Choosing the right background can be an opportunity or a challenge for photographers. On the one hand, choosing the right background can turn a would-be “snapshot” into a beautiful portrait. It can put your subject into context and provide a beautiful backdrop by which to highlight your model. On the other hand, choosing the wrong background can distract and overwhelm your subject. Before you take another photo, here are 8 steps you should follow when choosing a background for your next photo session.
When it comes to photography, the holiday season is full of opportunities to get creative with your camera. Not only are you going to want to capture your children by the tree for an annual family portrait, but what about the other 24 days leading up to Christmas Day? We’ve got 12 brilliant photo ideas (and a few tips) beyond Santa Claus to kick off your holidays.
Is there an awesome professional photographer in your life? Maybe an aspiring photographer or a just for fun “mom-tographer”? Well, you have come to the right place! Lucky for you, those who have taken on photography as either a profession or a hobby, have wish and want lists a mile long. To help you out a little we have pulled together a fantastic selection of gifts, from a to-die-for lens all the way down to some accessories to make selfies with the kids a bit easier! We know you are intrigued… Go ahead, take a look for yourself!
For most of the year, the weather has inspired us to get outside with our children and take lots of photos. However, winter is finally upon us, which has the potential to mean a lot of low lit indoor photography. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
We encourage you to put on your coat, warm up your camera and get back outside. The winter months are no time to hibernate. There are still plenty of photos worth taking and today we’re going to uncover this year’s MUST TAKE winter photos as well as a few tips for capturing those moments.
Being a Daily Mom writer means that we are writing and photographing our lives around the clock. This also means that our kids have been in front of the camera since before they were born. In fact, a few of our children may even think that our camera is part of our face. Perhaps you can relate. On the other hand, if you’ve recently gotten into photography, you may be finding that you and your kids could both use a break from the constant photo op.
Today we will explore 8 reasons you should leave your camera at home. Not only do we think you’ll be a better mom, but we also think that this break from your camera will give you better photos. Read on to discover why.
As if you didn’t feel awkward enough when trying to pose for photos, now you are pregnant and surely feel a little more self conscious than usual. If you have been following our posing guides than you know we are posing fanatics and why shouldn’t pregnancy posing be included in this? Having a little (or big) belly can sometimes get in the way and be hard to work with. Read on to find out how you can pose and work that belly in your favour!
If you’ve been following our photography series, chances are that you have a new DSLR and young children that you want to photograph. Landscape photography may or may not be on your radar yet. But at some point, you’re bound to take a trip to the mountains or come across a beautiful ocean. You’ll look over at your camera and think, “well as long as we’re here, I might as well take a few photos.”
Before that day comes, there’s a few things that you need to know about landscape photography. For one, it’s very different from portrait photography, but that’s just the start of it. Today’s post uncovers 10 tips to photographing landscapes.
For the last few months we have been publishing tutorials to help you better understand your DSLR camera, or to convince you to buy one, by showing you that mastering even a complicated camera just takes patience and a good teacher, like Daily Mom.
However, we realize that being a “photographer with a big camera“, even an amateur one, isn’t for everyone. There are a myriad of reasons why a large DLSR is not a good option for everyone and up until recently that usually spelled the end of beautiful photography for whoever decides against owning one. Not too long ago, if you wanted to produce gorgeous, sharp, noiseless photos with soft blurry background that makes your subject look amazing, your only option was to buy or borrow an expensive DSLR and a good lens. If you wanted something compact, you were out of luck, since point and shoot cameras generally produce photos of the same quality as some of the better cell phone cameras. When it comes to motherhood, however, capturing life, recording every milestone and every smile becomes important enough to look for a better solution. Who wants to have grainy photos to look back on?
We would like to introduce you to a newer concept in photography. It has been around for a few years, but only recently became affordable and comparable to the quality of DSLRs.
Over the weekend, many of us spend our time watching our favorite little athletes run up and down a field. In addition to cheering from the sidelines, a proud momtographer’s responsibility includes photographing all the memorable moments of their child playing ball. We’d love nothing more than to capture that awesome moment when our child does something BIG!
As if photographing kids in action wasn’t hard enough, in order to get the most out of your camera while at your child’s game, all the critical elements must align: timing, position, exposure, and composition. We know how difficult sports photography can be, but with today’s 10 tips, maybe this year you’ll capture “the perfect shot!”
What do ghosts, princesses, and superheros have in common? They will all be coming out after dark this Halloween night; you know, when our cameras struggle to capture decent photos.
Halloween can present some challenges for photographers, but if you’re like us, you’re not going to pass up an opportunity to capture your kid looking cute just because the light isn’t right. Today we’re going to give you some tips, tricks and treats for great Halloween photos.
Several weeks ago, we talked about focal points and focusing. We introduced you to the idea of changing your focal points or using the “focus-recompose” approach to shooting.
So, for the past several weeks, you’ve been practicing the focus-recompose approach (because changing out those focal points on the fly turns out to be a nightmare) which means you focus on your child, recompose your shot, attempt to take a shot and then have to do it all over again, because your child keeps moving and your camera keeps re-focusing on wherever that focus point is now and you’re out of focus already. Whew. It’s exhausting!
If you’re like us, you’re thinking, “there’s got to be a better way,” and there is! Today we’re going to introduce you to back-button focusing.
Fall is one of our favorite seasons. Cooler temperatures, fall colors, pumpkins and family portraits just in time for the holidays. If you want to avoid becoming one of the latest victims of “awkward family portraits,” we’ve got some great ideas to help you create beautiful memories without looking stiff and formal. Today we offer a few family portrait poses as well as some tips for a great family portrait session.
Have you made the move to manual or are you hanging onto one of the auto modes? As you’re probably realizing, shooting in manual mode isn’t always easy (at least not at first), but the control it gives you over aperture, shutter speed and overall exposure is well worth it.
With that said, today we are finally pulling together all the pieces we’ve been building over the past month or so. In fact, we are going to walk you through the steps we take to shoot in manual. If you’ve been following along, this may be nothing more than a review. On the other hand, if you’re just now joining our photography series, this is a great time to catch up on the basics.
One of the most common requests you’ll receive as a photographer is to take a friend or family member’s photo. Heck, even if you aren’t a photographer, you’ll get this request. You may find that you’re quite a natural with regard to taking portraits. However, if you’re not, we’ve got some great tips for you.
Kids are constantly on the move, aren’t they? In fact, simply watching them in action is enough to send most of us straight into mommy nap time. But don’t go to sleep just yet. While your kids are exerting some energy, pick up your camera and put everything you know about shutter speed into action. Not sure where to start? Then hang on tight, because today’s post is all about photographing kids in motion.