Families

How to Capture Memorable Family Photographs

A family photograph is something to be treasured by a family as it gets to capture the type of bond a family has. It becomes even more precious when it becomes part of an album that contains nothing but family photos as they detail how much the family has changed over the years, such as the kids growing up, except for the bond the members have with one another

As a family photographer, like in baby photography you have the primary task of making sure these bonds are captured beautifully on camera. After all, these are priceless mementos in the making and you have to make sure they will turn out great. To help, we have provided a few tips to help you in capturing such memorable family photos.

#1 USE A TRIPOD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

Some photographers hate using tripods, especially in doing portraits like family photos as they tend to limit their style and freedom to do some creative shots. However, one thing going for tripods is that you get to have more stable shots. This means no risk of blurred images and you are able to better adjust the settings of your camera for better photos to be taken. This also allows you to interact better with your subjects, especially children, so they can look good in those photos you will shoot.

#2 MAKE SOME ARTISTIC CHOICES

The thing about portraits is that people tend to look stiff and emotionless in those photos. While there is nothing wrong with that, this is only appropriate in certain situations. As far as family photos are concerned, being stiff is the last thing people should look like in the photos. As a photographer, try to direct your subjects into more interesting poses or arrangements for starters. You can arrange them in a more dynamic setup by placing them in a somewhat diagonal direction. Also, try to get them to bend a few body parts to look more natural even with a few simple poses like with the arms or hands or tilt the head a little bit.

#3 LET KIDS BE KIDS

Many times, parents will tell their kids to “be good and smile” before a photo session. Unfortunately, many kids feel being pressured, that they would have to do this “act.” As photographers, you must not put such more pressure. Instead, encourage the kids to have fun and be themselves. Make the kids feel that they are there to have a good time, not be pressured in taking their photo. Of course, you would have to act silly. Nevertheless, be ready to capture those moments when they come.

#4 POSE PEOPLE TO FLATTER THEM

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Sometimes, people are hesitant to have their photos taken because they don’t look good on the camera. As a photographer, you have to empathize and be skillful in going around those insecurities to make them feel a bit more confident in front of the camera. Experiment with angles, poses, and looks for the perfect shot that will make your subject stand out well.

#5 HAVE A LITLE FUN WITH IT

Last tip is to no take yourself so seriously. As a way to help ease these usually tiring sessions, try to have them do some wacky poses, a jump shot or whatever fun moment in mind to better highlight the family as a happy and fun one. These fun moments are what will make those family photographs even more special and something that will be cherished for many years to come.

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Tips on using Flash photography with your DSLR camera

Semi-professional and entry-level DSLR cameras usually have built-in pop-up flash units. In low light environments you can use the built-in flash to add some additional light on your subjects. However, there is a problem with built-in flashes. They fire direct and harsh light that does not look very good, in some situations and especially on people. We will give you the answer in this short article to the question: when should you use the in-built flash on your DSLR.

Flash photography is an art form and not just for shooting in low-light conditions. New DSLR cameras come with exceptionally high ISOs. But flash photography isn’t dead just because they make it possible to shoot in virtual darkness.

For a beginner photographer it might be difficult at first to master flash photography and confusing to understand the pro jargon such as remote triggers, flash exposure, and rear curtain sync. However, learning how to use the in-built flash on your DSLR camera really isn’t as complicated as you may think. A little flash light can make a great difference to your shots, whether you’re using more complex multiple off-camera flash techniques in order to achieve arty effects or just your in-built pop-up flash to eliminate shadows from portraits.

There are products on the market that allow you to diffuse the light coming out of your in-built flash. However, we don’t recommend those products for the following reasons:

· It is difficult to redirecting the light from the in-built flash.

· Your in-built flash is pretty weak as if you try to diffuse its light you will lose plenty of it.

· It is not necessary to waste money on products that are not going to give you considerably better results.

Instead to waste money on a flash diffuser, we recommend you to try some simple light bouncing by using a piece of paper. For instance, when shooting indoors, you can simply hold a large letter-size piece of paper in front of your in-built flash when you take a picture. If your image is underexposed you can try increasing your camera ISO to help with exposure or increase the flash power by using flash compensation on your camera.

You can also your in-built flash as fill-flash outdoors. These are the situations when you’ll find your pop-up flash the most helpful. For instance, when you shoot against bright backgrounds you might end up with an underexposed subject and a properly exposed background. In these situations you can use your in-built flash to improve the results, since your flash light will lit your subject’s face.

Most new DSLR cameras can control the way the in-built flash fires. For instance, on Sony and Nikon DSLR models you have at least three options, rear curtain sync, front curtain sync, and slow curtain sync. In case of Canon DSLR cameras and some other brands, the rear curtain sync is called “2nd curtain sync”.

On all DSLR cameras the Front Curtain Sync is the default setting. In this setting the in-built Flash fires a pre-flash to analyze what flash power should be used and then, at the beginning of the exposure, immediately fires the main flash.

When using the Rear Curtain Sync the DSLR camera fires a pre-flash at the beginning of the exposure and the main flash at the end.

In Slow Curtain Sync setting the camera fires both the pre-flash and the main flash at the beginning of the exposure. The difference between this setting and and front curtain sync, is that the camera in Aperture Priority and Auto modes slows down the shutter speed when using slow curtain sync.

Always remember though that flash is an art form in itself – just look at the images from this Kent based wedding photographer and you will see exactly what I mean – http://www.funkypixel.co.uk/ – it can takes years to learn how to use flash properly, so don’t be dismayed by your early attempts.

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Should you choose a studio photo-shoot or an on-location shoot?

The advent and development of the mobile phone technology has accelerated the extent to which people enjoy and share moments courtesy of photography. It is important though to note that mobile phones cannot replace the high quality equipment used in professional photography. It is no wonder that most people still hire professional photography services to document their life moments. Choosing whether to have a studio photo shoot or an on-location one is a critical aspect of any professional photo shoot. This article offers simple and clear guidelines to help you determine which to choose in case you need to have a professional photo shooting session. The most common points of consideration include:

· The weather conditions

· The presence or absence of babies in the photo session

· The lighting conditions

· The projected outcome of the final image

· Your personal convenience

The weather plays a critical part on the decision whether to have an on-location photo-shoot or a studio photo shoot. Poor weather conditions like excessive sunlight, rainy conditions could hamper your on-location shooting. While rain could obviously cause damage to the quality of the pictures, the sun’s glare could also cause shadow effects on your face. In such cases, you could decide to go for the studio photo shoot or reschedule the session till the weather is more favorable.

Photo shoots for new babies are better and easily done at home. Young toddlers on the other hand are preferable to have on-location shooting. Since they are more mobile and relaxed outside, places like the garden, the beach or a country house are more ideal for them. Studio photo shooting would also be ideal if you want to achieve beautiful portraits for your family pictures. In such cases, the professional photographer would advise on the demands for your end.

Unlike in the studio where the photographer has total control of he lighting conditions, the on-location shooting is more challenging. The sun keeps on alternating between coming out and hiding under the clouds. This definitely means that achieving the perfect shot is an enormous task. According the lighting conditions outside, the photographer is able to advice for the best option between having shots on the location and going to the studio.

Professional photographers opt to take photos outside. They aim to achieve more natural and relaxed photos as opposed to formal photos. Depending on the occasion, the photographer would definitely discuss with you on the image that you desire to have. In more occasions though, family pictures, wedding pictures, and other occasional pictures are better taken on location. The natural and relaxed images speak more volumes about the occasion than a photo taken in the studio.

In as much as the photo shooting session should aim for the best, the limits should lie on your personal convenience. Factors such as cost and time should not stretch beyond your reach. Regardless of the option you choose, you should always ensure that the session offers you the desired product at the convenience of your personal limits. Such an approach ensures that you enjoy the session and feel the self-satisfaction it brings.

Whatever you decide, make sure you hire a professional – if you would like me to photograph your family then please get in touch.

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