Photography is a big hobby of mine. So most of these picutures are taken while babysitting. The ones that have me in it are sent to me by parents. Thank you so much!
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BELOW THE PICTURES I HAVE SOME HANDY TIPS IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR (DIGITAL) CAMERA AND HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILDREN'S PICTURES!
1. Make sure when you buy your camera you ask about the DELAY when you press the button to make a picture. Some digital cameras have a delay, which ALWAYS gives you the moment RIGHT AFTER the moment you just tried to capture... Especially with kids, they move around so much, you don't need a camera with delay, you will get so much pictures with the eyes closed!
2.When you turn on any automatic camera with a zoom, it always automatically goes to the ZOOMED OUT or WIDE-ANGLED setting. This setting is good for landscape pictures, architecture of when you take pictures of big groups. Most people tend to not touch the zoom but then walk closer to get the subject in. This is how you get those photos with ALOT of distracting surrounding information, and a tiny dot of a face or person in the middle of it. If you walk up VERY close when your camera is in the zoomed-out setting, you will see the lines in the face distort alot, it pulls everything out of context. SO VERY IMPORTANT and the biggest secret about making great pictures: when you want to make a portrait of your child: ZOOM IN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!!! If you have to walk BACKWARDS to get the face completely in, do that. You get beautiful pictures with hardly any background, just the headshot with that beautiful expression of your child! Also move around a bit when you have the face zoomed in, sometimes moving an inch to the right or left, or up or down, will get rid of disturbing and distracting backgrounds with bright colors, they will just take away from the subject. The attention should be pulled to the face!
3. Always go down to eye-level of your subject! Do not ever take pictures standing up towering above them, they will look up with a squint and it does not look as good.
3. If possible, TURN OFF THAT FLASH. Just use it when you NEED it, indoors or at night. Most camera's have the flash on automatic and it will flash all the faces very flat. It can also give annoying shades behind the person on a wall or something. Sometimes a flash can come in handy when the sun is very high and bright, you can use flash to lighten up those dark eyesockets the sun will make! But mostly the natural light is so much more beautiful and the skintones come out beautiful. Put your child next to a window and let them play there, ask them to point out stuff they see outside, sit on the floor with the window next to you and you will get beautiful shots.
4. ALWAYS WATCH WHERE THE SUN IS. The sun should light the face so it should be behind YOUR back or maybe coming from the side (when very sunny it is better from a side angle just so the people in the picture will not have to look straight into the sun). The sun should never be behind your subject because it will make everything bright except your subjects front-side and it will look very dark. Except of course when you are making those beautiful sunset pictures. Make one WITH and without your flash, you will get a kick out of the different pictures you will get.
5. The absolute best time of day when the light is most beautiful is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The light is softer and fills in harsh lines, it comes from a low angle so it does not give hard shades in the face, and it gives a kind of red romantic glow to the skin. No squinting will occur!
6. Horizontal pictures are great for groups or landscapes, but portraits tend to look better vertically! They look more dynamic and that way you don't have alot of empty space next to the head, but the picture is filled up all the way nicely.
7. And last but not least... PLEASE don't teach them the CHEESE-smile..... Let them just play, sneak up on them, or sit around while they play, call their name or say something funny, they will usually look up when hearing your voice. Talk to them, distract them, so they will look at you and listen to what you are saying, instead of pulling their face in some sort of fake smile!
I hope this will be of help! Any questions about cameras or other things about photography, please do not hesitate to ask!
This site was last updated 10/21/07