Childhood is documented like never before. Most people have a camera with them at all times, whether it be a fancy DSLR, or the handy camera on a phone. We can share with all our friends and family instantly via social networking sites, and without a doubt our children will have a GIANT collection of photographs when they are grown.
That being said, I think it’s become a little too easy to take infinite amounts of photographs, which can lead to parents just snapping away, without really thinking about it. I can’t tell you how many blurry, dark, and out of focus photos I look at every day on facebook, but I love love LOVE seeing photos of friends’ and relatives’ kids – it’s crazy how fast they grow when you don’t see them every day. So, I thought I’d start posting some tips for the average mom and dad on my blog! Hopefully someone will find it useful.
Tip: Get down on their level for a better point of view.
You’ll hear this tip a lot. Do a quick google search, and you’ll find it on every list of photo taking tips for parents, and for beginner photographers. It’s the first thing I learned, back when my oldest daughter was just a baby. I can tell you, though, that this makes a HUGE difference.
If all of your photos are taken from your standing point of view, that means all the pictures are of your children looking up – or their foreheads.
Kneel, squat, or even lay down, so the camera is at your child’s eye level. Not only will you get a better view of their adorable little face, but you’ll be seeing the world from their vantage point.
The likelihood of getting eye contact is much higher, and they’re more likely to be paying attention to you if you’re down low with them. Even if they’re not looking at you, though, there’s still a great possibility for an awesome photo!
Keep an eye out for more tips! Find them here.
Comment to let me know if you have any suggestions for things you’d like me to go over in my new Tips and Tricks posts! =]