Posts tagged ‘how to photograph’

November 21, 2015

The Secret of Taking Great Photos of Your Kids – No More Cheese

Candid photos are the best. Formal settings and posed shots are the things of the past. They were a must in the early years of photography when people had to remain frozen in front of the camera for extended periods of time due to long exposure necessary for making a decent shot.

Kids were notoriously difficult to photograph (they still are) as they have trouble staying still and frankly don’t feel the need to suffer for the sake of preserving images of themselves. This is why there are some weird vintage pictures where the controlling mother is disguised as a chair.

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The modern cameras are fast at capturing images in action. There is no need for prolonged posing.

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Though family photographer still like to create arty images and can be good at making children pose for them.

If you want to replicate such achievements, you are guaranteed to fail.

Where you can beat a professional photographer is candid shots. Children feel more relaxed without pressure of a timed photo shoot and their true personalities shine.

Engage your kids in their favorite activities and keep your camera ready. You’ll get much more interesting shots than the cheesy smiles into the camera.

July 3, 2013

Taking Photos of Fireworks – Simple Tips

Happy Independence Day! Most of us in the US will take photos of fireworks tomorrow so that we can share them on Facebook after. Of course you want your firework pictures to look great to reflect the joy of the celebration. Here are some simple tips for photographing fireworks with a point-and-shoot camera.

– Choose your location strategically: you don’t want any view-spoilers such as people’s heads, tree branches or wires.

– Keep in mind that if the smoke from the firework will blow towards you, the fireworks will be obscured.

– Avoid locations where street lights, the moon or any other source of light will shine on your camera lens. The light creates flare.

– Turn the flash off.

– Set your camera to the mode called Fireworks. If you don’t have it, use the Night Landscape or Mountain icons, or a Landscape scene mode.

– When taking pictures of fireworks, listen for the sound of shells going up, and press the shutter release just before they burst.

That’s all. Happy photoshooting!

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