Archive: ‘Top Ten Photo Tips Lists’



Perhaps the hardest but most fun shoot you will do!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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Everyone knows that it is difficult to photograph babies…that is why most moms are willing to pay big bucks to get big shots of their kiddos…

But…

I am here to tell you that YOU CAN get them yourself! Yes, you the camera mom, can get the shots of your kids that you love – -that the pro will never get because you know your kids better then they do and you know the look you are after.  You also have the benefit of being able to grab your camera during that little unpredictable slice of time when baby’s good mood hits and baby isn’t eating, sleeping, drooling, crying or filling a diaper! The timing is everything with babies but I have some other tips for you as well!

1.  Get anyone over 5 to help you out and stand behind you and make faces, baby will think they are SO funny!

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2. Pick your background carefully and stay away from cars and garbage cans. Do put baby outside on the grass on a blanket and have a good spot in the shade picked out ahead of time, with baby facing the light or open sky. I also like to have a clean simple (no patterns or soft patterns)  baby shirt handy to throw on right before you walk out the door to the backyard.

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3. Get those baby hands! Start clicking away when you see the hands go up.

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or holding toes!

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4. Add a hat!

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(notice ‘catch lights’ in eyes – you have enough light on their face when you see these.)

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5. Look for a nice profile shot.

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6. Look for expression. Don’t wait for the perfect smile; that serious look is priceless!

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7. Change the background during the shoot. Move to a different place outside, keep the same light but just move around. I love the patterned pillows for the background.

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change it to sepia

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then get closer with your crop!

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then experiment some more and try really close!

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8. Put baby on her belly and try a different angel and look up at baby.

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9. Get baby to do a ‘baby push ups’ by putting the arms out front.

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10. Be quick! Don’t wait too long when you see that good mood …grab it…it will be gone before you know it!

Oh….and don’t forget to take lots of photos of baby…they are not babies for long!

Camera Mom Tech tips:

I used my 50mm 1.4 lens. Most settings were:

ISO 100 because I was outside

F stop: mostly around 3 but I used 7 on some of the closer shots

Shutter Speed: between 1/250 and 1/350 depending on the light. You want to keep your ss fast with kids because they move fast!

Post Editing: very little, warm up the temperature when needed (babies like to be warm) and brighten the mid tones if needed.

How To Photograph A Baby..Just A Few Of Many Tips…

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Babies.

They melt your heart.

God made them so so cute because He knew that moms would need to have extra doses of patience and grace when dealing with them! It is true that mom has a maternal ‘eye’ that dad doesn’t  – – which is why we are drawn to baby pictures.  That instinct makes us  ooh and awe over that cute little face with those big eyes and those chubby little cheeks and arms and legs. ..even if it isn’t our baby!  If it is our baby, we ooh and awe but we also usually get a tear in our eye when we see shots that capture ‘the look’ we know and love!

So how do you photograph the most spectacular of all of God’s creations?  And why can it be so difficult?

Here are some tips for capturing babies. Remember that I am not a professional photographer….just a mom who has a passion for capturing the unique personalities of the people I know and the wonderful bits of life that the pros generally aren’t around for.  You can do this too!

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Tip 1: Plan for the unplanned. Most  of my very best photo shoots of babies have taken place when there was no prior plans or ‘appointment’. It is nuts, but it seems that the best time to get good shots of baby is when the baby, not you, plans it.  We had some friends over and I noticed that the light was good and the baby was happy so I had to grab my camera.

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Tip 2: Keep your camera by your car keys. Because most of your best shots are going to be unplanned you have to be ready on a moment’s notice. Keep your camera handy. Oh, and babies love to ‘eat’ car keys so they come in handy too when you are in the middle of your ‘unplanned’ photo shoot!

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Tip 3. Switch to the M button. The best portrait type shots are when the subject is in focus and the background is blurry. In order to achieve this and have the most control over your outcome you will want to choose your settings. You also want to control the focus and you want to focus on their eyes.  A lower F stop number will give you a blurry background but if you get too low you may have one sharp eye but not the other (because of the shallow depth of field.)

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Tip 4.  A little dirt never hurt anyone! Babies crack me up the way they pick up the tiniest pieces of ‘stuff’ and focus on trying to get it from their hands to their mouth.  I love their expressions as they work so hard then finally reach their goal; the pine straw made it to the mouth! Thank goodness that this mom didn’t interfere! A little pine straw never hurt anyone!

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Tip 5. Get in their world. Don’t quit shooting when they start doing ‘baby’ stuff. Even crying shots are OK.

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Tip 6: Be patient and keep shooting. Follow them and don’t dictate their next move. Don’t have too many preconceived ideas of what you want; babies will give you the best shots if you wait for them. You will have to work for it but the camera mom who has the most patience will win! Don’t give up when the crying starts…it will stop quickly and if you pack up you will miss your next favorite shot.

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Tip 7:  You don’t always need a smile. Keep shooting through the more simple poses even if they are not looking at you.

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Tip 8:  Get really close …

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…then get closer in post editing if needed (and get rid of the drool if you want!) It is not a bad idea to keep a hanky handy to wipe up the constant drool.

Memory Manager software does all of this and is very mom friendly! No need for  Photoshop; this is much easier and quicker to use! Link below.

http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/melaniehempe/Content/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=642054&path=/Hierarchy/Digital%20Scrapbooking/Products%20for%20PC/Software/Memory%20Manager

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Tip 9: A tripod usually won’t work with babies….  because they move too fast. Be prepared to do some major moving around to get the baby to look at you. This is not easy! You may have to stand on your head, so do some stretches before you start! You have to follow them because, guess what? … they don’t do what you tell them to do! Make your body a tripod. Brace 3 parts of your body if possible to prevent camera shake and blurry photos: both feet or knees on the ground and an elbow against something like a chair, tree or your knee if it is bent, or your elbows tight against  your body. Sometimes I sit down with one knee up with my camera propped up on my knee so I can get on their level.

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Tip 10: Early morning or early evening is the best time to photograph people.  

Photography is all about the light.  When the sun is not quite overhead or when it is behind a cloud or has ‘set’ you will get the best exposures. Remember to look for the catch lights in their eyes (the little white reflections) that way you know you have enough light on their face. You may have to have them face another direction to get this.

You can never have too many photos of your baby!   Take lots of them and take them often. You will blink and your baby will be grown and you can never go back to capture those magic little moments along the way.   Don’t get discouraged if you don’t have pictures of your baby; just go get your camera and take a photo of your child today…then go put your camera by your car keys…..so you won’t miss another unplanned shot!!

Finally, if your baby is all grown up, find a friend’s baby to practice your photography! Photographing babies is so much fun and rewarding!

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Most of these shots were taken with the following settings:

early evening light, ISO 500, F Stop 3.0 SS 1/125  50mm very little post editing. As the sun goes down your ISO will need to go up.

What I will do different next time:  I usually set my shutter speed faster with kids, at least 1/200. I will pay more attention next time and up the ISO sooner to get a faster shutter speed (very important to keep the image sharp). I also will take his shirt off for  a few shots next time.  I like baby skin.

Ten Photo Tips For Summer! (Plus One Bonus Tip!)

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Summer is knocking at our door and we need to get prepared to capture it!

Our full weekend reminded me of a few summer photo tips that every Camera Mom needs to know.

Tip 1.   Photograph what make you smile (and what you love to eat!) For my birthday this year Chris ‘made’ me a Krispy Kreme donut birthday cake! It was perfectly divine!

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This photo also reminds me of a good ‘life’ tip to ask for what you want instead of always just going with what everyone else wants : )  I think I will frame this and  put it on my desk…next to my kids of course! Check out the Oreo donuts!! The ‘middle’ was inside! (Chris scored lots of bonus ‘’husband points’ for this yummy cake!)

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Tip 2. Photograph what makes your kids smile. My kids get the biggest kick out of me writing their name in Ketchup on their plates (I use the retro-style squeeze ketchup bottle that is refillable).

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I don’t know why this is so much fun for them, but they love it! Of course our friends love it too!

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Tip 3. Photograph cuteness. Whenever you see something that is just down right awesome cute grab a shot, you have to it is your job!

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Tip 4. Ask for the group shot. I know it is cheesy but when you have a large group go ahead and ask for the group shot and don’t be afraid to spend a few seconds ‘arranging’ it. You will be glad you did and so will they.

Since most people don’t know what to do with their hands in a photograph, make some suggestions. Also, anything over about 8-10 people needs a second row. Check your background and make sure the light is on their face and your are good to go!

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Tip 5. Ask for a funny shot too! When teens are in a group they don’t mind doing things that they otherwise would not do (peer pressure—take advantage of it!) Also, for this shot I asked another girl to get the kids to do it …not my daughter. I have learned that in public/teen friend settings my kids friends listen to me better than my own kids : )..shocking I know….

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Tip 6. Be prepared for the spontaneous hugs. If  you have teen girls you know what I mean. They do this without asking…I just love it! Life glitter at it’s best!

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Tip 7. Everything photographs better in natural light. Move the cake outside undercover  for some shots, the kitchen light just isn’t as flattering.  Remember: No Flash.

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Tip 8. Ask for help. Ask another mom to cut the cake or serve the food so you can be free to get the shots. I just noticed how nicely she was color coordinated with the pink towels!

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Tip 9. Use the ‘sports’ setting on your camera. I am a big fan of shooting on the M button but there are times when the sports setting is awesome…especially for outside shots. You can hold the shutter down and it will continuously shoot. I think my camera does 6 frames a second…increasing my chances of getting the shot!

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Tip 10. Shoot action shots of your friends kids. Moms love it when you capture their kids…it is a love language between moms.  Remember photos are a gift of love, give them often!

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Bonus Tip. Take lots of shots. It doesn’t take long to get plenty of shots and I can promise you that one or two won’t always get you what you want of a pose. We live in a very inexpensive ‘digital world’, you can keep shooting for virtually no cost and it has never been easier for the Camera Mom to be successful with her camera. You can never have too many photos!

Summer is a time for fun and friends and photos! Think about what you want to capture ahead of time but be prepared for the spontaneous moments and life glitter that will appear. Most of all, have fun with your camera…that is the best camera tip I know!

Getting the Perfect Real Christmas Card Photo Part Four

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

YOU have done an amazing job mom! You got your family together, and you made time to get the Christmas Card Shot. Now for the fun part…picking out the perfect one!  (out of the 1-200 that you took!!) If you are like me, you have tons of images to choose from after these experiences.

Tip 9.  Don’t miss the ‘in-between’ bonus shots! One of the best camera tips I know is to keep shooting and keep taking lots of shots and you are bound to get some ‘non-Christmas Card Photo’ treasures as a bonus.

While we were in the back yard waiting for everyone to gather, I got some fun shots of the twins. The light was better because I was able to get closer to them being 2 instead of 6 people. It was also about 15-20 minutes earlier and in the fall/winter months those 15 minutes can make a huge difference with the light at the end of the day. Don’t miss these opportunities…I call them my ‘in-between shots’ and they are priceless!! Check out Evan trying to make Andrew smile!

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Out of all of these, I think these two below are my favorites.  I warmed them up as Nick suggests to get the skin tones right…because the afternoon light was blue-ish.

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And Nick, I did the B & W for you!

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Glad I kept shooting!

I love this in-between shot of Melissa and Andrew too!

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Tip 10. Don’t forget to get the group within the group. I try to get all four kids together in a shot when I can on the rare moment that they are all together. I am always so shocked when I go to look for a shot with all the kids in it and don’t have many.   This is what I got in the back yard the first day:

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had to warm it up and crop:

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Crop a little closer:

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Pretty good but the eyes are still too dark for me and Melissa is making a funny face. I can still see that ‘blue’ tint even after editing.

How about this one from the second day in the front yard? Notice the light is so much better with very little editing:

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Here it is a little closer:

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Now here comes the fun part: deciding which one to use for the actual final card shot. I could use this one of all four kids. But I think it is important to get the whole family, and we did go to all the trouble…I have tons of shots with the 6  of us to go through.

Tip 11. Make sure all the faces are bigger than a pencil eraser. Once you decide on the final shot,  it is important to crop to get the faces big enough to see.  My photo pro friend Nick says to make sure that there are no faces smaller than a pencil eraser.

Here is a crop from the family picture earlier this fall that my friend David took: the one on the right is better. Nick says that legs don’t need to be in pictures and now I see what he means.  It really makes a difference doesn’t it?

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As we reach the home stretch I will share some of the choices I have for our card….but the final reveal will be …drum roll please ……the day I mail them out!! I will post the final decision on the morning I put them in the mail…sometime the end of next week!   But, I will show you some of the ones that are very close but not quite making the cut for various reasons:

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The final cut will be cropped in very close like the one of the four kids above, no legs and no dirty  jeans!

Tip 12. Pick the one you love, it may not be the perfect one but the one that tells a story! The important thing is to get a Storytelling shot that you love. It may not be the perfect one, but it needs to be the one that makes you feel something!  People love photos that make them feel an emotion, and you will know it when you see it! Even a ‘staged’ group shot can show the real you if you look for the right one.  You know what you are looking for because you know your kids the best, and you know the look, the smiles, the feeling you want. Go with your gut, and you will be happy with your pick.

Wrap up. I have decided to make my card a landscape design this year, and I am printing them on 8.5 x 11 card stock and making color copies at one of the big box office stores. I will get three up on a page, full bleed, so the costs will be lower than even photo prints.  We will be able to put our Christmas letter on the back of the card. Then I will use regular red letter size envelopes to mail them, I found a pack of 50 for $6 at Office Depot. I know all of this sounds like it takes a long time, but it really doesn’t. Do you realize that you can literally create, print, and mail your card all in one day? Once you get the photo, you can have the cards ready to address that night thanks to digital technology.  There are many companies out there that will print them for you even in an hour.  Don’t forget to order some Christmas stamps from the US Post Office.  Don’t stand in those lines; it only take a day or 2 to get the stamps right in your mail box.  It is only the 4th!  You have PLENTY of time to get a card out this year!

Thank you for being such a wonderful audience as we worked our way through this photo shoot. I hope you enjoyed the journey and learned something new. I did! I ALWAYS learn something when I get my camera out! Have a wonderful weekend and I wish you the best with  your Christmas Card success!

Melanie

ps  Be sure to post your card shots in the Gallery here on the site!

Getting the Perfect Real Christmas Card Photo Part Three

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Are you ready for the fun part?! Getting the shot. So far we have set the stage now we need the performance!

How do you actually click the shutter button when you are in the photo? The answer is of course to use a tripod, but I prefer people over tripods if possible. I set my tripod up. Then I start looking around for that sweet neighbor who is walking by who may offer to click the shutter for me.  I have never been able to call a neighbor ahead of time because of all the crazy stuff that happens while we wait for everyone to gather. With 6 people it can be a challenge to get them all sitting down and looking toward the camera even for 5 min. We can’t find Andrew, where is Andrew? He is in the bathroom.  Evan was just here but now he is on the trampoline. Adam went back to his computer while I realized that my memory card only had 8 more shots and I know better than to start another photo shoot with only 8 shots. I go back in to empty it. Melissa? Where is Melissa? She was just here! Oh no, she changed her shirt,why did she do that? She is 13. Shoot, back upstairs for her. Ok, now what are we doing again? The twins are gone and I hear Melissa bribing them to come back outside telling them that we are going to Target to buy them a toy if they do (the apples fall right under the trees!)

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Great we got the kids out but now where is Dad? He went back in to watch the game and won’t come out again till everyone is totally ready. Do you see why I don’t ask a neighbor to join in? Yet.

I take a few test shots while we wait for dad. This is where you check your settings to be sure the exposure is correct. Oh no, someone just hit Evan …wonder who?!…and it is hard to concentrate on my numbers. I used the following settings: ISO 125, F-Stop 4.5 (but it should have been over 5 or 6 because of the number of people),  SS 1/125.  Camera:  Canon 50D. Some shots I used my 50mm lens some I used my 24-70. I can’t stress enough the need for some practice shots ahead of time to get the setting right there is nothing worse than watching great ‘shots’ pass you by while your are fooling with your camera. For this very reason, I also recommend moving on over to the green box for a few shots just to see what that does. I am not a ‘green box mom’, however, certain stressful times call for desperate ‘green box’ measures!

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What? Adam took his red shirt off! He goes back in the house to get his shirt and Chris.

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Great! Here is Dad! Doesn’t he look happy?! Who is missing? Oh, it’s me, better jump in after I find Adam!

Here are some of my top secret tips from one Camera Mom to another.

Tip 6. Learn to bribe your family. I am not a bribing mom for the most part, however, there are certain times when it is necessary and this is one of those times. Another time might be when you are at the doctor’s office. Maybe just offer to make pancakes for lunch! Do whatever will work to get them to think this is fun. For little kids a quarter can work, for big kids you may need something a little  more fun, a trip to the dreaded McDonalds? For teens…haven’t figured out what works for teens.  Just do what you can to make people happy this one time of year! Feel free to give me some of  your favorite ‘bribe’ ideas, I will post them.

Tip 7. Get food. Food makes people happy. You are a Mom, you know this is true. I spend a lot of  my life in the kitchen making people happy!  My family tends to show up when there is food.  This tip helps gather the kids to one place. So, bring some non-messy chips out or some sort of snacks, pretzels etc.  Don’t forget to eat something yourself; you will need your energy! How about some tips for photo snack food…I’ll post those too!

Tip 8. Show them where to look. This is one of my favorite inventions for my camera! I call it my Lens Buddy.  Andrew named him Turkey Man, Evan named him Chicken Dad. That doesn’t make sense but that it what it is.  They can play with him till I need him,  then I just pop him back on the camera and I tell them to look at Turkey Man! Everyone seems to enjoy watching me do this. If I don’t do this, and there is a tripod instead of  ‘me’ or another person behind the camera making funny faces, the kids are looking all over the place and not at the lens.

Here is Turkey Man,  a simple finger puppet that I secure on my camera with sticky Velcro so he can come on and off:

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Here is the Velcro.

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Right now at Target, you can get finger puppets: 2 for $1!! Go get some! What a deal! I haven’t tried to put them on my camera yet but I am thinking of a way to attach them with a rubber band. I will also use them as finger puppets when I am working with little kids on everyday shots. I’m excited to have some new toys to work with!

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Tip 9.  Figure out your composition before you go outside. I have a landscape design in mind for my card so I am telling everyone to just sit on the bench. But if you have a square card you would want to change up the composition. When I am photographing my family for this kind of shot I don’t worry too much about composition, people seem to sit where they want. When I ‘direct’ the sitting arrangement too much they don’t like it. They don’t seem to mind it if someone else tells them how to sit, but it is hard for mom to tell them. I do give general direction if I know that the photo needs to fit in a certain card or if I am looking for a certain shape.

By now I am hoping for an unsuspecting innocent neighbor to walk by. But in the mean time I will start shooting with the tripod. I set it on 14 seconds and run and get in the photo and this is what I get (below)… not too bad everyone is looking. I take a few more and run in and check it on the computer and …. bummer…..the tree leaves are in perfect focus but the faces are not! They are blurry! My camera viewing screen is smallish and it is hard to see the focus until I get to the computer.  If you have been reading my site you will know that one reason for the blurry focus is that my center red dot was pointed at the trees and not the faces. The disadvantage of using the tripod instead of a human to take the shot. But the good news is that I like the general composition.  Oh no! Call everyone back to the bench! It is a good thing that I am just making the tripod wait now and not the neighbor!

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Back out at the bench…I have to re-gather everyone again…where did they all go?

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It is really hard to take a family shot with you in it,  by yourself. I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to get your photo friend to help you out. You go help her out when it is time to get her family shot. All my photo friends were busy for the holiday weekend, and my son was home only for a few days from college, so I was a little stuck.

OK, here we go….all set….again…. and guess what?? My neighbors are out walking their dogs! I hear a small voice say, “Would  you like me to take the picture?” YES!  Here they are, aren’t they wonderful?

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And they have 2 of the prettiest dogs ever. I take their picture too for a perfect Thank You. (I actually think they are going to use them for Christmas gifts!)

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They take a few more shots and I believe we have success!! But I have about 50 shots to go through by now.  While I do that, you do your best to review the above and get your ducks in a row. Make a list and figure out what you need;  don’t underestimate the planning.

I want you to be encouraged by my story here. It really is worth the effort and as I explain to my kids, they will be happy that we did this one day! You will be so happy that you put the effort into the project. Don’t be discouraged. If it is not working, take a break. Remember to get your camera ready. Review the Most Prepared Camera Mom in Town post on this site (under the Inspire Me tab). You don’t want to cause the delay yourself because your camera is out of battery power, you can’t find your tripod connector or some other crazy mishap. Get your supplies together early and get a plan and have fun!

Tomorrow I will review cropping details and offer suggestions for inexpensive cards that you can make quickly yourself using your own priceless photo! Check back tomorrow for the final tips! You have plenty of time to get a card out this year, why don’t you plan your photo shoot for tomorrow?

I’m cheering for you!

Melanie

Getting the Perfect Real Christmas Card Photo Part Two

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Hopefully by now you have watched the Nick Kelsh video and have managed your expectations for your real Christmas Card Photo. You are ready to set out to get the best Christmas Card Photo ever (not perfect, just a real good shot!).   Let’s answer a few questions:

Who will be in your photo? I personally think that you, the mom, need to be in this photo. Really. One time a year is OK to be in a photo. The whole family needs to be in it in my opinion; include the dog if you can. Don’t just put the kids in it, your friends want to see how everyone is doing and a photo can say it all! If you want to look thinner, stand sideways or put a child in front of you; remember that you will crop it pretty close up, so don’t worry too much.

Tip 3. Put everyone in the photo including Mom.

What will everyone wear? This is a huge question. For the family Christmas Card shot I think that Christmas colors are nice. We took a shot of our whole family earlier this fall when my son was home from college. Everyone had different, darker fall colors on and it was a bit distracting but OK.

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But, after watching Nick’s video, I decided that all red or all red and cream would be better….so, thanks Nick for the tip! My family thanks you too! They were excited to try to get the shot again…NOT!!!! I also shy away from the ‘all white shirt’ look, but if that works for you go for it.  White shirts can make skin color looked ‘washed out’ and that is not the look that I am generally after. I also have real problems getting my exposure right with the all white shirts; my camera thinks there is more light than there really is because the ‘white’ fools it. The exposure is ‘off’ if I am in auto White Balance mode, and faces are darker than they should be. One day soon I will learn how to set the custom White Balance function on my camera, but for now it is easier to change the shirts!

Here is an example of the red look: keeping it simple. There were actually 3 shades of red here, but that is fine. I now think too many colors are distracting and I am liking this red theme a lot better Nick…but the light is wrong for this shot…hmmmm……we know what this means……a re-take.

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Tip 4. Wear Christmas colors and keep it simple (even a Santa hat is good!)

When to shoot? What time of day? If you are like most families, Dad works or Dad and Mom both work and aren’t home during daylight till Saturday, especially this time of year.  Hey!  Saturday is a good day to take the family photo!  As the Confident Camera Mom of the family,  you will scout the location in your yard or elsewhere a few days early to check out the light and background etc.  Your yard will work just fine, no need for lots of scenery for the Christmas Photo. Planning ahead is VERY important. It will save you tons of time and frustration the day of the shoot. Late afternoon is OK, but I now prefer morning light to get the job done. This shot right above was taken in the late afternoon because I didn’t want the harsh sun on everyone and I wanted the water in the background (we live on a pond).  But the light was not on our faces. Can you see how dark our eyes are? Not a good sign.  But I didn’t really pay attention till I got the images back to the computer… by then, the sun had set and all the light was gone. Oh no, was this going to mean another try the next morning in the morning light? My family will just love that! (that is why it is so important to figure this out before the shoot!).  Note to self: backyard photos at my house after 4 pm don’t work well this time of year! I have to write that down somewhere because I will forget it by next year and probably try it again!

I think that morning light in the shade will be great and I know just the place in the front yard….but we will have to wait till morning. Thank goodness my husband was off for 4 days this past weekend!  You want bodies in the shade but still enough light coming in on their faces to put that sparkle of light in their eyes…the little light reflections called ‘catch lights’.  That is why Nick suggests that your garage is a good place for light. Your subject is in the shade of the garage while the light pours in.  Be sure to watch some of his videos. I am not saying that you take your Christmas group photo in the garage.  The garage is better for single portraits not group shots as I’m sure Nick would agree.

This is my test shot the next day. Notice the great light.

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WOW! What a difference…we are getting there! Look at the difference between the afternoon shot right above and this one. Do you see the light in their eyes and on their faces in this shot? You can if you get close up. I know some of you will say that I can fix the shot above in post editing but I always try to get the shots to look good right out of the camera (OOTC). It’s difficult to add natural light on  faces in post editing. The big holly tree is providing the shade and the light is coming in behind the camera hitting their faces, but it is not blinding them making them squint. I would have loved to do this in the early morning, but,  I have 2 teens now… need I say more? Getting then out of bed before 11 am is not going to happen easily on the weekend…especially just for a family photo!

I am almost there! Now all I need to do is find Dad and set the timer and jump in the shot myself. I’ll explain that in my Part Three post tomorrow!

Tip 5. Try morning or mid-day light for a group shot if possible; keep people in the shade but get some natural indirect light on their faces.

Now you have watched the Nick video, managed your expectations, decided that you will be in the shot, found a shirt for everyone (you may crop, so don’t worry too much about what pants. Jeans will do!), and, you have found the time of day and location for the best light for your shot. WOW! We have done a lot so far!

Tomorrow we will focus on what to do to actually get the shot  — stay tuned!!

Melanie

 

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