In an age of camera phones where no memorable moment escapes our iPhone’s shutter, the traditional, dedicated camera seems obsolete. With the notable exception being the DSLR for taking extremely high quality pictures, not many people even consider buying a camera anymore. With Instagram and built in filters on our phones, they serve as a pretty good alternative to the traditional digital and disposable camera. But there are still those who want a unique camera that captures memories in a special way. With the amount of photos we take on our phones, the magic of taking a good photo is lost – instead, we spam the shutter, saturating our memory cards with as many photos as possible. So for those looking for something a little more special, try one of these out.
A relatively new movement from the 1990’s, lomography is an attempt to experiment creatively with photography by returning to the analogue camera model. The only automatic feature this camera offers is exposure, everything is you’ll have to do manually: including loading, winding, rewinding, and focusing. A fun gift idea for a photography enthusiast, it feels really rewarding to take a good photo manually.
In a world obsessed with high quality, there are those who stand fast and choose low quality photography to make a statement. Lo-fi photography is intriguing and strangely beautiful. It’s unconventional photography and far from mainstream, but it delivers beautiful and nostalgic photography. The Holga camera will allow you to join this defiant movement and capture your memories uniquely. There is a lot you can do with this camera and no two photos you take will ever be the same.
The Polaroid camera is well known and established. I’m not talking about the new variety of instant photography, I’m talking about an old Polaroid, a classic tool for capturing those special moments. They may not be ideal for selfies but they provide a certain retro feel to the photography experience. A wall decorated with polaroids of smiling children, family portraits and friendly outings is awe inspiring. It feels classic, real, and special.
The newer varieties of instant cameras are cute, compact and stylish. They are considerably smaller than their older counterpart and far trendier. These don’t feel as elegant or classic as the Polaroid, but more fun and energetic. They have colour photography capabilities and capture great photos. However, most of them don’t allow for much in the way of optimizing your photography. They remain a fun and novel way of taking photos however, and their popularity is rising.
Underwater cameras are great for both summer and winter vacations. If you want to take photos of your kids while you’re swimming at the pools or at the beach or skiing in the snow, an underwater camera will capture their energy and joy with no loss in quality. A lot of contemporary underwater cameras offer a lot in the way of quality and maximising your photos’ brilliance. There are a few to pick from, with CNET recommending the Nikon Coolpix AW100 for great photos every time.
Adrian Rodriguez is a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys unconventional photography. If you want to experiment with different cameras, he suggests you use to Flexirent to try a wide variety of cameras and see which best suits you.
Taking family portraits is an important part of preserving a family's history. If you are working as a portrait photographer, this short, helpful post will guide you through the "do's" and "definitely do not's" of taking a great family portrait together.
DO: Give the Family Good Preparatory Guidance
As the photographer, you can influence the outcome of each family's portrait session. Understand that most people don't know how to look their best in front of the camera. Here are some tips your clients will thank you for when they see the finished portrait:
DON'T: Get Pulled into Family Drama
Sometimes family members may squabble during the photo shoot. Don't let yourself get pulled in or persuaded to take sides. You can suggest a five-minute break to let emotions cool, but remain polished, calm, and professional at all times. Remember, an arguing family now can still turn into a referral later!
DO: Check and Double-Check all Equipment and Lighting Before the Session
The last thing you want to do when your clients arrive is to discover that some part of your equipment is non-functional or that the lighting in the space you have chosen is not conducive to a good shot. Know the lighting in your space inside and out at every hour. Check and double check your equipment and make sure you have enough supplies before the family arrives.
DON'T: Get Too Creative During the Shoot
Stick with what you absolutely know will work. You can brainstorm different ideas with your clients before the shoot, but once they arrive, have a plan and stick to it. Remember, the family has paid you for a beautiful portrait, not so you have time to explore your "creative side."
With these "do's" and "definitely do not's," you can have successful family photoshoot sessions every time - and happy clients who will refer their friends to you - repeat business never harmed anyone right?
DO: Ask the family to coordinate clothing
Before you meet up with the family you will be shooting it is a good idea to ask them if they would like to coordinate their wardrobe choices. Of course it is ultimately up to them but it would be helpful to remind them to avoid any extreme colours, prints or logos that will have a negative impact on the overall quality and give you an easier time post production.
About the Author
Michael Jones is a keen photographer and has contirbuted to various blogs offering help and advice in all areas of photography.
Alaska is the dream for many a wildlife and landscape photographer. This is a country of such astounding natural beauty which is made all the more enticing by the frequently harsh climate conditions, making many parts of it almost inaccessible at certain times of year. Few other places in the world offer such a wealth of photographic opportunities, and whether you’re a professional or an amateur, if you holiday here you’ll need to bring more than a few memory cards for your camera.
If you’re a first-timer to Alaska, here are some locations you definitely won’t want to miss if you want to catch a memorable shot.
In the Katmai National Park in the south of the country, Brooks Falls has a special viewing platform set up, because so many people are after that iconic shot of brown Kodiak bears fishing for salmon as they swim upstream. Catching one just as the jaws clamp closed is a measure of luck as much as skill.
Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes
Katmai is also home to seven active volcanos, one of which, Novarupta, erupted in 1912, the largest eruption in the 20th century. It created the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, where you can see colourful clouds of dense ash drifting along, as well as great cracks cleaved into the earth’s surface.
Captain Cook State Park
Visit the beach here from May onwards and you may catch a sight of Beluga whales, as they arrive to feed. Keep your finger on the button as you try to catch one breaching the waves.
Walk along this 17-mile glacier that begins at Bagley icefield during the summer months. As the snow starts gradually melting in the bright sun, tiny holes become gaping-mouthed caves. Pointing your lens down there is akin to staring into the bowels of the earth.
Turnagain Arm Drive
Part of the legendary Seward Highway, this is reputed to be one of the most beautiful drives in the country. Mountains, waterfalls and many scenic coves are everywhere - there are plenty of places to pull over and grab a few shots on this 45-minute drive.
In the south-east of Alaska, this is a huge body of water, usually navigated by cruise ship. Stay on the deck, and you’ll witness gigantic floating blocks of ice that dwarf your ship, as well as porpoises and bald eagles plus, if you’re lucky, orcas.
The mysterious and entrancing Northern Lights are visible in Alaska from September to April, when the skies are clearest and the weather mildest. Most weeks will offer several good opportunities, and your best spot is around Fairbanks.
Cruising around the Kenai Fjords is another fantastic chance to snap majestic icebergs, as well as whales and sealions, in a landscape of such beauty it defies words.
Denali National Park
One of Alaska’s most prominent destinations for Alaska holidays, Denali is home to Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. On a clear day you can get incredible views of it’s icy summit, but if not then there is abundant flora and fauna to capture your attention and viewfinder elsewhere.
Ice-fishing is a traditional Eskimo pursuit that many visitors like to try out for themselves. The northern Bering Sea coast is where you will find Inuits who spend hours at a time crouched over a hole in the ice, and will be happy to pose for a picture, or help you catch your dinner.
As you would anywhere, it’s always polite to request permission before taking anyone’s picture. Alaska has some of the planet’s most diverse, and also dangerous, wildlife. When out with your camera, always be aware of your proximity to the subject and take appropriate precautions.
A big fan of amateur photography holidays, Rob has undertaken tours of Alaska, Kenya and the Amalfi Coast in recent years.
Finally, at long last, it's your special day. After months of meticulous and endless planning your finally down to the last 24 hours and they pass in a frenzied blur. The way you recall your wedding day is by watching that neatly edited video that captures every highlighted moment of your special day. If you're seeking a professional wedding producer in London, you will want to know these handy hints to help you get the very best out of the most special event of your life.
Knowing exactly how to record the most important day of your life may be tricky. Most cameras of today have video and that coupled with some user friendly software will make anyone an expert. While it may be tempting to ask friends or family, it might also be the biggest mistake of your special day. Opting to set an amount for the photography and the video could be your best bet to ensure that you have a top quality video of your special event. Anything else could give you a false sense of security.
Always select a wedding photographer and videographer that has a superb track record. You don't want to take anything for granted. You also don't want to be the first client the company or person has ever had. You'll want to see some examples of their work, a website and perhaps touch base with a few former clients and find out how things went for them.
Before your big day, you'll want to meet the team that will be doing your video. You won't want to take any chances that they don't have a clue what they're doing. You'll want to know that they understand what you're looking for and help them to focus on a theme for your personality. Check for how well you work together as a team. Do they have a back up plan if someone is sick? What if the camera or video cam breaks down? Ask all the questions you can think of and then ask some more.
You'll want to be sure that you're getting your money's worth. Find out what will and won't be filmed, how it will be filmed and if there are any extra charges for specific things you may wish to have filmed (example: a few minutes with the bride or groom before the ceremony). You don't want to leave anything to chance. Follow a script or scenario and play it out.
Planning is everything when it comes to your big day. Plan it out and plan some more. You only get one opportunity at this so make it count.
Agree on your filming schedule prior to the big day. What do you want them to cover in the video? What don't you want covered? You're going to be so busy this day so get it all planned out and make sure the photogrpaher and videogrphaer both know what you want.
If you have your videographer attend the rehearsal they can get a better idea of where everyone will be standing etc. Invite them and help them to know what to expect. Do you want them to be discreet and unobtrusive? Then show them where to stand etc.
According to surveys, 98 percent of people suggest that brides should have their wedding video taped so that they can remember the big day. "Why?" you may ask, because you'll be so busy you're likely to forget those special moments. Plus, you can relive them with friends and family time and again.
Amy Rice wrties for http://www.tech-tv.co.uk when not writing, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, walking, reading and lifting free weights in the gym.
One of the best ways to remembering your special day is to have a stunning photo album, full of perfect shots. Needless to say, a lot of this comes down to choosing the right photographer, which is why we’ve put together this list of tips on getting this key decision right:
Make it an immediate priority
The best professionals in almost any trade tend to have schedules booked up months in advance. Therefore, anyone seeking the genuine masters of their craft needs to start their research as early as possible, especially if their wedding day isn't too far away, or if it's in what is deemed the 'peak season' for photographers: Saturdays during the spring! The earlier you start searching for your photographer, the more likely you are to get the one you really want.
Consider searching everywhere
There are a lot of different options to take in terms of where to look. The first (and often most effective) method is to simply ask around and look for word-of-mouth recommendations. Whether they’re friends, family or work colleagues, anyone who's already been married will usually be happy to offer feedback. If that option is exhausted, you can then move on to other areas: wedding fairs are often useful, and there's always the option of hunting around the web: most modern photographers will have a website that displays some of their best work, as well as contact details that will allow you to get in touch with them.
Always look at the portfolio
In the end, results matter. It's all very well finding a photographer that you really get on with, but if they can't produce great shots then they're not going to be the best choice; long after you’ve stopped talking to them, you’ll still have to look at the album. Fortunately, it's easy to judge a photographer, as their portfolio is all you need. Ask any photographer you're considering to provide sample shots from a range of different weddings, preferably ones from different situations (i.e. some outdoors, some indoors, some sunny, some rainy) to make sure that they're capable of adapting to things like a lack of light or the weather.
Gauge their style
Professional photography is a genuine craft, and as with all other styles of craft (music, drawing, baking, etc) the photographer is likely to have their own unique style. It's therefore important to ensure that their style suits the sort of photographs you'd like to have. If the photographer has a tendency to create romantic, intimate photos then that would be ideal for those that want their album to be in that vein. However, those that want shots of everyone laughing and joking might think otherwise. When glancing through a portfolio, you'll usually be able to tell what style the photographer will adopt, and whether or not it'll mix well with the end result you’re after.
Remember to trust them
This is more a point for on the day, rather than when choosing your photographer, but it's still worth remembering: trust your photographer. When you make that final choice, the chances are that you absolutely love the work that they've produced previously, so it's important to trust them to do the same for you.
(Of course, it is still important to let them know if there's anything in particular that you think is extremely important. If you desperately want a shot of the first clinch in the first dance, then it's important to let them know, as is the case if there are particular people you'd like shots of. Trust your photographer, but do keep them informed!)
In the end, a lot of these tips come down to one thing: preparation. All professional booking for a wedding should be researched and made well in advance, leaving a little bit of wiggle room available in case of any emergencies!
Simon Carr is the founder of his very own wedding photography business based in Essex. He works closely with couples to bring them modern, original images that perfectly capture their wedding day.
Photography is a great hobby or profession to have, and whether you do it for fun or for work, it’s important that you learn how to take the best possible photos.
Different subjects require different camera settings, angles and lighting. Just because you’re great at taking pictures of your kids inside your home doesn’t mean you’ll be an expert at shooting moving objects outside. If you’re interested in taking nature and outdoors shots, it’s important that you use the following tips in order to photograph like a professional.
Learn about lighting.
When you’re taking outdoor photographs, you’ll rely heavily on the natural light provided by the sun. However, some people think that they’re supposed to take their outdoor pictures in direct sunlight, and this is untrue. Direct sunlight will actually wash out your pictures and make your subjects appear flat instead of dimensional. If you truly want to take great outdoor photos, it’s best to take them in partial sun or on overcast days. Plus, without the direct sun, you will also avoid any harsh shadows that may occur and leave your picture looking faded or even strange.
Don’t be afraid to use your flash.
That’s right. It is perfectly acceptable, and actually recommended, to use your flash outdoors. So many people fail to realize this because they think it’s only used for darker indoor photo shoots. The light from the flash will help to add necessary and useful light to your photos that will make your nature photos look fantastic.
Play around with your angles.
Stop standing so far away from your subjects. Instead, get up close and personal and take shots that are unusual. Don’t be afraid to stand above your subject or even below your subject, and don’t feel as if your subject matter always has to be in the center of your shot. If you really want to encompass all the nature has to offer, you have to be willing to take the unusual shots. After all, not everything in nature is best viewed from 20 feet away.
Experiment with your camera.
Most people will default to using the auto setting on their camera, and while this can help you get the hang of taking pictures, it’s not the best setting for your nature needs. Take the time to truly get to know your camera. Play around with different settings, and actually read the manual. The more information you can learn about your camera and the more you can fiddle around with it, the more you will learn about which settings to use to take the best pictures.
Know how to take pictures of objects in motion.
Capturing running water or a moving animal only works well if you know how to take pictures of motion. If you don’t, you’ll end up with blurry pictures. If you want to take professional nature pictures, you need to learn how to take pictures of objects in motion. Try to use a shutter speed of at least 1/250. Auto-focus can help ensure the object is constantly in focus as it moves. Using continuous drive mode can help to take rapid-fire shots. It’s also a good idea to leave a little bit of space at the front of your photo to give the feeling that the animal is moving.
Don’t be afraid to edit.
Even if you become a great nature photographer, you’re still allowed to enhance the quality of your photos. Don’t overlook using tools like Adobe Photoshop in order to help the colors of your photos pop or to edit the look and feel of the photo. Sometimes a little editing can go a long way, and there’s no harm in a little touch up.
Learn about the history of nature photography.
In order to be an expert, it’s a good idea to have some basic knowledge of your craft. Learning the history of nature photography can help you see different shots that photographers took throughout the years in order to have better examples of the shots you should be taking. You can also see how they took their shots, what settings and lighting they used, and even what worked and didn’t work. The more you know about your craft, the more educated you’ll be on taking professional quality shots of your own.
Jayma Watson is an amateur photographer, freelance writer and blogger who spends as much time as possible capturing nature at its best.
You know the traditional marriage vow. The one that says for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Well, when one half of the happy nuptials happens to be a stock photographer, the vows should really go something like:
…I thee wed, along with all your camera equipment that I will forever be in the company of from this moment forward. I promise to pose and preen, and to be ready with a smile. I will forego the peace and quiet of dining without a camera flash, I will dress in silly costumes on demand, I will act goofy in public when asked, and I will wait patiently on vacation while you take “just one more shot” ….. til death do us part.
You see as a photographer, one of the best subjects you can have is your spouse. Think about it. They’re always around. It’s easy to get a signed model release. They get just as much satisfaction from your photography as you do (or so we like to think anyway). And they know we can make their lives pretty uncomfortable when they choose not to co-operate!
For me, that’s my husband. Or, as I refer to him, the Emoting-king! While I’ve only been a professional photographer for a fraction of our 23-year marriage, I sometimes feel like we were meant to be together because of my interest in photography and his interest in getting photographed. Together we make taking stock photos a fun filled family activity. Something that is easy for any family to do.
Let’s first admit to ourselves that, as much as we love them, our spouses are not professional models. That means we should set realistic expectations for their abilities and for the results we expect to get. What they are good at is being our spouse, so that is what we need to capture in pictures.
To ease your spouse into this, start with everyday life. Show them doing what they do day in and day out. This will allow them to relax and act naturally and leave you with some great stock-oriented photos. While the pictures need to look like you’ve just grabbed your camera and captured them in an unguarded moment, that doesn’t mean that you don’t still need to approach the shot with your usual professional manner. Taking the time to set up quality lighting, shoot using a tripod and pay attention to your camera settings will make sure that the resulting image will be of the highest quality.
Shoot the stereotypes even if your family doesn’t conform to them. Show your wife as homemaker, mother, friend and lover. Have your husband doing home repairs, lawn maintenance, and more “traditional” male activities. Then shoot the opposite – you’ll find a lot of images with a woman doing laundry but not so many with a man doing it. The same is true for a woman doing car repairs. The laws of supply and demand can work in your favor.
You already have your camera with you on vacations, so use it to capture your spouse doing fun activities. The same is true when cooking an unusual dinner, when out on a picnic or while attending a party. The key is to keep your camera handy and to look for moments that translate into good stock photo opportunities.
Once your spouse gets comfortable aping it up for the camera, it’s time to try something more adventurous. Have them try doing unusual activities in everyday settings. Be prepared to take lots of throwaway images, but don’t be surprised to capture some real gems as well. Set the environment up and then keep the shoot as relaxed and spontaneous as possible. As much as we may hate to admit it, our spouses are pretty creative too and can contribute some great ideas if we let them.
Introduce costumes and special effects when you feel they are ready. Start simple – take an unusual Christmas card or play around in the backyard, and slowly introduce more creative elements as they become more comfortable in this new role. For my husband, I find the introduction of a good single malt scotch can help smooth out the rough edges in the process.
Throw yourself in the mix to get good couples shots. These can be anything from everyday activities to the more adventurous you’ve been asking your mate to do. Lose those inhibitions!
Experiment – tell a story. Be creative with your ideas. The best advice I can give is to have FUN! Making photography a family affair can yield some great pictures for your portfolio – and create some lasting memories as well.
Karen Foley is a freelance stock photographer who contributes her work exclusively to Dreamstime Stock Agency. Look for her blogs about photography and portfolio of work at: Karen Foley Photography.
Photos capture life concurrently, get shared immediately and have the capacity to go viral without much effort – if the originality is there. Many different photos have gone viral, mainly taken by freelancer photographers that need extra loot, or are spotting various crimes in action. Without these rogue photo snappers, many pictures you’re witnessing online today wouldn’t exist.
If you’re wondering where, why and how these photos are taken, you’ll waste your time racking your brainpan. Here, instead, are 4 great reasons freelance photos are rather high on media moguls’ and general business wish lists.
We all know one of those breathtaking mademoiselle types who wear homemade jewelry, wear the coolest make-up combinations and hottest shoes – all at once – and look knock-out gorgeous regardless where they bought their $3.00 halter tops. You can probably also think of someone who does the same thing all wrong and achieves serious fashion victim status on a regular basis! Fashion shopping is never as much fun for women fashionistas without sharing the amazing finds with their best girlfriends – once pictures are taken, they’ll go viral or get sold to rogue fashion designers looking for some method to mimic ‘mainstream’.
In the past decade, photo sharing on the Internet has become a staple feature that denizens of savvy photographers love to take advantage of. Gone are the days where you have to personally hand or deliver printed photographs to your friends, families, or colleagues. Now, with just few clicks, you are already sharing your photos not only too few people but to the whole World Wide Web. With freelance photography, one can literally snap interesting scenes and share them real-time, allowing whatever cause their promoting to explode in mass hysteria.
Every time there is a major economic crisis, the survival instinct of many of us comes into play and statistics about different kinds of irregularities go through the roof. Several recent articles signal the increase in insurance frauds, card fraud rise and a wide range of illegal activities simply because families are seeking reprieve from our current economic holocaust, of sorts.
Rookie photographers are making huge media splashes, especially on widespread television shows, because they’re snapping photos which show these criminals showcasing their blatant disregard for employment, retail and vehicular laws.
New waves of technology have emerged which aim to make cameras, communication and data storage even simpler than your old cameras. Many businesses are already taking advantage of the benefits that mobile web devices, cloud storage and fibre-optic internet connections can bring. Yet, others, including many in the property industry, are more hesitant to adopt these solutions. Realtors, however, are all over it.
Since properties need photos to sell themselves online, it’s become nearly mandatory for freelance photos to be taken when realtors have little time for outside picture taking.
Photos today are relevant, regardless where they’re derived from. Magazines, newspapers, online media and businesses rely upon the high quality photographic depictions which freelancers are able to capture on film, sometimes paying inexorably just to have the distinction of being the only entity holding unique photography. Literally anyone with high-resolution camera phones, some free time and alertness can capture the next big thing on Pinterest, Facebook or Mad TV. And, even if you're not immediately discovered, your snapshot could earn you a quick prize.
Roger Kowalewski is a freelance writer and photography buff from Indiana. You can follow him on Google Plus.
Your wedding photographs are one of the most important records of your wedding day. The right photographer can in fact ensure that your photographs look great, and help refresh your memory of that happy day years from today. However, a bad or mediocre photographer will not just ruin your photographs he or she will ensure that you’ll not show because you’re embarrassed with the results. So, it pays to invest some time and effort when it comes to hiring a true professional for the job.
Hiring a professional wedding photographer goes well beyond just hiring the most expensive one around. Expensive photographers are not necessarily the best, many photographers just price their services and base themselves in expensive areas of the city to come across as being “high class”. Below we look at some of the most common mistakes people make when hiring a photographer for their wedding.
Mistake no. 1: Not checking out the photographer’s portfolio
This is one of the most common mistakes made by the wedding couple. They rarely ask the wedding photographer to show recent photographs they have taken. Many times if they are searching online they’ll just view the online portfolio of the photographer and book their services directly from the website. The problem with this approach is that despite your friends and family members recommending a particular service you still never know what to expect. Many large services often have more than one professional photographer working for them so it’s important to ask who will be covering your wedding and to show his or her particular portfolio.
Mistake no. 2: No comparison shopping
Many couples just base their decision to hire a particular photographer on what their friends and family recommend. Even though the couple may take the time out to look at the photographer’s portfolio but they will not visit other competing photographers and get a competing quote. The end result is that they could have gotten a much better photographer and for a few dollars less had they done some comparison shopping. Make it a point to visit half a dozen professionals in your area prior to making your decision. The best price to quality service should get your business.
Mistake no. 3: Hiring a photographer that doubles as a wedding videographer
Most professional wedding photographers only specialize in still photography but they will never double as a videographer. There are some services that offer both videography and still photography services but the problem with them is that their quality on either of those services leaves a lot to be desired. If you are looking to save money and quality is not a big concern only then should you hire a service like this. Otherwise it is best to hire a videographer who specializes in wedding videography and the same goes for a photographer.
Mistake no. 4: Not asking the photographer probing questions
Many couples never ask a photographer important questions pertaining to the service. There are wedding photographers who are not flexible with the number of hours they work, the breaks they take and even if there is travel involved which you currently do not know of. So, you need to ask the photographer the following questions:
All the questions above will give you a fairly good idea as to what you can expect from the service. It is best to draft a questionnaire and take it along just so that you do not miss out on something important.
Mistake no. 5: Hiring a photographer that uses the newest camera
Many wedding photographers will advertise that they are using the latest $3000 camera that offers 24mp etc. However, even though the latest camera does mean that the photographers will be a touch better it does not make up for the experience of a photographer. Some professionals can end up getting excellent results from a four year old camera. So, the price of the camera has nothing to do with the results you get.
As a mom, you want to capture every possible moment in your child’s life, which is why you always seem to be armed with a camera and ready to shoot at any minute. Pictures help you to capture memories, and they’re a great way to hold onto those precious moments in your child’s life as they grow.
If you want to take great pictures of your child, it’s important that you learn some basics about photography. Too many moms out there make the same mistakes when it comes to taking pictures. Their child is always posed the same way, the pictures are always blurry, or there’s always some random item in the background taking away from the cuteness of your child.
Taking pictures of babies is no different than taking pictures of older kids, and it still requires some practice to get them just right. If you want to take the best possible pictures of your baby, you need to use the following five tips.
1. Get down to their level.
Everyone has a tendency of standing far away and taking photos, but this isn’t the best way to take photographs of your baby. It’s very important that you get down low and shoot pictures that are close to your child. These close-ups are more personal and capture more detail than any picture taken from far away. Get up close and personal with your child to get some of the best possible shots.
2. Shoot from different angles.
Taking pictures of your baby from the same angle is going to get old. Get creative and take photos from different angles. Walk or crawl around your baby and take different pictures. Take some looking down on them, take some from behind, take some that are sideways, and even take some from the ground looking up. You’ll be amazed at how well your pictures will turn out if you stop taking photos from the same angle and start getting creative. Plus, you’ll be able to capture different moments from these angles, making them so much better.
3. Keep it simple.
The focus of these pictures is on your baby, so keep the details simple. Stick with a one-color background, such as black or white, to keep the simplicity of the photo intact. Try to avoid multiple colors or designs that are overwhelming, as these will take away from your child and become the unintended focus of the shot.
Another great option you have to keep pictures simple is to remove the color after the shot by turning the photo into black and white. There’s something about black and white photos that are timeless and simple, and you’ll be able to enjoy these photos for many years.
4. Keep shooting.
With today’s fancy DSLR cameras, you can shoot multiple photos in a short amount of time. Since babies are fidgety and don’t listen to your commands, you need to take as many pictures of your child as possible in order to get the best possible shot. Use your fancy camera to shoot, shoot, shoot pictures of your baby. You can always go through the pictures you took at a later time and determine which ones turned out and which ones did not. This way, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from when it comes time to printing the pictures or choosing the right one to send as an announcement.
5. Know the end result.
Different shots are better for different purposes, so it’s important to have an idea of what the pictures are going to be used for. For example, if you are taking pictures to place in a baby announcement, you’ll want to make sure to use a simple background and leave some extra space on the side for content and/or cropping. If you’re taking pictures that will be blown up to a canvas that sits over your mantel, you’ll want to use an intimate shot of your baby. Knowing the reason for your photo shoot will help you capture the right picture for your needs and give you plenty of different options to choose from.
Like anything as a mom, you’re going to get better over time. The more you practice taking pictures of your baby, the better you’ll become. Once you have a handle on different angles and shots, you’ll be able to start tackling other areas of photography, such as using different lighting or different filters to create unique and captivating photos.
David Landers is a freelance writer and photographer for Rev.com. David donates his time to take photos of school sporting events and social functions.