Since everyone is spending a TON of time with the kids now that everyone is home on “Quarientine” I wanted to give you guys some ideas of how to make photos of your kids better. Everyone always has thier phone on them especially now so use it to take photos of your kids not to check the news. 🙂
Use Natural Light: Turn off lights in the room if you are inside and use window light whenever you can. Don’t use your flash unless you have too. It makes harsh shadows and highlights where you don’t want them. Sunrise and sunset or days during overcast is the best choice for beautiful light.
Grid Lines: on your phone you can set up a 9-square gird which helps you line up your shot to create interest in your photo. The horizontal line in a landscape photo should be a focal point like your child’s face or the horizon line if you are taking a picture of them in a scene. Where the lines intersect is where you want the most important part the photo to be.
Keep it Real: I am all about setting up a scene and making it all just perfect but that is not realistic all the time. Clutter and chaos is all a major part of our life right now so embrace it. Show them how you see them. Messy and all!
Get Down: Being on the child level instead of tilting the camera down makes a big difference in point of view. See the world the way your child sees it.
Freezing the Shot: Nothing is as good as a pro camera but phones do a pretty good job with this in burst mode. Hold the button down when they are jumping or running and it gives you a lot of chances of getting that perfect shot in focus.
Let them be kids: let them play instead of posing them. Tell them to sing or do something funny to make them laugh. If they want to wear a funny hat or a crazy necklace just go with it. 🙂
Edit After: now phones have the ability to fix a lot after the phone was taken. If you need to boost the brightness or change the colors up you can do that. If you really want to be fancy you can put some fun filter on there.
Get in the photos: Parents are always behind the camera (take it from me) but the photos your kids will cherish the most will be the photos with them and their parents in them.
Here is an example of using all of the tips except me being in the photo. This is my daughter Mikayla playing in the backyard.
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