One of the awesome things that has happened over this past year and half of blogging is my ability to take a decent picture. I’m not a photographer and I don’t own a fancy camera, but I have figured out a couple of photo tricks that make taking pictures of my kids much easier. Pictures that I am actually proud to share!
Take a ton of pictures. If you have ever researched photography you have read this tip. There are two reasons I think it is so important. #1. Just like anything else … the more you practice the better you will be. #2. Sheer volume. The more pictures you take the better chance you will have one that blows you away!
Try different angles. If your kid is doing something that you just have to capture try coming at it from several angles. Stand on a chair, squat down to their level, look over their shoulder. Try one from the left and one from the right. You will be surprised at how different each shot can be.
Use the action setting. What can be said about almost every kid you have ever met? They move. Oh boy do they move. I started using the action setting on my camera when Big M was in soccer. One day I left it on by mistake. What I found was photo changing. The action setting on my camera runs a steady stream of pictures with one press. I hold the button and pictures are taken rapid fire until I release. I end up with 100 pictures of almost the exact same shot, but there are almost always 1 or 2 brilliant pictures that I never would have caught clicking on my own.
Use the close up setting. The close up setting is meant for non moving objects that are fairly close. Don’t just think itsy bitsy bug, think kid reading a book. The pictures are crisp and clear.
(Action and Close up are the only two settings I use… mostly because I have used them enough to be completely comfortable with them.)
Try to avoid editing later. So if you are taking 100 pictures of the exact same shot can you imagine how long it takes to weed through the trash pictures? The better you get at framing pictures the less time you’ll have to spend editing… trust me this one is important.
Don’t stress you can crop it later. Yeah, yeah that totally contradicts what I just said but the truth is it’s not always possible to get into the perfect position. If you have one or two pictures that need cropping, so what. It’s pretty easy… I’ll give you some tips on photo editing next week.
Lighting matters. Ugh. It’s true. Lighting make a world of difference when it comes to a photo. What is perfect light? For me an overcast day is a dream. I love taking pics in the morning and in the afternoon. There are also a couple of windows in my house that I know provide the best light. I try to set projects up there whenever possible. (When you find a picture you love think about where it was taken and what type of lighting it was.)
Forget the “cheese”. Don’t expect your kids to pose, all that leaves you with is a stiff picture. While using the action setting talk to your kids instead. Tell a joke or say something that makes them smirk. The expression will be more genuine.
Use props. Sometimes props are important (for bloggers the props can be the most important part of the picture.) If there is a favorite toy or lovely in the pic use it. I can’t see Little M’s face in this pic, but it captures a memory and it makes me smile.
Do you have photo trick to add?