I have received many comments and emails over the months from my sweet readers who have either complimented my photography (THANK YOU!!) or have asked how to get similar results. We all want beautiful photos of our children right? I have learned along my photographic journey that practicing a few simple tricks can make a huge difference in my photos. Sooo, I have decided to share some of those things here in hopes that some of you might learn a technique or two in making your photos better. Keep in mind that some of the things you will read here are very basic....almost like "duh" basic...but it never hurts to be reminded, right? I'm also very aware that not everyone has a super duper mega awesome camera but that's ok. To prove that many of these tricks can be achieved with a basic camera I will show examples using my Sony Cybershot point&shoot camera as well as my Nikon d90 dSLR. Some of you will even have a much nicer camera than I! You lucky ducks! I will break this down into a series of lessons...how many lessons has yet to be determined. Who knows, maybe I'll make this a regular feature here on the blog if you guys like it. Leave me a comment so I know you're reading...and to make me feel special! Ok, here goes...
Lesson 1: Get down on their level- don't be afraid to get close (or use your zoom)
Ok, so I told you this would be basic but it's soooo true. I can't tell you how many times I've seen photos and thought "that is such a cute photo but it could have been sooo much better if it wasn't so far away! I wish I could zoom in a see that cuties face."
Enter EXHIBIT A-
Well, its not really a bad photo. I actually think it's pretty cute. But why not take the extra time and get down on your knees. Zoom in a little bit. Get those distracting brightly colored toys out of the viewfinder so that the focus is left on you adorable little child. Let's try this again.
She is pretty cute isn't she, despite the "deer in the headlights" look she's giving me. But now, at least the focus isn't on all that stuff around her but instead it's on those big blue/grey eyes! Gotta love em'! But really, isn't that just so much better? And this was all done with a regular point & shoot.
And here is a similar one done with my dSLR and my 35mm 1.8 lens.
Those eyes are crystal clear. But either one of these shots would be perfect to print off as a 5x7 and put in a cute little frame. Isn't that all we really want anyway?
And here, just because I like to take things a step further, I added a navy exclusion layer and popped it in a sweet frame to give it a vintage-y, shabby-chic feel! (maybe I'll teach you that a bit later, *wink*)
Well, that's it for today! I don't want to unload too much on you on the first day. I have lot's more to share and I hope you'll all come back for lesson 2. Have a fabulous weekend!
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