Posts Tagged ‘Photography Tips’

Capture Better Pictures of Your Kids

December 11, 2012

The holidays are here and you don’t want to miss any of those touching family moments. Some of the most treasured things parents can possess are pictures of their kids. Here are a few simple picture taking tips for your holiday events.

1. Have fun with Props. Think toys, teddy bears, books, a wreath, dreidels or a candy cane. Kids will be more at ease when they are holding something in their hands. Let them show off their personality in the pictures.

2. Photograph at a child’s level. Get down close. Squatting or sitting to take a picture of your kids will capture them at a much more flattering angle.

3. Shoot a lot. If you’re using a digital camera, there’s no waste. You never know what your kids will do next so keep the shots going. Kids don’t have to be posed and looking at the camera to get a great shot. Candid shots work too!

4. Try shooting in monochrome mode, black and white mode or use Instagram-type effects.

5. Shoot with the highest jpeg quality. If you know photoshop, shoot in both jpeg and raw. Having a large digital file is like having a longer zoom because it allows you to crop the picture and still have good resolution to print and share the cropped image.

6. Crop your photos to clean up the background. A cluttered, busy environment around your subject can overpower your photo. One way to avoid this is to frame the picture in such a way that the area behind your child is free of clutter and then crop the photo to zero on the main subject.

Happy Holidays!


Helpful Tips on Cell Phone Pics

September 25, 2012

With the iPhone 5 now out and new panoramic picture capabilities, we can’t forget the basic tips for getting a better photo with your cell phone. Here are some of my beginning tips to consider when you are out and about taking pictures.

1. Remember Your Thirds

“Composition 101″ still applies to taking pictures with your cell phone. Try to imagine two horizontal and two vertical lines intersecting across your image, and place important elements of your image at the point where two of these lines intersect. Equally, try to place important lines (e.g. a horizon) across one of the third lines in your photo. Many cell phones now super-impose these lines over the image for you, which can be incredibly helpful. Be sure to turn this feature on if you have it available.

2. Lighting is Still Key

Although cell phones have advanced tremendously, they still can’t replace your SLR. One of the key areas that many phones struggle with is in capturing enough light. To help with this, ensure that your subject is well lit. Turn on the light, open the curtains, or wait until the sun is a little higher in the sky. Try out your cell phone’s camera flash and see what improvement that provides. It may be the slight boost you need. Try using it outside as a fill-flash and get that extra “punch” you were looking for.

3. Get Close to Your Subject

One of the most common mistakes with camera phone images is that their subject ends up being a tiny, unrecognizable object in the distance. Fill up your view finder with your subject to save having to zoom in on the subject when editing it later.  The best way to deal with a crowded and busy background is to fill the frame with your subject. Get close and avoid a photo with a tiny subject in the middle of a crowded background.

4. Don’t Throw Away “Mistakes”

Wait to see your cell phone pictures on your computer. You might find that they come alive on a quality monitor. You’ll also find that even “mistakes” and blurred shots can be usable for abstract ways.

5. Take it Everywhere!

The best camera is the one you have with you!  There is no need to carry around an extra point-and-shoot, or remember to charge a second device. The cell phone can’t replace a powerful digital SLR, but it’s an incredibly capable piece of equipment. Take it with you everywhere and shoot off many shots quickly and without cost. Experiment with different modes, composition, new angles, and perspectives.

Happy Shooting!


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