This post was written for Making the World Cuter by professional photographer Heather Palmer. I am so excited to welcome her as our new photography contributor, I have admired her work for years and can’t wait to see all the fun stuff she is sure to share with us on how to get better photos.First I want to start off by saying that I’m thrilled to be a part of the Making The World Cuter team! Thanks for having me everyone! I’m looking forward to sharing some of my photography knowledge and fun withall of you! So…onto today’s post….
6 Tips to Better Photos
Capturing precious moments as your children grow is important to every parent, but do you have the knowledge you need to get the most out of each picture you take? As a professional photographer and Mom, I know just how important it is to snag those great shots that allow your memories to last forever. Parents often ask me how I am able to capture such great photos of children. So I’ve compiled a brief list of simple tips that can be used with the fanciest of SLR’s or the simplest of point and shoot cameras. These tips will help you achieve your goal of capturing great photos of your family.
&lt;h3>KNOW YOUR CHILDS MOOD
Hungry or over-tired children usually don’t photograph well, so trying to capture meaningful photos at meal or nap time is often unrewarding. It’s best to break out the camera after the tummies have been filled, or when your child is well-rested after a good nap or first thing in the morning.
Personally, I’m not above bribery. My kids have been so over-photographed that they get pretty tired of my bossing them around in front of the camera. So when I feel it’s time to snap some new photos, or try out a new idea on them, I need to provide a little incentive. You’d be surprised at how the promise of ice cream, a trip to the dollar store, or in my 9-year olds case “a few dollars” can bring on some amazing cooperation.
MOVE IN CLOSE
Capturing a wide-angle view can be awesome, but getting up close and personal with your subject allows you to eliminate distractions and gives your photos an intimate feel. So take a few steps forward, or zoom in until your subjects’ faces fill your viewfinder. Now you can capture the details of that beautiful face.
Shoot horizontally with your camera, but change up your shots! Be sure to switch to a vertical shot every now and again so you can achieve a completely different feel to your photo. This can also eliminate surrounding distractions and allow you to capture more of your subject. Whether it be the Empire State Building, or a person, things often look better vertically.
GET DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL
To capture your child’s true expressions, it’s good to be face to face with them. When standing above our children, they are often straining to look up and see us, causing their natural expressions to be altered. Kneel on the sidewalk, lye on the floor or do whatever you need to in order to get down to their level. Your subject doesn’t have to look directly at the camera, but just being at their eye level will provide a personal and inviting feeling to the photograph.
No matter what kind of photos you are taking, the most important thing is to have fun and make the experience a pleasant one for everyone involved. Photographs should be a fun family affair. If you can afford to buy a shockproof camera, passing it over to the little ones for a turn can make it easier to share the fun and make picture taking a blast!
So enjoy your moments with your children, and pack that camera with you as often as you can. You never know when the perfect opportunity to capture a valuable memory will be. After all, the greatest story is your own! It’s worth reliving it through your photographs!
Now It’s Your Turn!
What tips do you have to get better photos of your kids? Which of these tips are you going to try out next time?
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