it takes to capture a handful of eye-popping shots. But Christmas morning you are the photographer, without a studio, armed maybe with only a smart phone camera, and you're focused on being present in the moment and not taking photos. However, the odds are not stacked against you. So how do all those photographers on Instagram do it?

Here are Leland Gehardt Top 7 tips to Great Photos:

1)Natural Indirect Light Use window light, open the curtains and turn off those warm colored lights inside. This will give you one color of light on faces. Another idea is standing in a shaded doorway to outside, it creates the perfect directional light and adds an environmental element. Or go outside to the shade or go when the sun isn't high in the sky. The prettiest and easiest light is the Golden Hour. Immediately before and after sunset with the subjects facing it, the quality and direction of light is flattering to everyone. Do avoid photos inside with bright windows behind you or only having the overhead lights on. These are the worst-case scenarios for unflattering light.

2) Compose to The Scene Consider turning the phone sideways for a landscape format, and adjust the zoom to what makes a great frame. Take the time to clean-up and stage things for the important shots. Balance the composition with the Rule-of-Thirds or centered to a one-point perspective. When photographing kids get down to their eye level. And if doing a group portrait consider going outside with the house in the background. Don't stand against the house, make some distance to separate them from the background and show off the house. Bring chairs of different heights and avoid standing in a military lineup. Watch where you crop people (i.e. at the ankle is awkward) Keep people close in the frame too. Bring them closer together by holding hands and intertwining arms.

3) Engage Your Subjects Keep it fun and energetic to get people excited as you to take a couple of snaps of their genuine smiles, otherwise it becomes a chore and it will show. Take your time and make portraits of everyone, by themselves and with significants. Even a few years down the road you'll be grateful you had.

4) Take Multiple Shots Avoid blinking eyes and catch that perfect moment-of-the-moment. Multiple shots are also insurance for a sharp photo without motion blur. If taking candids this is key. And when taking portraits play around and find the right angles of both your subject and the light. Be sure to find the perfect shot and delete the rest.

5) Be Creative Take some closeup photos of each child putting their favorite ornament on the tree. Make them laugh while doing it. If it's already on just take it off and take some snaps of them showing it to you, and then placing it back on the tree. That's a double win! Remember to get in close. Adult kids re-creating childhood photos is always fun too. And don't forget a detail shot of Grandma's apple pie with her signature lattice crust and Uncle Joe hugging the family dog.

6) Use Camera Features On both Androids and iPhones you can adjust the exposure. Cameras expose for the overall scene and not for people's faces. Don't let the camera expose faces dark because of a bright overhead sky. Once focused adjust that exposure. By default, keep your flash off indoors and only use it if you need to. It ruins the ambience. The flash is great for pictures outside in bad sunlight with subjects within 6.' Use the zoom to get in closer but be mindful it can quickly become pixelated. Include yourself by using the 10-sec timer with the camera in a phone tripod placed on a bookcase or stool. iPhone users should consider the Portrait Mode feature. It can process your photos to include a rich depth-of-field with a blurred background that looks like a professional camera took. The subjects must be 2-8' away and with plenty of light.

If you want more features than the native camera app is offering, then download a different one like ProCam that gives you full manual control.

7) Edit & Presentation You might take 5 or 50 or 300 photos Christmas morning, but down the road you only want to see the top few (your Facebook friends will agree). Favorite the best and delete the repetitive, dark, and blurry shots. Edit them in an app like Snapseed to make them pop by adjusting exposure, color balance, color saturation, contrast, and tone. Custom crop your shots to the perfect frame and make some black & white versions.

Not every situation in-the-moment will be the best lighting or background, but it's important to remember you're documenting real life, not a staged photoshoot. Have a fully charged phone and good luck!

To learn more about Leland Gebhardt visit: https://www.lelandphotos.com/

Low Cal Holiday Cocktails

All of these drinks are under 100 calories:

-Holiday Mule

-Vodka Soda

-Martini

  • Blue Ice Vodka contains only 52 calories per ounce, which is the lowest number of calories possible in an ounce of alcohol
  • 9.5 pounds of potatoes go into every bottle of Blue Ice Vodka (gluten free).

For more information, visit: Blue Ice Vodka website: https://www.blueicevodka.com/home

 


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