3 tips to take better photos
Whether you're snapping a pic from your mobile phone or forcing the kids to pose for a gorgeous portrait, it helps to know some simple techniques to make your photos better. Family photographs are priceless, and sometimes the only tangible treasures to remind us of how fast kids change and evolve. Here's how to make yours better!
Get the light right
Everyone looks better with the warm glow of natural light coming from behind the subject. While outdoorsy shots can be great, New Zealand's harsh sun can create shadows on people's faces (especially under their eyes). With natural light from a window, or sunlight behind the subject you will be amazed at how much less squinting the subject will do and how much nicer the skin tones will look. The best lighting is in an open shaded area with even light, rather than direct light.
Change of perspective
As adults, we often take pictures from our standing height, which makes all the family snaps look the same. It makes the photo album (or mobile phone picture library) look like a repeat of all wide shots with child/pet/subject at the bottom of the photo.You can take much better shots of kids by changing laying on the floor in front of the crawling baby. Or step back for a wide shot but zoom right in close to the subject's face or toy. Shake up the way you see the world, and your pics will look all the better for it.
Try candid rather than posed
Capturing life as it happens makes photos more meaningful than everyone leaning together and saying 'cheese'. Let your kids have fun in the moment, doing something they enjoy, and then take the camera out to snap them. Not every pose has to be perfect. Get them playing with their toys, riding a bike or swimming and NOT looking at the camera. Try playing with angles and perspective to really make the picture something memorable.
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