Trying out some photography tips

So, at our MOPS meeting this Monday we had a photographer come and talk to us about how to get great shots without buying a super expensive camera.  Which considering I’m not likely to buy an expensive camera anytime soon because I don’t really baby my current one……..  I needed these tips.  So, here’s what I got from this with my practice shots from today.

1.  Take lots of pictures.  After, I’d deleted all the ones I didn’t like I still had 31 pictures from the hour or so we were there.

memories

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

2.  Turn off the flash.  I’ve tried this one before and it’s worked in other situations, but this time it didn’t work.  It did make a kind of cool blurry effect.  This is my previous attempt at turning off the flash.  I found one that worked from today.

3.  Don’t have the subject back lit, unless you want a silhouette.  Not really a problem in here, no real windows.

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

3.  Zoom in, zoom in, zoom in.  You don’t need the whole body in every shot, and when you zoom in you can get the cute expressions.  You can almost see the fly-away hair from the static in the first one.  I love Superman’s grin on the second one.  And that little head in the midst of all those balls, cute as a button?

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

4.  Don’t always get them smiling.  Their pouts are cute too, I mean who wouldn’t want to give her what she wants?

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

5.  Look for unusual angles.  Superman was very cooperative for this.

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

6.  Don’t always have the subject of your picture centered.  It is more visually interesting if occasionally the main person to be looked at is off center.

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

7.  This one’s from my Mom: Take a series of pictures that tell a story.  I remember my Mom having a set of pictures of my brother and I and some of our friends on the front step as we gathered for an excursion.  It was the funniest set of pictures.

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

8.  Get them in action.  Staged shots rarely work, someone always looks away.

memories,Jum N Climb,field trip

9.  Get the catch light in their eye.  If you notice in this picture of Princess there is a little white light in her eye. That is called a catch light.  Don’t I sound all professional?  Well, this is part of what makes us look lively in a picture or in real life.  The way to get this is to ask your kids to look up at you, and you should get it in your picture.