If you read our post on How to Pose for Great Photos, you know the fundamentals of how to move your body, how to shape your body and how to pose well for awesome photos. We wanted to give you a little bit more than that. Like we mentioned before, there are many factors that can make or break a photo. Read on to find out how to look great in all your photos!
Have you ever wanted to capture your child sitting quietly by a window, only to be disappointed when you previewed the photo and noticed a dark silhouette? Or wanted to capture a beautiful sunset and found that your photo lacked the gorgeous color you saw in the sky?
This is yet another reason why we’re encouraging you to start shooting in manual mode. Not only will you actually get the most out of your expensive DSLR, but you’ll remember why you wanted to get into photography in the first place. Today, we’re going to uncover the final piece of the “manual” puzzle and talk about your light meter.
Take a look into your viewfinder. How many focal points do you have? 9,11, 18, more? Whatever the case, the number of focal points a DSLR has is a huge selling point when you’re in the market for a new camera. Some people feel limited by their focal points, while others feel that constantly changing your focal points slows down the process.
Either way, if your shot is not in focus, it does not matter how many focal points your camera has. In fact, once you figure out aperture, shutter speed and ISO, focusing is often the next area of concern. So, let’s not waste any more time! Today we’ll learn the basics of focusing and focal points.
Have you recently had a baby and decided to buy a Big Girl Camera to capture all that squishiness? Are you overwhelmed by all the buttons and not sure where to start? Here are the basic buttons for a Nikon DSLR Camera.
It’s that time of year again. The store aisles are filled with school supplies and fall wardrobes are being brought out. Summer is almost over and it is Back to School time, which means it is time to dust off your camera so you can capture those first day of school moments. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Beautiful photography has very little to do with your camera, although a decent camera does help. The photos you take and the results you get are completely dependent upon the amount of light available, and your understanding of how to use that light. For the past few weeks, we’ve been experimenting with aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You may have even switched your camera into “Manual” mode, but there’s a few more things we need to talk about before we put it all together.
You might be a photographer if you step outside, see that it’s overcast and run back inside to grab your camera. Especially for momtographers with young children who don’t always last until that beautiful “golden hour,” overcast days are our best friend. In fact, finding the right light is a big deal. It’s an even bigger deal when our available light is less than ideal.
If you’ve been following our “Getting to Know Your Camera” series, then you’ve already been exploring two of three components of the “Exposure Triangle.” You’ll recall that aperture measures how wide the opening is that allows light into the camera; shutter speed then measures how long the shutter stays open to allow light in. ISO is the final component of the triangle and it measures our camera’s sensitivity to the light. Today we explore ISO speed a little further.
One of the most common reasons people upgrade to a DSLR is because they want to capture their high speed children with a faster shutter speed than their smartphone or point and shoot camera is capable of. However, simply owning a DSLR does not make for a better photo unless you know how to use it.
Great light, thoughtful composition and an understanding of aperture are the most important aspects of achieving beautiful photography. If you’ve found yourself drooling over photographs you see on Facebook that seem to turn your friends’ children into models cast against dreamy backgrounds, then pay attention. Those photos are created and controlled by your camera’s aperture.
We’re starting here because aperture can be one of the most complicated and frustrating parts of getting to know your camera. That said, once you understand the power of aperture and how to utilize it, everything else will fall into place.
Summer days, barbecues, the beach, and FIREWORKS! The 4th of July is here. If you’re like us, you are looking forward to taking your children to watch fireworks. More specifically, you’re excited to once again try to capture a picture of a few fireworks. Today we offer 9 of our best tips to do just that.
Did your husband upgrade your point and shoot camera to a Digital SLR this Mother’s Day? Or have you been using a DSLR for a while now, but only in auto mode? Either way, using a DSLR camera can be quite overwhelming, especially with all the new buttons. That said, you’re probably here today because you own a Canon DSLR and you’re hopeful that you’ll learn a thing or two about taking better photos of your child (if you own a Nikon DSLR, look for the Nikon version of this post coming soon).
Well, hang on tight! This summer, we’re going to take you step by step into the world of digital photography. Our goal is that you are taking photos of your children in manual mode by Labor Day. Sound good?
Alright then, let’s start with the very basics – buttons!
Photography is less about what you’re shooting and more about how you’re shooting. Truth be told, it doesn’t even matter what camera you’re using. Whether you use a camera phone, a point and shoot, or a DSLR, a good photographer knows the basic rules of composition and when to use them. Great photographers know when to break the rules to create unique and interesting photographs. Today we break down 7 basic photography rules.
Summer photography is full of childhood memories just waiting to be captured such as children splashing at the pool, kids playing at the local playground, or riding their bikes through the neighborhood. Unfortunately, these moments are not limited to the times of day in which the light is perfect. In a lot of cases, bedtime is before sunset which limits those opportunities even more. You don’t have the luxury of sitting around all day, waiting for the perfect light. Sunrise, sunset and over-cast days are ideal, but what do you do when your child is doing something worth photographing, and it’s the middle of summer when the sun is the highest in the sky? Today, we offer a few ideas for how to take photos of your children in full sun.
What comes to mind when you think about your next family vacation? Fun? Excitement? Adventure? Now, look back at the photos you took during your last vacation. Do your images evoke the same feelings? Do your photos tell the story of your experience? Or, is something missing? While there are no real secrets to vacation photography, today, we’ll uncover some tips that should make this year’s family vacation photos come alive.
Maternity photos are a wonderful way to document your life during pregnancy. Hopefully, you’re enjoying the glow of pregnancy and want to capture it. However, even if you aren’t feeling your best, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be photographed. Today we reveal 7 photo ideas that aim to give you the maternity photos and experience you’ll cherish forever.