My camera was working overtime this weekend with 2 birthday parties, 2 baseball games and evenings with friends over! Here are a few photo highlights and some camera mom tips to go with them!
Big News: Evan (finally) got the game ball! Evan has been ‘praying’ for the game ball for quite some time so you can imagine how excited he was to finally have it in his dirty little hands! (He is sleeping with it!)
Tip: These types of shots look best when they are off center. If you can’t position the shot off center while you are taking it, you can do it in an easy post edit crop. Note that the blurred background (low f-stop number) makes the subject stand out.
Coach Chris was showered with birthday hugs from the team..
Tip: Zoom in and get the action close up. It is fun to watch from the side, but it is more fun to look at photos after! Be the mom that gets the shot…or be friends with a mom that does!
This camera mom was glad to get the shot of the hit…with the ball. I call this my ‘going fishing’ shot because you have to try a lot and learn to wait patiently.
Tip: Set your camera to high speed continuous shooting so you can get lots of frames per second and increase your chances of getting the bat and the ball in the same shot.
We went to a friend’s birthday party and I had a great time shooting the wonderful crafty creations of the mom who is very talented … ‘making’ this the most creative Lego birthday ever!
The centerpiece was a work of Lego art.
Tip: When at an event, look for the decorations that define the theme and shoot them before too much activity starts. Once the party starts you are distracted.
The cake was a wonderful big Lego block!
Tip: get close-ups of the cake details. This is really fun to do with a low f-stop number on your camera setting to blur the background.
Request natural light for the cake shot if possible. This porch allowed wonderful filtered light which made the picture taking a bit easier. Remember that you want a high shutter speed if possible which means that you need nice light on board.
Tip: ‘Stage’ this all important candid shot if needed; we put the centerpiece near the cake for this shot and I checked the background before we started singing.
The finishing touches were everywhere! From handmade party streamers…
…to the decorated paper plates!
Finally the piñata…which was a Lego art project! I now know who to call when ‘my’ next middle school science project is due!
Tip: Ask a friend to come help you take photos of your birthday parties. No need to hire anyone, just offer to swap with another camera mom (or dad). It is not fun to throw the party AND shoot it at the same time! Jot down a list of what you want them to get ahead of time and take plenty of pre-party shots yourself.
We also got a group shot and a shot of each child.
Moving on to our second game of the weekend! I practiced getting a few more fun shots of the ‘hits’.
And I met my camera mom goal this game to get some shots of the actual ‘plays’. These shots are difficult because you have to anticipate them and not actually see them first.
So what do you think? Was he safe??
Tip: Know the game. Since you have to anticipate the play, you will have to know where it is going to potentially ‘happen’. Aim and shoot and look at what you got later later. Again the high speed continuous shooting mode (look in your manual to see if you have it) is your best friend with these shots. My camera does 6 shots a second but 3 or 4 a second is perfectly fine.
The ‘game ball’ ceremony at the end of the game…(note the little guy on the bottom right: is he trying to bribe the coach??!!)
But perhaps the most priceless are the shots you get on the sidelines at these games. These are the little slices of life that I LOVE the most…..
Tip: Keep your eyes open for what is going on around you and not just what is happening on the field.
How fun to get this ‘proud mama’ shot series of The Coming Across Home Plate Hug in full swing!
ISO 200, shutter speed 1/780, F stop 2.8
Tip: Be on the lookout for the un-posed emotional moments that are easy to miss because they are so fun to watch… don’t think too hard, just keep shooting when they are happening…something will turn out!
I have more to share but this is enough for one post! This time of year is so full of photo taking opportunities…with the end of school and graduations and weddings…get your camera out and keep it charged up and near your car keys! Don’t miss a shot!