It's Not About the Camera!
submitted by Laura
+ Brad Photo
are some tips that will help you take better
"everyday" pictures of your kids.
you doubt that statement just check out Chase
Jarvis' latest art book where he shot (and processed)
all of the pictures entirely on his iPhone.
emotion - Say "No" to saying "Cheese". Your
best bet to get a natural looking smile is to
get them to laugh or smile without thinking
about it. Acting goofy or asking them about
something that they really enjoy. Young children
like to talk about a favorite toy or character
and you can see the joy through their eyes as
they think about it. Play a game with them,
for babies peek-a-boo or silly sounds work really
well. Use this time as an opportunity to create
natural un-posed pictures of your child, building
with blocks, reading a book, on the swings or
even making a sand castle, that you will cherish.
the light - Look for soft glowing light wherever
you are. The best time to take pictures are
about an hour before sunset. Of course as a
parent we cannot always schedule our children's
activities or spontaneous cuteness around that
time. If you find yourself in the middle of
the day try to find some good "open shade" without
patches of sunlight peeking through. If possible
turn the flash off and use the natural light
as much as possible. One sign of good light
is to look in their eyes and if you can see
the "catch lights" or sparkle of light in their
eyes. Also when you are indoors, get close to
the windows and use the natural light it will
make their skin look softer.
your perspective - Getting down on their level
makes a huge difference. I like to lay in the
sand when I have kids at the beach or lay in
the grass when they are sitting. Also getting
close up and above them so that the light fills
their eyes makes for a great portrait.
aware of the surroundings - Keep in mind the
cars on the street behind, the mess of the room
or the tree that looks like it may be sprouting
out of their head. If you move a few steps in
one direction or another you will be surprised
at how you much you can improve your backdrop.
Don't be afraid to get up close and personal,
it's a great opportunity to capture your child
eyes and the detail of their features. Keep
in mind those hands and feet, you want to make
sure your not cutting them off unless it is
an intentional composition.
- There are a lot of simple editing software
products that do not require you to be an expert
in Photoshop. My favorite is Adobe Lightroom
2.0 because it is extremely user friendly and
you can use custom presets to create an artistic
look or change a photo to a classic black and
the most important tip is when you find yourself
witnessing a moment where you wish you had your
camera just sit back and enjoy it.
fun journaling your children's memories!